July 24, 2013

Thirty Years Ago Today, Courtesy Of Casey Kasem

1983 was an unbelievable summer for music.

I remember it like it was yesterday...listening to WFBQ, Indianapolis' own Q95, for hours on end, laying out in Suzanne's back yard, drenched in Coppertone tanning lotion, drinking Tab (Diet Coke was still a very new product that summer).

I was twelve...going on twenty-seven.  Boy crazy and made up like a cocktail waitress most of the time.  Was there a better purple eyeshadow than Aziza, in those days?  I don't think so.  But yeah, most of the time, I was all dolled up like I belonged in Vegas, not in our humble home in Lafayette, Indiana.

Here's to thirty years ago, here's to great music, and here's to Casey Kasem: a voice every bit as cherished to our generation as the records we spun during that long, hot, distant summer.


  1. I can SO relate to this post! I had forgotten about Aziza with their completely saturated-to-the-hilt hues. Oh, Casey Kasem..... times seemed more innocent then. You were good in using Coppertone. My friend and I sunbathed in Afro Sheen because we heard it would make you darker.

    1. Eartha, if you are ever in Phoenix, look me up. We need to go out for drinks and nibbles.

  2. John Teague24 July, 2013


    Stop dicking around about it and just do it, Laura Beth!

  3. Anonymous24 July, 2013

    Out on the road today I saw a deadhead sticker on a cadillac. A little voice inside my head said, don't look back. You can never look back.

    I'm like you, Laura, remembering things so fondly. Now that I am older, I understood what Don Henly meant.

  4. I think I spent the entire year in an absolute rage that people actually thought "Every Breath You Take" was a love song. I was surrounded by idiots.

  5. Every Breath You Take was written when Sting was going through a divorce. 1982-83 was also the time the video for Donald Fagen's "New Frontier" was on MTV and other video outlets. A line from that song is the title of this blog.

  6. Tim:

    Introduce me to that big blonde. She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld.

    (She likes to limbo, that much is clear. She's got the right dynamic for the New Frontier.)

    Nice catch :-)