It has been a rough several months to say the least and this year is shaping up to be just as unpredictable. We could use a bit of fun. A bit of escapism. Like, totally to the max.
Heart of the Rockies Radio has launched a new station The Valley 102.9 which is all the hits from the 1980s!
The first thought you probably have is “Oh my Gawd, Becky,” but no. Sir Mix A Lot gave us that gem in 1990. The Valley has those sweeping, soulful ballads and driving rhythms that make it impossible not to tap your toes and sing along.
Eighties artists were the first to have the technology to move beyond the limitations of instruments and voice, which gave the opportunity to explore individuality like never before. The decade of one hit wonders showcased such a wide variety of styles, orchestrations, rhythms, and themes so there is never the same thing twice. The “Decade of Decadence” gave us a music culture that was so incredibly specific to that time period, and yet timeless and enduring. As if that wasn’t enough, 80s artists didn’t stop there.
In 1981, an innovative new platform for artistic expression launched that would connect fans with artists in a way that no one could ever have dreamed. MTV debuted and gave audiences not only the music but also the artist’s visual expression of their sound. It created cultures and showcased imagination that had never before been realized. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers featured their surreal Alice in Wonderland inspired video for “Don’t Come Around Here No More” in 1985. The bizarre instruments and dreamlike costuming brought home to audiences a visual feast, adding to the feel of their haunting guitar and Petty’s unique voice. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing,” which featured one of the first examples of computer animation, launched yet another medium that would be commonplace today and we cannot forget the ever amazing “Safety Dance” brought to us by Men in Hats (1982), reminded us to be free to move and sway to whatever music moves us.
So, make sure you have plenty of AA batteries for that brand new Walkman, take out those headphones from your fanny pack and sing along like its nobody’s business. Remind yourself that it is perfectly acceptable to Rick Roll anyone who needs it.
Sit back, relax and after a few minutes of listening to the new The Valley 102.9, you’ll be able to take on (me. Take me on.) anything.