“Somewhere in the latter half of the eighties, it became much easier for weird bands to do band things: play shows, make records, go on tour. The hows and whys that had been so elusive just a few years earlier were now shared through surprisingly effective samizdat and word-of-mouth networks,” writes [Jon] Fine, a member of “resolutely non-famous bands” such as Bitch Magnet and Coptic Light.
What is “The first really portable cell phones showed up?” And as Fine noted in that article (he’s written a book called Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)), things are even better now. And I must add: it’s always interesting to see who hates it when society makes it easier to buy or sell things. Interesting… and instructive.