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Do You Still Listen To Ultravox?

I got an interesting email the other day from one of my good friends Paul Collin who I met when I was going to Southern Illinois University in 1980. He brought me up to speed with what has been going on in his life these days, not the least of which was how the iPod […]

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On the road with The Jerks — Part 1

The Jerks, Dixon Illinois 1981 For almost a year in the early 80s I was sort of a roadie and light technician for The Jerks, a rock band in the Illinois Valley. How I ended up working for a band that had briefly tasted fame (as another band) in the 70s cannot be told without […]

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A Soundtrack For My Life — Disc One Side B

Hotel California – The Eagles I have to confess that when The Eagles were as big as they were in the 70s, I wasn’t really into them that much. I bought their greatest hits collection when it first came out as well as “Hotel California.” You couldn’t turn on the radio in the summer of […]

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My Soundtrack — Disc One Side A

I was listening to some 80’s New Wave today which included “Echo Beach” by Martha and the Muffins. Every time I hear this song—a classic from 1980—I am reminded of the time that I almost saw them. They were playing at Tuts in Chicago just right after New Year’s Day in 1981. I had gone […]

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People change, as do their musical tastes

Today, while walking to school I was listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” Now that might not seem some seminal event worthy of a blog entry, but there was a time when I did not like Bruce Springsteen. In fact, I couldn’t stand his music. Once back in 1984 when I was a DJ […]

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The Godfather of Soul in Seoul

James Brown came to town last night. “It’s great to be in Shanghai!” Whether or not he was joking or not, or perhaps just suffering a bit of jet lag from traveling around Asia one thing is for certain, when the Godfather of Soul puts on a show, he does not disappoint. With a show […]

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What am I listening to these days?

I am still stuck in the late 70’s and early 80’s when it comes to my musical tastes. Feeling a little down these days, I have been listening to Ultravox’s Passing Strangers and Vienna, Stiv Bators’ I Wanna Forget You Just the Way You Are, and Johnny Thunders’ You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A […]

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