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The eighties starts with two keyplayers of the Italian pop scene, Mina and Lucio Battisti, who decide to stop performing in public. For Mina this is the start sign to increase her output with at least one double album a year. Battisti seeks it in seclusion to release an album more and more rarely.

The eighties also sees multiple breakthroughs of pop artists that started in the seventies. We already mentioned Franco Battiato and Matia Bazar but also artists like Alice, Rettore, Gianna Nannini and Loredana Berte. All these artists incorporate new wave and rock with italian music. Fairly new in the eighties are artists like Raf, Enrico Ruggeri, Anna Oxa, Giuni Russo, Eros Ramazotti and Paolo Conte (whose been a songwriter since the sixties but never a performer). But there are also artists who stay more true to the old Italian (folk and cantautori) music style like Umberto Tozzi, Ivano Fossati, Pino Danielle, Edoardo Bennato en Teresa de Sio. Claudio Baglioni grew out to a stadium filling performer. Punk also hits Italy and spawns groups like CCCP, Disciplinatha and Kandeggina Gang. Not every artists was so lucky in the eighties. Patty Pravo lost herself in excessive drug abuse and Renato Zero’s glamrock style grew so impopular that he found himself performing country fairs midway the decennium.

But the eighties and Italy will mostly be remembered for Italo Disco. Influenced by the electronic space disco from French artist Cerrone, producer Giorgio Moroder and the drum machine as an instrument. The presenters of the Italian music show Discoring (produced by RAI), usually referred to the Italian productions of what later would became Italo Disco as "Rock Electronico" and "Bailandi Discoteka" (disco dance). After German record producer Bernhard Mikulski started to release his Italo Boot Mixes a new genre was born. Italo disco music has a distinct, futuristic and spacey sound which was created using synthesizers, drum machines, and vocoders. The genre had many many one hit wonders but more stable artists were Spagna, Den Harrow, Scotch, Gazebo, Righeira and Koto. Even sixties stars like Milva tried a Italo song here and there. Italo Disco eventually passed over in the Eurodisco who all learned to love and hate across the continent.

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