Unfortunately, this decade has been commonly affiliated with the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Journey, and A-ha. However, you won't be finding much of that here. Barring a few exceptions such as Bruce Springsteen and Prince, mainstream music became borderline unlistenable as radio stations started getting bought out by major corporations. The best bands of the 80's, such as Sonic Youth, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Minutemen, and The Replacements received zero airplay whatsoever. Also in the 80's came the birth of shoegaze, indie rock, hardcore, sophisti-pop, and heavy metal music was at it's peak with the thrash movement featuring the likes of Slayer, Mercyful Fate, and Venom. And let's not forget good old fashioned post-punk and other forms of punk and psychedelic music that was still redefining itself.
As corporate sponsorship took over America, a clear enemy of the state was established...Ronald Reagan. As for the basis of many of the themes regarding the stories written on this site, we have to ask ourselves: which T-shirt have we seen more in the United States?
NC-17 SOUNDTRAXXX is being edited, revised, and published. The literature content is gradually being removed for publication or being transferred to the upcoming site: MHQ HEADQUARTERS. The music countdowns, however, shall remain here.
In the meantime, and why I haven't posted anything in a long time... I am proud to present, the first actual book publication, a dystopian epic: The Mansion Feel free to check it out; it is self-published and fully independent.
According to the plant and animal life on Earth, which eventually unfriends the human race amidst bold accusations coming from an oddly-shaped row of trees: the concepts of government, religion, and economics were fabricated by the same sources that devised such absurdity as Black Friday sales, fashionable bowling attire, expiration dates for vaginal lube, and marketing strategies to entice specifically targeted mayonnaise consumers … and these sources obviously did not originate on the Planet Earth. From Prohibition to the dystopian future plagued with revolution, animosity towards society, and farming hippos with growth hormones, characters such as Squirrel Abraham and Jimmers Waffles (raccoon) not only challenge the status quo, but also question the entire history that created it.
Compiling 30 Sections and 68 different themes and storylines, which explore topics ranging from concepts of customer service to victimless crimes to a town in West Virginia that repeatedly becomes a ghost town; and featuring guest appearances from the likes of seahorses, dragonflies, praying mantis, chickens, and raccoon, The Mansion chronicles the plight of the human race, where Primitive Man evolved into the species known as Homo Bowler, and set out to destroy the world in a quest for decorative plates, generic shoes, and non-dairy powdered creamer.
1980: The Year of Radical Change
This was the list that started this entire website. However, due to relationship issues and a major break-up, the project was never finalized…until now. Technically entry #1. 1980 was the year that brought forth the most drastic change in music and cultural history. There is no obscure storyline with this list of songs, and serves as a basic straightforward description of music. An ideal place to learn about music history, specific genres, and popular culture as it pertains to everyday life. 200 songs, and arguably the best set of 25 songs in history.
Re-written Harmony + The Best Song of 1981:
200 Song List + a collection of 85% fiction + 1 true story. A dead woman named Gertrude keeps multiplying, an alien informs the residents of Earth how to get into contact with God, some bitch named Mrs. Watson who everybody hates, and the sad but now famous true story of being pulled over by the Texas state police while transporting a dead body.
The Top 150 Songs of 1982 + More Dysfunctional Sex Cravings and Mysterious Disappearances:
150 Song List + what critics are calling "A Fine Collection of Short Stories" 150-126: Miscellaneous unattached segments; 125-101: Lesbian porn; 100-76: Punks vs. Douches; 75-51: Offsetting the balance of the universe; 50-26: Cheating wives and The Pampered Chef lady; 25-#1: The disappearance of an entire village.
Best of 1983 + "What Will Be, Will Be":
Includes the cult classic, "Married to the Mayonnaise Man" 150-126: 86 year old Agnes goes to prison for using marijuana to cure her arthritis; 125-101: A mysterious sofa, and a futon store who tries never to sell anything; 100-76: Some pervert named Templeton who works at the mayonnaise factory; 75-51: The funeral in which no person is invited; 50-26: Figure It Out For Yourself Week; 25-#1: Anticipation of miracle from God, who works in mysterious ways.
100 Planes of Parallel Existence + The Best of 1984:
150 Song List. Conceptual story about living 100 lives simultaneously on 100 parallel universes. Counting down the best songs of 1984, 150-126 gives an introduction on how this concept actually works; 125-101 displays where these factors take place and the ultimate dilemma. The remainder 100 songs, 100-#1: depicts each of the 100 lives of the one person who caused the ultimate dilemma- some guy named Bosco.
1985 + "Done: With Errors on the Page"
150 Song List was the very first entry on this site! Consists of 150 different scenarios, randomized with very little structure. A new format was adopted that revolutionized the standard music list. Rather than write brief music descriptions similar to numerous other sites, I wrote fictitious passages based on the music. This is where it all began. The incomplete process that proceeded anyway.
"Customers: A Documentary" + THE BEST SONGS OF 1986:
200 song musical documentary about the world of customers, with an alternate title: "My Life as a Customer/My Life with a Customer." Over the span of 200 songs, explores every possible aspect (well, not every- but an enormous amount) of dealing with customers, dealing with employees as a customer, and ploys used to handle customers. A must read for any person who works in the service industry dealing with the general public; a must read for the general public.
SONGS OF 1987 + "Dr. Pritchard's Gynecology Clinic"
175 Song List! Gripping tale about the drama that occurs at a gynecology clinic; and the aftermath after Dr. Pritchard is stricken by a curse cast upon by a competitor from a different gynecology office. Not to be taken seriously. Prelude with an incident at theater before the previews even begin. Based loosely on a friend who was an auto mechanic and people always discussed car troubles and wanted him to look at their cars- just wondered if he were a gynecologist- exact same situations, different occupation.
SONGS OF 1988 + "At War with Television, Tiffany, and Satan"
A neighborhood endures a series of absurd events as a battle rages against the television sets that have taken over; including an ice cream mascot that has come to life, the most notorious killer on television, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and a cast numerous other off-kilter characters. Also, a study on a girl who attends various concerts wearing the exact same Tiffany T-shirt.
SONGS OF 1989 + "Temptation Vs. Fate"
Romance story about the love affair of Travis & Jane, raises questions about other aspects that define compatibility outside attraction and common interests. Music styles from all across the globe, shoegaze to thrash metal to jangle pop to Russian punk rock.
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