Tag Archive | 80s Music

Video Clip of The Week: Cut Copy, “Free Your Mind”



I love 80s Dance Music as much as anyone, but something I enjoy just slightly more than that is looking at actor Alexander Skarsgard in various states of undress. Cut Copy’s new video for their awesome song, “Free Your Mind” satisfies in both of those categories. In this video, Skarsgard plays an enigmatic spiritual leader, based in a beautiful paradise retreat, who’s guiding a group of followers to ‘free their minds’ in various ways. I love that Cut Copy turn out a transcendent groove while actually remembering to do the song. It is even worth enduring Skarsgard’s bad wig to see him flaunt his shirtless, smoking hot body in a pair of tighty whities. “Free Your Mind” is the title song to Cut Copy’s fourth album, due out November 5th, 2013 on Loma Vista/Modular Records. Enjoy!

Video Clip of The Week: “Abandoned” by Prevrat



While there are what feel and sound like Eastern European sensibilities in the music of Post-punk/electronic artist Prevrat (aka Ric Gordon), he is actually from right here in the US – Kansas to be exact. I like the arty, sci-fi images in the video for “Abandoned” that complement the music’s mix of techno elements and melodic, soft rock. At it’s core, “Abandoned” is an exercise in minor chord moodiness that reminds me favorably of 80s post-punk bands like Tears For Fears.

“Abandoned” is from Prevrat’s sophomore album, Symbols, which is available for Name Your Price Download from Bandcamp.com at This Link. Enjoy!

Prevrat Symbols Cover Art

Happy Birthday, Billy Idol!

Billy Idol was born on this day, November 30th in 1955! Above is the non-video for my favorite of all of Billy’s Eighties Monster Hits, “Eyes Without a Face.” Have an awesome Birthday, Billy!

Billy and Gail
Here I am with Billy, a Long, Long Time Ago

Gene Loves Jezebel: “Desire”

Everyone’s favorite Pacific Northwest music source, the East Portland Blog has once again dug deeply into the Worley Gig archives from the (pre-blog) Year 2000 and come up with this tasty morsel where I dissect the song “Desire” by one of my favorite Rock of the ’80s bands, Gene Loves Jezebel. Come and Get It right now by clicking This Link!

Happy Birthday, Gary Numan!

Electronic rock pioneer Gary Numan (born Gary Webb) was born on this day, March 8th, in 1958! Happy Birthday, Gary!

Happy Birthday, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti

Green Gartside

Green Would Call This One of His “Princess Dianna” Pictures

Scritti Politti vocalist, songwriter and brain trust, Green Gartside (born Paul Julian Strohmeyer) was born on this day, June 22nd, in 1956. Green has been the one constant in a band that’s forever bringing in new musicians for each recording. My favorite Scritti Politti song is the brooding and atmospheric “Skank Bloc Bologna” (released 1978) from before Green changed their sound and went all dance pop. The photo you see above hangs on a wall in my apartment and is inscribed, “To Gail with Love and Thanks, From Green.” Read my truly fabulous interview with Green from 2000 at this Link.

Thanks to The P5 Blogspot: This Day in 80s Music for the tip!