Where Are My Socially Conscious Songs on MTV?

Do you ever dream about watching MTV in the 1980s? You’d get to watch these things like music videos and see these neat people called VJs, like Downtown Julie Brown and Martha Quinn. Ah, those were the days.

I'm Martha Quinn and I'm adorable!

I’m Martha Quinn and I’m adorable!

Perhaps the greatest staple of 1980s was the politically correct socially conscious song. And I’m not talking “We Are The World,” those that was bitching too.

Nope, one of my all time favorite songs of that era was none other than Suzanne Vega’s hit “Luka” about an abused kid. Who did not sing along (without knowing what the hell you were talking about) to these words, “My name is Luka/ I live on the second floor/ I live upstairs from you/Yes I think you’ve seen me before.” It had such a catchy beat! Watch exhibit A below. And remember, I was a kid myself, so don’t judge.

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