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Posts tagged ‘1984’

For all the time spent showcasing the scars of past psychic traumas here, I still tread lightly when it comes to the “High Eighties” period. That block of time — roughly spanning 1984 to 1988 — is such a tangle of regret, embarrassment, and pain that anything associated with it dredges up muck better left […]

Back to Wax #37: Spaced out

September 24th, 2018

Sometime back around the turn of the Millennium, I was scouring the dank and dodgy recesses of fileshare networks for an art-synth obscurity from an early Eighties Boston duo. It eventually turned up as part of a “minimal synth” compilation branded after the long defunct Flexipop fanzine. Further digging revealed there were roughly three dozen […]

The best of the mess

August 29th, 2017

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires fingerprinting as part of the adoption process, so Maura and I rode out to Waltham a couple of Tuesdays back to have our hands run through a digital scanner. The office was located on Moody Street, a vibrantly seedy thoroughfare that’s one of the last relatively intact vestiges of my […]

By the end of the past spring, my K-Tel obsession had lost a good deal of its momentum. I’d already picked up the most obvious and essential compilations and my interest had started to drift toward cowpunk and Paisley Underground obscurities that went overlooked during my Nineties vinyl collecting days. The few K-Tel releases I […]

I’m going to go out of sequence with this week’s entry, which is fitting because it was both my most recent record purchase and the second K-Tel comp I bought with my own money. The album is Hit Mix, released in 1984 and originally purchased by yours truly from a cassette bargain bin at Bradlees […]

Song for Sunday #73

November 17th, 2013

November Group – Put Your Back to It

Christmas is right around the corner, order which makes this an ideal time to take a gander at the ULIMATE COMPUTER GAMING RIG… …as presented in Electronic Games‘ 1984 holiday gift guide. Centered around a Atari 400 unit (cherried out with a whopping 48k of RAM), this baby sported twin 5.25 inch floppy drives, a […]

Technology may make radical leaps, ambulance genres may wax and wane in popularity, publishers may come and go, but the class and sophistication of the videogaming crowd… …is an unwavering constant.

A helpIngSoc hand

June 9th, 2011

If you needed to sum up the year that was 1984 in a single image, pills you could do a lot worse than this page… …taken from a holiday season flyer from K-Mart. 1984 was a transitional year in many respects, viagra sale the moment when the last vestiges of the previous decade’s malaise were […]

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