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''80''s songs that deserve more play

What great '80's songs are languishing in obscurity? I want to add them to my collection.

I'd never heard Madleen Kane's "You Can" before - what a fun song!

by More, please!reply 42709/17/2014

I'm sorry, OP. I can't get more than 7 seconds into it. That hideous dress and hair!

by More, please!reply 108/20/2011

After clicking on OP's link, all I can say to Madleen Kane is, "No, you can't." I hope that song continues to languish in obscurity.

by More, please!reply 208/20/2011

OMG...I thought our generation had it bad with Britney and Katy Perry...god the 80s really had some shitfests didn't they?

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"I'm Undecided" by Tight Fit

It's like ABBA by way of Human League. The "group" was really a studio production. Initially they hit with a medley of 60s hits, ala Stars On 45. Then they did a cover of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which also found success. Finally they decided to be ABBA/Bucks Fizz clones and released several minor hits (this one, "Fantasy Island," Secret Heart") but critics dismissed their lack of true musicianship and the female singers on the album were replaced over royalty disputes. Steve Grant, the male lead singer, returned with the two replacement female vocalists for one last single but that was it.

Recently, they've reunited and re-recorded some of their hits. The original versions are hard to track down but more recent remixes are available on iTunes and amazon.

by More, please!reply 408/20/2011

I'd completely forgotten about this song until I ran across it while looking for something I was adding to the thread on eldergay disco (or some such thread).

My friends were all snobs and wouldn't dance to anything that wasn't new wave or synth pop, or punk, or whatever they thought it was cool to declare themselves fans of. But Debbie Deb was very popular in the clubs for a while. Although I never was a fan of hers, I've always liked the song "When I Hear Music."

Now I never hear her even on retro nights which is why I'd nearly forgotten about her. "Look Out Weekend" was the bigger hit - and it basically sounds the same as this song.

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I used to love this, a song about having a Walkman.

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Thgis is a great song to work out to...

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Popular and also popularly loathed, but really typical of the sound and the time. I don't think the Reynolds Girls should be forgotten.

'I'd rather jack, than Fleetwood Mac..."

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Don't know if this song ever made it outside of her native Canada, but this soft metal song by Lee Aaron should have been a global hit. It was actually written by Dan Hill!

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UK hip-pop at it's best--"House Arrest" by Krush

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Transvision Vamp - "I Want Your Love"

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80s are over, gramps.

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Strange but memorable song, hard to track down because nobody ever knows what it's called or who it's by.

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Here ya go and hot boys too...

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Adeva--"Warning"--she was WAY ahead of her time.

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The 80's had a lot of good synth driven music! And a lot of that synth drive stuff came out of Britain of all places.

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Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime - The Korgis

Go For It - Kim Wilde

Out of Mind Out of Sight - The Models

Stick Around - Julian Lennon

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Bad Boys - Wham

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This was my jam back in 1988. i think his breakout in Europe paved the way for other non-anglophone African acts like Angelique Kidjo and Les Nubians to break through overseas.

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Trick of the Night - Bananarama

World Domination - Belle Stars

I'm Half the Man I Used to Be - Fine Young Cannibals

She's On It - Beastie Boys

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The best thing Vanessa Paradis has ever done (other than snagging Johnny Depp)

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In the immortal words of that guy from "The Twelve Pains of Christmas," "Oh, I don't even know half these people!"

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Dare you to get this out of your head, Midge Ure - Dear God, sadly as relevant today as twenty three years ago.

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Wa Wa Nee--probably the first "urban" Australian group to crack the US charts

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Godley and Creme - Cry

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Giant Steps--"Another Lover"

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Magic Carpet Ride - Bardeux

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Princess--'Say I'm Your #1"--the 80's heyday of UK soul

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Three Time Lover - Bardeux

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Anything by Kirsty MacColl or Prefab Sprout.

Also, Everthing But THe Girl DID exist before "Missing" and put out some good shit in their early days.

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Scritti Politti - Boom! There She Was

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David Bowie's "Loving The Alien"

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geez vanessa paradis sure looks a lot like kate moss in her old videos.

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The Korgis I love it.

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Thanks, guys! Keep 'em coming, please!

And R1 & 2 & 3 - give poor Madleen a chance. The song really does get better 30 seconds in when it speeds up.

The Drivers "Tears on Your Anorak" is classic Brit-Pop.

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Skin Trade - Duran Duran. It should have been a bigger hit.

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Oxo - Whirly Girl

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"The Rumour", sung by Olivia Newton-John.

It's a great, fun, catchy Bernie Taupin/Elton John song, and it would have been a huge hit, but Livvy suddenly found out she had breast cancer and had to cancel plans to tour and promote it.

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from the Sixteen Candles soundtrack - Annie Golden doing her best Cyndi Lauper impression in the days before cell phones.

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A Split Second - Rigor Mortis

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Completely forgot about this minor hit from 1989.

Anyone else remember this one?

Kevin Paige - Don't Shut Me Out

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Flamethrower - J Geils Band.

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Synth and sax solo free!

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Arcangel - Use To Think I'd Never Fall In Love

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Love's Worn Out Again - America

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Belouis Some: Imagination:

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Belouis Some: "Some People"%0D

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One of the best songs of the 80s that often gets overlooked when people are looking for the biggest hits of the era. The Waterboys with "The Whole of the Moon" And on a separate but related note I'd like to put out a big Thank You to the people that include some text that indicates what your attachment is. I can't be the only person that doesn't like looking at every single YouTube link only to see something (or several things) that I never would have bothered with if I'd known in advance what it was going to be.

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R48, click "Settings" in the left side-bar, and click "inline youtube" checkbox. Then close the settings.%0D %0D Then you can see exactly what it is without having to open the link.%0D %0D

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Gene Loves Jezebel. I think they would have made more really strong music for many years if the brothers hadn't split up. My guess is more people would be familiar with the band now if they'd kept making albums as solid as their first one. "Desire (Come and Get It)" isn't my fave of theirs, but it might be the best known and most likely to deserve more play, as the thread asks for.

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ABC's The Look of Love

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"Do you wanna hold me?" - BOW WOW WOW

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R48 I LOVE that song....I even liked Mandy Moore's cover of it. To quote Spin magazine's review, she sounds like a 50 year-old French whore, and that's a good thing."

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Ok r48, "Room to Move" is still a great song to work out to.

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R54, I didn't mean you at all. I saw you had Animotion in your 'author' field, so I knew what I was getting with you. You are cool as far as I am concerned.

