Trouser Press “Motherload”…

First, let me congratulate my little brother Rob and his bride, Julia, who just found out that they’ll be having a little daughter! As a father of two girls, I can tell ya little bro that you’re in for one wild ride…

Digging through some old crates in the garage I discover some 80’s gold. Old Trouser Press magazines from 1983 and just the thing to fill the remainder of my Sunday afternoon.

Firstly, a quick glance through the charts: U2’s “War” tops the Domestic; OMD’s “Dazzle Ships” tops the Imports (followed by Tears For Fears “The Hurting”, “Waiting” by Fun Boy 3 and, making it’s debut, Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Geno”). David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and New Order’s “Blue Monday” take the #1 and #2 spots respectively, followed by Paul Weller’s finest moment with The Style Council (“Speak Like A Child”) coming in third. I was happy to see one of my favorites, Orange Juice, make both the domestic and import charts with their fantastic “Rip It Up” album.

Under their “Fax ‘N’ Rumours” column, under the headline of Spilt Malc (clever buggers!), reads the following:

“Malcolm McClaren finally has his MTV. In last months TP McClaren attributed racist motives to the cable music station’s not showing his “Buffalo gals” video. But right after our presstime MTV changed its mind and added “Buffalo Gals” to its playlist—along with Michael Jackson and Prince videos. We shall overcome?”

They also congratulate the Violent Femmes on releasing their debut album and tout “culturally diverse Angelinos” Los Lobos as “one to watch.” There’s also an in-depth interview with Simple Minds, who’ve just released their breakthough album “New Gold Dream”.

They review Nick Lowe’s The Abominable Showman, in which they say that the album is “considerably better that Nick The Knife”, and that “Lowe hasn’t lost his edge yet, he just seems to have turned his knife edge in a different, softer direction”. How right they were…

Also, under the “Raving Faves” column is a question to the readers: “What is the worst album by your favorite band?” Some of their answers include the following:

Face Dances by The Who
Give ‘Em Enough Rope by The Clash
Music For Airports by Brian Eno
And Then There Was Three by Genesis
End Of The Century by The Ramones
Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed
…and Back And Blue by The Rolling Stones.

That’s enough for right now. Gotta go pop the tab on a Guinness Draught and get back to my stack ‘O’ mags.