guilty pleasures

5 02, 2015

Echo & the Bunnymen from Crocodiles to Reverberation

By |February 5th, 2015|Alternative, guilty pleasures, Soundtracks, The 80s|0 Comments|

Like most younger Americans, I had heard “The Killing Moon” by Echo & the Bunnymen a time or two, but it wasn’t until I saw Donnie Darko for the first time that I really fell in love with them. Most people my age will only refer to them as “that band in the one […]

24 01, 2014

Depeche Mode – Speak&Spell (1981)

By |January 24th, 2014|1981, Alternative, guilty pleasures, Pop, The 80s, Uncategorized|2 Comments|

This is the Depeche mode’s debut. But, this cassette also announced the great popularity that synth pop will gain during this decade. Use of synthetic sounds and synthesizers was not new at the beginning of the eighties, but the way in which they were used definitely was. During the seventies, this instrument slowly gained […]

23 01, 2014

Phil Collins: No Jacket Required (1985)

By |January 23rd, 2014|1985, All, guilty pleasures, Pop, The 80s|0 Comments|

There is a reason why the phrase “coming of age” is called coming of age.  As much a fan as I was of music as a child in the eighties, there was so much that I did not understand.  Music was a heavy influence in my home and its roots was in my blood.  […]

3 11, 2013

HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS: SPORTS (1983)

By |November 3rd, 2013|1983, All, guilty pleasures, Pop, Rock, The 80s|0 Comments|

“We couldn’t agree on the right spelling of ‘weather’,” was what Huey Lewis explained in a Rolling Stone interview on this cassette. The News had an amateurish beginning with their tapes. The first cassette, self-titled, made the production-related mistake of having every track aimed at being a hit. Their second tape did somewhat better, […]

11 06, 2013

Duran Duran: Rio (1982)

By |June 11th, 2013|1982, guilty pleasures, Pop, The 80s, Worst Ever|2 Comments|

In many respects, the 1980s were a golden age for music and its production. This was the decade that brought the world post-punk, new wave, new romanticism and gave birth to grunge. On the other hand, the 80s also gave the world hair metal, MC Hammer and some of the most insipid, vacuous and […]

10 03, 2013
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    Secrets of the Eighties: New Kids on the Block, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson

Secrets of the Eighties: New Kids on the Block, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson

By |March 10th, 2013|guilty pleasures, Pop, The 80s|3 Comments|

As a person examines the music loves in their past, a list may begin to form that falls into the category of “Cassettes I Won’t Brag About Owning.” On my personal list would be a few cassettes from my early teen years. While I truly enjoyed these cassettes, sadly, I certainly do not volunteer […]

1 01, 2013

Styx: Kilroy Was Here (1983)

By |January 1st, 2013|1983, Concept Cassettes, guilty pleasures, Lyric Sheet, Pop, The 80s, Worst Ever|2 Comments|

Short Review: At the time this cassette came out, I remember a friend saying  “you don’t do a song or a tape about a robot”.  In this case, he was absolutely right.

Long Review: Did you ever go to see improv comedy or maybe watch the show in the UK or US called “whose line […]

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