And as long as I'm posting again, I'm going to add the only song that I truly love that Michael Jackson has anything to do with. This made hardly an impact on the U.S. music charts, but I've always loved it. Obviously other artists do too because it's sampled often.

The Jacksons, "Can You Feel It?"

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Rex Smith with headbands! & Rachel Sweet - Everlasting Love

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The Primitives--"Crash"

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Phil Oakley - Together In Electric Dreams

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Nia Peeples--"Trouble"--should have been a *much* bigger song than it was

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Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know

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Thanks, R52. I had lost track of that wonderful song. It was the first non-top-40 song that grabbed my attention back when I was but 11 years-old. I heard it on the plane on my first plane trip, appropriately enough to California. On that trip we went to a shopping center and I was thrilled to find and buy the 45, which never was available where i lived. It encouraged me to enjoy proudly what resonated with me and quit worrying about liking things that my friends didn't.

I had never seen that non sequitur video, though.

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r39, I love that song and have been searching for a decent quality version of it. It was only released on the "Sixteen Candles" mini-cassette soundtrack and it's extremely hard to find. Wish it would get released on some 80s compilation. I always say it's the best Cyndi Lauper song Cyndi never recorded.

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"Mountains" - Prince

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"Watching You"--Loose Ends--their best song in my opinion

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Great soul from Montreal circa 1992. A HUGE hit on the US R&B charts.

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Song for 2012!

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This is probably one of the most criminally "slept on" songs in history. if there were any justice, she would have been as big as Madge.

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SOS Band!

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Sorry, but for those of you who can't bother to type the song title and artist in your post why should I bother to click on the link. Just a pet peeve of mine, not a personal attack on any of you. I love you all.

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"Do you wanna hold me?" - BOW WOW WOW Actually, ANYTHING by BowWowWow! Pity they're almost all but forgotten! "Baby Oh No" is a great song! Fun Fact: Most of BowWowWow consisted of the original Ants ( Adam & The Ants) Speaking of Adam : I remember fondly J/O to his videos back in the day ( particularly "Desperate But Not Serious" )

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LOVED this song back in the day. Even straight guys would drool over Bryan Ferry in this video. Loved the cameos by Christine Keeler and Mandy Smith in this.

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"Never Say Never" - Romeo Void

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One word: classic

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[quote]Sorry, but for those of you who can't bother to type the song title and artist in your post why should I bother to click on the link.

OK, OK! It never occurred to me that some people don't have their settings adjusted to display YouTube inline. Mine was "Wired For Sound" by Cliff Richard.

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Oh Romeo - These Memories

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[quote]Sorry, but for those of you who can't bother to type the song title and artist in your post why should I bother to click on the link.%0D %0D Sorry, but those of you too ignorant or lazy to click the "youtube videos inline" checkbox in settings, shouldn't whine and bitch.%0D %0D

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Tanita Tikaram -Twist in my Sobriety

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Level 42--"Out Of Sight Out Of Mind"

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Level 42--"Children Say"

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The Way To Your Heart by Soulsister

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A little better than R39's R62

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Wendy & Lisa"--"Waterfall"

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"Quiet Life" by Japan

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Eight Seconds--"Kiss You When It's Dangerous"

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"The Art of Parties" by Japan

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Siouxsie and The Banshees (feat. Robert Smith from the Cure) - Melt

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1989 Jesus and Mary Chain - Blues From a Gun

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Concrete Blonde--"God Is A Bullet"

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Freez's "I.O.U". Perhaps one of thge best dabce recordings of all-time and certainly one of the best freestyle. I used to have severe sleep disorders as a kid and I would lie awake listening to this song while everyone else was asleep.

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Thanks so much for that link, r81!

I had forgotten this one until I happened across it on an alternative 80s CD: Vicious Pink "Take Me Now."

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Great songs!%0D %0D "Breaking Away" by Balance, perfect pop:

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More >>BOWWOWWOW>> in concert The girl could move - and without lip-synching.

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Stabilizers - "One Simple Thing"

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Bourgeois Tagg - "I Don't Mind at All"

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Flesh For Lulu "Postcards From Paradise"

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David & David - Welcome to the Boomtown

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From 1989 Donny Osmond

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I think it's unfortunate that a-ha are stuck with the 'one hit wonder' label in the United States. They have been consistently (with a break in the 90s) making solid pop music for 25 years, yet the last album released in the States was 1990's "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." Granted, that wasn't their finest work, but they've had really good music since then.

Anyway, I'm submitting "I've Been Losing You" from their second album "Scoundrel Days."

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"My Name Is Norman Bates" by Landscape

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Not that obscure, but one of the greatest songs of the 80s. And the video is great, too.

Mary's Prayer - Danny Wilson

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or here:

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this charted but most people don't know it. Most of my gay friends loved it :).

Blue Kiss - Jane Wiedlin

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I'm cheating and picking a song from 1977. Ladies and gentleman, Miss Patsy Gallant:

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Glenn Frey - True Love

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Device - Hanging On A Heart Attack

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Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart

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Danny Wilson had a lot of great songs after Mary's Prayer, don't know why they weren't bigger hits.%0D %0D A Girl I Used To Know - Danny Wilson

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Lone Justice - Ways To Be Wicked

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The Tubes - Piece By Piece

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Joan Armatrading - Kind Words And A Real Good Heart

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Wax (UK) - Bridge To Your Heart

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Cheap Trick - If You Want My Love

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The DBs - Spy in the House of Love

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What should have been Was (Not Was) big hit instead of "Walk The Dinosaur".%0D %0D Was (Not Was) - Spy In The House Of Love

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"Call Me Mr. Telephone" Cheyne%0D %0D "Attack of the Name Game" & "Dynamite" by Stacy Lattisaw%0D %0D

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Rainforest - Paul Hardcastle

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Tony Carey - First Day Of Summer%0D %0D Obscure, even though it was a Pick Hit on Solid Gold.

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The dBs: "Amplifier." What a great "fuck you" song.

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Ph.D, with "I Won't Let You Down," and the most hideous leading man in history. Thank god for YouTube and the Internets, because I swear I haven't heard this song since 1982:

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Walkabout - The Sugarcubes

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OMD, "Maid of Orleans." I bought this (the entire album) on vinyl the day it arrived at my backwater record store. I love the percussion here, whether it's programmed or live, I don't care. What great atmospherics!

