Flipping through the mounds of vinyl during a recent trip my local Salvation Army store, a couple of records caught my eye. These were two albums I had never seen or heard of before, and they didn’t seem to meet the standard criteria for thrift store record bin finds (i.e. Barbara Streisand, 101 Strings Orchestra, Herb Alpert, Perry Como etc.).Just by looking at the covers I safely assumed they were from the 1980’s. The bold colors, geometric shapes, and angular division of space displayed on both covers are all graphic elements typical of not only 1980’s design, but of New Wave music in particular. I listen to a lot of music from this era and I’ve spent a lot of time sifting through dusty piles of records, and I didn’t know either of these albums. So after determining that both were in good, playable condition, I paid the cashier my $2 and eagerly took them home.
For me there is no better way to experience music than in a live setting. I have seen some incredible live shows since I started going to concerts almost 20 years ago. Being a very visual person who is also completely addicted to music, I started going to see bands as soon as I had the means to do so. My first real concert was Pink Floyd at the age of 16. Anyone familiar with Pink Floyd knows their visual identity is completely inseparable from their music, mostly due to their live performances. This experience left an impression on me that will last until my dying day.
I am a child of the 80’s. I have vivid memories of when my family first got cable television. I can’t recall the exact year it was when that magical box suddenly appeared atop our living room television set, but I know it was sometime in the early 80’s. From that day forward and all through my early-teenage years I dedicated hours of my life to vegging out in front of the tube watching music videos on MTV and eventually VH-1.