Back in the early 80’s, my nerdiness could actually be seen from space, the cool kids didn’t know how cool I will be later on my life. I think the whole ‘nerd’ thing didn’t catch on until the late 80’s at the very earliest. The cool kids listened to either Bon Jovi, Hall and Oates, Huey Lewis, Phil Collins or Pink Floyd, Ozzy or even Gunners. When trying to attract girls, they’d fuse the two into the unholy musical synthesis of the Power Ballad. (“Every rose has its thorn/Just as every night has its dawrn/Just as every cowboy sings the same sad song…”) As Butthead explained to Beavis ten years later, “sometimes cool bands have to do wuss songs to get chicks.”
Anyway, I used to quote Weird Al tunes (a kid singing “Livin in the Fridge” would probably trigger a major lockup now) and entire Monty Python sketches. The girls were, mysteriously, unimpressed, and therefore mostly absent.
Looking back, my nerd posse was a collection of late bloomers, closet gays, and conservative Christians. What we all shared was a discomfort with the dominant social scene, if for different reasons. So we cobbled together what we could, often in weird ways.