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#17. When I was seventeen, I DJ'ed for the local college radio station.

You know, I've written about this in several posts already, so I won't go into full detail again. I think all the old music I've been buying lately has bubbled the memories of this back to the front of my brain. (Yes, that's how thoughts and memories get around my head. They bubble. It's all champagne and beer and Windex up there. Does that really surprise you?)

So, for anyone who hasn't seen the posts in question, um, go look for them. Really. I don't remember what the hell I said, and it was probably more coherent than what I can summarize here. Go -- don't be lazy. Go already. What, you're still here? Oh, all right, fine. I'll catch you up. (Lazy no-good frickin'...)

What? Nothing. Nothing, I wasn't saying anything. Just writing your summary. Here you go. (Prick.)

What? I didn't say anything. Just read your summary. Man, you're so touchy. Jeez.

So, here's the story. I started listening to the local college station early on in high school. By my senior year, I had a friend in my class who was planning to go there in the journalism department. And he got an internship or something working at the station. He said they could still use some people, so I hit him up for a two-hour slot playing cool alterna-rock and being silly on the radio. And bringing in dozens of blank tapes to record shit that I couldn't afford to buy, and that I couldn't find, even if I had the money. I worked there for a year or so, and came out of it with oodles of good shit that no one had heard of then, and certainly nobody knows of now. And that's the story. Happy now?

But you know what? I always say that no one knows this shit, but you guys out there are pretty cool. So here's what I'm gonna do -- I'll list as many cool bands and / or albums that come to mind, and you guys can tell me whether you've heard of them. I've managed to re-collect these on CD or vinyl (i.e., finally pay for them), but some are still on my 'wish list'. So if you know anything about these groups or albums, drop me a line. I'd love to at least know I'm not the only fool who bought some of these CDs.

So, here's the list of The Best 80's Bands I Bet You've Never Heard Of. I'm only gonna go for the really obscure shit here. So even though I was listening to the Replacements, and the Cure, and the Call, and the Alarm, and U2, and REM, and They Might Be Giants, and a million others, I'm not going to mention them. Um, well, again, of course. I can't unmention them now that I've told you that, now can I? Anyway, here's the list. It's all from memory, so forgive me if I get any details wrong.

Okay, twelve is probably enough. I've got plenty more worthy-but-obscure bands in mind, but this is getting awfully long. Still, just in case you happen to know any of these, here's a list of the bands that didn't make the list, because I liked them just a little less, or thought they were more popular, or just couldn't remember them off the top of my head. I'm consulting my collection for these, just to be comprehensive:

Beat Farmers, Bolshoi, Communards, Connells, Guadalcanal Diary, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, It Bites, Paul Kelly and the Messengers, Lucy Show, The Mission UK, Rave-Ups, Screaming Blue Messiahs (who aren't on the main list only because I already discussed them here), Spoons, Swans, and Velvet Elvis.

Damn, I'm sure there's more. Maybe it's time to make another used-bin CD run! Hooray!

Aha! (...he said the next day.) I knew there was more! And here they are:

Adrian Belew and the Bears, Camper van Beethoven (and Cracker, for that matter), New Model Army, Michael Penn, Wire, Yello, and X (though they were actually pretty popular, I think). Okay, that's probably enough. For now.

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