A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.
The 1983 Favorite Edition list is not terribly cosmopolitan. And why should it? I would have been 11 years old at the time, and pre-teens, even precocious ones, aren’t renowned for sophistication.
- Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
- Clannad, Magical Ring
- U2, Live Under a Blood Red Sky
- David Bowie, Let’s Dance
- Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger
- R.E.M., Murmur
- Huey Lewis and the News, Sports
- The Police, Synchronicity
- 10,000 Maniacs, Secrets of the I Ching
- The Waitresses, Bruiseology
Other favorites from the year:
- Toto, IV
- Culture Club, Colour By Numbers
- Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes
- Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual
- The Pointer Sisters, Break Out
MTV was the big driver of music in this era, but I wouldn’t have known it because my parents refused to subscribe to cable. The household wouldn’t welcome cable TV till well after I had moved out after college … in 1997.
So my exposure to music in 1983 was limited to American Bandstand and Solid Gold. For a short while, a syndicated TV show called Prime Time Videos aired on broadcast affiliates, but it would not last.
I was still heavily into Pac-Man, even though my parents refused to welcome a game console or computer into the house. It’s a wonder how I’ve made computer programming my career.
So if this list seems particularly safe, it’s a reflection of the limited avenues of consumption. It’s probably why I have such a voracious appetite now.
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