Pop songs are all about selling products, though usually the product is the song itself.
R.E.M. has been on my turntable a lot this week, courtesy of a couple of anniversary pieces for Diffuser.
Here’s one of the great post-punk albums of the mid-80s.
I need to backpedal a little bit, back to a year earlier when I was still wearing the black vest and name tag of Music Plus. The “Plus” was video: In the […]
One can sum up ’80s pop music with four artists: Bruce, Madonna, Michael, and Prince. In a way they were the last of the real superstars. The ’90s belonged to the anti-stars […]
The Sunset Strip was the business long before the eighties. Name a classic rock band and they probably played the Whisky—Van Halen, The Doors, The Kinks, on and on. The Strip was […]
Some of us in the MTV generation had to settle for ABC’s Friday Night Videos. Well into college I could still be found in front of the television most Friday nights, watching […]
I’m pretty sure Prince didn’t sleep between 1978 and 1990. I’m not even sure that he sleeps now. Eighties radio was dominated by the unholy alliance of Michael, Bruce, Madonna, and the […]
Mark Flowers was SCAD’s star professor in the mid-eighties. His style both as an artist and teacher was big and playful. Mark’s oversized canvases dominated the school’s gallery, and no professor’s style […]
When I was a preschooler I passed hours with my father’s stacks of 45’s, playing with them as much as playing them. I loved the exotic labels — Swan, Roulette, Dot, obscure […]