I grew up in the eighties. I was influenced by many genres of music. When I was in high school, I used to rap. I was good if I don’t say so myself, but don’t all rappers tout their greatness?
I was really into Run-DMC, Whodini, and The Fat Boys. They were my people, but I was eclectic.
Tears For Fears, Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies, Prince , Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Thompson Twins, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel,, and Duran Duran were just a few that I kept in the closet. The reason that I was such a good rapper was because I expanded from the blunts, 40s, and bitches motif.
Being eclectic, and a geek made my favorite band. They consisted of Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeczarik, Paul Morley, Gary Langan, and Trevor Horn. I think you know them better as The Art of Noise.
They began in 1983, and when I heard Moments in Love, they hooked me. I saw the Close to the Edit video, and just thought they were good, but strange.
Their music was categorized as synthpop. That was a long way from hip hop. The reason I found them fascinating was their usage of a cacophony of sounds that drove feeling. I wish they were still around.
If you haven’t heard their music, This is one of my favorite pieces from them called Camilla, the Old Story. I hope it moves you the same way it moved me.