The “Mr. Sensational” Gino Vega Podcast, Episode 3 – My Life With Music Part 1: Early MTV and Hair Metal Days

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HEY EVERYBODY it is I, “Mr. Sensational” Gino Vega, back with Episode 3 of the “Mr. Sensational” Gino Vega Podcast on the I See Robots Radio Network. On this episode I take a look at the recent holiday season, seasonal anxiety, and a show I played over the holidays with my band The Invalids.

After that, it’s a muddled road as we plow through some of my weird family tree en route to talking about my history and memories as a fan of popular music in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and the 2000’s. Of course I bit off more than I could chew with this topic, so we don’t get out of the 1980’s, but if you’d like to join me for my thoughts on my earliest memories of MTV and my grade school infatuation with hair metal, sit back and enjoy the ride. And if not? Hey, who can blame you!

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Episode 3 Show Notes –

Exhibit A: Yours truly, “Mr. Sensational” Gino Vega, playing in the teenage version of his band, The Invalids.

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Exhibit B: Yours truly, “Mr. Sensational” Gino Vega, playing in the middle aged version of his band, The Invalids.

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Here’s the video that started decades of my dubious taste in pop music. Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (1984):

 

For me, “The Warrior” (1984) is a template for the perfect song. Gaudy, anthemic, over the top. If you don’t like this, you don’t like fun. Also the video is F-ing amazing.

 

The intro to this song (1983) and the call and response instruments on the pre-chorus are synonymous with my childhood. What’s love got to do with it? The fact that I love this song! And the video is so tuff!

 

Ok, dude, Motley Crue…they were D&D come to life with some elements of sci fi, comic books, pro wrestling, and horror movies. The perfect cocktail to send an 8 year old’s life off the rails for years to come.

 

Thanks for listening to Episode 3! More descent into my horrible taste in music is ahead on the next episode of the “Mr. Sensational” Gino Vega Podcast on the I See Robots Radio Network!

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