(Note: I wrote the following on my old blog AGONY SHORTHAND in April 2003. Had mp3 blogs existed then, I would have uploaded the track for you. Now that they do, I am â€œrepurposingâ€ this original content):
I was 12 years old in 1980, and had had some limited exposure to what was then known as “new wave”. Punk was still something I wasn’t ready to fully tackle, given that the bands & audience actually spit on each other — or so TIME magazine said — but I was definitely extremely curious. Anything that might sound “punk” or “new wave” sounded it might be really fucking cool, so armed with a rudimentary knowledge of what it actually might sound like (having heard Devo and the B-52s, I was certainly an expert), I would tune in to various FM dinosaur rock stations and see if I could find any. These stations, which at the time normally played a mix of horrible AOR like Journey, Styx and the Eagles, were being forced by program directors to play some of this new shit, because everyone said it was “about to break”. So you’d often hear some crap power pop trotted out as punk/new wave or my favorite, “modern music”. And believe me — and many others who’ve testified to this fact — kids in my suburb, at least, used “punk” and “new wave” interchangeably and almost always as a negative, and the main epithet hurled at kids who dressed like funny new wavers or hardcore punks was ALWAYS “Hey, Devo!!”.
(Here we are back in 2007 againâ€¦) I since learned that most of their stuff was OK, but that this is still their crown jewel. Understand and accept that itâ€™s probably closer to the B-52s themselves than it is to, say, The Cramps, and if youâ€™re cool with that, then hereâ€™s the song for your listening pleasure.
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