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It appears this thread is a bit heavy on the "Scritti Politti" style of late 80s music: as in, easy keyboards and skinny keyboard ties.%0D %0D Also making a heavy showing here is the Freestyle/Latin Hip Hop movement of the late 80s.%0D %0D While these are valid and very 80s sounds, I wish to post a number of early 80s New Wave that fell under the radar, which featured more innovation in the early synth sound, and relied more heavily on inspiration from the minimalism of Kraftwerk.

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Certain Reality by Modern Mannequins.%0D %0D This track out of Atlanta wasn't ever a hit, but is indicative of the US/UK interpretation of Kraftwerk's massive influence, once disco had died.

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Lead singer of Tangerine Dream, Peter Baumann, gave solo work a try. His album "Repeat Repeat" was not a work of genius by any stretch, but this track sticks in my head. It captures synth minimalism while using a complementary minimalist vocal/lyric line.

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Disco had died, but New Wave dance music continued to flourish with Giorgio Moroder-inspired arpeggiations on such tracks as "Body Heat" by Fockewulf 190, which was a Euro club hit in the early 80's. This track was an early example of Dark Wave, which later led to Siouxsie & The Cure creating full genres of the stuff. Many fans liked to label tracks like these "Italo" simply because Italian producers were making their own disco long after disco had died...this track falls under that radar, but is much darker and more "New Romantic" sounding, kind of like as if Duran Duran made electro techno.

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Andie Oppenheimer was an innovative New Wave producer and singer who wrote catchy danceable tech songs as well as introspective experimental synth wave ballads. Here's "The Devil's Dancers", a good example of what later became known as "Cold Wave". Much like Dark Wave, Cold Wave was an interpretation of New Wave that lent itself to more monotone phrasing in the vocal lines, and less friendly sounds coming from the synths.

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Trek With Quintronic was a completely unnoticed early New Wave outfit - and it's a shame, because it appears that Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks had aped his vocal stylings and got famous for it. Here's "Zolian Space"

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Philly based Experimental Products were a fairly late arrival in the underground New Wave scene. Here's "Aviation", although my favorite track of theirs, "Modern Living" appears to not be on YT yet.

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Greg Hawkes (keyboardist from Boston-based The Cars) had his own solo venture. Here's one of the more memorable tracks, "Jet Lag" from 1983.

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Ian Elms was a Britpop producer that had his hand at minimal electro Dark Wave sounds with this early trance sounding "The Street Enters The House". You can hear Kraftwerk all over this one.

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John Ruth did a wonderful album called "I Am a Model" in 1982. Here's the title track, and it's almost like Michael Hutchence heard this and decided to change his then punk band INXS to conform to this song entirely. John Ruth did the unthinkable, adding a strong guitar line through a synth track, but never do you feel overwhelmed by guitar like you do in later 80's pop.%0D %0D I am a model...I stand around.

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Ohama with "TV".

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I'll leave you with Those Attractive Magnets and "Survivors"

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Suburban Lawns - Janitor

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Kleenex - Nice

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Drive by The Cars

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"Bachelor Kisses" - The Go-Betweens

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Mr Mister - Broken Wings Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams Don Henley - Boys of Summer Bruce Hornsby - The Way it Is Jody Watley - Looking For a New Love Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid Keith Sweat - I Want Her Bomb Da Bass - Beat This

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"Rattlesnakes' - Llloyd Cole & The Commotions

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When Your Heart Is Weak - Cock Robin

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R137 and R140, you listed the MOST played songs of the really think they should've been played even more??

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Sorry, I meant R139.

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From the country charts, George Jones - He Stopped Loving Her Today

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Yes... I can't get enough of them...

From the sounds of it you have, well and truly, had enough of them :-)

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I LOVE that song, R141!!

This one brings back great memories.

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"Strange" - Galaxie 500

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"Body's in Trouble" - Mary Margaret O'Hara

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FYI: Mary Margaret O'Hara is Catherine O'Hara's younger sister.

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Karla DeVito, "Cool World"

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That "Hang up the Phone" song is amazing!

R95, here's another great from Brent Bourgeois "Dare to Fall in Love."

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Love that Jane Wiedlin song.

R85, I remember "Kiss you when it's dangerous" - my older sister went to see them in concert!

Another great Canadian song: "Shades of 45" by Gary O: "And though we waved goodbye to silver wings on high..."

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10-9-8 - Face to Face

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Living in a Dream - Pseudo Echo

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Kiss and Tell - Breakfast Club

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Oh Girl - Boy Meets Girl

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The Replacements (mellow) Swinging Party

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Nick Ashford passed away. Here's 80's classic "Solid" -

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Dr. John - New Looks

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Love this thread!

R103, when I saw this thread, I immediately thought of Blue Kiss. I still remember reading an article at the end of 1985 that said it was the best song of the year that no one heard, so that at least made me feel a little better for Jane. It reached only No. 77 on the charts. At least she made No. 9 a few years later with "Rush Hour".

Since I can't think of another 80s tune at the moment that fits the bill, I'll cheat and pick another Jane Wiedlin, this one from 1990, "Tangled". How this never charted is beyond me. I thought it was perfectly crafted pop music.

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Thanks for that nugget from Annie Golden, R39.

I was probably one of the view people to have the cassette tape of the Sixteen Candles soundtrack, so I knew the song "Hang Up the Phone". Then one day, years later in the age of You Tube, I found the video and was shocked to realize that the singer of "Hang Up the Phone" was the same Annie Golden who played Margaret "Maggie" O'Keefe, Cliff Claven's postal carrier girlfriend on Cheers!

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Whoops - that should be "few" people, not view people...

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"Your technique it leaves me weak..."

Can anyone tell me if the JoBoxers were a gay group? The only song I know from them is "Just Got Lucky" and I've always believed he is singing to a guy.

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More Jane :)

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I loved my Sixteen Candles cassette EP.

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all of the Talking Heads songs should have gotten more exposure i.e. Ahead by a century...not just Burning Down The House%0D %0D p.s. The Wham selection posted here was pitiful.

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Kim Wilde - Chequered Love

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Kim Carnes - Voyeur

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Steel Breeze - You Don't Want Me Anymore

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The Sixteen Candles soundtrack didn't have some of the best songs that are in the movie, however.

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Scandal - Love's Got A Line On You

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Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth

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The Pointer Sisters.

Didn't like them back in the day, but now they're quite fun & easy to listen to.

