"Back in my teens, New York WAS the music business. ... I'd go up to Harlem to buy my records. It was a straight line on the D train from King's Highway to 125th street, and they had great record stores up there. ... I mean, I just couldn't think of a better place to be."
From "Pretty in Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs, to "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel -- these songs are responsible for at least a good 80 percent of my delusions, high hopes and questions about existence (John Cusack with a boom box on his head, anyone?)
At least the notion of authenticity is out there. It means we are looking for what we want to be true. That authenticity, however we define it, is important to us. It demonstrates a shift from earlier in the decade, at the tail end of an era.
1983 was a rare year where many of the finest singles actually ended up at #1 -- tuneful, innovative productions that still sound fresher than most of 2013's pop playlists. Here are 20 noteworthy acts (in no order) that made their first stateside mark in 1983...
Raised on my mother's transatlantic '70s folk collection, I'd never heard lyrics so unashamedly flippant; a 1980s Oscar Wilde, Morrissey seemed to convey the vacuous concerns of youthful beauty in a wonderfully ironic and self-deprecating fashion.
The Smiths were the misfits of pop music and the misfits of rock and roll and their audience ate it up. The band's jingle-jangle sound and catchy songs have never been forgotten and still feel as vibrant and as inventive today as they did back then.
"Working with Stephen was great, we just told him to make us sound like The Smiths," jokes guitarist Edward. By the sound of things to come, it looks like Life In Film should get used to living life in the spotlight.