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Who remembers 1984?

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  1. Cadillac_Mike

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    When you heard "Boys of Summer" for the first time on the radio what were your impressions? Personally I consider that 3 note synth string groove the most brilliant thing I've ever heard in pop music. Doo doo doo doo doo doo... So melodic, so perfectly 80's but at the same time so organic with that twangy guitar and vocals. Henley knew what would sell at the time with the synth groove but kept it organic and made one of the most iconic songs of all time.



     
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    Can't say I remember my first listen but definitely an epic song.
     
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    1984? A little voice inside my head is saying "Don't look back, you can never look back."

    I was a junior in high school. I had no idea what a dead head sticker was.
     
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    I didn’t either. Yet. I was 11. 6th grade. I absolutely loved that song, and still do. I still like a lot of Henley’s 80’s era solo stuff.
     
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    What I remember about 1984 was that the Music scene had been invaded by Preppies and Hipsters.
    Music had become all about how you presented a Look to sell your song.
    That song had lots of eye candy, just like all the other Hits of the day.
    It was how you got the Coke sniffers out on the dance floor.
     
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    I got married on St. Patrick's Day that year ( March 17). Lasted 30 years- now alone.
     
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    It’s a cool song...
    I also dig Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider. Another cool 80’s song.

    btw... I was married, no kids yet... but a dune buggy haha
    A ‘55 LP reissue (the dark years) and a Lab Series L7... I miss that amp!
     
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    I was never much of an Eagles fan, or a Don Henley fan, but it’s still one of my favorite pop songs. Never gets old for me.
     
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    1984, left Maine in the spring for the big city of Boston, which turned out to be a little college town dressed as a city but WTH I wasn't in Maine any more.

    I remember the Celtics won and the streets shook with celebration.

    That is a great song but I can't remember hearing it in '84.
    I was just getting in to Coltrane, looking to start my career in not at all pop music which turned out the be the road to nowhere.
     
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    The book, the album or the year?...
     
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    My 1988 Yamaha covers the synth string part so perfectly... I used to do that,cover the bass changes and attempt to sing it live in dad's band. I just can't quite hit Henlyey's notes.

    It was actually recorded on a Prophet 5.
     
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    I believe that is Mike Campbell on guitar?

    I watched this video about a million times as a kid on MTV. It seemed to always be on.
     
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    I was married.
    My daughter was two.

    It was quite the MTV hit as I remember.
     
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    I remember being really sick of musicians who couldn't let go of the 60s.
     
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    Ugh, you guys are all gen Xers (I'm an older Millennial). I want to hear what a Boomer thought sitting in the doctors office for the first time and that doo doo doo doo doo synth grove came on the radio in 1984...
     
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    I did not and do not like Don Henley... In '84 I was putting a 1260 kit in my GPz1100, working on my RZ350, and working on various Stratocasters, and I had a Marshall 100 watt head and 2 cabinets.... I still have the RZ350... ;)
     
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    The guitar lick at the beginning is just great. I can approximate the sound with a Strat, middle & bridge position. Have no idea what MC used.
     
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    In 1984 I was 10. I knew who the Grateful Dead was, and also that Don Henley was once part of The Eagles.

    I think The Dead are ok, I respect The Eagles but don't like their music. Most of Henley's post-Eagles flaccid rock isn't my cup of tea.
     
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    I was 13 in ‘84. I remember another synth song that was huge. Jump. I bought the tape and found there were much better songs on it. “I’ll Wait” was a better synth song to me. Panama. Top Jimmy. House Of Pain. Good stuff.

    I seem to recall that was about the same time I also discovered other synth tunes on the “Brothers In Arms” album. Walk Of Life. Money For Nothin’. So Far Away. I was awakened to Mark Knopfler.

    Two of my favorite guitar idols. Eddie and Mark. I discovered them thru 80’s synth music.

    Boys OF Summer was good but it never stuck out for me. Just another pop hit. Glen Fry was doing Smugglers Blues about the same if I recall. Huey Lewis “I wanna new drug”. All those tunes and more take me back. ‘84 was good year for me.
     
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    Or the Bowie song?
     
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