In the 1980s, I lived in a butt rock household. With my step-dad in a hair band and my mom managing several bands, my adolescence was spent in rehearsal studios and Sunset Strip nightclubs. I think this family photo sums it up nicely (that’s me on the right). The full story and many more photos are on my mom’s site, if you’re curious.
Hairspray, guitar solos, and spandex may be poised to make a comeback in the form of The Darkness, a new British band that’s #1 on the UK album charts for the past two weeks and the leading contender for the Mercury Prize. They remind me of equal parts Scorpions, Queen, and Spinal Tap, but you’ll have to decide for yourself whether they’re serious or not. I can’t tell.