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Is this the most underappreciated Red Scare video of the '80s

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December

Over the years as a Stuck in the '80s fanboy, I've always touted Donald Fagen's 1982 first solo album, The Nightfly, as one of my favorite albums of all time. After a mild hit with I.G.Y, Fagen released the Red Scare video of New Frontier that hit No. 70 on the singles chart in 1983.

New Frontier is a fun video set in the Red Scare era, where a young man entices his date to an underground fallout shelter "in case the Russians try to drop the bomb". In between seducing her with jazz and conversation, the fun video intersperses classic animation that is reminiscent of the cartoons shown at the movies and drive-ins back in the day.

The force behind Steely Dan, Fagen keeps busy recording and performing music. His last album, Sunken Condos, was released in 2012. He has also released his autobiography entitled Eminent Hipsters in 2013.

 

[Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 7:35am]

    

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