1. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    All week we’ve been posting her top five New Wave music videos. Now we’ve reached her top video.

    #1. “Rio” by Duran Duran

    Lori says she loves it “because the song, the album, the sleeve, and the video presented a totally cohesive vision. New Wave was a playground for art students who were interested in both sound and vision.”

     
     
  2. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’ll be posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #2. “Cars” by Gary Numan

    Lori says she loves it “because it was the first synth-pop hit to cross over to America and one of the first videos to make an impact via MTV.”

     
     
  3. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’re posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #3. “Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League

    Lori says she loves it “because it was the first example of an obscure underground band turning themselves into global pop stars.”

     
     
  4. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’re posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #4. “Whip It,” Devo

    Lori loves it “because it was an act of subversion that totally infiltrated the mainstream.”

     
     
  5. For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.

    Everyday this week we’ll be posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.

    #5. “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls

    Lori says she loves it because “at the time it looked and sounded like the future, but 30 years later, it’s the Ghost of New Wave Ridiculousness.”

     
     

  6. The next great duo: Gaga & Bennett?

    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have announced a new collaboration, complete with an album and PBS special. 

    This got us thinking about other great duets. Check out Jim and Greg’s favorites

    http://www.soundopinions.org/show/296

     

  7. #tbt Farewell Ziggy Stardust

    #tbt Ziggy Stardust says farewell at the Hammersmith Odeon on this day in 1973. Lucky for us we still have the music.

    http://www.soundopinions.org/show/347/

     
  8. Beck is excited about Prince- and so are we! This week on the show we look back at the classic Prince album Purple Rain on its 30th anniversary.

     
     

  9. Born in the U.S.A.

    Billboard says Happy Birthday America with this fun collection of 50 music stars from 50 states

    http://www.billboard.com/photos/428841/born-in-the-usa-top-50-stars-of-the-50-states?i=438869

     

  10. Richard Thompson Live on Sound Opinions

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    Richard Thompson’s our guest this week.

    He performed a yet to be released tune called “Fergus Lang,” a Richard & Linda classic, “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight,” and perhaps his most beautiful love song, (Greg’s request) “Dimming of the Day.”

    Check out all the videos