The Cure (“Boys Don’t Cry”)

And among all the other amazing 80s bands, I had to include this spectacular goth-rock extravaganza! Saw them around this same time in San Francisco and was thoroughly blown away! Still love them today, even if boys DO cry…

Madness (“One Step Beyond”)

When Madness released their debut album in ’79 (One Step Beyond…), that title track could be heard at every party for years, it was an inevitable dance tune that was a barnburner and party-jumper. Still love it today!

The Clash (“Safe European Home”) [Live]

This was the amazing opening song on their second album, Give ‘Em Enough Rope. Very powerful song, and what a performance here at Bond’s!! These were the types of venues where Joe Strummer would come out to hang and chat with the audience after the concert. I was fortunate to experience that and speak with him on two occasions. The only band that mattered.

Roxy Music (“More Than This”)

A ubiquitous pop/new wave song at the time. Here Bryan Ferry not looking his best. Hot dance moves, though…. and did someone say “lip syncing?” Definitely a much different sound (and look) from when Brian Eno was in the band. Compare this to “Ladytron” from their debut album, for example (… But that is just meta-reminition, I suppose…


Elvis Costello and The Attractions (“Radio, Radio”)

The band’s famous performance on SNL that got him banned from the show. I remember watching it live, so excited to see the band on SNL. He was made to promise not to play “Radio, Radio,” so started off with “Less Than Zero.” A few measures in, he dumped it and went for “Radio, Radio.” Total rebellious move at that time. Very awesome!

Watch that live performance here (not on YouTube for some reason…. hmmmmm….):