Music was despicable in 1981. MTV started in August of that year, and music was just the shittiest corporate MTV-whoring pusillanimous-so-they–can-fit-more-ads-on-the-radio caca.
Think Phil Collins, "Something In The Air Tonight", and Kim Carnes "Bette Davis Eyes", and Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl".
There were glimmers at the edges - The Stray Cats, Adam and the Ants, "Taintend Love".
The Clash were a bright bit of light when they rocked the casbah in 1982.
1983 Cyndi Lauper said Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and Quiet Riot made metal a thing that got played on the radio with "Cum on Feel the Noize". (Yeah, you kids today think you are so cool with your alt-spellings...)
It was a Dark Time for music.
But, this dark time did a lot for the future of music...
A few of the bands founded in the 81-83 timeframe:
Dead Can Dance
Tom Tom Club
The Lords of the New Church
They Might Be Giants
Art of Noise
The Housemartins (say hi to Fatboy Slim's first band!)
The Dead Milkmen
The L.A. Guns (1/2 of Guns and Roses, later on)
My Bloody Valentine
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Red Hot Chili Peppers
So yeah... the suck of the early 1980's drove people off the their asses, and got them to form many of the bands that still define many genres of music today.
And that's just over 3 years...