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An underrated, under-appreciated, undercover overachiever.

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David Abrams on Blondie’s “Rapture” (1980)

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Derrida said of this pop star: “He knows his Wittgenstein.”

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Not only a seminal post-punk bassist, but a cool geek.

“Adventures Close to Home” became one fan’s anthem.

Captain Sensible made us dance in 1982

“We are Northern white crap that talks back.”

He clears away the worship that can cloud minds.

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Parker and Valicenti parse Bob Mould’s “Who Needs to Dream?” solo

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Parker and Valicenti parse Bob Mould’s “Tilted” solo

Parker and Valicenti parse Bob Mould’s “wishing Well” solo

Parker and Valicenti parse Bob Mould’s “Celebrated Summer” solo

Parker and Valicenti parse Bob Mould’s “Broken Home, Broken Heart” solo

Her genius is to critique masculinity by burlesquing femininity.

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Doom sits in gloom in his room.

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Who cares what the world thinks an “old lady” is supposed to look like?

Or is it “Plastic Man”?

Spaced out, but with the wink of awareness.

When routine bites hard/and ambitions are low…

Scuba Scuba!

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30th anniversary of two great New Wave tunes…

Hip hop, zines, alt-culture comics, post-punk, hardcore…

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A lost generation born from 1954-63.

“I am the king of the divan!”