EDITOR:   JIM C. CONNELLY MELLENCAMP UH-HUH
CONTRIBUTORS:    K.I.R.K., BOY WONDER, TIM G, GUMBY THE K, STEPH THE K, DEBBIE VRANA, SYDNEY, RANDY REED, FLYBOY, JAY DJ, TONE-DEAF, JOHNNY HEATHEN, MAX VOLUME, AND LUCIA
THANKS:   THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN, GREGG MITCHELL, JOHN SIGLER, THE UNDERWRITERS, TOWER RECORDS, CHRISTMAS VACATION, THE CUTTING EDGE, HOWIE KLEIN & 415 RECORDS, SUBSCRIBERS TO THE D.A.D!, MR. BUTLER, AND WIRE TRAIN.
NO THANKS:    GEORGE ORWELL, KFSR NIGHT AT MCGUFFYS, SMOTHERS BROTHERS FOR K.F.C.
WHO CARES:    CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS
KFSR TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 1983
     To be democratic about it, we asked our DJs for a list of their 10 favorite records of 1983. Only 2 restrictions: the records had to be released in 1983, and they had to be played on KFSR. We gave 10 points for a 1st place, 9 for a 2nd and so forth. 13 out of 18 progressive jocks voted (they are listed in the "Contributors" section aboive. At the far right of the list will be the total points and (how many people voted for it).

01. R.E.M. - Murmur                     80(10)
02. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes     77(10)
03. U2 - War                            68(09)
04. X - More Fun in the New World       60(08)
05. UB40 - Labor of Love                36(07)
06. The Alarm - The Alarm EP            33(06)
07. Translator - No Time Like Now       24(06)
08. Big Country - The Crossing          22(05)
09. Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues 21(04)
10. Eddy Grant - Killer on the Rampage  17(03)
10. Style Council - Introducing ...     17(03)

    More on these albums and EP on the other side.

WIRE TRAIN AT THE STAR PALACE
      Those of you who saw Wire Train open for Translator know that their music is very powerful. At press time it wasn't totally confirmed, but Wire Train will be at the Star Palace on Thursday Jan. 12. Go see them. Listen for details.
Hey You!
      As I type this, it's Jan. 3, 1984 and so far nothing has happened yet. I think that Orwell should have lived if for no other reason than to see the gloom that his novel cast over this year. Given the paranoia of his worldview, I'm sure he would have loved it.
      What does all of this have to do with the Dead Air Diary! and our view of pop music in 1983? (Which is what this issue of the DAD is all about.) Admittedly, not too much on the surface of it except that when you look over our poll of DJs you might notice that much of the best music of 1983 was made with one eye cocked toward 1984. And the message of this music seemed to be: 1984 doesn't have to be bad if we don't want it to be bad. In other words, instead of dancing and ignoring our problems, let's do something about them.
      This "change the world" attitude is reflected in most of our top ten. Glaring exceptions: R.E.M. (nobody knows what they are saying) and the Violent Femmes (worried to much about sex). But then look down the list: U2, X, The Alarm, Translator, Big Country. These groups (along with others) are the vanguard of the real future of pop music; what Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times calls the "New Idealism." That's as good of a tag as any because these bands share idealism as well as uplifting, inspiring guitar-driven music. No synth-pop here. There are no politics to dancing and much of what is called "new music" is as boring and mindless as the heavy metal and corporate rock it is trying to replace.
      But that's AOR and MTV's problem, not ours. (Nor yours if you listen to KFSR.) With the music scene being rejuvenated by our fave bands, we're looking forward to a great 1984. So take that, George.
DON'T THINK BAD THOUGHTS
James C. Connelly
Editor, Dead Air Diary
Volume 1 Number 8    CAN THE 49ers BEAT THE REDSKINS??    SOMETIME EARLY JANUARY 1984



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