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;) maybe. That was a very big year in suburban teendom iirc. I was way into metal........
By:  Paul (Moderators; 67573)
Posted on: 09-10-2019 18:52.
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...I was 15 until October of '86. Also way into hardcore punk with some Husker Du and early alt rumblings here and there. In '85 my circle of friends expanded beyond my metal/punk bros and put me in contact with a kid who was way more into rap than I was, also showed me cool non-guitar music which I was basically unaware existed

Shriekback, Kraftwerk, the non-ballad/non-Clarke Depeche Mode I hadn't really heard, some darkwave-ish stuff. Good guy, I did tagalong to some cool-kids parties with him (he had played football).

But that's just me. Also in 1986, MTV's 120 Minutes dropped, and it was like a whole new world opened that I'd basically missed in terms of guitar music that wasn't metal or blues.

Nothing compared to the "everything, now. for free" model of today's music consumption, but in the burbs in 1986 Texas... it was at least the door being cracked a bit. REM, XTC, Smithereens, the Cult, the Cure, Smiths maybe, on and on. Lifelong faves from that show I'd have probably not heard til much later otherwise.

These kids were too cool for me though. My club days were '88-'90, and I looked like a dick. I recognize the clothing here though. Hysterical. New wave's "Heavy Metal Parking Lot?"

Edited by Paul at 9/10/2019 6:53:39 PM


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