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The Alarm - Rain In The Summertime

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Debbie Harry - I Want That Man

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Breathe - Hands to Heaven

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Meat Loaf w/ Cher - Dead Ringer For Love

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Thompson Twins - Nothing In Common

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Brian Setzer - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

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Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene

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R177, was Cher ever not amazing?

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I had a terrible crush on George Strait and thought he was singing this song just to me.

Amarillo By Morning

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I have a question about "Yo Little Brother" which was a song and video that made me happy in the 80's. In the video, Marko Kalfa appears as the lead singer (Nolan Thomas) lip-syncing to someone else's voice, but Kalfa provided the vocal for the rest of the accompanying album. Why didn't they simply re-record the vocal with Kalfa after they had found the guy they wanted to market?

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I'm listening to a replay of Casey Kasem's American Top Forty from Aug. 30, 1980. Here are some songs that are never played much anymore from that week's countdown:

37. Never Knew Love Like This Before - Stephanie Mills

36. Jesse - Carly Simon

34. How Does It Feel To Be Back - Hall & Oates

25. Make a Little Magic - The Dirt Band

24. Hot Rod Hearts - Robbie Dupree

21. Boulevard - Jackson Browne

15. Take a Little Rhythm - Ali Thompson

12. Into the Night - Benny Mardones

And of course... (drumroll, please)

10. More Love - Kim Carnes

by More, please!reply 18408/27/2011

Love that list R 184. And I bet the top five have.. Magic - Olivia Newton-John Coming Up - Paul McCartney (LIVE!) It's Still Rock n Roll To Me - Billy Joel Those are some greats forgotten songs. Loved "Jesse"

by More, please!reply 18508/27/2011

Giuffria--"Call To Your Heart"

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The Mac Band--"Roses Are Red"--the song was actually used in McDonald's commercials on urban radio in 1988. it was also a huge hit in the UK

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Madame X--"Just That Type Of Girl"--WAAY ahead of their time

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Giorgio--"Sex Appeal"

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View from the Hill - "No Conversation"

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Curiosity Killed The Cat - "Down To Earth"

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Lolita Pop - "Bang Your Head"

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Good guesses, R185! The Top 5 were: 5. Take Your Time - S.O.S. Band 4. Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones 3. Magic - Olivia Newton-John 2. Upside Down - Diana Ross 1. Sailing - Christopher Cross "It's Still Rock And Roll to Me" was No. 14, having been Top Five just a few weeks earlier. "Coming Up" dropped out of the Top Forty that week; it had reached No. 1 in late June/early July.

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Wire - Eardrum Buzz

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Eurythmics %E2%80%93 No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)

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From this week's Casey Kasem retro-countdown (Sept. 7th 1985), songs that I never hear these days:

37. Do You Want Cryin'? - Katrina & the Waves

34. C-I-T-Y - John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band

30. Every Step of the Way - John Waite

26. There Must Be an Angel - Eurythmics (I love the beginning of this song!)

22. Shame - The Motels

15. Dare Me - The Pointer Sisters

11. Invincible - Pat Benatar

And a special shout-out to Corey Hart at No. 14 with "Never Surrender" which I still hear occasionally, but he was so friggin' handsome he deserves a mention.

by More, please!reply 19709/04/2011

"Crybaby" - Utopia

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"Man Out of Time" - Elvis Costello

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Donnie Iris - Ah Leah

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Saga - On The Loose

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Sexy times

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Cry And Be Free by Marilyn

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The Politics of Dancing by Re-Flex

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Hipsway: Honeythief

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r203, that brings back memories. I'm rock hard as I type. Don't tell Gwen!

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Scritti Politti's - Absolute, check out the people in the toilet putting drops of Absolute into their eyes.

Wonder why I never saw this on American TV.

by More, please!reply 20709/05/2011

I don't know where I was when all this music was out. I'm 47, so I was in my late teens early 20s when it was released, but I recognize less than 10% of these songs. I guess I was too busy listening to crap like this.

by More, please!reply 20809/06/2011

Marshall Crenshaw - Whenever You're On My Mind

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And of course Les Rita Mitsouko

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OMG r201. I thought I was the only Canuck on here. I see I'm not. (I prefer Wind Him Up).

Another Northern blast from the past, dated video, timeless song:

Honeymoon Suite-Feel it Again

by More, please!reply 21109/07/2011

An under-rated song from an underrated album, Pictures at Eleven by Robert Plant. Pledge Pin (live) The studio version is better, especially the drums.

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R208, I really didn't notice the music-wow that guy is stunning.

The Working Hour - Tears for Fears

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Heading for the Light - Traveling Wilburys

Zombie Zoo - Tom Petty

I'm an Adult Now - Pursuit of Happiness

You Don't Own Me - Blow Monkeys

This Corrosion - Sisters of Mercy

Love is Like a Rock - Slade

Digging Your Scene - Blow Monkeys

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Pale Shelter- Tears For Fears

Sole Survivor- Asia

by More, please!reply 21509/08/2011

r211, I was so close to posting Wind Him Up, but I thought it was a bit too obscure.%0D %0D I'm from the US and On The Loose was a minor hit, but I barely heard this.%0D %0D Saga - Wind Him Up

by More, please!reply 21609/08/2011

[quote]Marshall Crenshaw - Whenever You're On My Mind%0D %0D Hell yes! Such a great songwriter.

by More, please!reply 21709/08/2011

Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen went solo with Candleland in '89. It was critically well received but was probably a dud sales-wise. I'm the only person I know of who bought a copy.

Here's The White Hotel.

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One To One: "Angel In My Pocket"

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Georgio: "Tina Cherry"

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Jesse Johnson: "Can You Help Me"

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The Jets: "Curiosity"--the best song they ever did and a classic almost subliminal groove. A fucking classic.

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Patty Smyth - "Never Enough"

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Holly Knight -"Heart Don't Fail Me Now"

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Device - "Hanging On A Heart Attack"

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"Party Fears Two" - The Associates

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Another Canadian entry, Larry Gowan.

This 2001 version is with Styx, his current band.

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Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache%0D %0D

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Robin Gibb - Boys Do Fall in Love

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Don Dixon - Praying Mantis

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Clannad w/ Bono - In A Lifetime

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Jennifer Holliday, No Frills Love

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After All -- Cher, Peter Cetera

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INXS's 80s songs get a huge amount of play on commercial stations in Australia - what about in other countries?

