Should be. 80s “Alt” New Wave MTV wasn’t any more radical then either.
Is 21 pilots radical? No? Ok, there you go.
Upper middle class, sweater wearing, recreational coke snorting but nice-to-your-momma stuff. I grew up in that era and know all the songs and I don’t mind when they come on in the supermarket, along with “Enter Sandman” (heard it today at the Dollar Store).
It’s “classic” now. No escaping it.
If’s equivalent to Tool, Pantera, etc. It’s an era, all commercial. Some songs good, some sucked but once you get to that level, they ALL end up as Muzak form and in Kidz Bop.
It’s what they played remixes of in the gay clubs in the late 80s/early 90s. Dance pop. Pleasant, easy to listen to. It’s probably the only music I grew up with that I don’t mind hearing again. Most 80s music makes me fall on the ground in convulsions. “NOT AGAIN…”
My best friend in high school was obsessed with all these bands… and Phil Collins… and Seal later. He didn’t come out of the closet ’til his mid 30s but I knew – and suspect everybody did.
He did get me an appreciations for boys choir music and pipe organ stuff too. He fits the aesthetic to this day as far as I know.
It’s also known as “80s Classic Alternative”.
Classic -> normie
Alternative -> wave
There you go.