How The Music Business Spent The Summer Killing Itself

September 13, 2008 by  
Filed under Celebrity Side Dish

A few weeks back, as I was having dinner with a media-industry colleague at a trendy restaurant in a trendy New York neighborhood, I realized that the music coming over the sound system was transporting me to another time — specifically, 1986. As song after song by various “it” bands of the moment, such as Black Kids and the Virgins, played, it was as if we were listening to a time-warped or parallel-universe version of the “Pretty in Pink” soundtrack. Because really, the “it” sound of the moment would work seamlessly in just about any John Hughes movie circa the mid-’80s.

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