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Giant Steps- "Another Lover"

Soulsister - "The Way To Your Heart"

Stars on 45 - "Beatles Medley"

Diesel - "Sausolito Summernight"

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Taja Sevelle, "Love Is Contagious"

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Irene Cara's "You Were Made For Me."

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Toto Coelo - I Eat Cannibal

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Fire Town - The Good Life with future Garbage members Butch Vig and Duke Erikson.

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Just Like Jesse James -- Cher

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"It's Not Enough" - Starship

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"Someone Like You," Van Morrison

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You Might Think - The Cars

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Electronic - Getting Away With It

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Some Squeeze, mainly "If I Didn't Love You" and "Up the Junction."

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No Way Out- Starship

Too good to Be True-Jermaine Jackson

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Not to be all hipster, but I'm sure you've never heard of this group. Zot.

by More, please!reply 24809/19/2011

The B-52s and one of the best innuendo songs ever "Dirty Back Road".

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A song 10x better than the sappy "We Are The World": Artists United Against Apartheid "Sun City" from late 1985.

by More, please!reply 25009/19/2011

Say It Say It by EG Daily (daughter of Bill Daily from I Dream of Jeannie and the first Bob Newhart Show)

Also: Baby Love by Regina Man Size Love by Klymaxx In My House and Walk Like a Man by the Mary Jane Girls

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Little Steven-"Sanctuary" (very Prince/Minneapolis-sounding)

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E. G. Daily is not Bill Daily's daughter R251, but I agree it's a great song.

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Heaven 17 - "Let Me Go"

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Kenny & Dolly

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Cheyne "Call Me Mr. Telephone"

The System "You Are In My System"

Stacey Lattisaw "Attack of the Name Game"

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Basia, "Time and Tide"

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Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods

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"Ship of Fools" - World Party

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Heaven 17 - "Temptation"

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OH DEAR - to every song I've heard in this post!

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Here are some songs that I thought were very popular in the 80s, but it must have just been my crowd, because they never cracked the Top 40. You probably won't know all of them, but I'm betting a few will surprise you.

1980: The Horizontal Bop - Bob Seger, You Better Run - Pat Benatar, Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchett, Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel, What I Like About You - The Romantics, Stop Your Sobbing - The Pretenders, Private Idaho & Rock Lobster - The B-52s

1981: Souper Trouper - ABBA, Flash (Theme to Flash Gordon) - Queen, Tom Sawyer - Rush, Arc of a Diver - Steve Winwood, Tempted - Squeeze, The Kid is Hot Tonight - Loverboy

1982: Working For a Living - Huey Lewis & the News, Words - Missing Persons, Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash, Get Up and Go - The Go-Go's, I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses, I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow, Shakin' - Eddie Money, Goodbye To You - Scandal

1983: Unconditional Love - Donna Summer, Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs, It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls, Cool Places - The Sparks, New Year's Day - U2, Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel, Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top, Bang the Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren, On the Dark Side - John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Only You - Yaz, Rockit - Herbie Hancock, A Million Miles Away - The Plimsouls

1984: Relax & Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Illegal Alien - Genesis, Rebel Yell & Catch My Fall - Billy Idol, Give Me Tonight - Shannon, Hot for Teacher - Van Halen, Tender Years - John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Robert de Niro's Waiting - Bananarama

1985: To Live and Die in L.A. - Wang Chung, We Close Our Eyes - Go West, Centerfield - John Fogarty, Wierd Science - Oingo Boingo, Do you Wanna Get Away - Shannon, Like To Get To Know You Well - Howard Jones, And She Was - Talking Heads, Your Love Is King - Sade, All You Zombies - Hooters, Meeting in the Ladies Room - Klymaxx, Through the Fire - Chaka Khan, Can You Feel the Beat - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Ways to Be Wicked - Lone Justice, Forever Young - Alphaville

1986: Pretty In Pink - Psychedelic Furs, Wrap It Up - Fabulous Thunderbirds, If Looks Could Kill - Heart, Playing With the Boys - Kenny Loggins, Every Little Kiss - Bruce Hornsby

1987: Boom Boom - Paul Lekakis, Same Ole Love & No One in the World - Anita Baker, Why Can't I Be You - the Cure, Graceland - Paul Simon

1988: Knocked Out - Paula Abdul, Hippy Hippy Shake - The Georgia Satellites, Handle With Care - The Traveling Wilbury's, Hot Hot Hot - Buster Poindexter, Hot in the City - Billy Idol, Peek-a-boo - Siouxsee and the Banshees, Girls Ain't Nothin' But Trouble - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Like the Weather & What's the Matter Here? - 10,0000 Maniacs, It's the End of the World As We Know It - R.E.M., Talkin 'Bout a Revolution - Tracy Chapman

1989: Circle - Edie Brickell, Let the River Run - Carly Simon, I'll Be You - The Replacements, Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls, Pretending - Eric Clapton, Anchorage - Michelle Shocked, Pop Song 89 - R.E.M.

by More, please!reply 26410/15/2011

I'm surprised about Pretty in Pink. I couldn't get away from that song.

by More, please!reply 26510/15/2011

A few of those songs actually DID make the Top 40, R264.

by More, please!reply 26610/16/2011

Prefab Sprout - "When Love Breaks Down"

by More, please!reply 26710/17/2011

R266, if you have proof of any specifics, please post. According to my data, they all fell short of the top 40, at least the versions performed by the artists mentioned.

I can list peak position and date for each based on the info I have.

By the way, this week's AT40 Flashback: the 80s features music from 1980, including Xanadu at No. 8.

by More, please!reply 26810/21/2011

Forgot the link of the flashback 1980 Top 40 -

by More, please!reply 26910/21/2011

This reminds me of what actually was worth something in the generally barren pleasure head landscape of the 80's:

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Tell me! tell me! how to be a millionaire,,,,,

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It wasn't a hit, but I think ABBA's "Should I Laugh or Cry" (1981) -- the B-side of "One of Us" -- is an underrated gem. Annie Lennox could do a kick-ass cover of this.

by More, please!reply 27311/27/2011

I love a lot of the songs in this thread.

Here is one of my favorites from the 80's - 40 Years by the House of Freaks.

by More, please!reply 27411/27/2011

Er...many songs featured on Page 13 of this thread were megahits.

Islands in the Stream? You Might Think???

by More, please!reply 27511/27/2011

R268 "Relax" - #10, 1985. "Every Little Kiss" - #14, 1987. "Hot In The City" - #23, 1982. But you're definitely right in the sense that they didn't make the Top 40 in the years you have them listed. It's just that all 3 of those songs were released twice and had 2 separate runs on the chart.

by More, please!reply 27611/29/2011

Maria McKee - Nobody's Child

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Change of Heart by Cyndi Lauper.

