FUTURE tease: 12/28/18 PLUS! – FLASHBACK recap: 12/21/18

Getting a dark start, here’s one I played by The Mission on last week’s episode:

I’m obsessed with this one from The Fitness:

You’d never know this one from Scandroid’s remix album isn’t straight out of the 80s:

Same goes for this one from Flying Turns:

Um…same goes for this one from Vitalic, which means I’m doing my job!

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FUTURE tease: 12/21/18 – FLASHBACK recap: 12/14/18

Last week I played some new Culture Club. The latest album isn’t as funky as some of their classic stuff, but “Bad Blood” stood out:

Plasticzooms is awesomely 80s:

Juliana Hatfield is back from the 90s…and bringing the 80s with her on her new Olivia Newton-John cover album:

Lillies and Remains sounds right out of the cold wave era:

The new Houndmouth is so damn catchy:

And not to be outcatched, LANY is just as catchy:

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FUTURE tease: 12/14/18 – FLASHBACK recap: 12/7/18

Hey, the only reason I didn’t start last week’s show with this insanely unlikely pairing of Def Leppard and Depeche Mode is because the singing starts too soon for me to get my welcoming words in!

It’s impossible for me to resist Robert Smith doing modern dance music:

Retro skating with Still Corners:

Andy Summers of The Police doing some new millennium music:

A track from the latest The1975 album:

It’s just awesome how many 80s artists are still putting out new music, like Johnny Marr of The Smiths:

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FUTURE tease: 12/7/18 – FLASHBACK recap: 11/30/18

Been finding so many cool and unexpected covers lately, like this one from Blondie that opened last week’s show…

…and Ali Campbell of UB40 covering Diana Ross’s tribute to Marvin Gaye:

No matter the decade, Pet Shop Boys never lose the heart of their signature 80s sound:

The Bird and The Bee channels Tom Tom Club:

And I love the horror feel of this video from Happy Hollows:

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FUTURE tease: 11/30/18 – FLASHBACK recap: 11/23/18

Okay, so I missed a week of flashing back and promoting forward, but I was wicked sick on Thanksgiving weekend. So I just need to pick up the pieces and move on with my life, beginning with a flashback to some goodies from last week’s show:

Nightmare Air is 80s goth and sultry all at once:

I can never get enough of the Sink Ya Teeth album:

I also can’t get enough of the Ekkoes:

Van She makes me feel like I’m watching Frank Zappa run around in a thong with this video:

I love me some Rey Pila, and it only gets better when they cover Siouxsie:

And Vince Clarke buddy Robert Marlow never got the attention he should have in the days of Yazoo and Erasure, but he’s still making awesome music today:

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When KROQ, MTV, and WLIR filled the airwaves and TV waves with new wave

New wave virtually defines the 80s, with the sounds and sights of the genre infiltrating everything: radio, TV, fashion, and movies. The music itself got plenty of exposure in teen movies and TV shows like Square Pegs, but three driving forces brought new wave to a teen audience that would eventually be labeled Gen X.

Radio station KROQ in California basically kicked off the new wave decade, and was soon followed by radio station WLIR in New York, and MTV on cable television—the network that also changed the way we heard music…by letting us see it, too. That alone gave new wave not only a voice, but a look.

So here are some great lists of the music we listened to and watched on all three back then. They are all sourced from other websites (links included), but I’ve created files of the lists so they’re easy to access…and so they will still be around if those websites ever go away.

First is this list of top 106 songs for each year on KROQ from 1980 – 1992. It comes from this site.

KROQ LIST

WLIR in New York eventually faced legal issues that led to it coming back on the air as WDRE. I believe this complete list of WLIR/WDRE songs originally appeared on this site, but the list is no longer there. See? This is why I created these files, to preserve what disappears from the Internet!

The site now has just the list of “Screamers and Shrieks” of the week—songs voted on by listeners as the best new song of the week. I’ve included the chronological list of Screamers and Shrieks after the full alphabetical playlist by artist.

WLIR playlist

And finally, this amazing list of the first videos played on MTV in the order in which they aired is available on Wikipedia.

MTV playlist

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FUTURE tease: 11/16/18 – FLASHBACK recap: 11/9/18

Let’s go on a scavenger hunt to find some of the treasures from last week’s episode. Starting with one from Scavenger Hunt!

Chinese Theatre goes back to the 80s on one of several Pet Shop Boys cover albums:

The Underworld still making music after all these years:

Yungblud rox:

Hearing The Bravery always takes me back to the 80s revival of the new millennium:

And Shame is just too cool.

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