Saturday, March 29, 2008

It has been a long time

Back in 1987 I was introduced to The Smiths by my best friend Jeff. I was never bright enough to get all of Morrissey's references anymore than I was able to get all of Neil Gaiman's references once Sandman came out in '89. There were two tapes that really changed my view on music back then and they both came from Jeff (as most things seem to have, at the time): the first Violent Femmes tape and "The Queen Is Dead" by The Smiths. Having grown up listening to the radio, which is not much better some 20 years later, I just didn't know there was other music out there. I just didn't know. 120 Minutes on MTV soon became my weekly does of what was then, and still is, true alternative music (save your arguments, lone reader, I'll debate this another time. I'm waxing melancholy here) and I loved every minute of it. If you've read recently you have seen what was probably the most eye-opening video/song for me by XTC, but "The Queen Is Dead" in particular opened my mind up to music and lyrics that maybe I didn't fully understand, but I could appreciate for their beauty.

I love music still, but those mind-expanding songs and experiences seem long gone.


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