Summer 1981

Friday, June 01, 2012
I could spend hours talking about the summer of 1981. How that experience led me to my dearest Diane. How my innocence was lost and my naivete was crushed. It was my first full summer on my own, without parents or any authority figures. The drugs were plentiful and the friends were deep.

Of course, I haven't seen any of them, save Corbin, since the 80's, but for one glorious summer, we owned our own little corner of Sellwood in Portland Oregon. I know I lived several lifetimes in those three months. I wonder if everyone else did?

Here is a small sampling of that summer's memorable soundtrack;
1. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins. I am not much of a Phil Collins fan, but this song brings back the smell of pot in the air, late nights and sunrises watching the walls breathe as I came off an acid high. It was always on the radio during those summer nights. I wouldn't have bought the album, but the tune certainly did color that summer.
2. The KKK Took My Baby Away – The Ramones. Always a good song for singing at the top of your lungs when you and your pals are wandering the streets at 2:00 AM. I hope the people enjoyed our singing. This was often followed up by a spirited rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Insider – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. This song was our song. In addition to being the best damn concert I saw in 1981, we all had a soft spot for this song, in particular the chorus;
I'm an insider, I been burned by the fire
And I've had to live with some hard promises
I've crawled through the briars
I'm an insider
Which summed how we all felt in that summer of discovery.
4. Tom Sawyer – Rush. Do I need to explain this? Rush. The Royal Triumvirate. 1981 was my first of many Rush concerts and Moving Pictures was always in the album rotation at the apartment.
5. Stand And Deliver – Adam And The Ants. Keith always had the best albums. Prior to his banishment from his home, he traveled to the UK and always brought back the coolest music. He was the one who turned me on to The Clash, The Ramones and this one from Adam & The Ants
6. Hey Nineteen – Steely Dan. If you listened to FM AOR stations, you would invariably hear this one or any number of outstanding songs from Steely Dan. Steely Dan made music that matched perfectly to hot summer nights, cold beer and a joint.

In The Air Tonight
The KKK Took My Baby Away
Tom Sawyer
Stand And Deliver
Hey Nineteen

1 comment :

  1. If our children are reading this: he made all this up. :)


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