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 22: Eclipse All that you touch, and all that you see All that you taste, all you feel And all that you love, and all that you hate All you distrust, all you save And all that you give, and all that you deal And all that you buy, beg, borrow or steal And all you create, and all you destroy And all that … Continue reading 81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 22: Eclipse
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 21: Don’t Talk to Me About Love Yesterday’s shattered Tomorrows don’t matter
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 20: Art for Art’s Sake Give a country Where I can be free Don’t need the unions Burying me Keep me in exile the rest of my daysBurn me in hell just as long as it pays And here’s the video that Godley and Crème directed for Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” (a song you might know best as the theme for “Beverly Hills Cop”)  
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 19: Lunch, Anyone? There’s no point in asking, you’ll get no reply Oh just remember I don’t decide I got no reason it’s all too much You’ll always find me Out to lunch
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 18: What? The Funk? Black stations, white stations Break down the doors Stand up and face the music This is 1984!  
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 17: The Keys to Your Heart I found the keys The keys to your heart I got them on a chain When the doors come apart We’ll never be the same
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 16: Add Your Voice to the Sound of the Crowd Get in line now, get in line now Stay in time with the rhythm and rhyme Get around town, no need to stand proud Add your voice to the sound of the crowd  
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 15: Women Around the World at Work I know if I catch you it might turn out That it’s not as much fun as I hope it would be ‘Cause wishing and waiting is what it’s  about And dreams are worth more than reality
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 14: You’re Everywhere That I’m Not You’re in New York, but I’m not. You’re in Tokyo, but I’m not. You’re in Nova Scotia, but I’m not. Yeah, you’re everywhere that I’m not.
81 82 83 84 Season 3 Episode 13: Essence is Laid Bare The genius sunburst finish disappears In the final glow The seed is sown the flowers grow Nirvana is so very far away A million miles of broken glass A million faces from behind Straight between the eyes

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11 thoughts on “81 82 83 84”

  1. hey Lee just checking if you are still happening???? haven’t seen a new show in over 2 weeks – what’s up ??????

    1. How nice of you to notice! Just taking a bit of a breather. Replay again tonight but I’ll make a point of putting a new show together for next Saturday. It’s motivating to know someone cares. Very much appreciated!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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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