1986 was the year for me when everything changed in my musical landscape.
1985 has seen me buy Iron Maiden's "Live after death" album on a whim.
In 1986 I finished school and after deciding not to try for art school, I decided to go back to the 6th form and do some A levels.
This song instantly send me back to my time in the 6th form. Funny how music can do that!
Eurthymics - Thorn in my side.
In 1986 Maiden released the Somewhere in Time tour. When I started in the 6th form I was reunited with Ian, a friend from infant school. He was into metal and when he found out I had "Live After Death", said about Iron Maiden playing locally in a few weeks. So a ticket was purchased.
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years
It was during the guitar solo on this tour and them playing "Walking in the air" that I decided I wanted to play the guitar. I went home and asked for a guitar for Christmas.
Ian then spent the next few months plying me with metal vinyl to see what I liked.
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Anthrax - Madhouse
and Queensryche - I will remember
Def Leppard - Photograph
1986 was the start of hair rock with Europe and Bon Jovi!
Bon Jovi - You give Love a bad name
Christmas 1986 my parents bought me my first guitar and amp. Having never played the guitar, I promptly picked it up, played with the whammy bar and snapped a string. I then had to wait three days for the local music shop to open so I could buy new strings. Not a good start to my musical career.
I did work out how to play the bassline to Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" from ear
So that was it, I learnt to play the guitar by ear and by other guitarists at school showing me things on the acoustic that was in the 6th form common room.
It was a thing of beauty at £150 in the local music shop. I still have this guitar! It sounds quite bad, the electrics need some working on, but the neck is nice to play on it.
So the rest of the '80 was my rise in love of metal, as well as still following all the bands (still going) that I always liked before, Howard Jones, Duran Duran, Hazel O' Connor, Teard for Fears.
As well as getting into other pop things.
Suzanne Vega - Small Blue Thing
But rock was where I was heading. Thrash metal was what I was learning to play the guitar with.
1987 saw me travel for the weekend from my native Cornwall up to Donnington for my first ever festival.
Bon Jovi headlined, with Dio, Metallica, Anthrax, W.A.S.P and Cinderella
That was it for me, live music was a big love. I used to get Kerrang on a Wednesday, see who was playing live in London at the weekend, then occasionally jump on a train on a Saturday morning and come back on a Sunday.
Managed to see Queensryche more times than probably any other band.
Queensryche - I don't believe in love.
Exodus - Toxic Waltz
Testament - Practice What you Preach
Megadeth - Holy Wars
There was a definte change in music from 1986 - 1990. Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, seemed to be filling the charts up with their brand of pop. (Some of it good, some dreadful). And the rise of electronic dance music / house music which really wasn't my cup of tea.
Mel and Kim - Respectable
Black Box - Ride on Time
There was some great pop songs in the late '80s though.
Sam Brown - Stop
The Bangles - Eternal Flame
I could give loads of great music in the '80s. But this blog has gone on far too long.
The '90s / 00's and todays music should be shorter in length. The '80s were the formative years, since then the styles haven't changed much just the bands.