- "Ain''t Nobody" (1983), Rufus and Chaka Khan%0D\
"The Last Time I Made Love" (1984), Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne%0D\
"Looking Out for Number One" (1982), Carole King%0D\
"More Love" (1980), Kim Carnes%0D\
"Mornin''," (1983), Al Jarreau%0D\
"Nightshift" (1985), The Commodores%0D\
"Razzamatazz" (1981), Patti Austin%0D\
"Someone Like You" (1987), Van Morrison%0D\
"Sweet Freedom" (1986), Michael McDonald%0D\
"Tunnel of Love" (1987), Bruce Springsteen%0D\
- R1 here - I just care about the recordings that were underrated, OP. (Sorry.)
- "The Chauffeur" by Duran Duran.
- "The Wild Life" by Bananarama
- "Saved By Zero" - The Fixx%0D\
It may not be too underrated but for me it totally captures early 80s synthpop.
- R1 is into the bureaucratic "soulful" music of the day -- office-worker droning on the digital clock radio. \
Shy Boy, Bananarama. Gum-chewing, loosey-goosey xylophone rhythms.\
No More Words, Berlin. Bitterly catchy hook.\
The Warrior, Scandals. Bombastic and silly but irresistible.
- r3 -- totally on board with that selection.
- The entire "1984" soundtrack by Eurythmics was very underrated, even when it got released. "Julia" is one of my favorite singles of theirs.
- One of my all-time favorites: "If She Knew What She Wants" by the Bangles. Awesome song that sounds like it was written for Dusty Springfield at her height.\
It came out between "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian" and I like it better than either of them.
- "In My Room" by Depeche Mode. Just a really awesome song.%0D\
- personally, i absolutely detested the bangles'' work generally but did like "if she knew what she wants."
- In my Room by Yaz\
In a Big Country Big Country\
Family Man by Hall and Oates\
Night Shift The Commodores
- The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town%0D\
- Says it all. The best.\
END OF THREAD.
- The saddest song EVER!
- This reminds me why I never engage in sentimental journeys into my musical past.
- B52s Legal Tender
- "Night Boat" by Duran Duran%0D
- "speed your love to me" simple minds
- Pretty much everything Duran Duran did. The most underrated and copied band of all time.
- Tarzan Boy owns this thread.
- I''m On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen and I''m not a Springsteen fan.
- Mari Wilson - Just What I''ve Always Wanted
- OP I loved "This Town" but mostly because my sister and I used to harmonize to it...sad, I know. But we were good! This town is our town!
- I Want Everything -- Godfathers\
Cult of Personality -- Living Color
I luv crunchy hooks
- Midge Ure - Dear God (1988)
- "I Like" by Men Without Hats (of Safety Dance fame)
- All Bananarama''s "True Confessions" album save for ''Venus'' and ''More Than Physical'' which are glaringly out of place compared to the rest of the songs.
- A lot of Bowie''s 80s output gets trashed by fans and critics alike but "Loving The Alien" is a great song, and most singles off "Let''s Dance" were also really good, as well as "This Is Not America".\
Also, Pet Shop Boys could easily own this thread.
- Definitely second "Loving the Alien". Just a brilliant song, on a very mediocre album.%0D\
- Oh, damn, I forgot about The Chauffer. Excellent. With the video with those topless women playing pattycake.%0D\
I love Nobody''s Diary by Yaz. I think it''s their best song.
- OH HEEEEEEEEELL NOOOOOOOO! \
THIS IS THE GREATEST UNDER-RATED 80''S DURAN DURAN SONG EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- "When He Shines" - Sheena Easton
Sitting next to the turn-table, drunk singing off my ass
- "Ship of Fools" by Robert Plant
- "The Metro" Berlin%0D\
"Don''t Pay the Ferryman" Chris DeBurgh%0D\
"Pink Houses" John "Cougar" Mellancamp%0D\
- I''m kind of embarrassed about this, but "When I''m With You" by Sheriff.\
That is all.
