1983 in Music

1983 marked the completion of rock’s mission and the reinstatement of pop foundationalism. Perched on the silvery mantle were the shining lights of the Second British Invasion: ABC, Culture Club, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, The Fixx, The Police, Thompson Twins, Spandau Ballet, U2.

The UK was glowing with the lavishly presented (Annabel Lamb, The Blue Nile, Camberwell Now, Europeans, IQ, Tears for Fears), the synthetically invented (Endgames, Freur, Kissing the Pink, Naked Eyes, Re-Flex, White Door), the youthfully indented (Blue Zoo, Kajagoogoo, JoBoxers, Roman Holliday, Tracey Ullman, Wham!), the invincibly cemented (Bronz, Chateaux, Grim Reaper, Jaguar, Savage, Tobruk), the morbidly fermented (Anne Clark, The Creatures, Gene Loves Jezebel, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Sex Gang Children, The Wolfgang Press), the lively reinvented (David Bowie, Eddie Jobson, Gary Moore, Ian Anderson, Renaissance, Yes) and the newly implemented (Aztec Camera, Big Country, The Chameleons, The The, The Waterboys, Virginia Astley).

Technology revitalized the States, where electro-rythmic thrusts were delivered with precision (Cybotron, Dial M, Ministry, Velveteen), pulsation (André Cymone, Dayton, Jonzun Crew, The System) and personae (Cee Farlow, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, SSQ), while rockers redoubled with flash (Cobra, Planet P, Storm, Zebra), finesse (Brock Walsh, Finis Henderson, Michael Bolton, Tim Feehan) and firepower (Alcatrazz, Dio, Metallica, Savatage).

Throughout the commonwealth, Aussies embraced the modern lifestyle (The Expression, The Moodists, Psuedo Echo, Real Life) while Canucks came on fashionably picturesque (Boys Brigade, Corey Hart, Platinum Blonde, Trans-X) and fastidiously professional (Arc Angel, Cinema Face, Headpins, Nathan Mahl).

Energies zigzagging from Paris to Prague evoked vagary (A.E. Bizottsag, Axolotl, Diethelm / Famulari, Pro Pocit Jistoty) and virtuosity (Amenophis, Elohim, In Spe, Kaseke), while rock monsters sprung from all corners of the continent (220 Volt, Axe Witch, Europe, Merciful Fate, Oz, Pretty Maids, Sortilège, Trance).

A stylish mix of darkness and danceablility swept through Benelux (Ensemble Pittoresque, Flue, Linear Movement, Mecano), Germany (Belfegore, Holger Hiller, Peter Schilling, Xmal Deutschland), Italy (D. Stop, Gazebo, Matia Bazar, Victrola) and Scandinavia (Daily Fauli, Musta Paraati, Vanity Fair, Zut Un Feu Rouge).

Soaring to the top of the Euro parade was Spain, which augmented its formidable ranks with the immaculately coiffed, impeccably dressed likes of Alphaville, Danza Invisible, Derribus Arias, Gabinete Caligari, Klamm, Luna, Olé Olé and Pistones.

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