Favorite Songs of 1983


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1983.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

This is another year where I remember the music well, especially the music I heard that summer in the car on my family’s Friday night outings to Lake Quassy amusement park in Connecticut.

Ashokan Farewell – Evan Stover, Jay Ungar, Matt Glaser, Molly Mason & Russ Barenberg

Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes

Cruel Summer – Bananarama

Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant

Let The Music Play – Shannon

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics

White Lines – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

And my song of shame for 1983 is Never Gonna Let You Go by Sergio Mendes

No wonder why people hate the music of the 80s <shudder>.

Nevertheless, you probably have a favorite song or two from 1983.  Let me know in the comments.

1908 Night


I remember the summer of 1983, because that was the year when my mother, sister and I spent almost every Friday night at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT.  We went in the afternoon to swim in Lake Quassapaug, swim out to the float, and enjoy a picnic supper.  Once the sun started to set, it was 1908 night, Quassy’s celebration of their 75th anniversary by selling ride tickets, hot dogs, and sodas for a quarter each.

It was a fun summer, and every time I hear certain songs it takes me back to those nights.  Here’s a sampling of the music playing on the radio as we drove to and from Lake Quassapaug:

The Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue

The Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination

The Kinks – Come Dancing

Madness – Our House

Who says there was no good music in the Eighties? The rides at Quassy are less memorable as they were admittedly rather tame.  When we went back one time in 1984, the magic was gone.  Still, it’s a fun memory to think back on 25 years later.