Episode 28 – 1983 Year in Review

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Before we flash back in  time we want to remind you of our upcoming Listener Request episode! We want you to call in your hard rock/metal song request on our hotline and we’ll play our favorite requests on the show! The number to call is (540) – DBGEEK-1 (or (540) 324-3351). That number will take you straight to our voice mail hotline. Don’t be shy!

We had some great feedback on the recent 1975 Year in Review show so we decided to jump back into the time machine and venture to another year. This time we’re going back to the days of Atari, Dr. J, and Metallica before they became sycophantic Lou Reed cohorts. We’re heading back to 1983.

This Year in Review episode has got a little bit of everything from the pop culture stew of 1983. There was a lot going on in the entertainment world from M.A.S.H. ending its legendary run atop the television world to the release of the tragedy-laden movie version of The Twilight Zone movie. We touch on that stuff but we’re a music show, right?

The musical landscape of 1983 was certainly varied. The top of the Billboard charts was mostly owned by Michael Jackson as this was the high point for his vaunted Thriller album. Other top pop stars of the year included The Police and a young starlet named Madonna.

The hard rock and metal world was certainly in flux in 1983 with grease painted rock legends KISS deciding to scrub off the clown white and go au naturele on MTV. A new metal band was starting to make waves in the Bay Area in 1983. Metallica released Kill ‘Em All on Megaforce Records and heavy metal was never the same. 1983 was a confusing year for rock legends Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath with the left-of-center releases of DaDa and Born Again respectively.

So, break out your Wacky Wallwalkers, strap on your Swatch, and hope into the Family Truckster. It’s time to hit the time travel highway to 1983!

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