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Posts tagged ‘1983’

Trade-in: Well in hand(book)

November 21st, 2019

I prefer to let my featured selections percolate for a few weeks before discussing them here. It gives my brain time to process the material, jog loose any stray memories, and conduct more than a surface level survey. We’re going to put aside that informal rule for this installment, which discusses a much-anticipated tome which […]

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. So there’s this isolated polar research station inhabited by an extremely irritable group of military men and scientists… …which is unexpectedly infiltrated by something in a familiar form. Things get a bit dicey when members of the research team start to dig a little deeper into the […]

Spirit of ’97

July 3rd, 2018

I love transitional periods in pop music history. The Last Big Thing is dead or dying and The Next Big Thing hasn’t taken shape yet. In the absence of their hegemonic shadows, a host of niche ecologies emerge in a mad scrum for the public’s attention. Media conglomerates and self-appointed tastemakers thrash about in search […]

This week’s featured record is the third platter sent my way by my good pal (and occasional collaborator) Daniel Butler. After I complained about the asking prices of used vinyl, Daniel asked me to shoot him a wantlist to check against the inventory of the place where he worked. Most of my requests were the […]

Do K-Tel #20: Rock ’83 (1983)

November 13th, 2017

As I mentioned last week, my current method for sniffing out comps I may have overlooked involves plugging a favorite band name plus “K-Tel” into my search bar and seeing what turns up. My first attempt at this featured the Stray Cats, who were nowhere to be found on the fairly comprehensive stack of early […]

Do K-Tel #17: Hot Tracks (1983)

September 11th, 2017

Chart Action 83 may not be my favorite K-Tel release, but it was the foundation upon which my irrational interest in mass market pop compilations was built. The album dropped right at the moment my eleven year old self became entranced by WHTT’s “hot hit radio” format and included several of the cuts I’d tune […]

It’s time for another dive into the howling vortex of the 1983 pop charts, as chronicled by K-Tel’s midlist compilation albums. In this case, the insanity is not merely implied… …it’s directly stated in the title. Honestly, the whole Dancing Madness angle doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. It’s the type of title […]

As mentioned previously, my recollections of Chart Action 83‘s track list experienced a good deal of inflationary haziness during the two decades between losing and replacing my copy of that crucial compilation. It grew to include every fondly remembered slice of pop fluff heard on WHTT (“Boston’s HOT HIT radio!”) over the course of that […]

Even if The Rock Album hadn’t whetted my appetite for K-Tel compilation albums, I still would’ve sought out a copy of Chart Action ’83 for strictly sentimental reasons. The collection dates back to a significant moment in my life, one that was further shaped by a cluster of serendipitous events. I was eleven years old […]

Don’t stop believin’

September 1st, 2016

Even if I don’t agree with their general sentiments, I do enjoy reading rockist manifestos. There’s something preciously tragic about their heady blend of tribal loyalty and devout belief, like a listening to a four year old explain how the Easter Bunny is real or having a dedicated Marxist try to convince you that America […]

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