Tag: 1984

Song Of The Day: Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy”

We revisit this classic and controversial pop hit from 1984, as we honor Larry Steinbachek, the band’s late founder and keyboard player.

Song Of The Day: Wham!, “Last Christmas”

Some thoughts on the passing of a legendary voice.

Matt Bianco: Whose Side Are You On: Deluxe Edition (Cherry Pop)

Matt Bianco’s 1984 debut album was a definitive release for the sophisti-pop genre; this reissue compiles the band’s album and contemporary singles and remixes, and only enhances the album’s rightful legacy.

George Jones: Ladies’ Choice/My Very Special Guests (Morello)

George Jones was a notoriously difficult musician, and this twofer highlights just how oddly problematic he could be.

Departmentstore Santas: At The Medieval Castle Nineteen 100-Year Lifetimes Since (Superior Viaduct)

The sole release of Deparmentstore Santas has become a lo-fi holy grail, and for good reason; this reissue shows that its mastermind, Joseph D’Angelo, was a talented young man with great promise.

3AM Eternal: Tina Turner, “I Can’t Stand The Rain (Extended Remix)” (1984)

This extended remix of Tina Turner’s take on Ann Peebles’ classic hit finds the diva taking a more underground dance direction.

3AM Eternal: Deniece Williams, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (1984)

Stupid dumb Stephen King and his dumb movie, ruining a perfectly good song for me and instilling terror in a ten year old kid.

3AM Eternal: Nick Cave Featuring The Bad Seeds, “Saint Huck” (1984)

Nick Cave’s post-Birthday Party debut album proved that he was still very in touch with the darker side of life. We don’t recommend listening to this song in the dark.

Section 25: From The Hip (Factory Benelux)

    Poor Section 25. The Manchester-based post-punk band was a victim of fate. Coming from the Manchester scene, the group quickly signed to Factory Records. Their first releases and debut album Always Now suffered not-necessarily unfair comparisons (and accusations of mimicry) to Joy Division. In an effort to break from the confines of such categorization,… Read More ›

3AM Eternal: The Go-Go’s “Turn To You” (1984)

  The upbeat “Turn To You,” the second single taken from The Go-Go’s  sophomore album, Talk Show, was bittersweet; it was a more mature, grown-up, sophisticated style, yet, sadly, it would prove to be the band’s last successful Top 40 hit, peaking at 32. Though the band would split up not long after the album’s release,… Read More ›