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© 2017-2418 The Lowest of Low. (Il Più Basso del Basso.) Orgogliosamente creato utilizzando perché siamo parsimoniosi (e alcuni dicono, pigri).

Eleventh and last song, fifth album. 1980’s Simulator.  Ah, the nostalgia thing.  I have a lovely young friend who said to me not too long ago, “Oh, wow! It must have been amazing to be alive in the 80’s!” heh heh heh.  Well…. I liked the idea of remembering 80’s popular songs and crystallising them down into a standard “this is what it was like” simulator that, like all simulators, gets close, but isn’t quite right, and yet can remind you of about a thousand different popular tunes from the time. (I’ve tested this out on a few people and it’s amazing… they each come up with different songs for each of the sections, none of which were the songs I was remembering and, well, fondly taking the piss out of, when I wrote it).


I also happen to know a few people who, at some point, decided that life was becoming to difficult, or too different, and wound up stuck in a very 80’s mindset… which frankly, doesn’t apply at all in our own times -- and they do suffer for it!  So there’s the little “helpful” jibe at that in the beginning.


What I did learn, in moulding the sounds to be… well, “more 80’s”, was that I had to remove almost all of what I call my darkness, the typical dark quality that I think my songs all have in common, for the most part.  It got me thinking about the innocence and the … persistence of hope that were kind of still apparent in the zeitgeist of the times, as compared to our own.  I thought I’d be mixing stuff down to sound well, just kind of 8-bit cheesier, but as it happens, what I really had to do was make it sound more… innocent, hopeful… less tired out and jaded….


If I had the budget, there’s a video I’d love to make for this, too….


It’s a very fun song, and a nice way to round out what I feel is a relaxed, happy, kind of summery album.  I’m really proud of the weird simulated cassette tape effects I was able to make for this simulator, too.  So please sit back, relax, eat a pudding pop and enjoy it.

1980's Simulator (Sirius) The Lowest of Low

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