That80sGuy

Every moment of your life adds up to who you are each day.  That means that everyone is forever changing – every day.  I call myself That 80’s Guy because I most closely associate with music from the 80’s.  Indeed in 1980 I turned 13 – a teenager at last.  For the next decade I spent time listening to the radio, ordering cassettes, shopping at record outlets, trolling used record stores looking through their inventory each day to see what changed and what I might pick up for 25 cents.  What new treasure could I add to my growing collection of vinyl? So, to show that each event made me who I am, I will share specific events in my life that shaped me, and I’ll reveal personal information that may give you a glimpse into That 80’s Guy.

  • I had long hair before it became popular and I was distinctly unpopular because of it
  • One of my best friends vowed to get his hair cut into a new wave style if another friend and I got a new wave haircut too
  • I got a David Bowie (Spider’s From Mars) haircut, my friend got a new wave cut too and we made an appointment for the next day for our third friend
  • After I got my hair cut a girl that I liked asked me why I cut my long hair because she loved it and was sad because I cut it
  • She might have mentioned it before the hair cut
  • That was just before Van Halen, Ratt, Poison and Twisted Sister made long hair popular
  • I took a friend that was a girl from school to see the Waitresses in Denver, when I asked if I could put my arm around her shoulder while we watched the show she said no
  • I moved to Florida and rewrote my image from long-haired, hippie, mountain man (boy) into outgoing new wave guy
  • I braided my rattail (the little bit of hair behind my haircut that I just never cut)
  • I died my hair blue
  • And I died my hair green
  • I wore Culture Club, B-52’s and English Beat T-shirts
  • With either black or gray parachute pants
  • And either black or gray low-cut suede Duran Duran boots (that my sister called my peter pan shoes)
  • As well as one of those Michael Jackson belts that had holes the entire length and wrapped around twice
  • I liked to watch break dancers at the skating rink
  • I also wore molded blue sunglasses (they didn’t have hinges)
  • I loaned them out to a girl when I went to the beach with her and never got them back (the glasses)
  • I went to the beach with her because I liked her friend (who never found out I liked her)
  • Despite my unconventional looks I was still a teacher’s pet
  • I took a girl who dressed like Boy George to see Culture Club in Miami
  • I did the morning announcements
  • I parked my car in the teacher’s parking lot
  • I got smacked in the eye with a book on the last day of school because I was assumed to be gay because I liked Culture Club
  • I am not gay, but I have friends and family who are and I support them
  • I worked at a talk radio station and had my own Sunday show (yes, talk, not music much to my dismay)
  • I dated the hottest looking freshman in high school
  • I took her to see the Thompson Twins (and I put my arm around her)
  • I took her to prom
  • Two marriages and fourteen years later I married her
  • I still have the Thompson Twins concert shirt
  • She still has the pearls I bought her for prom
  • I have seven ear-ring holes in my left ear, but I generally don’t wear ear-rings
  • I used to have a mohawk that reached halfway down my back
  • I got a tattoo when I was thirty-three
  • I listen to Music, Non-Stop

This is not really intended to be a review site, it is really just my random thoughts about music and different albums in particular.  The site is very personal in the fact that I share private thoughts and emotions as they relate to the music I discuss.