A little more than a year and a half ago, I was looking for a new blogging home, contemplating giving up this crazy passion altogether, disgusted with feeling targeted by Blogger and YouTube for, in many cases, unfounded copyright infringements. I closed up shop on Blogger and wondered where the heck I would go to continue writing, and even what theme I would develop.
Along came Amd Whah who writes Every Major Dude With Half A Heart, a fantastic music journal that spans much more than my decade of choice. This terrific blogging friend recommended WordPress, and the rest, as they say, is history. My first tentative post had me searching for a theme, a raison d’etre, and somewhere about that time, the Criminally Underrated series was born.
My blogging journey has brought me friendships with two wonderful Canadian DJs (David Marsden and Ed Cooke) who are champions of the musical underdogs, an assortment of other music bloggers who have enriched my life in ways that I can’t even begin to describe, warm friendships with fellow music enthusiasts across the country, in Canada, and even across the globe. I have been blessed to correspond with musicians I have blogged about, and have discovered lost yet incredibly brilliant music from my favorite musical decade.
On the other hand, I have been inundated with spam and long, rambling nonsensical comments. I have even been called a “tw@t” and and “effin’ idiot” by readers with BBS – Big Balls Syndrome – a massive case of hubris operating under the cloak of electronic anonymity. It’s all good. I’m doing what I love to do, I don’t make a penny from it (notice the lack of ads on this page), and I’m satisfied with the knowledge that maybe a reader or two will learn something about a deserving 80’s artist.
The site doesn’t get a fraction of the traffic I would like it to. I realize that in many instances, people wander onto the site accidentally, and wander right back off of it, never to return. My hits are extremely low in number; but it’s that intermittent and heartfelt comment from either readers or the subjects of my posts, that keep me going.
If you are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting, and for helping to keep criminally underrated music from the 80’s alive and well. Support the deserving artists that received the short shrift from radio marketing drones and mind-numbing MTV, yet contributed their limitless talents in forming the foundation of the vital 80’s music scene. Their music is the food and water that nourishes my life, and for that I am forever grateful.
Europe After The Rain ~ John Foxx via YouTube user Industrial82:
Waiting For The Floods ~ Armoury Show via YouTube user RNRegina:
Pure ~ Gary Numan via YouTube user neveser:
Spinning Away ~ Brian Eno and John Cale via YouTube user mimosaku:
The Pan Within ~ The Waterboys via YouTube user nick40nick40: