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Posts tagged ‘The Cusp’

“There is always a disco version.” That qualified truism became a recurring in-joke in our house last autumn, as my excavation of childhood nostalgia hit a rich vein of film and TV soundtrack singles from the latter half of the 1970s. The film-score-to-dance-floor phenomenon didn’t start with Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band,” but the stratospheric […]

This week’s featured record buy should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following this site for a while. I first got into Lene Lovich through Rhino’s Just Can’t Enough series of new wave compilations, which provided a handy backwards-gazing refuge during the commercial peak of the Nineties alterna-splosion. “New Toy” (written for […]

Do K-Tel #16: New Wave (1979)

September 5th, 2017

Discogs’ chronology of K-Tel releases doesn’t separate by regional markets, which makes sense from an archival standpoint if not an ease-of-use one. It can make it difficult to pinpoint items of interest, especially during those high-volume years of most interest to me. I’ve sifted through the listings a half dozen times already, yet each pass […]

Do K-Tel #6: Rock 80 (1980)

June 19th, 2017

As my collection of K-Tel compilations began to grow, I realized my old assortment of platters included one of the label’s most celebrated releases. Rock 80 was a two-time hand-me-down. An older cousin passed it on to a tween-age Maura, who in turn handed it off to me during the early days of our relationship. […]

My next K-Tel acquisition followed right on the heels of Chart Action ’83, as it is inextricably linked with that seminal compilation in the twisted corridors of childhood memory. I wrote about Radio Active not too long ago, with a focus on how a specific half-forgotten track on the comp managed to blindside me with […]

Stop and spin

May 25th, 2016

The fuzzy transition zones between popcultural epochs tend to be rich in bizarre experimental oddities. The “old” isn’t quite ready to give up the ghost, while the “new” is still too amorphous and unproven to qualify as a true status quo. Popcult trends are essentially consumer trends, with their temporal arcs pinned to some affiliated […]

Pick your future past

April 9th, 2015

1970s retrofuture or 1980s retrofuture? Rollerball or Blade Runner? Orange plastic or neon-illuminated chrome? Corporate Syd Mead or Hollywood Syd mead? It’s a tough call to make, as my formative years were evenly split between the two aesthetics and I love both equally. So instead of making an impossible choice between Brunner’s and Gibson’s visions […]

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