|saving the wave
||[21st May. 2009|20:08]
New Wave was the soundtrack to my teenage years. The first record album I ever bought with my own money was the B-52s first album (because it had "Rock Lobster" on it and I loved that song so hard). They and DEVO and my distant cousin Annie basically saved my brain from the mindless pap that was popular music in general in the early 80s. (Oh and Frank Zappa of course, but let's face it, that man was a genius and transcended all concept of musical category, past, present or future).
About the time that R.E.M. came along was when I all but threw my radio out the window. Dance music had been replaced by Angst music, and except for bands like TMBG which were totally off the grid anyway, it had just stopped being fun. The notion that music should be for lifting your spirit, not pushing you ever deeper into despair, seemed a permanent casualty of the "alternative" music revolution.
But now a group of youngsters in Seattle whose births missed the end of New Wave by at least ten years have a radio show called "Save the Wave" dedicated to a revival of sorts (since we Gen-X'ers are apparently too lame and cynical to revive our own goddamned music). The best part (for those of us not living in Seattle) is that the show is also streamed over the internet. See this post which has all the juicy details.
Many thanks to rmd for alerting me to this extreme awesomeness.
The biggest and final nut-ball kick you ever receive to your illusion that you can still be "cool" is when you start hearing the music of your adolescence on the "oldies" stations. Hand me my walker, nurse, I'm just gonna amble my shrivelled incontinence up to the top of Mt Loser and hurl myself into oblivion along with what remains of my shattered self-image.
2009-05-22 00:29 (UTC)
also, thomas dolby has done some remastering of his old stuff and is preparing to start releasing his new stuff.
Thank you. Damn straight! Okay, so DM did have their own shite period during the 90s, mostly down to Gahan's heroin addiction. But they are back. Back back back back back. Playing the Angel is an excellent album. They're tighter and more cohesive than ever before, and they just sound like their old selves again. I don't yet own Sounds of the Universe, but it's on my list.