Tag Archives: New Wave

1982-83: MTV helped me diversify my musical tastes

The finale for my trilogy covering MTV’s 40th birthday is really a love letter to how the budding network rescued my musical tastes while KLOL educated me on the past and Rock’s modern foundation. I wish I could say that … Continue reading

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1982: MTV invades the Maggi Household in Houston

Until we moved to Houston at Summer’s End in 1982, MTV was just something I knew about through commercials. Often they were these rapid-fire, brightly colored affairs with various rock stars saying “I want my MTV!” and instructions to call … Continue reading

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The Sparks Brothers: Must See*

* – If you love music in any capacity, you better see this. Otherwise, the rest of the world can wait until streaming services carry it. Despite this documentary being a huge love letter to one of greatest duos in … Continue reading

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We almost lost Mark Mothersbaugh to CV-19!

Saw the frightening news via Twitter about Mark being pretty sick. Glad he made it through so he can keep making music for upcoming TV show and movies.

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RIP Rupert Hine

The announcement of Rupert’s passing was made a few days ago but I stumbled upon it today during my daily newspaper scans (usually the New York Times and The Guardian). For me, he will forever be the Fixx’s sixth member since he … Continue reading

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RIP Ric Ocasek

I wanted to spend an extra day regarding the Ric Ocasek’s death since he and The Cars were a huge part of my teenage life and musical education. Having grown up in downstate Illinois, I didn’t hear any Cars music … Continue reading

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Force Awakens meets Duran Duran

My favorite Duran Duran album mashed up with the cool, newer character from the Star Wars saga. The minimal of colors and porcelain skin applied to Rey via the Nagel style works pretty well.

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RIP: Ranking Roger (nee Roger Charley) with anecdote

Such a shame to lose Roger at such an early age. Many of you all, especially if you’re under 40, probably don’t recognize his name but he was a major player in early Eighties music under the New Wave banner … Continue reading

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RIP Mark Hollis

When I saw the story via the Guardian, I was bummed because Mark Hollis was a name I hadn’t heard in a long time. As much as I dug Talk Talk, I never remembered the individual band members but their first two … Continue reading

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Culture Club with Tom Bailey

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. It’s…you went to see Boy George this Summer? Really? I went for two other reasons. The first was this show being a joint trip with my friend and co-worker Ayako who likes Culture Club. … Continue reading

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OMD in Austin

Last Friday I went to the sold-out OMD concert at Emo’s, a venue I need to work into my life more often. Initially I went because the tickets were a late Christmas present for frequent concert buddy Mark M. Me? … Continue reading

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Gary Numan

Last week, I got to see Gary Numan perform a full show; I had met and watched him a couple years ago through a SXSW showcase at Waterloo Records. Despite the cold rain, Gary played to a sold-out crowd at … Continue reading

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Tears For Fears

Last week I finally saw the band behind my favorite records of 1985 and 1993. Currently they’re touring with Hall & Oates but as Roland said, every now and then, they get let out to play a headlining show in … Continue reading

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The B-52s (2017): 40th anniversary tour

I think I last saw them perform at a corporate event Somara’s employer held, the Go Gos were there too. However, I really hadn’t seen them perform since their pinnacle in 1989. Quite a concert then because Milwaukee preferred dinosaur … Continue reading

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RIP Pete Burns

Pete will always be known as the lead singer/mascot for the band Dead or Alive with their hits “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record),” “Lover Come Back To Me,” “I Wanna Be Your Toy,” “Brand New Lover” and “Something … Continue reading

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