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The End

Now that everything had its own comfortable slot for the radio and record companies to sell, music was losing it’s individuality.

One thing many of these artists learned was the mass acceptance of reggae beats. Somehow if they infused a bit of reggae into their new wave sound, it would sell. Elvis Costello got this ball rolling with “Less Than Zero” and “Watching the Detectives”, Ian Dury had a bit of reggae and The Clash incorporated it in their brand of punk. It immediately became listenable and served as a way to deliver the political message. I can’t think of too many reggae songs that don’t have political messages.

A hot band out of England, called The Specials, came out with a debut album produced by Elvis Costello. EC was taking lessons from Nick Lowe, I guess. It’s a classic album and became a resurgence of reggae/ska music. Suddenly, bands like Madness came out of the woodwork.

Another band came from this little mish mosh scene. The Police. They mixed this ska sound with power pop and middle of the road rock and caught on immediately with the very catchy “Roxanne” The Police became a mega hit on the corporate radio stations.

It had finally happened. Punk turned power pop turned ska became arena rock with The Police.

I loved the first album, but for me, The Police became stale when their giant egos got in the way.

Sting is a typical rock star who started out cool, turned into a total dick, then somehow got cool again. Somehow he redeemed himself. I guess age will do that.

It was official, punk had gone mainstream and the orignal attitude was just a memory.

The 80’s were here and what followed was the death of music.

MTV and a barrage of one hit wonders and fashion plates.

I lost interest. Completely.

and in the end….December 8, 1980. John Lennon was shot dead.

Now, I have nothing else to do but wait and hope my favorite artists release something meaningful.

I am still waiting.

Thank you for the ride…I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed reminiscing.

I have more to write. I am not going anywhere. My search for new music continues.

John Lennon – Nobody Told Me


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

4 responses to “The End

  1. Gerard ⋅

    80’s were all horror, Stock Aitkin and Waterman shit ruled the Top 40 overhere, gladly i got then interested in Alice Cooper and The Kinks. When i asked for a greatest hits, they had no clue who they were and bought the latest album State Of Confusion…. hooked for life. 90’s were even worse with 2 Unlimited being a proud export product of Holland… Offspring, Mano Negra, Blur and Green Day (with Dookie) were lights in the darkness. In the 2000’s finally english rock got back… Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys are great. During concerts you see in the front all the girls of 15, 16 years screaming about their idols and in the back with a gap of about 25 years age-difference the rock-lovers who just enjoy the music.

    • Stevie GB

      excellent response Gerard. It’s interesting to see that Europe had the same problems in the 80’s. The new bands you mentioned are all great and give new hope to rock n roll for us old bastards. Thanks for following. SGB

  2. Michael maccarrone ⋅

    Steve I have a few artist’s that I beg you to listen to……from the 80’s Husker Du, then Bob Mould’s solo material, then his band Sugar in the 90’s….and then throughout most of the 2000’s Ike Reilly (or ike reilly assassination)……To me…Ike Reilly is if Dylan had grown up with us and listened to what we listened to and then started a Punk band….the guy is amazing…truly

    • Stevie GB

      i know and like Husker Du. Riley Assassination I have checked out before based on your recommendation. Liked it. I will give it another listen for sure. I trust your musical tastes. Thanks buddy. Rock On !

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