Regardless of how I stayed reasonably current, I think I am a little unusual in doing so. Having said that, I still love New Wave and punk. I was thinking about this as I walked Jeb the Wonder Dog tonight, and a particular song came to mind. Talking over the intro music until the vocals start used to be called "smacking" a song -- I think it is now called something else. Nonetheless, back when I was still in radio, I got challenged by a younger DJ to "smack" a song with a long intro before the lyrics started. The song was "Rock Against Romance" by Holly and the Italians. To this day, it remains among my favorite songs, but it is hard to smack because the intro is 59 seconds long -- yeah, I still remember 30-some years later.
Nonetheless, I still remember that night in the studio when this peckerhead was challenging me to smack "Rock Against Romance" and I did so flawlessly. Fuck, I did the news, the weather and God knows what else in those 59 seconds, but it shut his ass up. And it remains a great song:
Probably the best bass line since "Psycho Killer," and one of the best melody lines -- listen to that lead guitar -- ever. So maybe thy're right about when most people find their favorite music.