There I was in the waning hours of August 5th, as my birthday approached Thursday morning, sharing a bunch of YouTube videos on Twitter from (mostly) 1984 — for no other reason than to have a theme to hang everything on. I had rustled up a nifty list from the folks at Album of the Year.org, a website which lists pretty much every major release from a given year. I also made an effort to stick to Top 40 songs, which were my soundtrack until sometime in high school when I learned who R.E.M. and the Smiths were.
But for me and my older sister Katy, back in ’84, it was Wham!, Duran Duran, The Thompson Twins, Culture Club, and a few others — and this tough-but-tender-looking Canadian dude named Corey Hart. He wore his sunglasses at night, so he could, so he could, something (this was the part where you pretended you knew the words and mumbled sotto voce).
Despite what some others may tell you, Hart was not a one-hit wonder of the Eighties. That’s a dirty lie! Anyone who was there knows that he had at least one, other major hit, thank you very much. And it was an even bigger hit than “Sunglasses At Night.” Yes, really.