- Queen - "Body Language"
- I WIN! :)
- Prefab Sprout.
- Real Gone kid.
- Cities In Dust- Siousxie and the Banshees
- Sex on a stick! Yum.
- "In a Big Country Big Country\
Family Man by Hall and Oates"\
Seriously? Both were huge hits. Once again, DL''s definition of "underrated" is simply, "not everyone thinks of this or that exactly like I do."\
Neither of these songs is anywhere near underrated.
- Does everyone like the Human League?
- "Oh Father" by Madonna. One of her least successful top 40 singles, but haunting and beautiful.
- I''m cheating a bit, because I think it was the 90s, but one of my favorite Go-Gos tunes was "Beautiful".
- Denis by Blondie
- Not sure how we''re defining "underrated" but I''ll cast a vote for The Romantics'' "One in a Million" which I like a whole lot more than their bigger hits "What I Like About You" and "Talking in Your Sleep".
- At least 15 of these are on my iPod!
- Ministry before they went all crazy industrial metal.
- Spread the net. Catch the man.
- Careless Memories by Duran Duran
- Heartbreak Beat by Psychadelic Furs.
- Still boyish.
- This song is cuter than a puppy. "You Take Me Up" by Thompson Twins
- I got out my Def Dumb & Blonde Debbie Harris cd and I love these tracks: "Brite Side," "I Want That Man," "Maybe For Sure," "The Jam Was Movin''," "Sweet & Low," "French Kissin'' in the U.S.A."
Barkley, the Rock Hound
- Peter Gabriel''s Games Without Frontiers did well in the UK upon release but not in the U.S. It is doing better playing on the "classic rock" stations now, then it ever did in it''s prime.\
Walking in L.A. by Missing Persons\
Where Are You Now?- Jimmy Harnen\
Alison -Elvis Costello
- The Visitors - ABBA
- and smart r54.
- Talkin'' Bout A Revolution -- Tracy Chapman
- this one...though they werent celebrated per se.
- and this one. just brilliant.
- Physical by Olivia Newton-John.
- "Physical" isn''t underrated. It was #1 for 4 weeks or something. I say The Vels'' "Look My Way," "Over My Head" by Toni Basil.
- "So Bad" Paul McCartney... a haunting silly love song.
- Can someone please explain (hee!) the meaning of the "Night Boat" video?%0D\
What the hell were they trying to do? Were zombies attacking the band? Was Simon waiting for the ferryboat to take him somewhere? I mean WTF?%0D\
Did Russell also direct this video? %0D\
Is this where the idea for "Wild Boys" came from?%0D\
- [quote]"Physical" isn''t underrated. It was #1 for 4 weeks or something.\
It was #1 for 10 weeks, and the biggest song of the decade.
- I always assumed that the "Wild Boys" video was inspired by Mad Max: The Road Warrior. I do remember the band mentioning somewhere that "The Chauffeur" video was a visual homage to "The Night Porter" by Liliana Cavani.
- "The Chauffeur" was another bizarre WTF! type of video. %0D\
Even 27 or so years later, all those early Duran Duran videos are still some of the best videos ever created, way, way ahead of their time. %0D\
Going back to the topic, the entire Band was, is and continues to be underappreciated and under-rated. %0D\
- I think "Skindivers" off their last album was way under-appreciated.%0D
- The Bangles'' entire first album.
- "Tattooed Love Boys" - The Pretenders
- It''s a shame Kim Carnes is relegated to one-hit wonder lists. She did some fantastic stuff that couldn''t break through even in the 80s. This power-ballad should have been a huge hit.
