Eighties Music has endured way beyond its resurgence. History defines the era as one of the most outrageous and diverse decades of music and culture worldwide. Hope you tossed the spandex but not your vinyl, CD's and cassettes from: ABC, A-Ha, B-52's, Bananarama, Big Country, Blondie, Cars, The Clash, Cure, Def Leppard, Depeche Mode, Devo, Duran Duran, Erasure, Eurythmics, Falco, Fixx, Foreigner, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Hall & Oates, INXS, Joy Division, Cyndi Lauper, New Order, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, The Police, Prince, Psychedelic Furs, Bruce Springsteen, Skids, Spandau Ballet, The Smiths, Survivor, U2, Wham, the list goes on and on. Many are still active releasing new albums, touring, reissuing deluxe editions on vinyl & CD. Welcome to my site to reminisce and share these music memories.
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, KJ's Music Talk for a wide-ranging collection of interviews conducted with legendary musicians and a few newcomers to the scene. There's something for everyone, search for your favorites, check back often for new features. Click below on the artist's name for the video, or click the channel's icon here. Enjoy!
Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult
Five clips total, watch 'em all!
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IN THE NEWS:
UPCOMING NEW RELEASES:
New career-spanning hits set, Best Of The Psychedelic Furs on 2 CD & Vinyl is out June 25, compiled by the band...KISS are the subject of a two episode documentary on A&E - Biography: KISStory, begins on June 27...Paul Young From Time To Time: The Singles Collection is out on July 9th and The Alan Parsons Project reissues The Time Machine also on this day...Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant releases his long-awaited memoir, Bunnyman on July 15...Yngwie Malmsteen Parabellum drops on July 23...Prince Welcome 2 America is set for July 30, all new unreleased music...New Night Ranger studio album, ATBPO is coming on August 6, as well as Kim Wilde's Pop Don't Stop - Greatest Hits Box Set...Joan Armatrading releases Consequences on August 13...Aztec Camera: Backwards & Forwards 1984-1995 Box Set...Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde Standing In The Doorway, a set of Bob Dylan covers on CD & Vinyl August 20...The Stranglers Dark Matters releases September 10...Lindsey Buckingham releases his self-titled new studio album on September 17...The The release The Comeback Special: Live At The Royal Albert Hall on October 1...The Alarm celebrate their 40th with History Repeating 1981-2021 on October 15...Future Past is the new studio album by Duran Duran, set for October 22...
NEW ALBUMS OUT NOW:
Billy Gibbons Hardware…Crowded House Dreamers Are Waiting...Gary Numan Intruder...Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground...Bonnie Tyler The Best Is Yet To Come...Kansas Point Of Know Return Live & Beyond...
Genesis announced their 14 date U.S. tour kicking off in Chicago on November 15 - The Last Domino?" reunion tour is their first return to the U.S. since 2007; fall dates also planned for the U.K...Madness and The English Beat will cross the pond for a five city U.S. tour in 2022 (let's hope for more cities)!
RECORD STORE DAY Drop #2 is July 17 - Support your local indie record stores in person or online (click date for a list of releases).
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1984 is the year my love for music became an obsession and a way of life. Embarking on a quest to learn more about all artists performing the songs I heard and enjoyed in my younger years. It was also the year I started to attend live concerts and continued to do so with great regularity.
With my musical skills honed from playing an instrument in the school band from the fifth grade on, I was also enjoying the performance and theory of music, which I owe to my junior and high school music teacher, who always encouraged and inspired me to become a serious musician. The combination of my new love for recorded and live music and my interest in the school music program led to me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music education.
Returning home from college at the end of each school year, I found employment related to my love for rock and pop music. Applying with hopes for a summer job as an usher at an outdoor concert venue, I was instead hired as a security guard exclusively for the stage and backstage areas. Absolutely a dream job for three summers, just the right amount of time, as most major artists would come through to support a new album every few years. I always had direct interactions with all the artists, in addition to being a “fly on the wall” with the same musicians I followed for years listening to pop radio and my stereo.
Upon graduating college, I began my search for my first teaching job. Unfortunately, in an extremely competitive field, I didn’t get the keys to my first classroom later that year. Realizing I wouldn’t be teaching in the fall, I submerged myself into the retail side of the music industry, first as a salesclerk, a secret shopper, and eventually manager for a major national record store chain. After a brief stint outside the music industry, I was hired by one of the five major music distributors. I worked in several capacities over the course of 13 years, gaining a wealth of experience in advertising, marketing, promotion, and sales. Once again, I found myself rubbing shoulders with the artists I grew up listening to, with much closer collaboration than at the concert venue.
As the industry shifted from physical product to digital and streaming, it was time to recreate myself, adapting to a new business model. I took a leap of faith with work as a freelance educator, splitting my time between teaching General Music courses and choir at three private schools. I also applied for a position as a Music Director for a musical in my community, which led me to directing 50 shows in the world of musical theater. Through my interaction with adults and adolescents enrolled in these programs, I built a studio of private vocal and instrumental students that continues to grow.
Today, I work for an entertainment organization that owns multiple concert venues, clubs, and restaurants. As with my past positions, I’ve had more opportunities to learn about more facets of the industry – relating to venue retail operations, booking, and developing performance opportunities for musicians in the community.
The common thread throughout these experiences is the stories – so many to share with you! Hope you check back often for updates about the artists you love to listen to and learn about. Looking forward to having you on this musical journey with me, where we can share our love for All Things Music!