I was contacted by a rather productive chap by the name of Geoff Westen (Hi, Geoff!) who introduced me to three of his albums.
Each album was released under a different pseudonym, and each one exudes a different ‘vibe’.
I have a feeling that Geoff likes the music of the 1980’s a lot, because musically all three albums are firmly entrenched smack dab in the middle of the 80’s. His music is very 80’s. I mean, VERY 80’s. (I can’t stress just how 80’s his music is.)
Despite generally loathing the music of the 80’s (it’s my least favourite decade in the entire history of Western Music), I had listened to all three albums. (I would be a bald-faced – and possibly bald-headed – liar if I said I listened to the three albums in their entirety, ‘cos I didn’t.)
This is the quickest overview I can offer about Geoff’s 80’s ‘bands’:
The one I didn’t mind (I was going to say “the one I disliked the least”, but that would sound insulting – like damning with faint praise), I gravitated towards Geoff’s The Pigs album because it sounded predominantly like a mixture of Oingo Boingo, The Cars, and Devo in 1980 (yep, just that year).
Now to actually play you a song. Here’s the opening track on The Pigs’ album, Oink!:
The Pigs – “Saturday Night” (2011)
Before I finish this post (yes, I’m trying to make this a short one), I want to mention that one of Geoff’s techno songs reminded me of three other songs. This is a bit of Geoff’s track:
VIDIOTS – “Some Of You Girls” (2009) (excerpt)
And it reminds me of these:
Harold Faltermeyer – “Axel F” (1984) (excerpt)