One of the Kim Carnes trolls
- Only You (Yaz)%0D\
The Promise (When In Rome)%0D\
Industrial Disease (Dire Straits)%0D\
One Tree Hill (U2)%0D\
Talk About the Passion (REM)%0D
- Joan Armatrading - Drop the Pilot
- My Life - Oingo Boingo\
Just Like the USA - Aztec Camera\
Once Upon a Time - Simple Minds\
Trick of the Night - Bananarama\
Too Late Marlene - Duran Duran\
Hope Fell Down - Difford & Tillbrook\
Message to My Girl - Split Enz
- "A Campfire Song" by 10,000 Maniacs (1987). Never a single, but always a fan favorite.\
I was lucky enough to see Michael Stipe perform his part live twice, when the Maniacs opened an REM tour and again when both bands played at the Earth Day 1990 rally in Washington.\
It was a highlight of the live shows when Natalie would find someone from the front of audience to sing the Stipe part.
- "Shake the Disease" by Depeche Mode%0D
- Wham Rap - Wham\
Strip - Adam Ant\
Stick Around - Julian Lennon\
Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads\
Heading For The Light - Traveling Wilburys\
Lucky Ones - Loverboy
- Marc Almond "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye".
- After rewatching some of the Duran Duran stuff, I''d have to conclude there was more there than just pretty. I don''t think I got it when I was in love with them, but they were more than just a pop act, there was substance.%0D\
It makes me wonder if I didn''t pick up on that in my early teens, and maybe it shaped me a little. I ran to more alternative stuff when it was derided as too popular.
- Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News. %0D\
Don''t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin%0D\
Parents Just Don''t Understand by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
- R182, you REALLY don''t understand the concept of "under-rated", do you?%0D\
- Another vote for Bananarama''s "Trick of the Night." It''s about a male prostitute one of the girls knew (Siobhan, I think):
- R80, "SH,WG" by MAlmond was covered by David Gray a few years ago, and that was my intro to him and Soft Cell.\
Great stuff, highly underrated.
- Party All The Time by Eddie Murphy%0D\
Spies Like Us by Paul McCartney%0D\
I''ve Never Been To Me by Charlene
- Thirty years ago this week, Juice had the No. 18 song in the country with this diddy. It would peak at No. 7 for two weeks in July. While I liked the song, I used to love the video because to a 13-year-old, in terms of humor, going over a cliff in a wheelchair ranks right behind taking a softball in the jimmies.
- If She Knew What She Wants by the Bangles
- "Tears Run Rings" by Marc Almond
- Almost anything from Berlin's first two albums that wasn't relased as a single (the singles were good, too, just not underrated). I especially liked Touch.
Blondie - 11:59, T-Birds from Autoamerican
Almost anything from Big Pig's album, but they weren't a big hits in the 80's, were they? Breakaway didn't hit until the 90's, I think
Sioxie and the Banshees - Scarecrow and Ornaments of Gold from Peepshow
- Personally - Karla Bonoff
- Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears
- Lay Down Your Arms, by The Graces. Seen being presented by Celebrity Apprentice winner, Arsenio Hall. (Or as I like to call him, Ars Hole.)
You might recognize a couple of the band members.
- Is There Anyone Out There? - Duran Duran
Love's Worn Out Again - America
Flamethrower - J. Geils Band
- Another Duran Duran song from the late 80's: All She Wants Is. Love the guitar from Warren Cucurulo
- One Night in Bangkok by Robey (not Murray Head's version)
- Space Age Love Song by A Flock of Seagulls
Hotline to Heaven by Bananarama
- "Nightmares" by Flock of seagulls
- I Eat Cannibals Total Coelo
- "I Touch Roses" - Book Of Love
- "New England" by Kirsty MacColl (and her version of "They Don't Know")
Oblivious and Deep Wide Tall - Aztec Camera
R71 Yes to not only their first album but their first EP - love the song "Real World"
R72 FUCK YES. "I shot my mouth off and you showed me what that hole was for - yeah"
- "Crybaby" by Utopia
- A good number of the posters on this thread need to look up the definitions of both "celebrated" and "hit".
- Just about anything from a-ha that wasn't called "Take On Me."
One of my favorite of their songs was the second album's lead single, "I've Been Losing You." According to wikipedia, the record didn't chart in the U.S. at all.
- The Rumour by Olivia Newton-John. Awesome song and video but never caught the publics attention.
- Tori Amos as Y Kant Tori Read, Cool on your Island.
