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80’s Social Commentary Music with Rick Vescio (E23)


80’s Social Commentary Music with Rick Vescio (E23)

The angst, energy…. and rage of the 80’s. This collection of music, curated by Rick Vescio, touches on themes that you may have missed during years that some would call vapid, lackadaisical, spoiled – even if you lived through them. You may have missed Punk and Post- Punk bands and music by listening to Bananarama, and the Go-Go’s (love them both by the way). 80’s Social Commentary Music on LTNF.

Curious as to what I am talking about? Good. You’re going to love the insights and analysis that Rick provides in this episode. This is part 1 of a two part series on protest, social commentary, and high power music from the 80’s.

Ann Arbor (A2) in the 1980’s

I was always young for my age. The fact that I got into Michigan was a minor miracle. I eeeeked in and took my sweet and very nerve-wracking time finding my groove. Freshman year was a blur and incredibly stressful. But by sophomore year and my first year in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house I sort of began a “college career.”

Joining ATO was a big deal for me. It gave me identity, instant friends and a social network that I was just never going to find on my own. Good move. And that’s where I met some truly remarkable people including Rick.

80’s Social Commentary Music with Rick Vescio (LTNF E23).

Under the Big Black Sun – X

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The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
The Hungry WolfX / Under the Big Black Sun1982
Out of ControlU2 / Boy1980
Dog Eat DogAdam and the Ants / Kings of the Wild Frontier1980
Never Say NeverRomeo Void / Benefactor1981
Message of LovePretenders / Pretenders II1981
World DestructionTime Zone (featuring Afrika Bambaataa and John Lydon) / World Destruction1984
Playlist: Rick Vescio


In Part 1 Rick’s music centers around the year 1980 as you can see from our LEST-OMETER below. These insights don’t come cheap… the very latest in stereophonic music technology!!


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I want to share my appreciation for you. For listening with an open mind. For comments and thoughts. For advice and suggestions. I am very pleased to go on these musical journeys each week knowing you are there to appreciate stand-out music from inspired musicians.

80’s Social Commentary Music with Rick Vescio (E23)

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

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  1. Adelaide Ewing

    This was so sick!!!!!

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