Which was a big hit back in 1986-87, but I don't seem to remember hearing it much back then, and it's never played now.

by More, please!reply 27812/11/2011

Agreed...and here's the video:

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Shriekback - All Lined Up

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Love and Rockets - Kundalini Express

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None of these made the charts, but they are great tunes.

Bittersweet - Hoodoo Gurus

Funny How Love Is - Fine Young Cannibals

Space Cowboy - Jonzun Crew

Coming Up Close - Til Tuesday

Sean Penn Blues - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

Out Of My Hands - Face to Face

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Boom Boom Boom (Let's go back to my room) by Paul Lekakis

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Good Life, by Inner City

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Aria on Air by Malcolm McClaren.

Some peeps may know it as the British Airways comercial. People dressed in red formed lips, people in blue became eyes, etc. All the parts came together at the end to form a face that winked and then turned into the world.

Question about music from a Perrier commercial. Maybe from the 70s or early 80s. It was a guitar solo, very soft. Nothing much happened in the commercial other than a clip of a babbling brook set to this guitar. Would love to know what the guitar piece was if anybody knows...

by More, please!reply 28504/28/2012

I think the 80's had fantastic songs and groups. They were much better than the crap that has been out there in the last 14 years. There are myriads of groups and singers from the 80's I have loved deeply. The British New Wave was like the Rolls Royce of New Wave music. When I was a kid I just adored them and their amazing songs! Here are just SOME that were and are the best.

Men At Work

Howard Jones- What is love

Howard Jones- I'm a Prisoner


Cetu Javu - Have In Mind

The Pet Shop Boys- How Can You Expect To be taken Seriously.


Depeche Mode

ABC- Whose Got The Look of Love

Human League- Fascination

Yazoo - Don't Go

Ten Thousand Maniacs

Here is a link to

Cetu Javu - Have In Mind

by More, please!reply 28604/29/2012

Eddy Grant- Don't Do Electric Avenue.

This is a super song that has been forgotten.

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First Music Video on MTV- Video Killed the Radio Star

This is one of the best golden oldies!!! I remember my brother paying this song often.

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I don't mean to sound like a gram pa but the 80's music were the best and magical! Terrific memories that flow through through my mind.

I adore ALL of Howard Jones songs! Does anyone know if he is gay? I thought there was a hint he was?

Here is his song, The Prisoner

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Super artist and song:

Howard Jones "What is Love"

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Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

This song is one of the best! When Bette Davis heard this song she was thrilled and loved it.

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Yeah, it's a shame no one remembers Bette Davis Eyes.

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Hellzapoppin in the whole wide world

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Harry Houdini by Kon Kan

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I see the 80s didn't have auto-tune.

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Talk Of The Town

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Re-flex,"The Politics of Dancing"

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R293 - that is the BEST!

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Cameo's Word Up... Or should I say Cherry Coke. I still mix up the lyrics.

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We Live For Love - Pat Benatar. Although it might have been from '79, my apologies if so...

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Jane Wiedlin - Inside A Dream

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IS Howard Jones Gay?

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Robbie Nevil "C'est La Vie"

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Vanity "Under the Influence"

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"Blue Moon at Midnight" -- Dash Rip Rock

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Cherchez la Femme. OK maybe this was end of 70s too but it reminds me of 80s.

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All Janet Jackson 80's songs

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George Kranz - Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)

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Rubber Rodeo "Anywhere WIth You"

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and "The Hardest Thing" also by Rubber Rodeo.

they were really good, I saw them at RISD.

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Robert Gorl "Darling Don't Leave Me"

(with Annie Lennox singing Tie me! Bite me! Hate me! in the background)

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The B-52's "Cak"

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This is a great thread!

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Utopia - "Crybaby"

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Throwing Muses - Fish

Actually most of their songs deserved more play. for a great backstory on this video, read Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh.

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The Korgis - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

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Lulu - I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)

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"Out of Mind, Out of Sight." - The Models

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YES R307!!! Here's one from her first album that didn't get much play but should have. It's new wave goodness through and through...

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Eric Carmen "Make Me Lose Control"

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from other thread

Carmel, More More More

I think madonna ripped off her style. if you watch the TOTP version of the same song.

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a-ha - The Sun Always Shines on TV

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Vicious Pink - Ccccan't You See?

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Creeping into the early 90's... PM Dawn "Paper Doll"

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There are some seriously shitty songs posted here. This one from Honeymoon Suite is particularly horrible but the video might be the most 80s thing ever.

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wow I love PM Dawn r325.

Oh-Ok, Such and Such

Featuring michael stipe's sister

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Christmas, Stupid Kids

Featuring naked people

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I don't want your love I don't want your money I just want the key to your Ferrari

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R327 honey, go back to listing to your idol, Lady CaCa.

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Pictures of the Homeland by November Group

Seeing this now is sort of creepy. Who'd of known we'd have a huge Homeland Security in the USA.

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Lulu, best known for her No. 1 hit "To Sir With Love", last reached the Top Forty 31 years ago. Her hit "I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)" reached No. 18 in October of 1981.

I had forgotten all about it until I was listening to a Casey Kasem retro countdown today. Stupid video, but I like the song.

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Lulu - If I Were You

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Do we have any Soft Cell?

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I had to check the date on this to make sure it qualified for the topic. Technically the single, All That Glitters Isn't Gold, by The Cover Girls, was released in 1990, but the album it was on (We Can't Go Wrong) was released in 1989, so it's 80s. I love the song and the video and the adoration of male models.

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APB - Summer Love

LOVE APB but no one in the US out of the WLIR listening area LI, NY, CT ever heard of them it seems.

They had a bunch of great songs...

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This one's great too!

Postcards from Paradise Flesh for Lulu

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I know it's a long thread to get through R338, but that one got a shout out at r96. And it is a fun song, so it's not criminal to have it on here twice.

