=o= 80s New Wave =o=


Now and then I use
Blip.fm to share music.
Music is really important to me. I've got some music playing whenever I get a chance to. I'm particularly interested in music of the early 1980s.

It's tough wading through tons of formulaic product in search of artistic musical expression. I've had to rely heavily on college radio and other not-for-profit channels. These days I mostly listen to unpopular artists in popular genres -- though my last great obsession was with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, popular artists in an unpopular genre!

I think it's interesting to see the range of different artists that individuals are interested in. All I've got here, though, is a nonrepresentative sample: a very non-comprehensive list of artists I like and who have webpages that I've managed to stumble across. I've grouped them by the decade when they started recording or the decade that was their heyday:

The 2000s

!!! (a.k.a. Chik-Chik-Chik) ·· 1905 ·· Against Me! ·· Dirt Bike Annie ·· Lady Gaga ·· Lance Lockarm ·· MC Enemy ·· Missy Elliott (Wiki) ·· Nik Phelps and the Sprocket Ensemble ·· Nikka Costa ·· OutKast (v|Wiki) ·· Opti-Grab ·· Reagan National Crash Diet ·· (The Real) Tuesday Weld

The 1990s

Arrested Development ·· Barenaked Ladies ·· Cake ·· Ani DiFranco ·· disappear fear ·· Dread Zeppelin ·· Sara Hickman ·· Christine Lavin ·· Mary's Danish ·· No Doubt ·· Sinead O'Connor ·· Joan Osborne ·· Marvin Pontiac ·· N.W.H. ·· Save Ferris ·· Skanatra ·· Smash Mouth ·· Squirrel Nut Zippers ·· They Might Be Giants

The 1980s

Adam Ant ·· Afrika Bambaataa (Wiki) ·· The Art of Noise ·· Rick Astley ·· The B-52s ·· Beastie Boys ·· The Beat ·· Blondie ·· The Bobs ·· Billy Bragg ·· Kate Bush ·· Camper Van Beethoven ·· The Cars ·· Sheila Chandra ·· The Clash ·· Bruce Cockburn ·· Cocteau Twins ·· The Cure ·· De La Soul ·· Dead Can Dance ·· Dead Kennedys ·· Devo (Wiki) ·· Thomas Dolby ·· Echo & the Bunnymen ·· Eurythmics ·· Fishbone ·· Indigo Girls ·· Fela Kuti ·· Gang of Four ·· Bob Marley ·· Midnight Oil ·· New Order ·· The Pogues ·· The Police ·· The Pretenders (Wiki) ·· Prince ·· Run-DMC (Wiki) ·· Michelle Shocked ·· The Specials ·· Bruce Springsteen ·· Spinal Tap ·· The Stranglers ·· Tvlking Hevds ·· The The ·· The Tubes ·· UB40 ·· Suzanne Vega ·· Violent Femmes ·· Whodini (Wiki) ·· XTC

The 1970s

Leonard Cohen ·· Electric Light Orchestra ·· Al Green (Wiki) ·· Billy Preston (Wiki) ·· Stevie Wonder (Wiki)

The 1960s

The FBI investigated "Louie Louie" for obscenity.

Creedence Clearwater Revival ·· Johnny Cash (Wiki) ·· The Ronettes ·· The Ventures


Spike Jones ·· "Hot" Jazz ·· 78RPMs

As a kid I played the piano and was heavily into classical music, especially the works of Beethoven, Bach, and ragtime composer Scott Joplin.

"Without music, life would be a mistake."
    -- Friedrich Nietzsche