81 82 83 84

81 82 83 84 is a retro-alternative show focusing on music I loved when I attended the University of Waterloo and volunteered at CKMS in the early 1980’s.

You’ll hear a lot of New Wave, punk, post-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 Season 2 Episode 35: These are MY Demons, Go Get Your Own! These are my demons, ones that I’ve grown These are my demons, from seeds that I’ve sown These are my demons, leave them alone These are my demons, go get your own!
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 34: Bring Me the Head of Yukio Mishima! My mother gave me an intercontinental Ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead With USA on the side of it and Coca-Cola in brackets … … For Christmas!
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 33: World Service Bulletin  To all wavebands on Earth  Reconnoiter on the kilohertz  This tune is going out to Marconi  To all corners of the globe  There ain’t no hut in the Serengeti  Where my wavelengths do not probe And if a rocket went to Saturn We sure hope a D.J. is on board
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 32: Just Another Day There’s razors in my bed, That come out late at night. They always disappear, Before the morning light!
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 31: Is That Love? If only I’d thought of the right wordsI could have held on to your heartIf only I’d thought of the right wordsI wouldn’t be breaking apart all my pictures of you
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 30: Sorry! Feeling attack put up defenses Nothing you’ve ever said made much sense Words are just another violence Nothing rings as true as silence
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 29: Some New Old Favourites Since re-starting this show after a 37-year hiatus some 18 months ago, I’ve discovered or re-discovered a lot of songs that have become the new soundtrack of my life. This show includes sixteen of them. Hope you enjoy!
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 28: What’s Happening On Wall Street? I Want to Know! I watch you on the TV every single day Those eyes make everything okay
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 27: Kill. Your. Television. I want to go to cool places with you I want to take you to cool places tonight I want to go where nobody’s a fool And no one says uh, “Hey girl, need a light?”
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 26: Sixth World? What Were the Other Five? I can’t tell you We can’t tell you They can’t tell you Why  

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8 thoughts on “81 82 83 84”

  1. I remember “Family Affair” and saw the Diodes live doing “Child Star.” Great song.

    Long live MRS. BEASLEY!!

    1. Mrs. Beasley made more money than any of the cast members. Oh yes…Cissy Rocked those flip-dos and headbands…a little boy’s muse vision of older girls! Yeah poor Anissa…sordid.

  2. I enjoyed your set-list tonight!

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

    Best wishes.

    Requiem for Rock

  3. 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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