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Bye Bye Mon Cowboy by Mitsou. I like exotic, half-naked cowboys dancing:

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The Au Pairs

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Cheers Then

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Nein, Zärtlich Bist Du Nicht by Dalida

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Lime "Your Love"

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Stormtrooper in Drag, Gary Numan

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Eight Seconds - "Kiss You When It's Dangerous"

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This week's American Top 40 with Casey Kasem - The Eighties will feature music from November 17, 1984. Listen in if you want to catch these gems:

40. Centipede - Rebbie Jackson

33. Girls With Guns - Tommy Shaw

31. Hello Again - The Cars

30. Holiday - Madonna

27. I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar

25. We Belong - Pat Benatar

24. I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters

21. On The Dark Side - John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band

19. The Wild Boys - Duran Duran

14. No More Lonely Nights - Paul McCartney

9. All Through The Night - Cyndi Lauper

8. Strut - Sheena Easton

7. Better Be Good To Me - Tina Turner

6. Out of Touch - Hall & Oates

4. I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

Look under "retro shows" at the link to find a radio station that's playing it. You can catch a lot of these stations on I Heart Radio.

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Since American Top 40 with Casey Kasem - the Seventies will feature music from Nov. 17th, 1979, I guess I can post here as well, as these songs were probably still on the charts in 1980. You'll be able to hear:

30. Dreaming - Blondie

29. Do That To Me One More Time - Captain and Tennille

28. Half the Way - Crystal Gayle

26. The Rainbow Connection - Kermit the Frog

23. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

22. I'll Never Love This Way Again - Dionne Warwick

16. Broken Hearted Me - Anne Murray

15. Come To Me - France Joli

13. Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

11. Good Girls Don't - the Knack

10. Pop Muzik - M

8. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

6. Rise - Herb Alpert

4. No More Tears - Barbra & Donna

3. Dim All The Lights - Donna Summer

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'Broken Wings' by Mr. Mister

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Lawnchairs are Everywhere by Our Daughter's Wedding!

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"I'm In Love With A German Film Star" - The Passions

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"I'm In Love With A German Film Star" - The Passions

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R350, broken wings was a number one hit for 2 weeks.

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How do you get the video to appear in your post?

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I always enjoyed this one.

Level 42 - Lessons in Love

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Runaway Love- Linda Clifford

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That 80s singer looks like former supermodel Claudia Schiffer trying to sing after having too much champagne at a Native American inspired Fashion show in the mid 90s.

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I loved Half the Way by Miss Crystal Gayle. Here she is singing it on Solid Gold. I always thought SG was a show for lip-synching performances, but Crystal is singing live with live musicians.

I wonder if her hairdo is still five feet long? She must have a really strong neck, that shit would be heavy.

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"The Iceman Comes", Gary Numan

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Jill Jones' "Mia Bocca" of Prince's most compelling side projects featuring the lush,sophisticated string arrangements of the late Clare Fischer.

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I heard this song yesterday, probably for the first time since it was on the charts in 1986: Another Night, by Aretha Franklin.

I liked her other songs from that era (Freeway of Love, Who's Zoomin' Who) but this may actually be my favorite.

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Another song from the 80s that I always thought should have been a bigger hit: Le Bel Age, by Pat Benatar.

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Jane Wiedlin (of the Go Go's) never released "I Will Wait For You" as a single, but I always thought it was a catchy song.

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Everybody's Trying by Poi Dog Pondering 1989. Love it.

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The Glamorous Life by Sheila E.

Burning Down the House by Talking Heads

Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads

Husker Du's songs

Cruel Summer by Bananarama

Good Life by Inner City

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Kundalini Express - Love and Rockets

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Tragically Hip

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Timbuk 3 - Life Is Hard (1986)

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Images of Heaven - Peter Godwin

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The Cure - How Beautiful You Are

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"This is not America" (Instrumental) Pat Methany Group/David Bowie

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Destination - The Church

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I Eat Cannibals by Toto Coelo

Valley Girl by Moon Unit Zappa

I Wanna Be A Lifeguard by Blotto

Body Language by Queen

This Town by The Go-Gos

by More, please!reply 37405/21/2014

Oh dear. You people and your '80s obsession! I was born in 1996 and have no idea about anything from that tacky decade. From what I hear the '80s had the worst movies, music and TV ever. No computers, only slow and ugly cars, ugly clothes and hair, and the worst --- Rethug presidents. The '80s are dead and ain't ever coming back so come into the modern age. LOL.

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r375, every decade has excessive crap. While the 80s were no exception, there seems to be some kind of intense denial that there were any good songs to come out of that decade. It's odd.

I think that's why people post here about a lot of the music that wasn't bad.

I just listened to Songs from the Big Chair; it still holds up, despite some dated sounds.

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Boomtown - David & David

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Rebbie Jackson - Centipede

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Donna Summer - Love is Control (Finger on the Trigger)

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Olivia Newton-John - Soul Kiss

Alison Moyet - Invisible

Nu Shooz - Point of No Return

Wendy & Lisa - Waterfalls

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Never understood why this wasn't a bigger hit

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R 375, I feel sorry for you. Music died the year before you born. Movies and television followed shortly thereafter. Give me an 80s song over your modern age Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber any day.

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The House Of Love - I Don't Know Why I Love You (1989)

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Air Supply- Making Love Out of Nothing At All

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I think the '80s has awesome music: AC/DC, Madonna, Duran Duran, Metallica, Judas Priest, Cyndi Lauper, Iron Maiden, Queen, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Depeche Mode, Scorpions, Dio, Def Leppard, The B-52's, Devo, Rick Springfield, Journey, INXS, Guns N' Roses, Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Queensryche, Kiss, Slayer, Anthrax, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Loverboy, Accept, Krokus, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Dokken, The Bangles, Savatage, New Order, Erasure, Bryan Adams, Motorhead, Whitney Houston, Wham!, Z.Z. Top, Real Life, The Go-Go's... the list goes on and on. Love it!

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After 7- Can't Stop

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"The Fall" by Electric Light Orchestra, from the "Xanadu" Soundtrack. I loved that soundtrack album in the late summer/early fall of 1980. I hated the movie, but the music was terrific. I was 18 and had just moved to L.A. from Austin, TX. in Nov. of 1978 and I was living it up and having the time of my life for a couple of phenomenal years. "The Fall" was my favorite song on the album and I have such great memories of it.

Many of the songs on the album were hits (Magic, Xanadu, I'm Alive, Suddenly, All Over The World) but "The Fall" really resonated with me and reminds me of those fun-filled, magical days of 1980 (the best year of my life).

By 1982, I had lost most of my friends to the plague and had retreated back to Texas as a much sadder person. Ignorance was bliss in '80, as we had no idea the monster was lurking out there.