- ONJ's "The Rumour" was released in 1988 and just feels out of place in that year. It's so bubble-gum poppy and the charts that year just don't reflect that type of music. Even pop hits like "Kokomo" and "The Loco-motion" from that year were reviled at the time and seem out of place in the year-end list.
Maybe Elton John (who wrote and produced it) could have had a minor hit with it but ONJ was all but forgotten in the U.S. by '88 and this was not the song to make her relevant again.
- Brian Briggs - "See You On the Other Side." A One-Hit Wonder from the early 80s.
- Blue Blue Ocean by Echo and the Bunnyman
- Sleeping Beauty by the Divinyls
- "Let's Go Out Tonight" by The Blue Nile
- "That's Good" by Devo from 1982's "Oh No! It's Devo". A lot of people love Devo but hate that particular song. I always loved it.
"Undercover Of The Night" by The Rolling Stones from 1983 from the album "Undercover". A terrific song that you rarely hear anymore.
"Red Sector A" by Rush from their 1984 album "Grace Under Pressure." It's a song you never hear on the radio anymore but it was chilling and very moving.
"Not Now John" by Pink Floyd from the 1983 album "The Final Cut." The album was one of Floyd's weakest but it did have a few great songs. "Not Now John" was one of them.
"My Fist Your Face" by Aerosmith from their 1985 album "Done With Mirrors." A vastly underrated song from a vastly underrated album. This album rocked and was light years better than any of the glossy pop drivel that followed it. The song was one of my favorite Aerosmith songs.
"When All Is Said And Done" & "The Visitors (Cracking Up) from Abba's 1981 album "The Visitors" --- classic, well-structured pop songs that should have been Top Ten Singles.
Most of the songs on AC/DC's 1983 album "Flick of the Switch." True AC/DC fans love that album. The poseurs who jumped on board with "Back in Black" hated "Flick" because it was so raw, dirty and hard. Best songs: "Rising Power", "Flick Of The Switch", "Nervous Shakedown", "Guns For Hire", "Badlands" and "Bedlam In Belgium."
- Tonight It's you - Cheap Trick
- I hate U2, but I remember when I was younger I liked one of their B-side songs: Party Girl
I like Bruce Springsteen and I love a song that got no airplay-Downbound Train
- R112, Good call on all of those songs, especially AC/DC's Flick of the Switch. I agree that it was one of their strongest Brian Johnson era albums, second to Back in Black.
One song that was pretty popular back in '83 was Don't Change by INXS. That video was all over MTV back then but it's never played on radio at all anymore. It's a forgotten gem.
- Anything by A Flock of Seagulls--they were so much catchier than Duran Duran. And they were more interesting to look at.
- "Jasmine Pussyfoot" by Marigold & The Cauliflowers. Brilliant.
- The Clash--Straight to Hell
- the entire NOTORIOUS album by duran duran was awesome but a flop.
Depeche Mode: Little 15
- My friends and I never liked Depeche Mode.
- ABC - All of My Heart
- Xalan - I Only Move For Money
One day I searched Spanish Disco because I liked Santa Esmeralda's cover of Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, and I found this gem. Super catchy.
- Not really 80s bands, but a couple of great 80s singles by older acts:
Confusion, by ELO
You Win Again, the Bee Gees -- apparently a huge hit almost everywhere in the world except the US, where it couldn't get airplay in the post-Disco era
- Sticking to singles (or promo singles):
Romeo Void, "Say No"
The Bangles, "I'll Set You Free"
Psychedelic Furs, "Here Come Cowboys"
Eurythmics, "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain"
Roxy Music, "Take a Chance with Me"
The Go-Go's, "This Old Feeling"
Blondie, "War Child"
Cyndi Lauper, "Hole in My Heart"
Pat Benatar, "Temporary Heroes"
- I liked this one by Missing Persons. "Surrender Your Heart." Less frantic than their other stuff... instead it's lush and floaty.
- Til Tuesday's follow-up to Voices Carry, which is even better that song
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