This is what 1980 sounded like. As punk's righteous squawk shaded into hummable, danceable New Wave pop in lower Manhattan, a small army in skinny ties or stiletto heels sprouted uptown at Columbia University. And while most campus bands took the obvious route of learning to play their instruments before putting together a set list, The Art of Dating gave itself a more ambitious stylistic mission with a name cribbed from an early-'60s how-to guide, witty Dada-ist collaged gig posters, and a signature band look (black! hot pink! more black!). Live at CBGB's or at campus venues, drummer John Leland's solidly funky time-keeping kept them happy on the dance floor, while bassist Amy Lipman's subsonic thump dueled with Dan Zedek's itchy scratchy rhythm guitar. On top of it all, Eric Daum crooned and yowled through twisted tales of good love, bad love, weird love, and gym teachers, leaving a trail of broken hearts, bent notes, and freshly-sprayed Aquanet.