I’m pleased to say that I have refreshed and rebooted my Spotify comp The End of the Innocence, the soundtrack to my over-earnest late 80s. You may be be amused to find that this was my idea of what constituted cool rock in the era of sitting in my parents’ caravan for long afternoons listening to the Stereo Sequence, idly doing my art homework waiting for No Limits to come on, or playing pool at my mate Parky’s house, trying to convince him that Jason & the Scorchers were better than the Smiths.
It’s a world away from NME and John Peel’s notions of ‘cool’ at the time, and so precocious you’d swear I went to grammar school, but it also serves as an alternative 80s, and proof that not all heritage acts completely lost it in this period. So fasten your piano tie, fire up the Fairlight, and set drums to ‘gated’: this is the End of the Innocence. Would be nice to hear your thoughts and memories of this period when AOR briefly ruled the Radio 1 airwaves.