I dedicate "The Fall" to Chris, Danny, Rene, Steven, Paul, Andrew and Mark. We had so much fun on the beaches, soaking up the rays, slamming cold beers and jamming our tunes (the "Xanadu" Soundtrack, "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, "The Game" by Queen, "Back in Black" by Ac/Dc, "Crimes of Passion" by Pat Benatar - God, those were fun times. "The Fall" was the special tune though).

by More, please!reply 38705/22/2014

"The Promise", When In Rome

"Always on My Mind" & "Jealousy", Pet Shop Boys

More later..let me think on it!

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Tonight It's You - Cheap Trick

Do The Dark - Blondie

Hold On Tight - E.L.O.

Twilight - E.L.O.

The One Thing - INXS

Don't Change - INXS

Red Skies - The Fixx

Why Me? - Planet P

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"Ilia's Theme/Main Theme" by Jerry Goldsmith from Star Trek-The Motion Picture.

The movie and soundtrack were actually released in late-1979 (December 7, to be exact), but I played the sound-track album constantly throughout 1980. The Main Theme got tons of play from '87 on as the theme to Star Trek-The Next Generation TV series, but I'll always remember it from The Motion Picture.

ST:TMP had one of the best orchestral sound-tracks ever.

by More, please!reply 39005/22/2014

R 390: That film was great and had a fantastic score. The next one "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" from '82 (my fave Star Trek film) had a fabulous soundtrack, as well.


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Runaway Train - Rosanne Cash

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"Tears Are Falling" by Kiss

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Not exactly an unknown song but I've been listening to Alphaville's Big in Japan a lot this past week and I just have to share it.

You enjoy the song much more without seeing the visuals. All the video versions of the song I've seen are pretty horrible.

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Miss Me Blind - Culture Club

Heartbreaker - Dionne Warwick

Heading Out To The Highway - Judas Priest

She's So Cold - The Rolling Stones

Break It Up - Foreigner

Desire - Andy Gibb

He's A Liar - Bee Gees

Guns For Hire - AC/DC

Just Between You And Me - April Wine

Flamethrower - J. Geils Band

A View To A Kill - Duran Duran

Private Dancer - Tina Turner

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Two tracks from my all time favorite band, Blue Oyster Cult:

"Joan Crawford" from 1981

"Shooting Shark" from 1983/84

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Blood & Roses - Smithereens

Antmusic - Adam & The Ants

Die Hard The Hunter - Def Leppard

Fire & Ice - Pat Benatar

Destroyer - The Kinks

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'More Love' by Kim Carnes

'Menergy/Megatron Man' by Patrick Cowley

'Do Ya Wanna Funk?' by Sylvester & Patrick Cowley

'Cruising The Streets' by Boystown Gang

'Heart Attack' by Livvy Newton-John

'Rush Rush (For The Yeyo)' by Debbie Harry

'Strut' by Sheena Easton

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Let's All Go To the Mall!

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Mariah Carey has recorded a version of this forgotten tunr on her new album

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"Let's Get It Up" by AC/DC. My local rock stations play tons of AC/DC, but never that one. It was a constant on both rock and pop radio back in late-1981 and early-1982. Now, I never hear it. It's one of my favorite AC/DC tracks.

"Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets" by Axe was another great rock party tune in 1982 (at the same time as Aldo Nova's kick ass "Fantasy"). Another cool one from that time period was "Rage In The Cage" by J. Geils Band. "A World Without Heroes" by Kiss was another late '81/early '82 favorite.

Gosh, this '80s thread is getting me in a mood to pull out some of my old vinyl L.P.'s. LOL. My partner is just gonna have to put his earplugs in when he gets home. I'm gonna be rockin'...

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BRONSKI BEAT "Smalltown Boy"

GOLDEN EARRING "Twilight Zone"

PETER FRAMPTON "Breaking All The Rules" (a really great song from his early '80s, post-heyday years)

E.L.O. "Rock And Roll Is King" (seeing the above posts about them reminded me how much I love their early '80s work)

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Making Love - Roberta Flack

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All the hits by A Flock of Seagulls.

I Ran (So Far Away)

Space-Age Love Song

Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)

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Not Now John by Pink Floyd

Since You're Gone by The Cars

Mean Street by Van Halen

Love Is Alright Tonight by Rick Springfield

Everybody Wants You by Billy Squier

Hot In The City by Billy Idol

Dragon Attack by Queen

I Will Follow by U2

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"The Night Owls" - Little River Band

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be my baby by the ronettes

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The Different Story - Peter Schilling

Baila Bolero - Fun Fun

99 Luftballons - Nena (German version)

One in a Million Men - Pet Shop Boys

I Know There's Something Going On - Frida (from ABBA)...may have been very late 70s

Salisbury Hill - Peter Gabriel

Another Nail in My Heart - Squeeze

Blue Savannah Song - Erasure might be early 90s

Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe

Ca Plane pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand

Atomic - Blondie

Tarzan Boy - Baltimora

Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

Someday Soon - Suzy Boggus

Bad Goodbye - Clint Black

Tonight - Ken Laszlo

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Send My Heart - The Adventures

The Dance & Unanswered Prayers - Garth Brooks

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God Damn, R24.

I had been looking for this song Forever!!

I was thinking I had completely made it up.


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Ciccone Youth [Sonic Youth]: "Get Into the Groove" from The Whitey Album (1988)

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Cars 1980 Touch and Go.

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[quote]GOLDEN EARRING "Twilight Zone"

I agree. Such a great, atmospheric pop/rock track.

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Shiny, Shiny by Hayzi Fantayzee.

John Wayne is Big Legey by Hayzi Fantayzee

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This Town by The Go-Go's

Twilight by Electric Light Orchestra

The Fall by Electric Light Orchestra

He's A Liar by Bee Gees

Joan Crawford by Blue Oyster Cult

Flamethrower by J. Geils Band

Rock Myself To Sleep by April Wine

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The Godfathers - Birth, School, Work, Death

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"I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz

"I Don't Like Monday's" by The Boomtown Rats

"Breaking Us In Two" by Joe Jackson

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This is good. Forgot all about this song.

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The Blasters - Fool's Paradise '83

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X - True Love Pt. 2 [Very Nice]

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"Does it Make You Remember" KIM CARNES

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"The Matador" from DRIFTER by Sylvia. Loretta Lynn's baby sister stole Sylvia's starness.

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Animal by Def Leppard

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Brian Setzer, The Knife Feels Like Justice

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One Great Thing, Big Country

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"Soul City" - The Partland Brothers

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