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Hey, I think I coined a new music descriptor!

Check out tomorrow's Sound Bites column to see if you can spot it. Maybe there'll be a prize!

In other news, I chatted with the boys in Carrigan last night, in preparation for an upcoming feature. Their sophomore CD, Young Men Never Die, lands soon; the release party is on May 5 at Club Metronome.

So, we got to talkin' about this and that, and the subject of '80s retro bands came up.

It's my opinion that a lot of these new acts only emulate a tiny sliver of '80s music. Not coincidentally, it's often the the easiest stuff to bash out.

So what of all the other "Sounds of the '80s?" Lord knows Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is synonomous with the decade. But nobody ever tries to crib that sound. You know why? Because it's too well composed and arranged!

And I'm hardly a TFF fan. I don't care for XTC, either. It's just an observation. Shit, most of these synth-rock come-latelys couldn't write something as hip as Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science!"

Speaking of the '80s, Here's Culture Club's cover of David Bowie's "Starman."

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