A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Pop Icon Howard Jones "Only Gets Better"; Hannah Gill & The Hours Clock In
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This summer, decades are colliding. The "whoa whoa whoa-oh-oh whoa-whoa whoa-oh-oh" is meeting "Chickity China the Chinese chicken" and shouting "oho Enola gay." Yep, 1980s synth icon Howard Jones is on the road with '90's standouts Barenaked Ladies and '80s stars OMD. That said, let's focus on Mr. Jones, who revolutionized synth music in the Reagan decade, and in turn inspired countless contemporary acts with his cutting edge ways. And, it's important to note, Jones has been churning out music long after "Things Can Only Get Better" and "No One is to Blame" burned up the charts.
Never just a novelty act, the musician has toured rigorously over three decades, and released new material - most notably the multi-media project Engage. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester late last month, Jones talked about the '80's (and the bad rap it gets), his current tour stateside, and his influence in the industry. Oh, and he also performed a rare, mostly instrumental version of his song "Don
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