Rewind to 1983

Things that rocked our world 27 years ago

Margaret ‘The Iron Lady’ Thatcher stormed to a landslide election victory, every little sister owned a skinny and bony My Little Pony, while crimes against fashion were committed by shoulder pad wearing Joan Collins wannabes. Oh, and this lot happened too…

Gadget – Swatch

Here’s a widely known fact: Swatch is a mash up of the words ‘Swiss’ and ‘watch’. But who could have predicted the first 12-strong range of these affordable plastic fantastic timepieces would spawn a million more garish models and become highly collectable?


Film – WarGames

Return of the Jedi and Flashdance took more box office moolah, but WarGames was the film that fired geeky souls. A pre-Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick unwittingly hacks into a US supercomputer and sparks a nuclear skirmish with the Russkies. But can he stop World War III from breaking out with his computer skills? What do you think?

TV – Blackadder

It may be widely considered to be the runt of the Blackadder franchise but the first series, set in Medieval times, still had its comedy gold moments, normally from the foghorn throated Brian Blessed. It wasn’t until the second series, when Ben Elton joined the writing team, that it became one of the sharpest and funniest British comedies, ever. Fact.

Game – Mario Bros

Everyone’s favourite moustachioed Italian plumber may have made his first guest appearance as Jumpman in 1981’s Donkey Kong but ’83 was the year he officially went solo, albeit with brother Luigi in tow, on the Mario Bros arcade game.

Album – REM, Murmur

REM’s debut long player is widely cited as lighting the blue touch paper for alternative rock. Even now its hazy brew of Byrdsian jangle, melodic bass runs and Michael Stipe’s oblique, often indistinguishable lyrics sounds otherworldly. The Georgia four-piece enjoyed bigger chart success with later records but this album remains their calling card.

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