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New Wave Night — TJ McFly’s, Carbondale, December 1980

The photo might be a little blurry, but the memories are not. I remember this night as if it were yesterday. Check out the skinny tie and the three buttons.

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“I’m feelin’ Radioactive, think I’m gonna meltdown tonight” — Scott Wilk + The Walls

In the mail today! A flashback to those glorious, goofin’, pogo jumping, slam dancing early the 1980s. I saw this band at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Student Center at the beginning of the 1980 fall semester, (shortly after I saw David and the Happenings perform at an outdoor party in Lewis Park) and the […]

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Classic Ultravox

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS4y9zLIl8w&feature=more_related] A classic Ultravox song, “Passing Strangers” from their 1979 album Vienna. I saw them in concert thirty years ago on Halloween night at SIU (Southern Illinois University).

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The Iran Hostage Crisis – 30 Years After

For 444 days, from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, 53 Americans were held hostage by militant Iranian students in the U.S. Embassy in Teheran that would soon be part of the American vernacular as the Iran Hostage Crisis. It wasn’t America’s first major policy blunder in the Middle East that allowed the Embassy […]

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New Wave Class of 1979: “Life During Wartime” – Talking Heads

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NedwmkhHpKI] If you are one of those music aficionados who prefers their lyrics to be on the cerebral side of things without compromising too much foot-stomping danceability, you could also count on the Talking Heads to deliver both. And you never had to worry about them not making sense. Take their 1979 hit, “Life during […]

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Carbondale Alumni Reunion in Chicago at the Smart Bar

It was a little over a year ago when I first wrote an essay about an email I had gotten from David Siegfried, the former lead singer of David and the Happenings, a band that I seen a couple of times in Carbondale, Illinois as well as Chicago. I thought it was cool that David […]

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Makanda Java — Carbondale, Illinois

Jay, the owner of Makanda Java I am not even sure if the building or the coffee shop that was inside is still there, but when I was briefly a student at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, Illinois one of the favorite places to hang out when I was attending in the autumn of […]

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Where were you when John Lennon was shot?

On December 8, many people around the world will take time out again to remember the anniversary of the death of John Lennon.   “Where were you when John Lennon was shot” became just as poignant a question as the one posed by another generation when people asked, “Where were you when JFK was assassinated?” […]

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Vienna – Ultravox

Jeffrey at 50 – Fifty albums that changed my life and rocked my world     “We walked in the cold air Freezing breath on a window pane Lying and waiting A man in the dark in a picture frame So mystic and soulful A voice reaching out in a piercing cry It stays with […]

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Meet The Jerks – Rock & Roll from America’s Heartland

How I ended up working for a band that had briefly tasted fame (as another band) in the 1970s cannot be told without first looking back at an exciting time in a local music scene. At its most basic and rawest grassroots level, it is what rock and roll has been and will always be […]

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