1983

Album: Neon Trees (2010)
  • This is the second single from Utah-based rock group Neon Trees debut album, Habits. It was the follow-up to their breakthrough song "Animal."
  • Frontman Tyler Glenn explained the inspiration for the song's music video to myYearbook: "The 1983 video is intentionally lo-fi. It's only intended as a viral video too. We thought that it captured a different type of '80s throwback. Obviously the song can't hide from the '80s thing, but really that song is more about return to innocence in love and in relationships. I thought the lo-fi VHS tape look was clever."
  • The song was titled after the year in which singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn was born, but bassist Branden Campbell explained to Billboard magazine, it's "not about the '80s or pop culture or anything like that. It's about going back to an age of innocence in our lives where relationships were so much easier with younger siblings and family and how much everyone cares about each other and how easy it is, most of the time, for everyone to get along. It's about going back to that place in your life."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Boy BandsFact or Fiction

From NKOTB to 1D, how well do you know your boy bands?

Jello BiafraSongwriter Interviews

The former Dead Kennedys frontman on the past, present and future of the band, what music makes us "pliant and stupid," and what he learned from Alice Cooper.

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Lou Gramm - "Waiting For A Girl Like You"They're Playing My Song

Gramm co-wrote this gorgeous ballad and delivered an inspired vocal, but the song was the beginning of the end of his time with Foreigner.

Dan ReedSongwriter Interviews

Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsSongwriter Interviews

Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.