How to best describe the state of the world in 1983…hmmmm…
|Yeah this about covers it.|
Just in case we weren't getting the point, US Network TV had not one but two made-for-TV movies featuring fake newscasts of nuclear events - Special Bulletin based on homegrown American nuclear terrorism and The Day After based on the good old fashioned WWIII scenario. I remember watching Special Bulletin and thinking it was well done.
Music from this era was often either boppy no braincell required stuff or edgy and tense. From the edgy and tense school we have REM's first album featuring the single "Radio Free Europe". The song's title is a definite Cold War reference but don't try to get much from the lyrics, Michael Stipe meant them to be "complete babbling" and one critic commented that the album's was aptly titled "Murmer". However, if it had jangling guitars, a punchy beat and indecipherable lyrics I was all over it in 1983. This is essentially ground zero for indy rock and college radio.
I love this video taken from Letterman - his original late night show following Johnny Carson's show when Dave was young and edgy himself. Note that REM are unheard of and that Stipe actually has hair (and a lot of it too)!
Radio Free Europe