Mark Bialczak, over at the Listen Up blog, asks folks to take a trip down memory lane and remember the music they listened to in college, asking if it still brings a light to their eyes, as do his musical discoveries from that era.
Hell, yeah. I went to college in Philly in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s–what a time to rock. I discovered reggae (Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh) and punk (The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Patti Smith) while I should have been studying. In fact, I saw all of these acts live in Philly, with the exception of the Pistols and Bob Marley.
The Bob Marley concert is still my greatest disappointment. He played right down the street from my dorm, but I passed because of an exam the next day. Do I even remember what course the exam was for? I sure as hell would remember the Marley concert.
I also got sucked into some of the early indie rock (REM, the dB’s) New Wave (Elvis Costello), Second wave ska (Madness, English Beat, The Specials) and, of course, the Jersey Shore sounds of Bruce, Southside Johnny etc.
Hard rock was from high school, the blues and alt.country was post-grad. All of it still makes me “say yeah!”