Tag Archives: 1983

Dr. Strangebass, Or: How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Kajagoogoo

Kajagoogoo. The very name alone could strike scorn in the hearts of the staunchest rock critic. They were cotton candy boys with cotton candy hair, and cotton candy tunes. They first appeared as an appendage to the media monster that … Continue reading

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Steel Cage Match: Go-Gos vs Fun Boy Three

I recently bought a copy of the US 12″ single of the Fun Boy Three version of “Our Lips Are Sealed,” so now I could finally hear something more than memories for the first time in 35 years. I had … Continue reading

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REDUX: The Day Ozzy Went New Wave…And Disco!

March 4, 2014 I was never really a Black Sabbath fan. Sure, sure. I had a compilation I wanted for my birthday at age eleven with the excellent single “Paranoid” on it, but as the eighties dawned, I much preferred … Continue reading

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REDUX: The Blue Monday Ripoffs

March 3, 2014 It was almost 31 years prior to the day when  the seminal New Order single “Blue Monday” was initially released. The 12″ sporting a floppy disc inspired sleeve was issued by Factory on March 3, 1983 and … Continue reading

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REDUX: Corn-Fed New Wave: Figures On A Beach, The Early Years

February 20, 2014 Ten days ago, commenter Rob C made an eloquent defense of Detroit’s Figures On A Beach and little did he know, but his words were only a portion of the FOAB event horizon that I find myself … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 17]

[continued from previous post] After the “Dazzle Ships” campaign stalled with the non-hit status of “Telegraph,” the earmarked third single “Radio Waves” never had a chance of happening. Virgin must have had kittens because OMD, who had sold 3,000,000 copies … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 16]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Dazzle Ships | 1983 – 4 [continued from this post] So… we return to the OMD Rock G.P.A.® thread, abandoned almost three weeks ago for a sudden obituary thread for someone I’ve known for over … Continue reading

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