22 03, 2015

Leppard Mania

By |March 22nd, 2015|1983, Best Ever, Hard Rock, Pop, Rock, The 80s|0 Comments|

The British music invasion was a huge phenomenon of the 1960’s and 70’s. It all started with the Beatles, but they were quickly followed by acts like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. It seemed like every day there was a new mega rock band coming out of Britain. This didn’t stop in the […]

31 01, 2015

Summer of Ozzy

By |January 31st, 2015|1983, All, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Rock|0 Comments|

When you’re a kid you look forward to summer with a sense of excitement. The summer of 1983 was one I looked forward to with even more excitement than usual. I was eleven years old and I was starting to make that transition to my teenage years. You know the period when you start […]

28 11, 2013

U2: War (1983)

By |November 28th, 2013|1983, All, Alternative, Best Ever, Pop, Punk, The 80s|0 Comments|

What a gem of a year 1983 was for me and the music I still love some 30 years later. Most people know by now that 1983 was the year U2 released their cassette War and even more have probably have seen the U2 video “Under a Blood Red Sky” shot at Red Rocks […]

3 11, 2013

HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS: SPORTS (1983)

By |November 3rd, 2013|1983, All, guilty pleasures, Pop, Rock, The 80s|0 Comments|

“We couldn’t agree on the right spelling of ‘weather’,” was what Huey Lewis explained in a Rolling Stone interview on this cassette. The News had an amateurish beginning with their tapes. The first cassette, self-titled, made the production-related mistake of having every track aimed at being a hit. Their second tape did somewhat better, […]

23 03, 2013

ZZ Top: Eliminator (1983)

By |March 23rd, 2013|1983, All, Best Ever, The 80s|1 Comment|

Lock up your daughters, hide your booze, grab your guns, and garage your hot rod. A marauding, libidinous, three-headed blues-rock monster has busted loose from the state of Texas, and it’s wielding a brutal weapon of mass destruction. They call this weapon Eliminator.

The year was 1983. The cold war grinded on, and so there […]

21 03, 2013

Daniel Johnston

By |March 21st, 2013|1983, All, Alternative, Pop, The 80s|2 Comments|

Daniel Johnston might be one of America’s saddest rock and roll stories. For indie kids growing up in the 80s and 90s, he was something of a hero. His music was simple and often sad – but that’s what made it so easy to connect to. You didn’t need a lot of money or […]

3 03, 2013

Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual (1983)

By |March 3rd, 2013|1983, All, Best Ever, Pop, The 80s|4 Comments|

On the cover of the She’s So Unusual cassette, Cyndi Lauper is wearing a megawatt-loud thrift store dress with a red skirt that’s billowing up her thighs like Marilyn Monroe’s in The Seven Year Itch. The visual comparison ends there; Lauper’s hair is an untamed Ziggy-Stardust-red new wave mullet/shag, and she’s groovin’ barefoot in […]

12 01, 2013

Violent Femmes: Violent Femmes (1983)

By |January 12th, 2013|1983, All, Alternative, Best Ever, Punk, Rock, The 80s|2 Comments|

Violent Femmes were major innovators in a genre that only much later became known as Folk Punk. Their eponymous 1983 debut on the Slash label blasted the sonic horizon wide open for punk-minded malcontents worldwide. The Femmes’ debut release left us without any excuses; we didn’t even need amps anymore! The album, a trailblazer […]

1 01, 2013

Styx: Kilroy Was Here (1983)

By |January 1st, 2013|1983, Concept Cassettes, guilty pleasures, Lyric Sheet, Pop, The 80s, Worst Ever|2 Comments|

Short Review: At the time this cassette came out, I remember a friend saying  “you don’t do a song or a tape about a robot”.  In this case, he was absolutely right.

Long Review: Did you ever go to see improv comedy or maybe watch the show in the UK or US called “whose line […]

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