Ah, the halcyon early '80s: asymmetric hair; clothes that often resembled loud pajamas with zippers sewn on; a still-intact and still-dangerous Soviet Union; putrid drum sounds. (Belated punishment should be meted out to all the audio producers and engineers responsible for crimes committed against innocent drum kits in recording studios throughout the 1980s.) The dawn of that dicey decade also saw the rise to preeminence of post-punk and new wave music. Honestly, a lot of this stuff sounds like skillets being dropped on a tin roof, but there was also much of merit in it. A... More >>>