Was the LE CREDIT CARD CLUB made more, or less, enticing by the use of the French word for, “the,” at the start of their name? And, are their operators still, “Standing by?” Is altering the world fascinating to funkscinating appropriate even if it’s in the context of reviewing a George Clinton album? What was the War on Drugs really a war on? Who wore the sequin dress better? Charlene Tilton or Dustin Hoffman? What was Laser Floyd and why were lasers such a big deal in 1983?

We travel back to the time of knee high white gym socks giant turtlenecks and parachute pants to ask important questions like- Was kiwi really, “The Fruit of the 80’s?” Are you really prepared for the first day of school without a protractor? Is it wrong to love Air Supply? US Festival 1982 lineup vs Lollapalooza 2021? Did the David Letterman show indirectly spell the end for the Lawrence Welk show? And how many white movie stars should be prominently featured in the movie rendering of a classic Chilean novel, written by a Chilean, about Chileans?

So, this first instalment of weaving through the the time, the events, the music of 1981 leans in a certain Mark Lane direction. Along the way I explore topics ranging from an Elvis documentary, What Would Burt Reynolds Do? philosophy, blue ribbons, Guinness Book of World Records, and potential reasons a teenager bought a black and white TV in 1981. Musically we tap into the most rambunctious, overly excited, messy and marvellous offerings from the year all in an effort to make one person happy.

The 1985 Blue Jays team that faced Kansas City in the ALCS featured so much to revel in- a quirky, quasi-baseball stadium on the shores of Lake Ontario, a fan base with self-esteem issues (and a propensity for melting/falling down in the face of adversity), Toronto’s finest sports management team, a gifted, often petulant, ace, a completely original, otherworldly, young shortstop from San Pedro De Macoris, a lanky, small town, closer out of Missouri known as The Terminator and an outfield for the ages.