Sydney Morning Herald, December 26, 1983

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The changing face of pop in 1983

Robin Denselow / The Guardian


There was more social comment too from the ever reliable Elvis Costello, returning to his best form with Punch The Clock, which matched witty one-liners and songs of personal tragedy with two exceptional, bleak but lyrical songs that reflected on the state of Britain. His version of "Shipbuilding" (on unemployment, death and the Falklands) and "Pills And Soap" (on class and media, and maybe animals' rights as well), showed him to be surviving well away from any fashions.

Top Ten

Elvis Costello: Punch The Clock (F-Beat)
Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (Island)
Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This (RCA)
Big Country: The Crossing (Phonogram)
Sunny Me: Synchro System (Island)
Eurythmics: Touch (RCA)
Culture Club: Colour By Numbers (Virgin)
Bob Marley: Confrontation (Island)
U2: War (Island)
David Bowie: Let's Dance (EMI)


Sydney Morning Herald, December 26, 1983

Punch The Clock tops the list in Robin Denselow's recap of the year in pop music.


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