Monday, May 12, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax

No one does anything with their hair anymore. Through the 50's, 60's, 70's and yes, the 80's, one's top topiary was intrinsically wed to a SCENE. Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zep...and yep, Flock of Seagulls (to name a very few) all had some signature hairstyle which fans aped as to be included in the SCENE. The mods, the rockers, the punks, the new wavers, the metal heads, the rockabilly kids ALL paid tribute to their brand via a hair comb.

Yet after the 80's, all of that seems to be history. Try as I might, I can't think of any particular hairstyle that speaks to the 90's or the 00's. The style is almost anti-style -- the lack of style perhaps being the statement. The band on stage looks just like the audience these days. Gone it seems is the line between performer and audience -- and worse; artist and audience. A visit to Pitchfork alone will prove this accurate.

So, this week, a tribute to the era that begat eyeliner and aerosol and apparently put the last nail in that coffin.

Flock of Seagulls - I Ran (Mp3)
Heaven 17 - Temptation (Mp3)
Frazier Chorus - Dream Kitchen (Mp3)
Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach (Mp3)
Fischer Z - The Worker (Mp3)


Peewit said...

I have to say I don't remember hairstyles as being particularly siginificant for Fischer Z. I saw them supporting (early) Dire Straits at the late lamented Rainbow back in 1980. A vastly under rated band. Their first album (from which this single is taken) is magnificent

Franko6677 said...

Hi there, very cool blog! I am going to link to you on mine, "Vinyl Goldmine." -Frank

Palyniam said...

Dream Kitchen.............. brilliant