1.The three major technological advancements in music transmission have been radio, MTV, and the Internet. Compare and contrast all three with examples of the strengths and weaknesses of each.
1. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson is significant in many ways. What breakthrough was it culturally? Musically, how does the groove fit against the vocal delivery? How does the production play into the presentation?
2. “”Like a Virgin” by Madonna displays her affinity for dance and controversy. How does her image project into the musical performance? Is there any similarity between her and Jackson’s production value?
3. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police offers a glimpse of the group at the height of their popularity and creative flow. How do their roots in ska and reggae show through in this piece? Does the band’s technical prowess overshadow the song? How does the vocal delivery support the lyrical content?
4. The wide range of music created during the 1980’s shows both a revival of earlier styles and a move forward with new music. Considering bands/artists as diverse as Prince, The Eurhythmics, U2, Squeeze, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, The Stray Cats, Hall and Oats, The Cure, and Genesis, is this era as significant to the development of rock music as the early 1970’s were? Why?