80s Song of the Day: Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo was released on April 29, 1986. It was a single from the band’s fifth studio album of the same name. The 12” release for Dead Man’s Party included Stay, another single from the same album. Continue reading


Nothing Will Ever Compare to Prince

Eighties Grooves

PrincepurplerainLike so many others, I became obsessed with the Purple Rain soundtrack in 1984, the year of its release. I proudly hung the poster of the album cover on my wall and spun the record over and over and over again, memorizing every beat, every lyric. I was 12 years old at the time, and music tends to shape us so profoundly at that age. Today, I hear When Doves Cry and I’m instantly a preteen, standing in front of my bedroom mirror singing into a hairbrush. I Would Die 4 U comes on and once again I’m preoccupied with mimicking the hand motions that accompany the chorus (point to self, point to head, hold up four fingers …).

I was 12 years old, and as with so many things when you’re too young to do them, I was frustrated and furious that I couldn’t get in to see the…

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