So, I got to thinking how common it is to hear this genre and style of music playing in many cafes throughout Tirana. Because, it's a pretty good chance you will hear 70's/80's music in just about every cafe you walk into here.
And, now I think I have a theory why....
Albanians were not aware of this wonderful style of music during communism, since the country was completely closed off to the rest of the known world during that time. It was only after communism fell (1991) were Albanians introduced to this music for the very first time. And, even then it took many years after to hear the full variety of this music since the infrastructure within Albania was quite poor and underdeveloped. So, while the rest of the world was listening to and enjoying new 90's and 2000's music, Albanians were just being introduced to 70's and 80's music. It seems to me that 70's/80's music is still relatively new to them even to this day. And, it seems to have stuck with them.
Which is fine by me. Because there is nothing like drinking a hot makiato in Tirana with a Roma friend while listening to A Flock of Seagulls piping over the speakers.