For a long time, I was posting an old school video on Fridays called Throwback Fridays. It was probably the only thing I have done on this blog with some regularity, LOL. Anyway, Suzanne Vega’s “Luka” popped into my head randomly today, and I thought it would be perfect for a Throwback Friday post.
If you followed any 80s pop music, you’ll recall Vega’s distinctive raspy voice and folksy style that led her to 2 hits off her sophomore album with A&M Records “Solitude Standing” album (order/download via Amazon) released in 1987. “Luka” was one of those hits, and the other was “Tom’s Diner.” “Luka” tells a dark tale of a physically abused boy living in her building. Vega actually knew a young boy by that name at the time she was living in Spanish Harlem and it was the inspiration for the name of the song only- she never knew him to be abused.
VIDEO: “Luka” by Suzanne Vega
Link to lyrics for “Luka” – CLICK HERE.
Read all of my Throwback Friday posts – CLICK HERE.
- The AV Club– Suzanne Vega (an interview)
- Metro Weekly– Suzanne Vega had no idea her songs ‘Luka’ and ‘Tom’s Diner’ would become hits, let alone provide her a legacy
- SFGate– Suzanne Vega: Veteran performer reclaims her songs
- GalleyCat– Suzanne Vega supports Girls Write Now with Carson McCullers play
- Oprah.com– Suzanne Vega’s Aha! moment
- The River Reporter– Vega to perform at event gallery
- The Reinvigorated Programmer– Top albums of 2011, #2: ‘Days of Open Hand’ (1990)