The Essential Soundtrack to Pop's Greatest (and Gayest) Year


By Aaron Hicklin

A Musical Primer to 1983 (if there was a better year for music, we'd like to hear it).

Echo and the Bunnymen release Porcupine, their third album and biggest U.K. success. Like many musicians of the era, lead singer Ian McCulloch would subsequently credit David Bowie for being his single greatest influence.

Post-punk Scots Orange Juice release “Rip It Up,” the epitome of “new pop” and the first U.K. hit song (it went to number 8) to use a Roland TB-303 Bass Line, the synthesizer that would go on to become a staple sound of the era.

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