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 Dance music had been replaced by Angst music, and except for bands like TMBG which were totally off the grid anyway, it had just stopped being fun.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.