sounds of WOXY 97X 1985

Did ’80s music suck? Not on Ohio’s modern rock WOXY 97X; what I heard there in ’85 alone was remarkable. Here—in 14 hours across 5 mixes—is how it sounded.

Throughout life, but perhaps most profoundly in our youth, we encounter things or people that click on a cellular level—a movie; a book; a group of friends that awakens, challenges or reflects our feelings or worldview in ways that help define our identity. For me, it was a radio station.

Because what’s better than crate digging?

In the spring of 1986, 4 months after its release, I picked up Cocteau Twins’ Echoes In a Shallow Bay EP at a shop in Jacksonville, FL. Shortly thereafter, in a desperate bid to understand what Liz Fraser might be singing, I forced a friend’s Mexican houseguest (a foreign-exchange student) to listen to “Melonella” and […]

Had to update the LP wall in anticipation of finally seeing Paul Weller in concert for the first time; driving back to Bogart’s in Cincinnati in order to mark the occasion with friends.

Birthday Bowie, January Jones. (Station To Station, btw, is signed by both Earl Slick and the New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain. At a Dolls in-store appearance at Cincinnati’s Shake It Records, I asked Earl (who was playing with them at the time) to sign it and Syl insisted on pitching in.

The LP wall honestly never expected to add a new Sprouts LP to the collection, but it’s a life of surprises.