Counterbalance: XTC’s SKYLARKING

To me there is no debating the brilliance of Skylarking. Out of the thousands of albums I have heard in my lifetime, and the dozens of times I have listened to Skylarking (in… Continue reading

Reasons # 306 and #305 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Reach The Beach and Phantoms

Sometimes I’ll be listening to my iPod, hear a favorite song from yesteryear, imagine it’s parent album and think to myself “Damn. After ____ posts I have yet to highlight ___________!” Then I’ll listen… Continue reading

Reason #307 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Flesh + Blood

I didn’t grow up with the Eno version of Roxy Music. I grew up with the Manifesto/Flesh+Blood/Avalon version. I have, over the years, learned to appreciate and even love virtually every Roxy album… Continue reading

The Monks (No, not those Monks, the other Monks!)

The Monks were big in Canada, selling a shit-ton (they use the metric system over there, and “shit-ton” is Canadian for, well, lots and lots) of records in 1979 to a bunch of… Continue reading

Yet More Rejected Album Covers…

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Reason #308 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Construction Time Again

My second favorite Depeche Mode album containing my #1 Depeche Mode song: Everything Counts. Alan Wilder, master arranger, really helped this band escape the plinkity plonk amateurism (but still endearing) of the first… Continue reading

What The Hell’s A Pugwash?

Hmmmnnn, let’s see: an album featuring the singular talents of Colin Moulding & Andy Partridge (XTC), Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Jason Falkner (Jellyfish), and other like-minded underrated musical geniuses? Yes please! As… Continue reading


Need something of quality to read on this dreary Monday? Perhaps something with a “humanity ain’t as bad as I thought it was” twist to it, excellently written by the best drummer in… Continue reading

Reason #309 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Meat Is Murder

I was very disappointed with this album upon its release way back in 1985 for 2 reasons. The best song on the album (and, some would say in the entire Smiths discography), How… Continue reading

Reason #310 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Street Songs

Those who know me well are aware I’ve a penchant for The Funk. Or, more to the point, Classic Funk . Bootsy Collins, James Brown in the early ’70’s, The Temptations Psychedelic Soul era,… Continue reading