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A collection of the greatest music stories never told. This season the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib explores a single year: 1980 - the brilliant, awkward and sometimes heartbreaking opening to a monumental decade in...

Latest Episodes

Grace Jones

EIn 1980, anti-disco sentiment was at a high and Grace Jones was coming off a trilogy of disco albums. If she stayed stagnant, it felt like her career could be swept away. And so out of disco’s death rattle – driven by the discomfort of white...

29 minSEP 24
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Grace Jones

Minnie Riperton

EMost know Minnie Riperton because of one part in one song. “Lovin’ You” was Riperton’s biggest hit, and she doesn’t sing that magic, piercing note until around the 3-minute mark. Cancer took Riperton away tragically in 1979, and the next...

27 minSEP 24
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Minnie Riperton

Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba

EIn December of 1980, two exiled artists and freedom fighters attempted return to their home in South Africa for a concert. Jazz musician Hugh Masekela and singer Miriam Makeba were briefly married, but they had a robust collaborative relationship...

29 minSEP 24
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Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba

John Lennon & Darby Crash

EPunk singer Darby Crash dreamed of immortality. The single full-length Germs album was to become a holy grail of music history, and his passing might’ve made him a legend, but Darby Crash died on December 7 th , 1980. By the time the news of his...

30 minSEP 24
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John Lennon & Darby Crash

Ian Curtis

EIn May of 1980, Joy Division lost its lead singer, Ian Curtis. The band decided that they would carry on with a different name. From the cutting room floor, a song with Ian Curtis haphazardly slurring the words he’d written became the first single...

23 minSEP 24
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Ian Curtis

The Sugarhill Gang

EIn 1979, "Rapper’s Delight" was released and went on to become the first Top 40 hip-hop single. Sugarhill Gang almost had no choice but to follow the single up with a full-length. So in the early months of 1980, a six song, nearly forty minute...

34 minSEP 24
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The Sugarhill Gang

Stevie Wonder

EStevie Wonder released seven albums from 1970 to 1976. It is an impenetrable run of albums and songs, one of the greatest in music history. Then, in 1979, he faced his first defeat of the decade. Reviews for “Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through The...

28 minSEP 24
Comments
Stevie Wonder

Introducing Lost Notes: 1980

EThis season the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib explores the year 1980. It was the brilliant, awkward and sometimes heartbreaking opening to a monumental decade in popular music.

2 minSEP 10
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Introducing Lost Notes: 1980

BONUS: Teenagers Surfing on the Wave of the Apocalypse

EOur second of two Lost Notes bonus episodes for this summer. This one is about The Student Teachers. In 1977, a group of music obsessed friends got together and decided to form a band. Most of them were still in high school and almost none of them...

38 minAUG 6
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BONUS: Teenagers Surfing on the Wave of the Apocalypse

BONUS: Power to the People

EThe new season of Lost Notes will be here in September. Meantime, this summer, we’re sharing a couple of bonus episodes. Fifty years ago, an unlikely musical group evolved out of the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party. They were called The...

35 minJUN 18
Comments
BONUS: Power to the People

Latest Episodes

Grace Jones

EIn 1980, anti-disco sentiment was at a high and Grace Jones was coming off a trilogy of disco albums. If she stayed stagnant, it felt like her career could be swept away. And so out of disco’s death rattle – driven by the discomfort of white...

29 minSEP 24
Comments
Grace Jones

Minnie Riperton

EMost know Minnie Riperton because of one part in one song. “Lovin’ You” was Riperton’s biggest hit, and she doesn’t sing that magic, piercing note until around the 3-minute mark. Cancer took Riperton away tragically in 1979, and the next...

27 minSEP 24
Comments
Minnie Riperton

Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba

EIn December of 1980, two exiled artists and freedom fighters attempted return to their home in South Africa for a concert. Jazz musician Hugh Masekela and singer Miriam Makeba were briefly married, but they had a robust collaborative relationship...

29 minSEP 24
Comments
Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba

John Lennon & Darby Crash

EPunk singer Darby Crash dreamed of immortality. The single full-length Germs album was to become a holy grail of music history, and his passing might’ve made him a legend, but Darby Crash died on December 7 th , 1980. By the time the news of his...

30 minSEP 24
Comments
John Lennon & Darby Crash

Ian Curtis

EIn May of 1980, Joy Division lost its lead singer, Ian Curtis. The band decided that they would carry on with a different name. From the cutting room floor, a song with Ian Curtis haphazardly slurring the words he’d written became the first single...

23 minSEP 24
Comments
Ian Curtis

The Sugarhill Gang

EIn 1979, "Rapper’s Delight" was released and went on to become the first Top 40 hip-hop single. Sugarhill Gang almost had no choice but to follow the single up with a full-length. So in the early months of 1980, a six song, nearly forty minute...

34 minSEP 24
Comments
The Sugarhill Gang

Stevie Wonder

EStevie Wonder released seven albums from 1970 to 1976. It is an impenetrable run of albums and songs, one of the greatest in music history. Then, in 1979, he faced his first defeat of the decade. Reviews for “Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through The...

28 minSEP 24
Comments
Stevie Wonder

Introducing Lost Notes: 1980

EThis season the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib explores the year 1980. It was the brilliant, awkward and sometimes heartbreaking opening to a monumental decade in popular music.

2 minSEP 10
Comments
Introducing Lost Notes: 1980

BONUS: Teenagers Surfing on the Wave of the Apocalypse

EOur second of two Lost Notes bonus episodes for this summer. This one is about The Student Teachers. In 1977, a group of music obsessed friends got together and decided to form a band. Most of them were still in high school and almost none of them...

38 minAUG 6
Comments
BONUS: Teenagers Surfing on the Wave of the Apocalypse

BONUS: Power to the People

EThe new season of Lost Notes will be here in September. Meantime, this summer, we’re sharing a couple of bonus episodes. Fifty years ago, an unlikely musical group evolved out of the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party. They were called The...

35 minJUN 18
Comments
BONUS: Power to the People
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