Art*O*MatFebruary 2010 Outside Raleighwood, NC____________________________________Day 13 → A post about the eighties.
The eighties stretched across most of my twenties and, as such, included my first full time job (@ The Kite Site), an aborted two-month move to MadCity, WI, night shift @ The Kite Site while I did community college and the Univ of MD, a marriage, a move to Connecticut, the falling apart of that marriage and moving back to DC to become The Final KiteSiteer.
But, when I hear the 80s being mentioned, I think of all the great music. British New Wave, Punk, and that great Jangly Guitar sound. When I worked The Kite Site, WHFS was the soundtrack to the store, and my first year working full time was like getting paid (minimum wage) to get an entire musical education of Alternative music. When I switched to nights, Darkwave
was just coming into its own in the US and I loved that, too.
To name some bands from across the decade, in no particular order and undoubtedly leaving many, many out:
REM, Marshall Crenshaw, Tommy Keene, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, The Smiths, Talking Heads, Ramones, The Cure, The English Beat, Psych Furs, Blondie, OMD (pre-Breakfast Club), The Clash,Holly & the Italians, The Smithereens, Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Police, Tears for Fears, Suzanne Vega...