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

Best Debut Albums Ever?

In no particular order… The Clash, The Clash Joe Jackson, Look Sharp! Nick Lowe, Jesus Of Cool The Who, The Who Sings My Generation Jimi Hendrix, Are You Experienced? Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures… Continue reading

Reason #355 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Next Position Please

I wish I could include Cheap Trick’s first four albums on this blog, and maybe I will in a post outside the boundaries of this list thing in the future, but for now… Continue reading

Are We Stuck In Our Musical Past?

Just as I start to think that I’m too jaded to be really and pleasantly affected by new music, a band or an album comes along that restores my faith. I am now… Continue reading

Reason #356 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Diamond Mine

I was 19 years old and living in Canada during 1987, and my musical mind set was as far away from country rock (or the modern day equivalent of country rock, “Alt-Country”) as… Continue reading