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 3 Episode 6: You’re Gonna Crash! Here you go, way too fastDon’t! Slow down! You’re gonna crashYou should watch, watch your stepDon’t! Look out! You’re gonna break your neck
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 5: Are You Receiving? Our destination is nowhere Our feelings are destroyed We’ve got nothing at all This is life in the fall
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 4: Recycling is Good for the Environment! This week’s music is 100% recycled content from previous episodes.  But it still tastes fresh! Enjoy!
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 3: Your I’s are Too Close Together Well it’s the same thing every time I see you All you ever talk about is you Now I really don’t want to bore you But it’s about time you considered me too
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 2: Houses in Motion Never get to say much Never get to talk Tell us a little bit But not too much Right about then Is where she gives up She has closed her eyes She has given up hope
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 1: I’m Not Always So Stupid Every time a car drives past I think it’s youEvery time somebody laughs I think it’s youYou changed your number and my phonebook’s such a messBut I can’t bear to cross your name out yetEach time the doorbell rings it might be youEach letter the postman brings might be from you
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 49: Keeping It 100 I’m proud to have had the opportunity to share with you a hundred hours of great retro-alternative music! Hope you enjoy this one!
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 48: Come Up and See Me, Make Me Smile You’ve done it all You’ve broken every code And pulled the rebel to the floor You spoiled the game No matter what you say For only metal, what a bore
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 47: It’s a Fair Exchange Here I stand in a daze, axe in my hand Another fool on the stage with a traveling band There’s a space in my heart … permanent flame Just give me your body and I’ll give you my brain It’s a fair exchange
81 82 83 84 Season 2 Episode 46: The Drawback Seen the troubles and the evils of this world I’ve seen the stretches between godliness and sin I’ve had the promise and confessions of true faith And the hypocrisy that always lies within And they left it for you All of this for you  

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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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