The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Featured Song/Artist
"Sunglasses At Night"
Corey Hart
Written by Corey Hart
First Offense (Aquarius, 1983)


I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can so I can
Watch you weave then breathe your story lines
And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
Keep track of the visions in my eyes

While she's deceiving me
It cuts my security
Has she got control of me
I turn to her and say
Don't switch the blade on the guy in shades oh no
Don't masquerade with the guy in shades oh no
I can't believe it!
'Cause you got it made with the guy in shades oh no

And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
Forget my name while you collect your claim
And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
See the light that's right before my eyes

While she's deceiving me
She cuts my security
Has she got control of me
I turn to her and say

Don't switch the blade on the guy in shades oh no
Don't masquerade with the guy in shades oh no
I can't believe it!
'Cause you got it made with the guy in shades oh no
'Cause you got it made with the guy in shades oh no

Oh I say I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I say it to you now
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I cry to you
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night

Born in 1962, Canadian Corey Hart lived in Spain and Mexico before ending up in Florida, where his sister introduced him to Tom Jones, who was impressed by the youngster's singing and songwriting abilities and recommended him to Paul Anka.  Hart recorded Anka's "Ooh Baby" in 1974 for United Artists Records, but the remake went nowhere and Hart went back to Canada.  In 1983, EMI (Aquarius) released his debut album, First Offense, which was a huge success; "Sunglasses At Night" was a Top 20 hit.  "Never Surrender," a single off the 1984 Boy in the Box album, was Number 1 in Canada and Number 3 in the U.S., and Hart was nominated for a Grammy for that song.  His next two albums, Fields of Fire (1986) and Young Man Running (1988) failed to produce any hits.  His career on the skids and exhausted from a killer touring schedule, Hart retired from the music business, but made a comeback in 1996 with a new album.
Hart sold 10 million records, had nine Billboard Top 40 hits, and three gold albums -- First Offense, Boy in the Box, and Fields of Fire.
He turned down a screen test for the lead role in the film Back to the Future.
He was asked to record "The Heat Is On" from the film Beverly Hills Cop, and "Danger Zone" from the movie Top Gun, but refused because he only records his own material.

He is the father of one child, a daughter named India, with Quebec singer Julie Masse.


 "True"
Spandau Ballet
Written by Gary Kemp
True (Reformation, 1983)


So true
Funny how it seems
Always in time
But never in line for dreams
Head over heels when toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

I bought a ticket to the world
But now I've come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line
When I want the truth to be said

I know this  much is true

With a thrill in my head
And a pill on my tongue
Dissolving the nerves
That have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

Always slipping from my hands
Sand's a time of it's own
Take your seaside arms and write the next line
Oh I want the truth to be known

I know this much is true

Part of the so-called "New Romantic" musical genre that first appeared in England at the very end of the Seventies, five young men from a working-class London neighborhood formed a band called Spandau Ballet.  Gary Kemp, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman, John Keeble and Gary's brother Martin Kemp, got the name from an inscription on the wall of a prison in Berlin.  Claiming Marvin Gaye and Tom Jones as major influences, the image-conscious band with its rhythmic funk-rock and catchy MOR ballads became a big hit on the West End club circuit.  They formed their own label, Reformation, and signed a licensing deal with Chrysalis in late 1980.  Their first album, Journey To Glory (1981), was a collection of dance tracks, with one genuine hit, "To Cut A Long Story Short."  With its third album, the band changed directions, going pop with their third and fourth albums, True (1983) and Parade (1984), which produced one sold hit, "True," and a couple of other chart hoppers.  Following a protracted legal dispute with Chrysalis, Spandau Ballet signed with CBS/Columbia Records and tried to portray some social consciousness as well as a new, harder, rock sound with the album Through The Barricades (1986).  One more album followed, but the band never again achieved the success that "True" -- which became an Eighties standard -- brought them.  By the end of the decade Spandau Ballet was no more.

The band: Gary Kemp (b. 1960, London) on guitar, Martin Kemp (b. 1961, London) on bass, vocalist Tony Hadley (b. 1960, London), John Keeble (b. 1959, London) on the drums, and Steve Norman (b. 1960, London) on rhythm guitar as well as saxophone.

