81 82 83 84

81 82 83 84 is a retro-alternative show focusing on music I loved when I was an undergrad and volunteered at CKMS in the early 1980’s. Music will be mostly New Wave, punk, ska, early goth. Some experimental stuff too, with the occasional more-mainstream tune mixed in.

81 82 83 84 airs on Saturday from 10:00pm to 11:00pm, with a replay on Wednesday from 11:00pm to Midnight.

Recent Episodes

81 82 83 84 Episode 021: Two Steps Forward (Six Steps Back) At home he feels like a tourist At home he feels like a tourist He fills his head with culture He gives himself an ulcer He fills his head with culture He gives himself an ulcer This week’s show (setlist below): This is the best video of an early Gang of Four performance I could … Continue reading 81 82 83 84 Episode 021: Two Steps Forward (Six Steps Back)
81 82 83 84 Episode 020: Places, Everyone! Nothing makes me crave 80’s alternative music quite like a road trip through the deepest of the Deep South. Then again, grits – so there’s that.  
81 82 83 84 Episode 019: Paint By Number Heart This week’s playlist is a weird mix of deeply dystopian works with flowers of hope sprinkled throughout. Not sure how we got there but hope you’ll enjoy it nonetheless.
81 82 83 84 Episode 018: Hey Hey My My Well we survived 2021! Let’s hope 2022 is an improvement. As I mention on this week’s show, I came across a truly bizarre live jam on YouTube this week – Neil Young and Devo, playing Hey Hey My My (Into the Black). Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3sKmom4 – if you can listen to the end you’re … Continue reading 81 82 83 84 Episode 018: Hey Hey My My
81 82 83 84 Episode 017: Merry Christmas! So not the most Christmas-y music but still a lot of fun tunes. A couple of friends told me that they’d like to hear me talk more during the show so I tried that out this week. Let me know what you think. Wishing you a happy holiday season and all the best for 2022!
81 82 83 84 Episode 016: Undercover Q: What do the Temptations, Pere Ubu, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, and Status Quo all have in common? A: They’re all covered on this week’s show! Check it out!
81 82 83 84 Episode 015: So You Want To Be a Rock and Roll Star? So you want to be a rock and roll star? Then listen now to what I say Just get an electric guitar Then take some time and learn how to play
81 82 83 84 Episode 014: Do You Dream in Colour? If you’re not familiar with the music of Bill Nelson and/or Be Bop Deluxe, I do hope you’ll check them out. And my nephew just “discovered” Brian Eno this week and is going deep deep deep into the stacks to learn more. Always a fantastic feeling to uncover great music from years past.
81 82 83 84 Episode 013: From Under the Floorboards My force of habit, I am an insect I have to confess I’m proud as hell of that fact  
81 82 83 84 Episode 012: There’s Always the Sun How many times have you been told If you don’t ask, you don’t get? How many lads have taken your money? Your Mother said you shouldn’t bet Who has the fun? Is it always a man with a gun? Someone must have told you, if you work too hard, you can sweat? There’s always the … Continue reading 81 82 83 84 Episode 012: There’s Always the Sun

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2 thoughts on “81 82 83 84”

  1. I enjoyed your set-list tonight!

    Glad to have your show on after mine on Wednesday nights now! Good fit…..

    Best wishes.

    Alex
    Requiem for Rock

  2. An excellent addition to the CKMS lineup, this show provides a nice balance of moods, tempos and themes anchored in the pivotal 81-84 period in music. In each section, Lee digs deep to showcase the more extraordinary and influential tracks from this era’s essential artists, many now sadly obscure. Enjoyable for the songs remembered fondly and even more for the standouts I overlooked. Just a couple episodes in and I can hardly wait for the next.

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