Canadian content: Kon Kan, “I Beg Your Pardon” (1989)

  The word "earworm" gets thrown a lot to describe pieces of music that stick in your head. I am terribly susceptible to these. The worst kind for me are advertising jingles, especially from my childhood. You have no idea how much restraint it takes for me not to share every damned jingle that pops … Continue reading Canadian content: Kon Kan, “I Beg Your Pardon” (1989)

Now here’s something we hope you’ll REALLY like: Boris Badenough, “Hey Rocky” (1986)

(Above: Take that, moose and squirrel.) Oh, where to begin with this one.... Further to the subject of mixtapes from the other day: for every one that was completed, I probably came up with ideas for another three.  One that was started and abandoned - for reasons that shall become clear - was called "Obnoxious … Continue reading Now here’s something we hope you’ll REALLY like: Boris Badenough, “Hey Rocky” (1986)

Mixtape Review: “Music Tape, Summer 1988”

(Above: That's an awfully cute cassette tape.) In a post last week I suggested that the summer of 1988 was my last carefree summer. There's really no way for me to argue with that.  The summer between my first (and last) year as a traditional undergraduate student can best be described as being free of … Continue reading Mixtape Review: “Music Tape, Summer 1988”

Toro toro, taxi: Dire Straits, “Skateaway” (1980)

Last week's post about Revolver being one of my Top Five albums got me spiraling into a sort of High Fidelity argument with myself about what would be in that Top Five list.  The album that I keep going back and forth on is Dire Straits' Making Movies from 1980.  Is it simply good or … Continue reading Toro toro, taxi: Dire Straits, “Skateaway” (1980)

Summer’s over: Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (1988)

(Above: Quite possibly, the world's shortest album.)   There are usually a few signs that summer - and with it, summer vacation - is coming to a close. The main ones that I noticed each year were the intensity of annual cicadas each August and the first broadcast of exhibition football on television.  Hearing both … Continue reading Summer’s over: Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (1988)

College Radio Redux: U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)

(Above: Me in the WLRA studios, sometime in the Miami Vice era.) In yesterday's post I waxed poetic (wax on, wax off...) about college radio and my time at Lewis University's WLRA.  My time in college was far from traditional. In my fourth semester at Lewis, I decided to forego my college eligibility and turn … Continue reading College Radio Redux: U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)