80s beats


all the boys // panic! at the disco


Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno in Lawrence, Kansas, 1987.

In September of 1987 a group of visionary poets, artists, and performers representative of the cultural and literary movement known as the Beat Generation gathered in Lawrence, Kansas for a week-long literary festival of readings and diverse activities.

  • Someone: *knocks*
  • Me: I see that you are referencing the hit sensation Knock Knock by national girl group Twice. Released on February 19, 2017, it is a unique bubblegum pop style song with an ‘80s-inspired house beat that infuses electronic and rock elements to form a perfectly irresistible melody.

How To Love Your Introvert

1. We introverts are not always the best at breaking the ice, so in order to get the ball rolling, we often have to resort to tactics that may seem obscure to your average extrovert. This may include subtle clearing of the throat, gentle hand gesturing, and numbers placed carefully into routine conversations where they normally do not belong.

2. You may be asking yourself “How can I be sure that I’m speaking to an actual introvert and not someone simply masquerading as one”, well, here are a few tell-tale signs. If the person wraps their arms around your shoulder as they’re introducing themselves to you for the first time: Probably not an introvert. If the person uses the words “unwind” and “nightclub” in the same sentence: Probably not an introvert. If the person attempts to engage in any conversation whatsoever about the weather and they are not from Minnesota: Probably not an introvert.

3. To set the record straight, I do not hate people. But I do get pretty damn tired of them sometimes. Just pretend for a second that my desire to socialise could be equated to my desire to exercise. This means that a quick jog around the block would be a lot like catching a cup of coffee with a friend, bar-hopping with buddies would be like finishing a 6-minute mile, and my senior prom was like running the iron-man in the middle of August. Now you see, I don’t hate talking to people any more than they hate a little bit of exercise but you wouldn’t challenge an Olympian to a marathon after he just finished a race. Understand that when I tell you I can’t hangout tonight, I just came back from a poetry jam, maybe it’s not because I hate you, maybe it’s because I’m tired.

4. There will be many times when you will be uncomfortable in my silence, unsure of how I am feeling. Understand that just because I do not wear my heart on my sleeve for everyone to see does not mean that it beats any softer than yours. Do not confuse the stillness of the lips with the rythme of apathy. Do not confuse the sound of words rattling off, 80 beats per minute, with the sound of an actual conversation. Just because I cannot commit the act of small talk does not mean I don’t have huge things to say. Just because I find myself at peace within myself does not mean I could ever stop wanting to love so hard, because

5. We introverts are not always the best at breaking the ice, so we often have to resort to tactics that may seem obscure to your average extrovert this may include subtle clearing of the throat, gentle hand gesturing, and writing an entire poem just to say

6. I love you more than quiet trips to the library. I love you more than cancelling Friday night plans. Baby, Baby, I love you more than Tumblr. But when the world is shouting way too loudly for us to hear our own voices, and these words cling far too tighly to my own chest. I just want you to know that I love you, I love you, I love you.

—  Kevin Yang

‘‘…actually in my case it was a tenor saxophone’’ - David Bowie (Stockholm, 1987)



On this day in music history: January 16, 1982 - “We Got The Beat” by The Go-Go’s is released. Written by Charlotte Caffey, it is the biggest hit for the all female power pop/rock band from Los Angeles, CA. Formed in 1978, The Go-Go’s make their mark on the underground L.A. punk rock scene along with contemporaries like The Germs and X. However, they are not able to attract the interest of any US record companies, feeling that they are too raw and unpolished to record. In the Spring of 1980, guitarist Jane Wiedlin’s friend Terry Hall of the ska band The Specials invite them to come to the UK to play as a support act for his band. While in England, The Specials record label Stiff Records, liking the girls on stage presence and raw energy offer to record them. They record “We Got The Beat” with producer Paul L. Wexler, written by guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, one of the band’s first self penned songs and an early live favorite. The original version is released as a single by Stiff in May of 1980, though it does not chart in the UK, it helps the band develop a following there. Back home in the US, the record will begin selling as an import and receives airplay on pioneering modern rock station KROQ in Los Angeles. The buzz created by that exposure drives the single on to the Billboard Club Play chart where it peaks at #35. This attracts the attention IRS Records who sign The Go-Go’s to recording contract. Paired with producer, songwriter and former Strangeloves member (“I Want Candy”) Richard Gotterher, The Go-Go’s re-record a more refined and polished version of “We Got The Beat” for their debut album “Beauty And The Beat”. Issued as the follow up to “Our Lips Are Sealed”, “Beat” is an immediate hit, streaking up the chart and spending 3 weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1982. The huge success of the single drives the band’s debut album to number one on the Top 200, and to multi-Platinum status. “We Got The Beat” also is heard over the opening credits to the classic teen comedy “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”, also in the films “Brimstone & Treacle” and “Romy And Michelle’s High School Reunion”. The song is also covered by a number of artists over the years including the Chainsaw Kittens, Poison Idea, and the cast of Glee. “We Got The Beat” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.