Eventually more 1980s retro styled tracks are going to be created than were originally created in the 80s themselves. I’m not complaining at all. This week two new hairspray decade sample packs were released. Ueberschall’s 80s Smash Hits (99€) and Zenhiser’s 1987 Drum Beats (25 AUD) both will take you back 30 years.
“80s Smash Hits is a cutting edge construction kit library, inspired by the catchy sounds of the legendary Synth Pop and Wave bands that are still sought-after today. In the eighties despite the fashion, it was all about song writing and playful experimentation with sounds, machines, synthesizers and effects.” – ueberschall.com
I’m not sure what to say here. This is from 1984. There was probably cocaine involved. Imagine we build a time machine and the first place we shoot back to is this precious moment. If you know me you know I’m not being sarcastic. I love this. I’m on eBay looking for a turquoise shirt like the hosts right now.
“I scored this “big box” VHS at a video store liquidation sale for a dollar. Quite possibly the best dollar I’ve ever spent.” – smashism
As a whole image and full canon of songs I dislike Ministry. However the few good tracks I think they have are steller. “I Prefer” is one of them. Pure synthpunk late 80s madness. If I had to pick the best Ministry album it would be the one this track lives on aka The Land of Rape and Honey (1988).
“Have you run into the human race? Have you run into the world?” – Ministry
I really wanted to post the track “Pajazzo: by Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons but I couldn’t find an embed anywhere. This Swedish band was only together for about two years (1980-1981). It’s a shame they didn’t record more back then because I love there Devo meets goth synthpunk style.
“Since disbanding, their songs have become well sought-after by collectors of punk, gothic rock, deathrock and art punk music.” – Wikipedia
Here’s some proof I have been making music a long time. I’m the one in black of course next to Peter Lopez and Jay Serken. I don’t know that exact year but it’s somewhere in the late 80s. The photo was taken at Suny Purchase in one of the music building’s practice rooms. Imagine sequencing on an IBM PC? You don’t know how good you have it these days. The Roland Juno-106 in the photo was later stolen. This photo is also proof that extreme hair styles dont make you go bald (I still have a full head of hair). Before you ask… no I never smiled back then.
“Suny Purchase offers a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity. It is dedicated to creating opportunities for transformative learning and training in a community where disciplines connect, intersect, and enhance one another. Purchase College is included in the Princeton Review’s Best 371 Colleges (2010)” – Wikipedia
Another video example of a world I once lived in. What has been exploited and homogenized by Hot Topic’s in Malls across America once was underground and newsworthy. I think I need to raid my mothers closet again soon!
“Go inside this secret place tonight where black is in and the music is industrial strength and it’s always Halloween. On this Friday night we are going to take you to a nightclub you probably never knew existed. It’s a place where they dress in black and dance to Industrial Disco.” – Channel 9, Orlando
As record stores disappeared and cassettes disintegrated we lost access to some obscur electronic music from the early 80s. You can find tidbits on iTunes, Spotify and assorted blogs. Youtube on the other hand has become a treasure trove of underground material. Not only is a large portion of early recorded material being uploaded but it seems anyone that had a local electronic band is posting their demos. I’ve started a playlist of my findings. So far I have 35 videos in the playlist that runs over two hours. Of course there is a huge amount more that can be added. Feel free to post links of songs you think I should include. The more tape hiss the better!
“The domain name www.youtube.com was activated on February 14, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months.” – Wikipedia.org
A friend of mine asked if I would check out the Looking at Music 3.0 exhibit at MoMA (The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor). As a New Yorker who lived and breathed music in the 80s and 90s I’m definitely going to get my nostalgia on.
“Looking at Music 3.0, the third in a series of exhibitions exploring the influence of music on contemporary art practices, focuses on New York in the 1980s and 1990s. In this dynamic period, imaginative forms of street art spread across the five boroughs, articulating the counter-culture tenor of the times. As the city transitioned from bankruptcy to solvency, graffiti, media, and performance artists took advantage of low rents and collaborated on ad hoc works shown in alternative spaces and underground clubs.” – moma.org