A lot of great music in 1983 — two years into MTV and this is — if you can call it such — the beginning of the golden age of music videos. Believe it or not, I’m not a huge fan of music videos — that is, I can take them or leave them. Some are truly artistic, and others just seem redundant to me. Even though I’m of the generation who loved them, I just never really caught the bug.
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
After being largely ignored, this was the well-deserved breakthrough for Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart.
U2 – War
For some, this is U2 at their very best. Everyone seems to have a favourite U2 era — or else, a point where they jumped off the bandwagon. This is actually where I got on — my uncle had a 12″ of New Year’s Day, and I fell in love.
Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear
I didn’t discover Marillion until I was about 17 and made a trip to the UK — but as I went back and discovered this album, it spoke to my angry teenage self.
The Web — The rain auditions at my window – its symphony echoes in my womb…
Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
This is a fantastic Roger Waters album that should not have the words Pink Floyd anywhere near it — that’s my only complaint. If you can get past that, this is an amazing album, exploring familiar themes of insecurity and isolationism, betrayal — both grand and personal. Brutally dark and depressing, but brilliant.
Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues
I flipped a coin as to whether I should post “Burning Down the House”, “Making Flippy Floppy” or “Girlfriend is Better”. Burning Down the House won — but if you want a high energy, fantastic album to listen to, listen to this whole album.
The Police – Synchronicity
You know, strangely enough, this is my least favourite Police album. I know, right? But the fact is, this is their last album together, and you can see that it’s all coming to pieces. The earlier stuff was all sort of punk-inspired and reggae-tinged, and this, well, is not.
BUT… it’s still a great album. You know Every Breath You Take — or at least you damn well better, and not just because Puff Daddy stole — yes stole — it.
But Tea in the Sahara will always be my favourite track off this album. It’s so… pretty.
Huey Lewis – Sports
No ’80s moment is complete without a Huey Lewis song. I love his cameo in Back to the Future.
Here’s the tune that Ray Parker Jr. stole — yes stole — for the Ghostbusters theme song (there was a lawsuit).
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
“I’m gonna whittle you into kindling!” — only Tom Waits could come up with that threat. I’ve also included a short story song called Frank’s Wild Years.
Bob Dylan – Infidels
This is probably the last Dylan that interested me until Time Out of Mind in the late ’90s. Die hard fans eat everything up — I shrug and am not easily impressed.
The Cure – Japanese Whispers
This is a collection of non-album singles — and they’re all great! I couldn’t find the official Lovecats video, but here’s something.