After a few weeks of unseasonably cool weather in Portland, we've got some 80s in the forecast this week. Some possible 80's at least. And just like those parachute pants that everyone remembers yet no one admits to having owned (huh?) the 80s won't be here for long. Autumn has arrived, whether we're ready for it or not.
When I started building an 80s playlist, I found it being pulled in two directions: the American rock 80s and the British alt 80s. I'll save an American 80's playlist for another time.
I realize this isn't even close to what the 80s sounded like in the U.K. Instead, it's what the U.K. sounded like in the 80s to a kid in the middle of nowhere in the U.S. Come to think of it, even that is a lie. I didn't discover The Smiths until 1988, a year after their demise. I didn't discover Echo & The Bunnymen and P.I.L. until I was in college in the 90s. I come from a land where Free Bird might as well have been recorded yesterday. Sad, but true.
If the 80's wasn't really your decade, how about a playlist in the 90s? It's even a U.K. 90's playlist! An early 90's U.K. playlist, in fact.