Was 1983 a magic year?

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  1. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    I bought my #1 Les Paul in '83, a Guitar Trader pre-Historic. Still my favorite all these years later.
    Got married in '83, too. She moved on; I think she's finally found happiness now with husband #5.
     
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    That list is like a who's who in some of the best metal ever made, and many qualify under the best rock ever made.

    There certainly has not been another couple of years like the mid 80s.
     
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    My decree absolute came through, so it was pretty special. :D
     
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    83 sucked... I was 19, out of school, no jobs, 19 and highly unskilled. 83 was a struggle to pay rent and buy groceries. 84 was the turnaround for me. Things finally started to pickup and I didn’t look back.
     
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    I was born in 1983. The origin of what now is my main guitar was bought that year.

    But, when it comes to the music made that year it's not my cup of Pepsi. There are of course a few gems.

    Here is the top 10 of the Bilboard hot 100 from 1983 (according to musicoutfitters.com).
     
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    You’re asking me? Of course it was special!!! Both my Elites are 83’s!!! :thumb:
     
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    Ditto. '83 my decree absolute came through. That same year I sold my '78 Moto Guzzi Le Mans and bought a Harley D Super Glide:rolleyes:
     
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    Here's a little reminder
     
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    The early 80's were a highly "transient" time for media, everyone tried something.

    There was a definite "insertion" of change into the music industry, at least that's how I read it.
    It felt like a forced culture.
     
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    I led a pretty sheltered life!:thumbd::D
     
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    Oh man I’m so fired...I forgot that I met my lovely wife in 83 too... and I had just sold my rare 77 Harley XLCR which was the coolest bike EVER so I could buy a pickup to haul.....p.a. gear... :(. I am kicking myself to this day for getting rid of that bike....
     
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    In 83 I was sailing the sea .
     
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    The Le Mans lasted five years? They usually rusted within three, here in sunny Yorkshire any how.
     
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    Graduated from High School...
     
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    Thought that would prompt a response from you. No I'm old school Dave - without fail every Sunday morning, or afternoon if the Saturday night gig was a good one, I'd be out with the Autosol and the Simonize Hard Wax cleaning the bike and the car. I know the Italian stuff had a bit of a bad rep but it seemed to work for me.:)
     
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    My mate had one, took it to bed with him every night on the 14th floor of a tower block, it still rusted like hell. Not as fast as a Benelli though, those things disintegrated over night...
     
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    And their electrics tended to be a bit temperamental at times..
     
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    Should have used Lucas. :D My Ducati had crap electrics too.
     
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    1983 was the year I met the woman I married two years later and have been with ever since. So, in that sense, yeah, awesome! I was 24 for most of that year, just a kid, but starting in ‘82, probably the first time I started realizing I kind of had my sh!t together and was gonna be OK in life. My adolescent angst finally died around then.

    But outside of my happy little personal bubble, I don’t remember anything all that great going on. The Cold War was particularly scary at that point, the threat of nuclear was seemed increasingly real and terrifying. The only music I actually remember from that year was a really funky great Talking Heads album, and an obnoxiously HUGE album by Michael Jackson. I’m sure there was a lot of other stuff, but I don’t have actual memories of anything else that I attribute specifically to that year.

    To the OP, why do you think ‘84 was when it all fell apart? The ‘80’s were hugely eventful for me personally - I entered them as an immature punk who hadn’t figured ANYTHING out yet. By the time they were over I was married, had two little girls, had gotten started on a career I dug, and owned our second home. But outside of my personal life, I don’t remember them as a particularly interesting time. Most of the great music in that decade, IMHO, was from acts that had already been great before that - even the good punk artists had gotten a good stat in the ‘70’s. I guess asRV was a mostly ‘80s phenomenon, but I don’t remember much else that matured then that still sounds good today. Things didn’t really get interesting musically until the grunge scene got cranked up in the early 90’s. After the Cold War ended and the tech boom started.

    So what was so great about ‘83 that had fallen apart by ‘84?