The Kemp brothers became interested in acting careers in the late Eighties, and starred together in the critically acclaimed English gangster film, The Krays.

Spandau Ballet's first single, "To Cut A Long Story Short," reached #5 on the UK charts, as did the album from which it came, Journey To Glory.

Penned by Gary Kemp, "True" reached the top of the UK charts and remained there for four weeks.  The song reach the #4 spot in the US.  The album also topped the charts in the UK, but stalled at #19 in the US.

In 1999, Gary Kemp won a court case after Hadley, Keeble and Norman sued for their share of publishing royalties, claiming they had an unwritten agreement with Kemp that entitled them to same.


 "All She Wants To Do Is Dance"
Don Henley

Written by Danny Kortchmar
Building the Perfect Beast (Geffen, 1984)


They're picking up the prisoners and putting 'em in a pen
And all she wants to do is dance, dance
Rebels been rebels since I don't know when
And all she wants to do is dance
Molotov cocktail the local drink
And all she wants to do is dance, dance
They mix 'em up right in the kitchen sink
And all she wants to do is dance
Crazy people walking 'round with blood in their eyes
And all she wants to do is dance, dance
Wild-eyed pistol wavers who ain't afraid to die
And all she wants to do is dance
And make romance
She can't feel the heat coming off the street
She wants to party
She wants to get down
All she wants to do is --
All she wants to do is dance

Well the government bugged the men's room in the local disco lounge
And all she wants to do is dance, dance
To keep the boys from selling all the weapons they could scrounge
And all she wants to do is dance
But that don't keep the boys from making a buck or two
And all she wants to do is dance, dance
They still can sell the army all the drugs that they can do
And all she wants to do is --
All she wants to do is dance
And make romance

Well we barely made the airport for the last plane out
As we taxied down the runway I could hear the people shout
They said "Don't come back here, Yankee!" but if I ever do
I'll bring more money 'cause all she wants to do is dance
And make romance
Never mind the heat coming off the street
She wants to party
She wants to get down
All she wants to do is --
All she wants to do is dance
All she wants to do is dance
And make romance
All she wants to do is dance

Born in Gilmer, TX on July 22, 1947, Henley performed in Texas bands Four Speeds and Shiloh in the Sixties, and went to Los Angeles in 1970 when Shiloh was discovered by Kenny Rogers and signed to a record deal.  He and Glenn Frey were members of Linda Ronstadt's backing group, and in 1971 formed The Eagles, one of the great American bands of the 1970s.  The Eagles broke up in 1980 and Henley signed a solo recording contract with Asylum.  His 1982 album I Can't Stand Still reached #24 on the U.S. charts and produced a Top Ten hit, "Dirty Laundry."  His second album, Building the Perfect Beast (1984), included four Top 40 singles -- "The Boys of Summer (#5), "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" (#9), "Sunset Grill (#22) and "Not Enough Love in the World" (#34).  His next album, The End of Innocence, was released in 1989.  Henley was active in pro-environment causes in the Eighties and beyond, including several benefits to preserve Walden Woods in Massachusetts as well as for the Rainforest Foundation.  "All She Wants To Do Is Dance," an indictment of America's foreign policy, demonstrates Henley's ability to write commercially successful songs endowed with a socio-political conscience.

Guitarist Danny Kortchmar collaborated with Henley on nine of the tracks on Building the Perfect Beast, which sold in excess of three million copies.

"Boys of Summer" won Best Video at the 2nd Annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1985, while Henley won a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance with the same song on 1986.

In 1980 Henley was arrested and fined $2,000 when a 16-year-old girl was found suffering from a drug overdose in his L.A. home.

Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Tom Schmit (all ex-Eagles) were joined by the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett and Sheryl Crow in attending Henley's May 1995 marriage to model Sharon Summerall.

In 1997 Henley was awarded the National Humanities Medal for his role in the creation of the Thoreau Institute at historic Walden Pond.  The Institute's research facility was named the Henley Library.