A trip to the zoo near the supposedly cooler coast. The three teens dictated the listening.

Macklemore – The Heist

Eminem – Eck’s Slim Selection

Adele – not Bond

KTYD – local radio

In early 1981 the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album (working title: Benmont’s Revenge) was slated to be the next MCA release with the new list price of $9.98, following Steely Dan’s Gaucho and the Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu soundtrack. This so-called “superstar pricing” was $1.00 more than the usual list price of $8.98. Petty voiced his objections to the price hike in the press and the issue became a popular cause among music fans. Non-delivery of the album or naming it Eight Ninety-Eight were considered but eventually MCA relented and Hard Promises hit the stores a month late on May 5, 1981 (where you could buy it for $5.99 at most places).

Two cars parked on the overpass,
Rocks hit the water like broken glass
I should have known right then it was too good to last
God, it’s such a drag when you’re livin’ in the past

Adrian Sherwood – Survival & Resistance

Mike Watt – The Secondman’s Middle Stand

The Orb – Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III)

Alex Paterson, Thomas Fehlmann – Chewathon 2 Part 6

King Crimson – Level Five

Air – Premiers Symptomes

Stan Ridgway – Barbeque Babylon

New Order – Substance 1987 Disc 2

Harold Budd – In the Mist

Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame

System 7 & Rovo – Hinotori

Jah Wobble & Bill Sharpe – Kingdom of Fitzrovia

Big Audio Dynamite – Tighten Up 88

Stewart Copeland – The Rhythmatist

Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun

Listening
Artist Title
Afro Celt Sound System
Volume 1 Sound Magic
Tangerine Dream
Melrose
Mujician
Spacetime