I remember the first time I heard the Alcatrazz-No Parole, and I was just blown away that someone could play that fast and cleanly. It really was a landmark. The problem was, that music had an edge and wasn't really trying to be commercial. Later on, when bands were trying to be commercial, a lot of times the music was crap. The term '80's music is such a mixed bag, from hair metal to overprocessed keyboard pop that the bad kind of outweighs the good so I kind of cringe, but there is good music to be had.So much hate for shred and '80's music?
I think it was a magical era. But I guess those who remember shred fondly are those who grew up smack dab in the middle of the era.