1980s music · Survival

Song of the Day

Who better to usher in the angst of the ‘80s than UK poet and dark/new wave pioneer, Anne Clark. Here she is with Sleeper in Metropolis. If this isn’t a time-sound machine direct to 1983, I don’t know what is.

On a personal note, today marks 1.5 years of sobriety. I can now say years, plural. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

1980s music · Creativity · Electronic

Song of the Day

Today’s SOTD sounds like The Knife because it’s the lead singer, Karin Dreijer, as Fever Ray. Here she is with her version of the Peter Gabriel song, Mercy Street. I appreciate the original but I appreciate this moody cover just as much. Perfect for a Friday that promises a creative and adventurous weekend ahead.

For those curious to hear the original, I’ve included it below. Gabriel’s version is equally haunting and moving (perhaps more so) but is firmly planted in 1986.

1980s music · Love · Survival

Song of the Day

If there’s a single song ever written about being out as a teenager in the suburbs in the 1980s, this is it. This was one of my favourite songs (on rotation) when I was 18 and everything in it rang true for me. Feeling like my home was no longer a home because of my parent’s reaction to my sexuality. Thinking about dying. Being too shy to ask for something. Every line. All of it.

Here is The Smiths with their 1986 song, There is A Light That Never Goes Out.