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Posts tagged ‘soundtracks’

Sic transit gloria Nineties

July 31st, 2018

Looking back, you wonder if any of it was real. Of course it was. You can find ample physical evidence in any thrift store or the few sad remnants you’d elected to hold on to all this time. There’s a part of you that whispers how these were your best years — a halcyon daze […]

As mentioned a couple of entries back, I’ve been seeking out period soundtrack LPs with a punk and/or new wave slant. There weren’t nearly as many of them as the youth-marketed cinema of the era would lead one to believe. Outside of some cult outliers and scene-focused documentaries, the licensed soundtrack thing for teen flicks […]

Although “hip” pop music was a crucial (MTV-driven) component of the Eighties’ “teen movie” craze, it didn’t really materialize in soundtrack form until the middle part of the decade. The licensed songs from Fast Times At Ridgemont High managed to score a double LP release in 1982, but the majority of the music came from […]

There were few guideposts for when I decided to “go punk” a few months after my mother’s death. It was a spur of the moment decision made during a fit of melancholy boredom and the need to regain control of my personal narrative. What remained of the scene barely generated any media heat, even among […]

Heard but not seen

March 17th, 2016

Hey, everybody, it’s Billboard’s No. 1 Soundtrack Hits of the ’80s list! (It came from a special soundtrack-centric insert in the trade publication’s June 12, 1986 issue, so don’t expect to see any “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” or “The Touch” on there.) The parallel revenue potential for soundtrack releases was demonstrated by the multi-platinum […]

It has been a while since I’ve done one these posts. What began as a Halloween Countdown hiatus ended up being a five month derailment of whatever momentum this feature possessed. Part of the problem was that I let myself get locked into my original parameters for the project — every record in my collection […]

The enemy of the good

November 19th, 2015

There were the “Eighties” that gave the world bleak post-punk minimalism and coldly romantic synthpop ballads under the any-second-now promise of thermonuclear annihilation….and then there were the “Eighties” which gave us this: Perfect was a 1985 attempt to parlay a 1970s Rolling Stone feature about the health club scene (hence the title font) into a […]

Taking care of business

January 8th, 2015

Today would have been Elvis Aaron Presley’s 80th birthday. I have a long-standing interest in the man, phimosis his music, store and his status in the popcultural mythos. Elvis was an American Gilgamesh, this a real-life Jay Gatsby who conspicuously consumed his way toward an unobtainable resolution for his patheto-tragic yearning. The process of untangling […]

The Long Game: No words necessary

September 30th, 2014

As I mentioned before, implant the right custom playlist can go a long way towards remedying GTA Online‘s repetitive gameplay. My adventures with Rosemary (formerly “Debbi”) the Valley of the Shadow of Death Girl were scored by carefully curated mixes of 1960s pop and an 1980s new wave/college radio classics which reflected the sociopathic breeziness […]

Nostalgia isn’t a disease. It’s a symptom. In unpleasant or merely uncertain times, patient it’s only natural that people will seek solace in a rose-tinted past. It can be mythic, ask like in the case of stuffy (and overstuffed) Victorians seeking a lost sense of visceral virility in Arthurian and other heroic legends. Or it […]

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