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Land of the Lost

Robert Drake
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Rediscover the 1980's pop & underground landscape with a great mix of cult classics and new wave anthems, woven together by DJ Robert Drake the final Friday of every month from 7-11pm on WXPN.

Drake began spinning the new wave sounds when they were NEW wave sounds, working in various underground clubs in Philadelphia during the gritty era of 1980-1986.

From off-radar spots like The Love Club to commanding nights at Philly's premier alternative hotspots The Kennel Club, Omni's and a few special nights at Danceteria in NYC, the Rock of the 80s became his passion.

And now he shares his passion with you - every final Friday on WXPN.

Land Of The Lost Audio Archive

SPRING FLING - April 2013

Join me this Friday, April 26, for our next trip into the LAND OF THE LOST, the monthly 4-hour block of the Rock of the 80s! Besides our usual mix of fun flashbacks, I will turn the spotlight on several LOTL artists who will be in town over the next few months including; Johnny Marr, Peter Murphy (performing Bauhaus), Bush Tetras, The Psychedelic FursOMD, Wire, New Order and more!

The LOTL chat room will be up and running - to enter, just click HERE. See you on the radio from 7-11pm EDT or live worldwide - just click the Listen Live dropdown at the top of the screen.

OUT LIKE A LAMB - March 2013

In this edition of the LAND OF THE LOST, we'll spotlight some of the New Wave artists that will be passing through town this spring and summer! Expect to hear tracks from Bauhaus, OMD and Sparks - all three will be in Philly over the next few months. Plus our temporary LOTL Chat room will be up and running - visit it here:

So, move the furniture and roll up the rugs -- it's time to dance this mess around - inside the LAND OF THE LOST!


It’s time for our monthly trip inside the Land Of The Lost – however, thanks to Penn Basketball we’ll have a shorter than usual 4-hour block of the Rock of the 80s this time ‘round.

Join me right after Penn Basketball (approx 9pm ET) as I celebrate some of MY favorite Rock of the 80s tracks … no chat room this month, just wall-to-wall New Wave goodness … from a-ha to XTC and back!

And if you’re on Facebook – be sure to join our Land Of The Lost group

See ya on the radio!
- - Robert Drake

LADIES OF THE 80s - January 2013

Siouxsie Every month in the Land Of The Lost (LOTL) I celebrate the genre that will never be forgotten; New Wave. There are so many talented artists that deserve their place in the history of the Rock of the 80s but quite often the men of New Wave over shadow the women.

Not this month!

Join me on the final Friday of January – January 25 – from 7-11pm ET as I turn my LOTL Spotlight to the LADIES OF THE 80s! From those household names like Blondie, Siouxsie & The Banshees and The B-52's to those that might just be forgotten if it wasn't for shows like LOTL (The Slits, Bush Tetras and Lizzy Mercier Descloux are just a few that come to mind!) Siouxsie You can click here to request your favorite female artist of the Rock of the 80s genre; it can be a soloist or the leader of a band.

Also – be sure to join the LOTL chat room during the show and reminisce with us as we celebrate the Ladies Of The 80s on the next Land Of The Lost! Happy New Wave! - Robert Drake

Howard Jones Interview

Howard JonesIt was in 1983 that Howard Jones released his first single "New Song" in the UK. The expectation was that it might sell a few thousand copies and introduce his fresh new music to an unsuspecting world. The reality was quite different. The single steadily climbed the UK chart to peak at No. 3. Then came the second single "What Is Love?" which reached No. 2 in the UK and the third single, the enigmatic "Hide and Seek", which showed the spiritual side of Howard Jones' writing. This was followed by the first album Human's Lib which came straight in at No. 1 in the UK in April 1984, eventually going platinum and which took the synthesizer and Howard to a new plateau.


Lene Lovich

Lene LovichSince Lene Lovich burst onto the scene with her 1979 hit single "Lucky Number", ushering in the new wave era, her life has been defined by an unyielding commitment to the arts and activism. Lene Lovich's impact on pop music can hardly be understated. The influence of her arty, flamboyant new wave persona, assertive, banshee-howl-inflected vocals, and idiosyncratic songwriting style can be seen clearly in countless female artists, from peers like Siouxsie Sioux and Grace Jones, to those who have followed in her footsteps: Bjork, PJ Harvey, Gwen Stefani, and Karen O. In her absence, it is nigh impossible to conceive of the modern landscape of alternative female pop artists. Lene has carved out a unique niche in the world, always while doggedly pursuing her own muse, her own passions.


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