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FlinterFile: Kajagoogoo- Too Shy

With this song Kajagoogoo made a successful debut in 1983. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Spandau Ballet- Pleasure

Spandau Ballet released their album True in 1983. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Powerplay- I Am Falling

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The band Powerplay was a Dutch band with some success in the eighties. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Booker Newbury III- Love Town

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Booker Newberry III started his solo career in 1983. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Prince- Little Red Corvette

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In 1983, Prince released the album 1999. Apart from the title track, this also was a big hit from that album. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Dayton- The Sound Of Music

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In 1983, Dayton had its biggest hit in the UK. The band was formed in 1980 by a member of Sun and a member of Over Night Low. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Rolling Stones- Undercover Of The Night

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In 1983, the Rolling Stones released one of their few political songs. Mick Jagger, who wrote the song, was particularly inspired by the book Cities of the red night, which was about government repression. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Michael Sembello- Maniac

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In 1983, Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello wrote a big hit for the movie Flashdance. The whole song started with Matkosky watching the movie Maniac, which was about a serial killer. The song he wrote was inappropriate for the movie, but thanks to Phil Ramone, who heard the song and wanted it to be used for Flashdance, the lyrics were changed. He produced the song and the movie made it a big hit, number 1 in the US! Enjoy

Michael Sembello- Maniac

FlinterFile: The Motels- Suddenly Last Summer

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In 1983, the Motels had one of their few hits. The song was written by Martha Davis, who says the story behind the song is quite complex. She wrote it at 3 A.M., when she woke up with the idea of the song. It has to do with the feeling of melancholy, which comes over someone when they realise they can’t go back in time. For Martha Davis was the moment that she sat in the garden of her first house, and heard the ice cream van for the last time in summer, such a moment. The melody of the ice cream van was the basis for the melody of the song, the text almost wrote itself. It became a number 9 hit in the US, reaching number 1 in the Rock chart. Enjoy

The Motels- Suddenly Last Summer

FlinterFile: Tom Robinson- Listen To The Radio (Atmospherics)

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In 1983, Tom Robinson released the song which ment his return to the music scene. He wrote it as an autobiographical song, which tells the story of his success he had in the seventies. However, his band Sector 27 was a disaster, which gave a lot of money problems. Tom Robinson went to Hamburg, and later to East Berlin, escaping the taxman and staying under the radar, learning German. He played with a band, and a few years later came back with this song, written with Peter Gabriel, and it was played a lot on the radio. Eventually it ended on number 39 in the UK chart. Enjoy

Tom Robinson- Listen To The Radio (Atmospherics)