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Happy Birthday to Me

I came of age in the 1970s and 80s. When it came to music, I lived in classic rock heaven, so I did not really know any better. I had a few crumbs that would shape my tastes and lead me to learn that there was so much more interesting music out there.

My favorites, as a teenager, were The Beatles, Duran Duran, The GoGos (not The Bangles), The Police, Men at Work (yes, really), Billy Joel, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY, James Taylor, John Cougar (pre-Mellencamp).

I loved to listen to “Saturday Night Oldies,” on my local radio station (that is a comment on how exciting my Saturday nights were). It provided a great musical education of 1950s and 60s rock and roll. I think that helped sustain me through the wasteland of hair and heavy metal and future classic rock greats. Thanks to that radio show, I can sing along with Leslie Gore, the Kinks, Sonny & Cher, Gene Chandler’s “The Duke of Earl,” Gene Vincent’s “Be-bop-a-lula,” and Johnny Horton’s “The Battle of New Orleans.”

On the cusp of the 80s, I heard the heralds of New Wave collection, K-Tel “Rock 80,” and thankfully, it stuck with me: Blondie, M, Gary Numan, Joe Jackson. Unfortunately, I did not have the drive to search for more. I even had a pen pal from Liverpool, but that was short-lived. How different things could have been if I had traveled to England, New York City, even Boston?

So, what did I miss out on? If I had to do it again, who would have appeared on my formative soundtrack? Here is a respectable, but by no means comprehensive, list:

New Order
Joy Division
Echo & the Bunnymen
Julian Cope/Teardrop Explodes
Psychedelic Furs
Velvet Underground
New York Dolls
Siouxie and the Banshees
The Sugarcubes
The Jam
The Replacements
Sisters of Mercy
Jim Carroll
Ian Drury
Killing Joke
The Chameleons
Redd Kross
Pet Shop Boys
Laurie Anderson



This entry was posted on March 22, 2015 by .


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