Yeah, it’s trendy now to pooh-pooh 80’s synth artists like Howard Jones. But – so sorry, kiddies – Jones brings me back to the carelessness and freedom of my youth. Just because his stuff is hardly even on the radio anymore doesn’t mean the guy is now the poster child for lousy music.
I heard – for the first time in 10+ years – “New Song” on our local 80’s station the other day. Damn! What a nostalgia trip! It’s hard for me to effectively describe what moves me about Jones’ tunes, but to say that listening to them now puts me in a great mood.
And yeah, I like the “sappy” synth hooks in “New Song”, “Life in One Day”, and “Things Can Only Get Better”. So sue me!
Plus, “No One is to Blame” was my official crash-and-burn crush song in high school. Howard was singing for me!
Well, I can’t find my cassette copies of Human’s Lib and Dreams Into Action – I think Dreams was eaten by an old boom box long ago. But hey! I still have an old live bootleg casette of HJ’s music. That’ll do for a few days, until I get out and pick up his Best Of collection.
Hey 80’s bashers …