I actually fired-up the turntable and gave The Alarm's "Declaration" a spin for the first time since Ronald Reagan ruled!
Wow! Great idea for a throwaway series (and network). VH-1 seems to have scrapped the "Behind The Music" overkill, and tapped into endless 80's nostalgia, which is OK by me, but I'm sure will get old in a hurry as well.
In the meantime, it's kind of refreshing to see one-time music stars slugging it out out day-to-day like the rest of us after the glitter is gone. I especially enjoyed seeing a guy from Dramarama driving a road grater and some guy in The Alarm working in an office. Their candor about getting on with life seems just a bit more realistic than all the interviews we see and hear from the survivors of the LA glam metal scene. Side note to Bret Michaels---just go away for awhile, as we're sick of hearing about how many BJ's you received before heading out for an encore.
Since they haven't limited the focus to groups where every member has left the biz (both Squeeze & The 'Gulls have ex-members still performing), how 'bout taking a swing at some of the underground heroes of the 80's, many of whom are still at it in various forms. Off the top of my head, Husker Du, The Replacements, Black Flag, & The Dickies would be an interesting watch. In any event, keep 'em coming.
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