We’re back this week with a discussion of the first half of 1984. All the facts, news stories, pop culture are brought to you by Aaron and Chris along with a soundtrack of great music released during the first half of the year.
Tracks from Bon Jovi, Anthrax, Warlock, Kick Axe, Van Halen, Wendy O. Williams and tons more. Jump in the time machine and rock back to 1984 with us!
Average Income per year $21,600.00
Average Monthly Rent $350.00
Average House Price 37,182
Movie Ticket $2.50
1 gallon of gas $1.10
Bacon Lb $1.69
January 11 – BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.
Jan 14th – Madonna 1st sings “Holiday” on American Bandstand
January 24 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.
Van Halen – 1984, “Drop Dead Legs”
Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith, “Freewheel Burning”
Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi, “Roulette”
Anthrax – Fist Full of Metal, “Metal Thrashing Mad”
Break Return Song:
Russ Ballard – Russ Ballard, “Voices”
Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, ER, Murder She Wrote, Who’s the Boss?, Night Court, Airwolf, Three’s a Crowd (debuts a week after the finale of Three’s Company), Charles in Charge, Punky Brewster, Tales from the Darkside, V
Wendy O. Williams – “W.O.W.”, “Bump and Grind”
(1/27) – Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire during Pepsi Commercial. The next day he takes home a record breaking 8 Grammy awards.
Whitesnake – Slide It In, “Slide It In”
2/14 – Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend an Aerosmith concert and re-join the band, which embarks on a reunion tour “Back In The Saddle” later in the year.
Europe – Wings of Tomorrow, “Scream of Anger”
Warlock – Burning the Witches, “Homicide Rocker”
Great White – Great White, “Stick It”
RATT – Out of the Cellar, “Lack of Communication”
Break Return Song:
Scorpions – Love at First Sting, “Bad Boys Running Wild”
April 1 – In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.
Saxon – Crusader, “Sailing to America”
Apr 21st – After 37 weeks “Thriller” is knocked off as top album by “Footloose”
May 19th – “King Of Suede” by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62 (‘In 3D’)
Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry, “The Beast”
Kick Axe – Vices, “Heavy Metal Shuffle”
Lizzy Borden – Give ‘Em the Axe, “Give ‘Em the Axe”
Break Return Song:
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA – Born in the USA (released 6/4)
‘84 Olympics in Los Angeles + Carl Lewis & Mary Lou Retton
Superbowl 18, LA Raiders (38) Vs. Washington Redskins (9)
World Series – Detroit over San Diego, 4 Games to 1
NBA Finals – Boston Celtics over Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3
Donald Sterling relocates the San Diego Clippers to LA
PGA Champion – Lee Trevino
Stanley Cup – Edmonton Oilers over NY Islanders, 4 games to 1
Wayne Gretsky – Leading Scorer & MVP
Hulk Hogan defeats the Iron Sheik for his 1st World Title at MSG, 34,000 fans
June 18 – At the climax of a Judas Priest concert at Madison Square Garden, fans begin ripping out the cushions from the seats and throwing them on stage. Judas Priest pay damages through insurance and are banned from Madison Square Garden for life over the incident
June 25 – Prince releases his sixth album Purple Rain; the album sells over 20 million copies and gives Prince two US number one singles with “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”.
Femmes – Hallowed Ground, “Hallowed Ground”
TNT – Knights of the New Thunder, “Seven Seas”
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