My wife masters the art of mockery—Le Clown being her target of preference: my passionate, incoherent, rambling excursions into obscure pop culture trivia, my unabashed infatuation with reality TV, and my tiresome insistence that the Eighties had good music (her words). I’m an 80s kid, I grew up watching Family Ties, lending my good looks to Robert Smith and Simon Le Bon, and nurturing a healthy passion for anything Star Wars and Princess Leia… circa Return of the Jedi, obviously.
My decade gets a lot of flack. I mean, granted: it was the Age of Reagan. But Sara, you had George H. W. Bush. And we had hair metal. There would have been no grunge if there hadn’t been bands like Twisted Sister to revolt against. Let’s drop that highbrow attitude on the Eighties: bands like Joy Division left a greater musical legacy than say… Nirvana (Nickelback, anyone?). Not to mention that Kurt Cobain’s primary influence was The Pixies, another great 80s band. Flawless logic, Le Clown. Give yourself a tap on the back.
SELL ME YOUR DECADE
On October 24, 1985, Le Clown used a raw egg to mold his hair à la Robert Smith, and caught The Cure live, his first unchaperoned concert, at the tender age of 14. Le Clown went on to become a great man, but it had nothing to do with the concert. There were songs that helped shape me into the man I am today, and not all of them were seminal 80s songs. Most of them, I connected to on a very strong emotional level, and it would be selfish of me not to share these gems with you… only if you share yours with me. Deal?
Your turn to share with us the songs of your decade that are never going to give you up…
DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – COME ON EILEEN
Best song of the 80s. Now how about another grandiloquent statement from yours truly?
TEARS FOR FEARS – SHOUT
The Hurting ended up being the favourite, but mostly, I liked what mainstream told me to…
THE CURE – INBETWEEN DAYS
Just say it: Le Clown would have more street creds had he mentioned Boys Don’t Cry…
SIMPLE MINDS – SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME
The band would later record the anthem of my teens, but I knew of them back when they were cool (shhhh, listen… the sound my wife’s mockery: Simple Minds? Cool? Really?).
U2 – WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
I was in the living room with my parents when I first saw the video. Bono introduced a new hairdo to the word, and his ego… one that Le Clown would try to emulate from that day on.
THE WATERBOYS – THE WHOLE OF THE MOON
Something about the moon, and canons, and trumpets… something about goosebumps…