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So, I have been listening to alot sattelite radio at work and I keep hearing alot of "80's" station and thinking, yes, these were the 80's, but not MY 80's(at least the songs that bring back good memories) So I'm thinking of putting together a true alt-80's show, but I think it only fair that I get a little feedback from yooz guyz(z's were very 80's)...thoughts?

Discussion started by Doug Morgan , on 1343 days ago
dave longo
This is an amazing idea, its unfortunate that todays "80's" stations focus mainly on the hair and the makeup bands , when there where so many groups that formed the foundation for what became alternative music . I loved , and still love bands like The Dead milkmen , The Cure , Violent Femmes , They Might Be Giants , while still being into the hard rock/metal scene , early Mettallica (yes , i know) Iron Maiden, etc. then after a friend turned me on to the late 80's west coast scene i was hooked on Janes Addiction ,Mother Love Bone ,Early Nirvana and the whole "grunge" movement. Anyway, Im rambling now !! So YES, YES, I cant wait to hear what you put together.
1334 days ago
Jeffrey Martin
Speaking of Sprinsteen: Nebraska. One of my top-five favorite LP's. Throw some Nebraska on it!
1343 days ago
Jeffrey Martin
In the early 1980's I bought a great LP called Funland by Bram Tchaikovsky. I later bought an earlier release titled Strange Man Changed Man. I thought it was great stuff, but the guy vanished soon after.
1343 days ago
one more thought - 10,000 Maniacs. their 80s stuff - In My Tribe, Blind Man's Zoo - is fantastic.
1343 days ago
can i throw a couple more names into the ring? a few of them may be later 80s, but still what comes to my mind is lots of "The-" names:
The Cocteau Twins
The Cranes
The Sundays
The Waterboys
The Alarm
Simple Minds
and i second the lots and lots of good REM.
very much looking forward to what this turns out...
1343 days ago
Chris Ward
I think that's an awesome idea. Some oddities from my childhood:

Charlie Mack (1st Out of the Limo)-DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. A wonderful cheeseball Fresh Prince song that never gets played and I, for some reason, know all the lyrics to.

Living in a Box by Living in a Box. This song is ridiculously awesome. "I'm a-Living in a box," the guy sings. And I'm thinking, "Ok, it's a metaphor." He follows it up with, "...I'm a-Living in a Cardboard Box." Nope. It's literal. He's living in a cardboard box, and that's what the song's about. Simply terrible. On my list of songs by bands that are also the band name.

Tarzan Boy by Baltimora. Yep. That one could get me banned for life from the Indie scene. Damned if it doesn't make me grin like an idiot.

Rites of Spring.

I still love just about anything on Boogadaboogadaboogada from Screeching Weasel, though it's hard to listen to now without picturing Ben Weasel punching ladies in the face at SXSW.

Pixies. Pixies. Pixies.

Plenty of Talking Heads gems never, ever get played.

Every Huey Lewis & the News Song is overplayed. Except maybe Walking On A Thin Line. The well-intentioned serious side of Huey Lewis takes a hard look at PTSD in American war veterans with a sinister synth line. After that, songs about time travel.

Thin Lizzy: Cold Sweat and This is the One from their final studio album. Rocks my balls.

Bad Brains, Attitude. We got that PMA.

I have a soft spot for Gary Numan's "M.E." that Basement Jaxx later made famous.

Want to hear something nuts? The song "Stranger in Town" by Toto (yep, that Toto) has a haunting verse that I want to steal and sample. And Brad Dourif is in the video (?!?). Weird.

This list has probably just earned me at least a kidney punch or two. At least I didn't bring up The Motels.
1343 days ago
Roy Kasten
I'd love to see (and hear) your list.

My '80s were the Replacements, R.E.M., X, Roxy Music, Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads and Public Enemy. Oh and Springsteen. Yeah, a lot of Springsteen. Just being honest here, Mr. DJ.
1343 days ago

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