Lost in the ’80s: Total Coelo

As much as I adore the inherent goofiness that is new wave — the guyliner, the overwrought posing, the one-finger keyboard technique — sometimes I must admit some acts come dangerously close to goofy overload, camping it up far ...

Lost in the ’90s: Garbage, “Subhuman”

Most bands would be happy to have one or two songs on their debut album considered strong enough to be singles.  But what happens when your record label is so pleased by the number of potential hits, they’re afraid ...

Lost in the ’80s: Devo, “That’s Good”

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  How can one of Devo’s most famous songs outside of “Whip It” be Lost in the ’80s?  How can a song whose video was in heavy rotation back in the day be considered ...

Lost in the ’70s: Raspberries, “Let’s Pretend”

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, in the Seventies, it was next to impossible to escape hearing  Raspberries almost daily on the radio – not that that was a bad thing.  Emerging from the Mistake on the Lake in 1972, ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Tubes and Olivia Newton-John (?!)

All right, let me stop all you young ‘uns right there — 1980’s Xanadu is not a great movie, a lost treasure, or an overlooked masterpiece of fun. It’s a dreadful film, downright boring in parts, somewhat laughable in ...

Lost in the ’80s: Les Rita Mitsouko

French duo Fred Chichin and Catherine Ringer met at a theater production in the late ’70s and an instant musical bond was formed, one that took them from rock to synthpop and back again.  Recording under the name Les ...

Lost in the ’90s: Marcy Playground, “Shapeshifter”

When Marcy Playground’s borderline-annoying novelty hit “Sex And Candy” was all over alternative radio in the late ’90s, spending an astounding 15 weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock Chart, I couldn’t think of a song I could possibly ...

Lost in the ’70s: The Sweet, “Blockbuster”

Eight children, four each from different families, puréed Brady Bunch style in a $250-a-month, four-bedroom apartment in mid-’70s Elyria, Ohio. Inflation squeezed the wallets and coin purses dry, forcing both mother and stepfather to work full-time to keep Swanson’s ...

Lost in the ’80s: Face To Face, “10-9-8″

Big things were planned for Boston’s Face To Face in 1984.  Signed to Epic, the New Wave group was pushed heavily by the label as the next big music sensation.  The band was featured as the backing group in ...

Lost in the ’70s: The Quick

Unknown to nearly everyone save the most devoted power-pop and glam aficionados, the Quick were managed by legendary Los Angeles scenester and Runaways cofounder Kim Fowley. Fowley also coproduced the Quick’s one and only LP, Mondo Deco (1976), alongside ...

Lost in the ’80s: Dexys Midnight Runners

A quickie today, folks – I’m getting ready to move in with my betrothed, and I’m currently surrounded by boxes of stuff.  Moving is such a hassle, but I can’t forget you, faithful reader!  So, howzabout covering one of ...

Lost in the ’90s: Kirsty MacColl, “Walking Down Madison”

She’s the voice you hear on the Smiths’ “Ask” and Morrissey’s “Interesting Drug.”  She’s the salty dame calling Shane McGowan a “cheap lousy faggot” on the Pogues’ “Fairtytale Of New York.”  And she’s one of the most underrated songwriters ...

Lost in the ’80s: Paul McCartney, “So Bad”

Oh, some things just write themselves, don’t they?

I kid, I kid. “So Bad” is an overlooked little gem from the Paul catalog, released in the States as the follow-up to “Say Say Say,” his megahit duet with Michael ...

Lost in the ’70s: Cheryl Ladd, “Think It Over”

Charlie’s Angels chanteuse Cheryl Ladd was known for two spectacular things: her acting and her singing.

What? What’d you think I was gonna say?

Anyhoo, Ladd got her start as a singer in the early ’70s, back when she ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Wild Swans

This has been a week of happy endings for me, and I’m not referring to a trip to the massage parlor (this time).

Y’see, twenty-odd years ago, I bought one of those awesome Sire Records compilations Just Say Yes, ...

Lost in the ’90s: Cake Like

Record deals were being handed out like Halloween candy to anything remotely resembling “alternative” in the post-Nirvana ’90s. It’s nearly impossible to imagine a band like art/math rockers Shudder to Think being signed to a conglomerate like Sony, but heck, ...

Lost in the ’80s: Phil Seymour, “Talk to Me”

Remember when power-pop singles could actually be hit singles?

Ah, them’s was the days. The Romantics, Cheap Trick, the Raspberries, the Dwight Twilley Band …

Oh, about the Dwight Twilley Band — while Dwight got the marquee and the ...

Lost in the ’70s: T. Rex

Though history has been kind to Marc Bolan and T. Rex, during their early-’70s heyday American radio most definitely was not. Limited to just one solitary Top 40 single in the States, the band formerly known as Tyrannosaurus Rex ...

Lost in the ’70s: Metro, “Criminal World”

Have I mentioned that the internet is a pretty cool place lately?  No?  Okay, Imma mention it now!

I mean, first there’s all the porn.  Granted, some it can be pretty disgusting, but hey, it’s there and without the ...

Lost in the ’90s: The Candyskins, “Feed It”

Sometimes I can forgive a band for anything if I love them enough.  Even being featured in a Pringles ad or an Adam Sandler film.

Oxford, England’s Candyskins were never very popular chart-wise in their home country, but saw ...

Lost in the ’80s: Boys Don’t Cry, “Cities On Fire”

Thought they only had one song, didn’t you?

Actually, the British combo Boys Don’t Cry had two full albums and an EP besides their huge hit, “I Wanna Be A Cowboy,” but of course, that’s all they’ll ever be ...

Lost in the ’80s: Peter Gabriel, “Out Out”

After dipping his toe into the mainstream with his fourth album, Security, and its Top 40 hit, “Shock the Monkey,” it’s only natural that Peter Gabriel would continue to experiment fusing funk with world music and new wave.  What’s ...

Lost in the ’90s: Suede, “The Living Dead”

Morrissey was one of the earliest fans and champions of Britpop glumlords Suede, and it’s not too tough to figure out why. Besides owing quite a musical debt to Morrissey fave Bowie and even the Smiths themselves, Suede followed ...

Lost in the ’80s: Gary Numan

Another example of a one-hit wonder in the States while huge in the U.K., paranoid android and Bowie Low cop artist Gary Numan can lay the blame for his lack of U.S. hits solely on his American label, Atco.  ...

Lost in the ’70s: Carpenters, “Ticket To Ride”

It wasn’t the most auspicious of beginnings for Richard and Karen Carpenter.  Despite later huge success with several Top 40 hits and platinum albums, their first album, Offering, was a huge flop.  In fact, the only single to have ...