Thursday, April 28, 2016

(I Wear My) Sunglasses At Night


Recently heard this for the first time in years and realized it musically encapsulated the early 1980s.  Written and recorded in 1982/3 by Canadian Corey Hart for his debut album, First Offense (released in April 1983), it features a synthesizer hook similar to that of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) recorded by Eurythmics in 1982 and released as a single in January 1983.  When he sings "while she's deceiving me, it cuts my security", the backing music sounds like something from producer Giorgio Moroder, the man behind many electro-pop hits of the late 70s and early 80s.  The guitar sounds like Eddie Van Halen on Beat It from Michael Jackson's Thriller, released in the fall of 1982 (the actual guitarist was Andy Barnett).  Topped off by a melody with multiple hooks and enigmatic lyrics and you've got a typical early 80s hit.

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