Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Awesome things my friend Mike has said about music and the 1980s

Mike is a musician and a music guy, and has been so for a long time. He's worked at at least two record stores and been in a ridiculous number of bands over the years (sometimes he plays trombone or bass in mine, the Mathletes, and sometimes I play bass or keyboards in his, the Defenestration Unit), and has seen more shows and owned more records than anyone could possibly keep track of. He either loves your band or he hates your band; if he only sort of likes your band, or kind of doesn't really care for your band, he hates your band.

Mike is about fifteen years older than I am, and as such likes to give me shit about being younger than him and knowing less about music than him. His enjoyment of this is matched and surpassed only by my enjoyment of giving him shit for being younger than him and knowing less about music than him. There are few greater things than telling someone who bought Mudhoney's first 7" when it came out that the first time I ever heard of Nirvana was when I heard on the news that Kurt Cobain killed himself. When I was in fifth grade. He gets so upset. It's awesome.

Anyway, here are my three favorite things that Mike has said relating to music and the 1980s, in no specific order:

1. "Looking back now, who would've thought 25 years ago that Bono would end up being this much more ridiculous than Robert Smith?"

2. (at a club where local DJs were spinning old new-wave bands and bands that sounded like new-wave bands) "Why is everyone so nostagiac for the 80s? I was there in the 80s. The 80s were Reagan and AIDS."

3. "I know you don't believe me, but Adam Ant had a lot of great songs"

then, after I replied I'd only ever heard "Goody Two-Shoes" :

"No, no... I'm talking about his solo stuff. Adam AND THE Ants were fucking amazing. Jesus..."

Mike does a lot of other things besides being a music guy; read his blog here if you'd like.


Sly Hoax said...

ha.. the eighties killed so many greats from the 70's. . . everyone was trying so hard to have the clean synthetic sound... and bands were selling out left and right... for example- heart. in the 70's, they made songs like magic man and barracuda... But in the 80's? They made crap.. I won't even bother mentioning the song names...

Stevie wonder was so frickin awesome in the 70's, but he produced a black hole of suckness in the 80's. . . and the list goes on and on. . .

that being said, actual 80's bands were not too bad in the 80's. The cars? Police? Not too shabby.

Skullturf Q. Beavispants said...

Neil Young is one of my all-time musical heroes, but he put out some real crap in the 80s.

John Fleck said...

In the 1980s, I worked for a newspaper in California. We tried for years without success to get the word "defenestration" into print.

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