Let Drive Radio bring you back to the 80s

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TRIGGER WARNING: this post contains no metal, but does contain a bunch of retro music and 80s gifs.

Are you tired of modern day life? Have you had enough of compulsively checking your smartphone? Are you sick of hearing about twitchat, snapbook and hashtag wars over coffee cups? Do you long for the days when “backlit curved ultra HD display” was random technobabble from a shitty sci-fi film? Do you prefer carrying a cassette tape with 10 songs over a digital device that can carry several thousand? Well my friend, perhaps you need to go back to a simpler time, a more neon time, and Drive Radio can take you there.

Drive Radio is a Belgium-based internet radio station specializing in playing a wide selection of artists that fall into the synthwave/chillwave/outrun (or whatever you’d like to call it) spectrum: instrumental songs with a heavy dose of analog keyboard pads, vintage drum machine beats and plenty of retro flavor, creating the perfect soundtrack to your Miami Vice and/or Knight Rider fantasies. More 80s than the 80s itself, the “let’s drive off into the sunset while the credits roll” nostalgia factor is amped up to 11 for maximum awesomeness, dude.

Sometimes you’ll hear an artist whose song could pass as a true 1980-1989 top 40 hit, but primarily this is a genre that wholeheartedly embraces the rose tint on its wayfarers. After all, why bother trying to recreate the actual past when we can dive headfirst into that comforting John Hughes soft focus and imagine it as the golden hour fever dream we all wished it could be?

Artists like Lazerhawk, Perturbator, Com Truise, Kavinsky, Dance With The DeadCarpenter Brut, Mega Drive, Power Glove, Mitch Murder and countless others get plenty of airtime, as does the occasional era-appropriate movie trailer for Rambo, Ferris Bueller, Robocop, Escape from New York and more – all commercial free.

If you’re in the mood for something darker, Monday nights are Drive Radio’s Darkwave Rotation. Not to be confused with The Cure or She Past Away, this is the stuff of 80s horror, featuring foreboding John Carpenter-style synths and deep, rumbling moog patches in minor keys that layer a glossy coating of malevolent neon blackness over the station’s usual sunshine & palm trees oeuvre.

This is a genre that casts a wide net, and Drive Radio is remarkably consistent in its programming for a streaming service: some songs may have a shade of dubstep, others edge a bit toward club thumpers, but overall the retro groove stays on track. If you’re looking for other content, there’s plenty of news, reviews, interviews and other cool shit on their homepage to keep you busy until your limited edition They Live DVD arrives in the mail.

Check out Drive Radio on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Happy time-traveling.

 

  • I watched They Live last week and I appreciate more now than I did back then.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      That fucking movie rules!

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Yes, yes it does

      • Wish I had a pair of those sunglasses.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Don’t we all dude.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Lost count of how many times I’ve seen it.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Shit, this reminded me that I NEED to see it again. Been way too long.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I watched it again on the day Roddy passed.

    • Maik Beninton™
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      We miss you Roddy. That was such a good movie.

  • ┼yree
  • JWEG
  • COAL ROLL

    BRO

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Loved wasting tokens/quarters in that game and crashing on purpose.

      • You’d think those dummies would learn to put on a seat belt.

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          Well, it is a convertable (aka death trap)

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, such a sad example to set for children.

        • more beer

          Seat belts were optional in the 80’s!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            and for pussies….lol

          • more beer

            That’s right real men are willing to go thru the windshield when they get into an accident.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            yeaaaaa

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    *shrug

  • nbm02ss
  • ┼yree

    I forgot about this EP from this year. Filthy.

    https://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com/album/2015-mlp

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      I dont much care for the music

      That cover tho >>>>>

      • ┼yree

        Nothing special. Just some nasty sounding reverb drenched blackened death metal. I can dig it. Dude has another band called Nocturnal Blood which I really enjoy. It’s sort of on the same lines as this though. A bit more cavernous.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh5SQuQeFcc

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          I like dis one a bit more

  • Dubs
  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Well this is a good station.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Which is good, because is not bad.

  • Waynecro

    This shit’s pretty rad with a dash of righteous and a skosh of totally tubular. Thanks, dude!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    You know what another one of my favorite Internet radio stations is? This one.

    http://www.rockadromeradio.com/

  • Waynecro

    Unrelated: Lucid Dawn by Arkaik is fucking stomping my extremities.

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      I almost picked it up the other day, then I didnt

      • Waynecro

        It’s really, really good. Will blast in gym tonight.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    No thanks. I lived it. Despite all the great Metal and Hip Hop, once was enough.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Shit, you know no bounds of your braggery do you? Bastard.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        This is where I get my offhand revenge on all my older friends for bragging about the vintage Zeppelin, Sabbath, and Floyd shows I used to hear about.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Touche, my good man. I’ve done that myself a few times, so I can understand.

    • more beer

      Yep this all the shit I hated back then!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I prefer 70s style synth music anyways, like the Phase IV soundtrack I posted the other day or the vid I posted above.

        • more beer

          It just was never really my thing.

  • Boss the “Inspectah” Ross

    Carpenter Brut. Man is a genius.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • CyberneticOrganism

      YES. Silly name, awesome song.

  • Max

    Fun story which is true:

    A few years ago I read a news article about how it was the 25th anniversary (or 30th or something) since the release of the Sony Walkman. To commemorate the event, Sony in the UK got a bunch of kids to relinquish their i-Pods for a week and instead go about their lives with its ’80s equivalent, the Walkman – to give them an idea of what we endured; only being able to play one album at a time, switching sides, handling cassette tapes, etc. Some of the kids were naturally quite perplexed by the antiquated technology and how to use it.

    In a classic quote that I’ll never forget, one 12-year old boy remarked that “What stumped me was a switch on the side of the unit which said ‘Normal / Metal’. I didn’t realize it was a switch for playing different grades of tape. I thought it must have been a genre-specific equalizer.”

    • CyberneticOrganism

      If only life were like that. “There are now only two kinds of music: Normal, and Metal.”

      • Max

        The way I immediately thought of it at the time was – “I only listen to Metal. But my kid sister listens to Normal.”

  • Cybro, sorry i was busy on friday and missed this. great stuff! will be jamming this station all the flushing time. also, see if this tickles your fancy (similar music):
    https://gunshipmusic.bandcamp.com/releases