Reason #351 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Strange Times

The Chameleons were a band that completely passed me by in the ‘80’s, and I really do mean completely. I must have heard Swamp Thing a few times because when I dipped my… Continue reading

A Big Tip ‘O’ The Hat to Vinyl Villain!

Thanks, Vinyl Villain, for the totally undeserved shout out! I appreciate it greatly, and anyone reading this who is not familiar with this top 1%’er blog should head over there immediately and get… Continue reading

D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?

Because of the less than attractive ‘stunts’ (for lack of a better term) perpetrated by The Flaming Lips of late, I find myself re-evaluating their earlier efforts; and, more often than not, devaluing… Continue reading

Yet Another Immature Beard Rant…

Don’t know this guy’s music, but this photo is not doing much to convince me I should investigate his back catalog, either. Let’s see… Pensive, yet arrogant/smug look. Samurai hair-do. “Woodland Realm” backdrop.… Continue reading

Reason #352 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Avalon

Far from the artsy Brian Eno days, Roxy’s 8th and last album, Avalon, is a suave, sophisticated beast. It has been said that it marks the time in Roxy Music’s career that the… Continue reading

Can U Dig It?

Les Baxter. Martin Denny. Louis Prima. Esquivel. Jack Costanzo. King Curtis. Julie London and, of course, Frank, Dean and Sammy. These are the maestros of lounge music, a genre some misinformed brutes would… Continue reading

Reason #353 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Pop Goes The World

If I asked a dozen or so random people on the street to name a song that they feel was indicative of the 1980’s, I’ll bet you a pair of custom neon leg… Continue reading

Vinyl, Download or CD?

I’m a CD man, myself. This is a pretty terrific little article in defense of the CD. Thanks to David Tayler for the lead. “There are approximately 100 compact discs on my desk… Continue reading

I’m A Street Walkin’ Cheetah With A Heart Full Of Napalm

SWAGGER: To walk or conduct oneself with an insolent or arrogant air; strut; braggadocio. Listening to Urge Overkill’s masterful 1993 album “Saturation” today I come to the realization that I need a little… Continue reading

Reason #354 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: New Gold Dream (’81,’82,’83,’84)

It’s amazing to me that, after showcasing 145 albums, I still haven’t hit on a huge majority of the best of the best the ’80’s produced. New Gold Dream certainly qualifies. I’d even… Continue reading