Top 12 Songs My Dad Listens To
Mullets, painter pants, and jazzercise. Just a few trends that my dad grew up with as he spent his time at Oconomowoc High School from 1980 to 1984. In the thick of one of the most revolutionary decades, not only in music but also politics, T.V, and technology. My father was in his room listening to U2 with not a single worry in the world. Even though there is much that has happened since 1981. Thirty years later, kids are still listening to music and staring at their ceiling
12.) Age of Consent
Artist: New Order
Album: Power, Corruption and Lies
An 80s alternative classic, this song holds the number 12 spot with a hard bass line and melodic guitar licks. Age of Consent is about a relationship ending but he nor his partner wants to be the one to end it. Its melancholy feel gives a happy yet sad meaning to the song.
Link to more Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power,_Corruption_%26_Lies
11.) You are a Tourist
Artist: Death Cab For Cutie
Album: Codes and Keys
Death Cab for Cutie is an alternative indie band that has been around since the early 2000s. Death Cab has a chill vibe with several grammy nominated albums. You are a tourist has the band's signature off kilter drum beat and Ben Gibbard's abstract lyrics.
10.) Blue Moon
Album: Morning Phase
Blue Moon is on Becks 2014 grammy winning album of the year, Morning Phase. This song was written, recorded and produced by Beck, creating a lush and flowing song that has praised reviews.
Link to more Info: https://itunes.apple.com/mx/album/morning-phase/797897966?l=en
Album: Love, Hope, dreams
Coming from Waukesha, the Bodeans made it big in the late 80s. Fadeaway is on there fourth most commercially successful album. Starting out with am irresistible guitar riff, the Bodeans make a classic roots rock song all within one recording session.
Link to more Info: https://www.allmusic.com/album/love-hope-sex-dreams-mw0000189275
Keeping a dream pop sort of genre to it, the first part of the songs starts with a slow introduction as the slow piano comes over Jarrah McClearys voice. Amassing over 100 million streams, McCleary is a singer, producer and multi instrumentalist.
Link to more Info: https://genius.com/albums/Panama/Always
7.) Kiss Off
Artist: Violent Femmes
Album: Violent Femmes
Hailing from Milwaukee the Violent Femmes are considered a folk punk band. Their songs consist of weird instruments, loud vocals, and bizzare lyrics that sound different from any band in the 80s.
Link to more Info: https://www.discogs.com/Violent-Femmes-Violent-Femmes/master/38959
6.) Driving To Hawaii
Artist: Summer Salt
Album: Driving To Hawaii
A rising surf rock band that has been getting more and more of a following as the year goes on. Summer Salt, originating from Austin, Texas, is a fantastic and vibey band. Their smooth guitars and in the pocket drumming gives you a summer feeling. Driving to Hawaii is a simple surf song that is enjoyable to anyone.
Link to more Info: https://genius.com/Summer-salt-driving-to-hawaii-annotated
5.) Red Hill Mining Town
Album: The Joshua Tree
One of the most popular and successful albums of the 1980s. The Joshua Tree is a complete album that holds your attention throughout every song. Red Hill Mining Town is the sixth track on the record with a deep and inspiring feeling to the song.
Link to more Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joshua_Tree
Artist: Hippo Campus
Buttercup is an upbeat and likable song about the highs and lows of childhood. The song hits a high and low point perfect for jamming to with a catchy guitar riff and great hook.
Link to more Info: https://hippocampusband.bandcamp.com/album/landmark
3.) This Charming Man
Artist: The Smiths
Album: The Smiths
Debuting in 1984, This Charming Man was the second single off the record becoming overall one of the most popular Smith songs to date. The quick tempoed song and fun lyrics share a catchy and likable ora to the song.
Artist: Ra Ra Riot
Album: Boy- EP
A old indie song from the early 2000s, Boy is a fast paced song with an intoxicating drum beat mixed with strings. As Ra Ra Riot evolves by the year their sound slowly fades away from the original catchy and string filled songs.
Link to more Info: https://genius.com/Ra-ra-riot-boy-lyrics
One of the first alternative bands to master the genre, R.E.Ms second album, Reckoning, is a fantastic album. The great riff, the steady beat, and Michael Stipes still incomprehensible lyrics make it a terrific song.
Link to more Info: https://consequenceofsound.net/2014/04/dusting-em-off-r-e-m-reckoning/