Revenge of the Jangly ’80s

Pylon (L to R): Randy Bewley, Curtis Crowe, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Michael Lachowski. (Photo by Brian Shanley)

The phrase “’80s rock” brings to mind washes of synthesizers, booming drums, big hair, stadium-sized gestures and a plastic sheen. SiriusXM’s ’80s station harks back to “when greed was good, hair was high and everyone learned what a music video was. Prince, Wham!, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper and Culture Club!”

Yet there was an alternate pop-rock narrative to the decade, one driven by minimal flash, tight…