I'm not sure why but these last few months I've really been digging Echo & The Bunnymen. I have been accused of listening too much to 80s music; I can't help it! 80's music is what I listened to in high school. No when I say 80's music, I don't mean Hair Bands (i.e. Scorpions, Motley Crue, Ratt, Iron Maiden, or Metallica) or early rap (i.e. RUN DMC, NWA, Young MC, Eric B. & Rakim, BDP or Public Enemy), although I've spent my fair share of time listenings to these genres. When I say 80's music, I mean the early roots of alternative music. I'm talking Echo & The Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, The Fixx, The Clash, Duran Duran (Arcadia), The Descendants, The English Beat, etc. The only reason I can figure I like this music is it was what I listened to as a young adolescent when I first felt the exciting strains of independence. This was my music when I drove for the first time, had my first girlfriend, broke up with my first girlfriend, got dumped, got suspended from school, got in fist fights, worried about image/appearance, tried out for the swim team, got cut from the swim team, served in-house detention, served Saturday tardy school, spent the night at friends, stayed up way too late doing things my parents ought not know about, and, ultimately, learned what it was to be an adult.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a relic. I don't spend my weekends watching The Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, and everything Molly Ringwald. But the elements of this time frame have a special place in my heart. Just like Gomer Pyle, The Lone Ranger, and The Andy Griffeth show does for my parents--puke!