In 1985, Rolling Stone was still HERC's primary source of music information. Spin would debut in March of that year and it slid nicely into the slot vacated by his beloved Trouser Press which celebrated its ten year anniversary and ceased publication with the April 1984 issue. (The main man behind Trouser Press, Ira Robbins, contributed a few album reviews to Rolling Stone in 1985.) Lesser influences included copies of New Musical Express read in the basement of the University's library and the occasional issue of Musician, Smash Hits, Creem or Circus he purchased or read at the newsstand or record store.
Issue 440, dated January 31, 1985, featured Billy Idol with his "Sneer of the Year" on the cover and five albums reviewed near the back of the issue. All of the reviewed albums were already in or soon would be in HERC's collection irregardless of their reviews in this issue. It was, and is, all about the music.
Follow HERC's record buying adventures in 1985:
|January 15, 1985|
|1985 rating: 4|
|1992 rating: 3|
|2004 rating: 3|