songs that will never end up on a Kitty playlist
August 11, 2010
Looking through the music I own, I have an entire CD that will never end up on a Kitty playlist, mostly because I haven’t listened to it all the way through since I bought it for $2.99 in a bargain bin in 1997. Its very existence confused and worried me and for $2.99 I could find out for myself.
That would be Billy Idol’s Cyberpunk.
Released in 1993, it’s not awful or anything. It’s just really, really forgettable. It’s also about 8 years too late to be anything resembling cutting edge, considering that the whole concept of cyberpunk as a social movement was about played out by then (it still has some legs as a literary aesthetic, I’d argue). It may not have looked like it at the time, but the novel Snow Crash, which can be read in some ways as a parody of cyberpunk, came out a year later. Hindsight is 20/20.