December 17, 2008 7:01 AM   Subscribe

So tonight I'm going to party like it's 1981.
posted by mandal at 7:30 AM on December 17, 2008

I have no idea how I've missed this blog. Thanks, vronsky!
posted by nosila at 7:56 AM on December 17, 2008

Wow, thanks. This blog is on its way to posting my college radio station's entire 1981 playlist. It brings back a flood of really detailed memories that make me happy all over that I'm not a teenager anymore.
posted by fuzz at 8:03 AM on December 17, 2008

How did I not think to post this to MetaFilter?

I am very fortunate to have heard about these on ILX when he made them, about four years ago, and thus I have the full set with his cover art, etc. It is, no exaggeration, one of my prized possessions. The fact that he's making these available online is an amazing gift for everyone who cares about post-punk/new-wave. And if you think you already have a pretty thorough knowledge of the genre, prepare to be schooled. A few of the many great songs I learned from this mix: Proto-twee "Someone I Know," by the Chefs; "Ambivalence," by the Pin Group (something like a great lost Joy Division single); the Penguin Cafe Orchestra's inexplicably compelling instrumental "Telephone & Rubber Band"; and maybe my favorite of all, "Heartbeat," by Dalek I Love You, which should have been the great new wave hit of the era.

His other mixes, and his original music, are great too. Go to his site and download like mad.
posted by escabeche at 8:10 AM on December 17, 2008

1981 is so 2004.

But i love it
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:10 AM on December 17, 2008

all cats are grey... ahh, now that takes me back... to about 1982 when I discovered The Cure, and life was good.
posted by spish at 8:59 AM on December 17, 2008

Wow. I am so floored by this person's mixes. Not only is the 1981 set awesome, it is ALL awesome. I'm listening to the Sensory Replication Series now (The Somnambulist at the moment), and it is really wonderful. Again, thank you thank you thank you!
posted by nosila at 9:39 AM on December 17, 2008

For further postpunk goodness, Momus recently linked to a website that has 3 of The Passage's albums for dl :)
posted by vronsky at 9:40 AM on December 17, 2008

Heh. I was holding back on posting this until I had finished downloading all of the mixes, since I didn't want the MeFi spike to knock him offline.

(Also, some context on the front page might have been nice.)

But yeah, it's fantastic to see these back up, since I only managed to grab part of the 1981 on ILX.
posted by klangklangston at 10:43 AM on December 17, 2008

I just got an email from Ian (soundsalike), the man behind these mixes, after posting a comment on his site. He asked me to relay the following to you, vronsky, and I thought others might like to read it too:

I don't know what MetaFilter is or quite how it works (signing up looks tricky), but the fellow "vronsky" who posted about my blog has sent roughly 1/8 of the number I've ever had visit my blog in a couple of hours, and I'd like to thank him and everyone who's visiting from there. Would you mind, since you're a member, posting something to that effect there? Other than bugging people at the ILM board, I don't really promote the blog, so if this helps more people hear more music they didn't know (and then hopefully buy more good music--all addicts are pushers, of course) then it's a really great kindness that has been done.

A champion of a guy! Three cheers!
posted by nosila at 10:52 AM on December 17, 2008 [2 favorites]

These mixes are just plain amazing. Every other one stirs up memories... thanks for posting this, can't wait to download and pass on to my clueless friends! This'll learn 'em!
posted by Ron Thanagar at 11:32 AM on December 17, 2008

Well, this is my musical taste in a nutshell. Woot!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:46 AM on December 17, 2008

Oh. Oh my goodness.

This is the best thing. Thank you, Vronsky.
posted by felix grundy at 1:31 PM on December 17, 2008

"and I'd like to thank him and everyone who's visiting from there."

Oh no Ian, metafilter thanks YOU for such an amazing bunch of mixes. Obviously put together by someone with a deep knowledge of that era, very musically intelligent, and a real treasure trove for fans of post punk. Well done!
posted by vronsky at 3:01 PM on December 17, 2008

Top stuff! This is terrific! Great find, vronsky, and many thanks for compiling and posting these, Ian.

The other mixes on the blog are well worth checking out, too.
posted by carter at 6:41 PM on December 17, 2008

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