Oh no! Won't somebody please think of the children?!You do got me on the clothes thing, at least pop music back then was actually done with instruments and non computerized vocals tho.
Trying to say that 'instruments' are somehow superior is an absolute disgrace in any discussion over the value of music. Since when did Popular music have a rule written in stone that said that acoustic instruments are absolutely necessary? I can understand reservations existing within the field of Western Common Practice but not Popular music. Can you provide me with a well-reasoned argument as to why instruments are so important?
Have you ever heard 'The Eraser' by Thom Yorke? Anything by Flying Lotus? Four Tet? Aphex Twin? Didn't think so.
As for the vocals. Ever heard of Kraftwerk?! Vocoders were all the rage in the 70s.