The Vinyl Generation Blog Posts

  • Just Like Heaven
    on Jan 11, 2009
    1987The CureKiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeIn the summer of 1987, I applied for what would become my first tenured job. I was living on the daybed in my mother's basement, cleaning up the mess of my life- staying off the drugs and staying sober as long as
  • Rock 'N Roll Fantasy
    on Jan 10, 2009
    1979Bad CompanyDesolation AngelsIt was the summer of '79, the "Me Decade" coming to a sweltering end. I was just a bony little teenager then. I loved the summer months. It was relaxing, but it was a time for chores such as mowing the lar
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
    on Jan 1, 2009
    1987U2The Joshua TreeThe front door to my mother's new house was unlocked, so I opened the door and let myself in. Everything was white: all the surrounding walls splattered in white paint, white furniture situated everywhere, the carpet was white,
  • Roadhouse Blues
    on Dec 30, 2008
    1970The DoorsMorrison Hotel"Roadhouse Blues"I dropped out of college. Emery dropped out of college. Shriner dropped out of college. Rob was hospitalized on medication to control his psychotic behavior. Bobby was somewhere crashing through th
  • Welcome to the Boomtown
    on Dec 16, 2008
    1986David & DavidBoomtown"Welcome to the Boomtown"I don't recall how I discovered this album when it first came out, but I'll never forget the day Emery (Bad) and I drove around town listening to the entire album- mesmerized by
  • Centerfield
    on Dec 10, 2008
    1985John FogertyCenterfieldThe summer of 1985, I was making new friends while doing quite a bit of bar-hopping. I was no longer engaged to Amy (It's My Life), and Becky (Dreamweaver) had moved off to Virginia, so I decided I was going to hang with t
  • The Magnificent Seven
    on Dec 6, 2008
    1980The ClashSandinista!"The Magnificent Seven"I met Shrine-Dawg at his own birthday party. It was late 1984 and the trees were glistening with Christmas lights, the malls were packed with anxiously giving creatures, and the homes were filled w
  • Dreamweaver
    on Dec 6, 2008
    1975Gary WrightThe Dream WeaverGary Wright's song, "Dreamweaver" reminds me of a couple of things: First, it usually sparked delightful memories of Skateland South when I was a young boy skating around with my friends; and second, it remin
  • Bad
    on Nov 29, 2008
    1984U2The Unforgettable Fire"Bad"There were many days I didn't feel like getting out of bed, and there were many nights where I just felt like lying down and sleeping there forever like a junkie who had lost everything. By the end of 1984,
  • Boys of Summer
    on Nov 28, 2008
    1984Don Henley "Boys of Summer" As Summer turned to Fall, and all the leaves changed their colors before falling to the ground, life became a bit more complicated. Bobby (War) met a girl and fell in love with her. Her name was Kara. She had
  • Purple Rain
    on Nov 23, 2008
    1984Prince (Or whatever the egomaniac's name is)Purple RainAmy (It's My Life) liked movies, and as I stated earlier, she also liked R & B music, so when the movie "Purple Rain" came out, she was thrilled; and of course, being t
  • Synchronicity
    on Nov 23, 2008
    1983The PoliceSynchronicityI scored my first real summer job, the summer before I left for college. I was working for a friend of the family who had a highly successful and growing lighting company. And this might not seem like a fun thing to do, b...
  • Victory Tour
    on Nov 21, 2008
    July 6, 1984The Jacksons"Victory Tour" My mother bought my fiance' and I tickets to the opening night of the highly anticipated "The Jacksons Victory Tour" during Independence Day weekend. (I kept many of my ticket stubs over the
  • Every Strangers Eyes
    on Nov 20, 2008
    1984Roger WatersThe Pros and Cons of HitchhikingRoger Water's ambitious solo album came out in 1984 and being a fan of Pink Floyd, I had to go out and get a copy the day it arrived on the shelves. I remember peering at the naked girl on the cover wh
  • Comfortably Numb
    on Nov 19, 2008
    1979Pink FloydThe Wall, Pt. 3"Comfortably Numb"One night, late summer 1984, around 3AM, I received a call from Rob's (The Wall, Pt 2) brother, Fritz. He was frantically crying and fumbling with his words as he described to me the horrible
  • Oh Sherrie
    on Nov 18, 2008
    1984Steve Perry"Oh Sherrie" Being in love has the remarkable ability of turning any man into a sap. Now that I had a girlfriend (turned fiance'), I no longer presented arguments as to why Can's Tago Mago album should be considered one
  • Against All Odds
    on Nov 15, 2008
    1984Phil Collins"Against All Odds" What beginning relationship is not without contention? When I met Amy during Spring Break, I merely assumed our week-long vacation would lead to nothing more than a few letters, phone calls, and maybe a visit
  • Sweet Home Alabama
    on Nov 15, 2008
    1974Lynyrd Skynyrd"Sweet Home Alabama" I'd known Liz all my life. We went to elementary school, middle school, and eventually completed high school together. Our families went to the same church, we lived in the same neighborhood, and sh
  • It's My Life
    on Nov 13, 2008
    1984Talk Talk"It's My Life"I met her on a cruise ship during Spring Break of 1984. I remember the first time I saw her walk into the ship lounge: she was a petite girl with eyes sparkling like the seas we were floating upon. She wore a w
  • Owner of a Lonely Heart
    on Nov 12, 2008
    1983Yes90125Oh, the life of a college boy in small town, America- the first taste of genuine freedom, but true responsibility as well. For a few months, I would no longer be under my parent's roof; and as much as I enjoyed my freedom, I also found m