Welcome to the ’80s

I am in the midst of a dilemma.

One of my friends recommended a CD to me.  Generally, he has pretty good taste in music, so that’s not the problem.  The problem is that the CD in question is Let It Be by The Replacements.


You’re probably wondering why that is the cause of a dilemma.  The thing is this.  Up until today, when I added this particular album to my iTunes library, I had over 150 albums and 2,000 songs, which could be arranged chronologically (admittedly, with some selective endpoints) in this manner.

1960 – 1969 – 5 albums

1970 – 1979 – 10 albums

1980 – 1988 – 0 albums, 0 songs

1989 – 1999 – 61 albums (can you guess when I started getting into music?)

2000 – present – 65 albums

That’s right, I had zero songs from albums released after 1979 (Pink Floyd – The Wall and Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps) and before 1989 (Nirvana – Bleach, The Cure – Disintegration, and Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine).  I had always kind of thought of this as an interesting quirk of my music collection, but I had never gone out of my way to preserve it.  But now that I’m faced with ruining that perfect gap in my collection (Let It Be was released in 1984), I find myself a little reluctant to do so.

I won’t fight it though, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  Who knows? Maybe this will be the start of a string of albums from the ’80s for me.  Any thoughts on what I am missing out on from that decade?