Reason #297: Hats

Starting with this post I will no longer be using the phrase “why the ’80’s didn’t suck” in my headings. You all know what this here little blog is about by now, right?… Continue reading

Reason #298 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Steeltown

Right up front let me thank Rich Kamerman, curator of the great Kamer Tunes, for getting me to see there was more to Big Country than their debut album (The Crossing). When I… Continue reading

Reason #299 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Sliding Gliding Worlds (Or, “The Blue One”)

Originally released on cassette only, as all the original first 6 albums were, and known as The Blue One, Ozric Tentacles fifth official release is more Hawkwind than the “Orb Meets Gong” sound that… Continue reading

Reason #300 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Joe

An Ep released at the tail end of the decade and one of the first mumblings of that thing we came to call the Madchester Sound. I hated the label “baggy”, and I… Continue reading

Reason #301 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: You Are What You Is

Frank’s last, truly great album, You Are What You Is is (are?) full of his trademark scatology, puerile subject matter and blistering musicality he is (are?) known for. I have friends who really hate… Continue reading

Do I Hate U2? Sometimes.

On the eve of the North American tour for U2 I thought it apropos to re-publish my rant on the band and it’s discography. But here’s the thing: I really do not hate… Continue reading

Reason #302 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death

One year after the terrific debut (London 0 Hull 4) comes this terrific sophomore outing from everyone’s favorite ’80’s socialists, The Housemartins. The brilliance of this band, not unlike The Smiths, was masking… Continue reading

Reason #303 Why the ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The Walk EP

Staying on my EP tangent, here’s The Walk, my first introduction to The Cure and one that has had a lasting effect on me over 30 years later. Containing only 4 songs with… Continue reading

Reason #304 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Split Second Precision

To be perfectly honest, this EP is on here because of the warped brilliance of lead single Baby Judy. I owned this EP back in the day but I haven’t listened to anything… Continue reading

Was 1986 the worst year EVER for music?

From Alan Cross: I have vivid, vivid memories of 1986. I was working at an adult contemporary radio station in Winnipeg that specialized in playing the most mainstream pop dreck of the day.… Continue reading