Hello hello and welcome to another edition of Knock Knock: New Music!
February 12th marks an anniversary for those of us who grew-up in the Boston area in the 1980's. Though MTV went on the air in 1981, many of us did not have cable. Living on Cape Cod, we were in-range of the over-the-air broadcast signals from television stations in both Boston and Providence, RI. At my house, my family had a rooftop antenna that picked-up the primary VHF stations that carried network programming from CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS. Additional independent UHF stations were available via a bowtie antenna attached to the TV's indoor
"rabbit ears." Now that's all well and good, but none of that stuff could pick-up MTV and "Friday Night Videos" on NBC was only once-a-week. On February 12th, 1985 things changed for the Boston TV audience with the debut of V66. Music videos over-the-air every day for FREE! My friends and I went crazy! It was like a dream-come-true. I remember my friend, Ray getting an antenna amplifier and then attaching wires all over the front of his parents' house in West Barnstable to grab the distant Boston signal. It was on V66, that I first saw insanely talented songwriter, Aimee Mann performing "Voices Carry" with her Boston-based band, 'Til Tuesday! It was also here that I first saw one of my all-time favorite artists, Kate Bush and her song, "Running Up That Hill." The fun didn't last, though.
V66 made it 18-months before being sold and becoming Value-66 home-shopping channel. While V66 did not last forever, music videos endure! So let's get to this week's selections.
This week, we check-in with Chicago singer/songwriter Ezra Furman. Ezra is a kind of hero I would have embraced at age 15 in 1985... Gender-fluid and refusing to be catergorized, Furman's unique & rebellious approach to life and music certainly has my attention now! Check-out the lyric-video for the tune,
"Love You So Bad." The imagery used in the video, along with the words remind me of my own rebellion long ago as a very intelligent secretly-transgender kid, who started misbehaving simply because I didn't know what else to do.
I'm also happy this week to present Traverse City, Michigan band, The Accidentals. In their early-20's, these three young-adults have done an impressive job crafting their own brand of alternative-indie-folk-rock. Have a look & listen to their tune, "Earthbound." I think you just might become a fan!
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