February 1979 – okay, it’s almost over; the 70s that is. Strange decade. Started off barefoot and going to Grateful Dead concerts – by 1979, you cut your hair, you discovered Dippity-Do, skinny ties and black jeans. Your Eagles albums got traded in at Aron’s for The Clash. Your friends are telling you about The Jam as they run down Wilshire screaming “This Is The Modern World!” You saw The Specials at the Whiskey A-go-go. KROQ is your go-to radio station and every button on your car radio is set to it. You take to wearing buttons – the new one says “Boring Old Farts”, and as always, you live for the weekends.
You have an older brother who graduated the same high school you did, only in 1969. He thinks the music you like is bullshit and your hair looks stupid. He listens to Spyro Gyra and Linda Ronstadt – he moved out of the house five years earlier. You’re glad.
Most mornings during the week you stagger off to school. You’re the proud owner of a 1967 Barracuda, but the car stereo you installed yourself in Auto Shop has a busted speaker on the drivers side. You listen to Larry Woodside in the morning, even though there’s a buzz that drives you up the wall, especially on Mondays when you’ve had two hours sleep. But nothing stops you from getting your morning dose of wakeup tunes. It gets you ready for First Period Gym class.
Here’s an hours worth of Larry Woodside from KROQ, as broadcast from 8-9 am on February 28, 1979. By the end of the year, even KROQ wouldn’t be the same. Everything was changing and the 80s were just around the corner and a whole of lot uncertainty over the future that wasn’t there in February. Funny how a few days can change things. History’s just like that.
In lieu of your car stereo, crank this one up and head back in time.