Mr. Bile and Venom (remember him?) was complaining a few weeks ago about the recent hipster love of 80's rock hits. We were at a bar that was playing some terrible monster hit from the 80's and he couldn't take it anymore. While some great bands can pull off a fun homage to the rock of yesteryear, I'm not quite sure if I'm into the whole ironic love of crap songs that is going on right now.
I don't mean to deride folks who sincerely enjoy a little "Working for the Weekend" (myself included) now and again. I just don't enjoy the fact that so many bars have a constant rotation of these songs to prove how hip they are. These are the same people who wouldn't have been caught dead listening to these same songs ten years ago.
A few days ago, I was at an amazing barbeque hosted by an extremely knowledgeable music fan/ indie label owner. He had his iPod on shuffle. When a great Malkmus song came on, he rushed from the grill to change the song to an Asia song. Asia? Really? I have no doubt that he truly enjoys Asia now and forever but coming on the heels of Chris commenting on this 80's trend, I chuckled to myself.
Still, maybe there isn't really anything to complain about here because as long as we're going to be stuck in the 80's, maybe the long awaited Huey Lewis revival might be finally near. We can only hope.
4 days ago