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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Someone FINALLY remembers "The Eighties" the way I do: Excellent 10-part series on music of 1980's on Sweden's SVT is mostly in English, and can be seen online from anywhere in the world. Swedish TV to the rescue of the summer doldrums! Depeche Mode, Culture Club...

SVT video: Synth eller hårdrock? Synth and Depeche Mode. Two-minute teaser for Episode 1 on 1980 and the introduction of synthesizers/Electronic Music and Depeche Mode starting their string of catchy hits. Originally aired June 8th, 2012.

Someone FINALLY remembers The Eighties the way I do: Excellent 10-part series on music of 1980's on Sweden's SVT is mostly in English, and can be seen online from anywhere in the world. Swedish TV to the rescue of the Midsommar doldrums! Depeche Mode, Culture Club...

Today I've posted teasers for three of the ten 30-minute episodes. Each program is available on the website for only 30 days due to copyright reasons, so don't procrastinate and miss one! Once it's gone, it's gone for good.

SVT's homepage with the entire series schedule is at http://www.svt.se/eighties/

SVT video: Three-minute teaser for the two-part episode of The Eighties on Boy George & Culture Club and Adam Ant that aired Friday night, June 22nd.

SVT video: Three-minute teaser for the fifth episode of The Eighties on 1984, a year that saw the group Frankie Goes to Hollywood make it big but see their huge hit "Relax" banned from BBC Radio, while LA-based groups like Van Halen, Whitesnake and Mötley Crüe wre making their presence known. This episode aired last night, June 26th.

The first time that I ever bought an album with a Depeche Mode song on it was in 1982, when I purchased the soundtrack for Summer Lovers about an hour after I saw that film starring Peter Gallagher and Darryl Hannah, the very first day it was out.
I replayed it in my head as I walked thru the record store, thinking how mundane and boring everything in NMB seemed compared to that film, which showed people giving in to their unconventional side for a change.

That film, along with its title song by Michael Sembello, has always been a guilty pleasure of mine and many of my friends from IU, who wondered why in the world we didn't have the good sense to be in Greece in the summer instead of the heat and humidity of Miami, Indianapolis Kansas City and Long Island.
The film has just awesome scenery of Santorini, which is a no-brainer, of course, and a potpourri of music interludes that seemed perfectly timed, including Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough."

busson9 video: Michael Sembello- Summer Lovers (1982, title song from the film)

Trivia note: my personal high school graduation party for myself, my family and friends took place at a wonderful Greek restaurant on Lincoln Road in South Beach, following the ceremony at the nearby Miami Beach Convention Center.
I wish we'd owned a video camera back then, because that was a hell of a party, and it'd be nice to replay it every once in a while.

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