College radio classics: The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” (1987)

(Above: the 45 "picture sleeve" for "Just Like Heaven") I've mentioned in earlier posts on college radio - most recently last week's entry on my first-ever show - that one of the goals of the student station is often to introduce audiences to music that they may not be familiar with.  Some stations take this … Continue reading College radio classics: The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” (1987)

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A month of college radio! The Icicle Works, “Understanding Jane” (1987)

(Above: My Intro to Radio book from when I was a student is in my college office. Hopefully there's been an update to this edition since then.) This morning I got an unusual notification from Facebook.  It was in the "memories" section, which highlights posts made on this date over the last few years.  I … Continue reading A month of college radio! The Icicle Works, “Understanding Jane” (1987)

Summer’s almost over: The Billboard Hot 100, August 23, 1986

(Above: Madonna, from the video of the song sitting at #1.) It's just about the end of August, 1986. My friends from my high school class, in most cases, are headed off to their freshmen years of college.  I'm not going anywhere; I didn't necessarily make the best choices about college at the end of … Continue reading Summer’s almost over: The Billboard Hot 100, August 23, 1986

Like a bolt of blue: New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1987)

(Above: Sometimes the simplest cover artwork is the best.) Thirty years ago today, New Order released Substance, a double LP that's probably best known as the album that casual fans know.  New Order came to be in 1980 after Joy Division split following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. They're best known for "Blue … Continue reading Like a bolt of blue: New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1987)

Saw the ghost of Elvis: Mark Cohn, “Walking in Memphis” (1991)

(Above: Elvis' house.) Every year a phenomenon called "Elvis Week" takes place in mid-August.  It centers on the anniversary of the date that Elvis Aaron Presley died at the too-young age of 42 in 1977. I'm always disappointed that we don't do Elvis Week in January, around the anniversary of his birth. It's the tragic … Continue reading Saw the ghost of Elvis: Mark Cohn, “Walking in Memphis” (1991)