Goth and Teen Queens

Back in the 80’s when I was in high school and college I fancied myself the Queen of Alternative Music. When everyone else was rockin’ out to Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Ozzy, Poison, and Whitesnake… I was pondering the meaning of life with my favorite RECORD collection (and cassette tapes)… wearing black, and hanging out with dudes who wore eyeliner.

I was into The Cure, Erasure, Bauhaus, The Smiths, New Order, R.E.M., and U2.

I should also admit that in the 80’s I was also a big fan of Prince, Wham! and Duran Duran, but in the “cool crowds” I never would admit that.

So it deeply saddens me upon reading this post this morning:

Hilary Duff bastardizes Depeche Mode

Have my 80’s idols actually SOLD OUT to a tween queen with a manufactured persona and voice?

Say it ain’t so.

I knew there would come a day when my music became “the oldies” (like 50’s and 60’s music are to my parents), but I am not ready to hear it. I know that music “sampling” is a cool thing to do nowadays- take an old song and introduce it to the young people as new.

The problem: the audience doesn’t know the original song, and ends up mistaking the new song as NEW. Therefore, never fully appreciating how GOOD the original is.

I know there has got to be readers to my blog that have no clue who Depeche Mode is, but sure as hell know Hilary Duff. And to them, I say… you missed a lifetime of great music in the 80’s. Go forth and download all of the above groups I mentioned to your iPod and experience what being “cool” was all about.

Next thing you know Britney Spears will be covering “Purple Rain” on her comeback tour.

Speaking of which, “Purple Rain” was far and above one of the best albums ever released. E-V-E-R.

Show Prince some love, and tell me you loved it too.

5 thoughts on “Goth and Teen Queens

  1. OMG I just found your blog, and I love this post. You are so right. I too hung out with the dudes who wore eyeliner and I always wore black, I wish I had held on to my creepers with the leopard print and my Doc Martens. You are probably right some tween twit is sure to do a remake of Purple Rain, oh gawd. You made me laugh, thanks.First record I ever bought (and yes, I mean Vinyl!) was The Cure–Standing on the Beach.

  2. In fact, while watching DWTS the other night, seeing the Pussycat Dolls (and have to admit – I do like their “Dontcha” song) my first thought was — didn’t we do this 20 years ago and call it “Apollonia 6” – everything old is new again. Did you see the island finale?

  3. I’m right there with ya on Purple Rain, was just watching it the other day. That album really stands the test of time. Darling Nikki and Let’s Get Crazy? Come on, it doesn’t get much better than that. I wasn’t one of the alternative kids, but many of my friends were and my boyfriend was — he was really into Morrisey and U2. You are bringing me back! Hillary Duff, ewwwwwwwww!

  4. Love it too and have the record! πŸ™‚ So many great songs on that album… Also, my freshman year in college I got to see Depeche Mode in concert in the sixth row center, it was awesome! I was big into going to concerts in high school and college and saw U2 twice and R.E.M. once. UB40 was my first concert back in 7th or 8th grade when they came to Northwestern (which is in the town I grew up in). Anyway, random info I thought I would share. And it bugs me these days when one of our old songs gets remade and teens think it is new.

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