Resurgence of the Turntable (Don’t call them a comeback)
We watched the BET Awards last week and got a major kick out of how many new artists we weren’t familiar with. But since the show was highlighting rap music and honoring Busta Rhymes, there was no way we were missing it. Busta reached his popularity in the 90’s but my personal music collection began in the mid-eighties.
The 80’s was a decade known for its diverse range of musical genres and iconic artist. From disco and funk to rock and folk, there was something for everyone. I’d throw an LP on the turntable to party or relax.
Turntables were a popular way to listen to music in the 1980’s. Vinyl records were the primary medium for music consumption during that era and turntables were the main devices used to play them. They were equipped with a needle or stylus that would make contact with the vinyl record translating the physical grooves into sound.
Turntables came in various models and designs ranging from basic to high-end audiophile-grade equipment. Many people had turntables as part of their home stereo systems (remember Radio Shack?)
Turntables, referred to as “the ones and twos” by DJ’s were also commonly found in radio stations and clubs, where spin masters would use them to mix intricate beats for audiences.
The 70s marked the peak of vinyl record popularity before the advent of cassette tapes and later CDs. Vinyl records have seen a resurgence in recent years, with many music enthusiasts and collectors still appreciating their warm sound and tangible nature not to mention their cover art.
So, brace yourself for the resplendent revival of the turntable, resurrecting the pure essence of music in a world dominated by streaming services and digital downloads. Don’t be mistaken, this is no mere comeback—it’s a triumphant return that will ignite your soul!