Musically, the 80s wasn't my era. It was a decade of pop one hit wonders with bad band names, like Kajagoogoo and the Cutting Crew, not to mention terrible (and dare I talentless) hair bands who were more a product of their producers - and hair stylists. Then again, there were a few gems that didn't fit the mold. In many ways, the 80s was a prelude to the grunge scene in the 90s. Even in this late 80s playlist, there's a sense that it was nearing the dawn of something different - something bigger.
Nine Inch Nails 'Pretty Hate Machine' was remastered and rereleased last year, and next month, we can look forward to all of The Smith's work getting a similar treatment. Sadly, it appears that The Smiths CDs are being released as a single collection rather than individually, meaning, it's going to cost around $60 for the set, which will include: their self titled album from 1984, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead, Strangeways Here We Come, as well as the compilations Hatful Of Hollow, The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs, and the live album Rank.
It's amazing how many times The Smiths have been repackaged.