Reason #480 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The Wild Seeds

…and now a guest post from a fellow ’80’s music freak and a far better writer than I, Thommy G. Don’t make me spell your last name, dude, please? Check out his blog Surface Tension as well by clicking HERE

They were supposed to be the Next Big Thing, a post-punk, Texas rootsy pop band that would show the world what the Austin music scene was all about.

The Wild Seeds were formed by Austin musician and all around cool person Michael Hall. And in 1984, the band was on the cusp of greatness – and were a big part of Austin’s “New Sincerity” period.

The band quickly garnered a huge following in Austin, and released what many consider their greatest release, “Brave, Clean & Reverent” in 1986.

A great album, yes.

But, for me, 1987’s “Mud Lies & Shame” is part of the reason why the 80s didn’t suck.

Great lyrics, wonderful vocals. The hit off the album was “I’m Sorry, I can’t Rock You All Night Long,” but I’m partial to “Jack’s Walking With The King.”

Of course, like a lot of indie bands that were signed in the 80s, The Wild Seeds’ label, Passport, went bankrupt in 1988, taking any and all momentum the band had with it.

They disbanded in 1989, and Hall went on to release some critically acclaimed solo albums.

Bonus: Hall graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism – and currently writes for Texas Monthly magazine.