Mixed May 2005 by sneJ

This is a shameless personal exercise in nostalgia — remembering the way I discovered new wave and punk-rock music in the time from the summer of 1980 (when I first started listening to Top 40 and rock radio) through the summer of 1982 (just before I left home for college.) These are the songs that had the greatest impact on me at the time, not necessarily the ones that I consider the "best" or "most significant". They are arranged in, roughly, the order in which I first heard them, not the order they were released.

You can read more about the tracks and how I first heard them, here.

Now, I don't mean to give the impression that this is all I listened to. During these same years, I was discovering the classic rock music of the '60s and '70s, especially the "progressive" variety; so bands like Led Zeppelin, Genesis and Pink Floyd were just as important to me. But (in more ways than one) they wouldn't fit on this disc. Maybe later I'll make a parallel-universe 80–82 compilation with "When The Levee Breaks", "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" ...

This mix is dedicated to the friends who shared this time and this music with me: sister Karen, David Patmore, Summer Robbins, Dennis Wolfers, Patrick Stallard, Paul Spangler, Michèle Graybeal, Pam Berthold, Paul Lanning ...

80–82.mp3 [72 MB]