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1985 is the 985th year of the 2nd millennium, the 85th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1980s decade.

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Art and culture

Art

Technology

  • CD-ROM (read-only memory) is introduced

Literature

Fiction

Non fiction

Film

Music

  • Metroplex Records founded
  • Sean Penn marries pop star Madonna
  • William Socolov founds Fresh Records
  • The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)
  • Norman Jay's coins the rare groove genre in his late 1985 show 'The Original Rare Groove Show'
  • House music
  • demise of Salsoul records
  • DJ International
    • A Chicago label that was founded by Rocky Jones in 1985. DJ International focused on releasing mainly vocal house, while the other big Chicago label, Trax, is known for rougher tracks. Label's hits include "Music is the key" by J. M. Silk (the first release), "Acid Thunder" & "Can U dance" by Fast Eddie, "It's allright" by Sterling Void, and Chip E's "Like This".
  • MDMA Exposed
    • The Face magazine runs the first in-depth article on MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), which is the basis for the party drug Ecstasy. It was first synthesised and patented before World War I by German company Merck as a diet aid. In the 60s it was rediscovered by Alexander Shulgin, a US biochemist, who used it for therapeutic purposes. It was banned in the USA in 1985.


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