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most under-rated songs of 80s by celebrated, hit 80s bands

i'll start the bidding with "this town" by the go-go's. perfectly captures the mood of la in 80s (or really any decade) -- cynical, hard, yet utterly charming. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 12611/23/2014

"Ain't Nobody" (1983), Rufus and Chaka Khan%0D %0D %0D "The Last Time I Made Love" (1984), Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne%0D %0D %0D "Looking Out for Number One" (1982), Carole King%0D %0D %0D "More Love" (1980), Kim Carnes%0D %0D %0D "Mornin'," (1983), Al Jarreau%0D %0D %0D "Nightshift" (1985), The Commodores%0D %0D %0D "Razzamatazz" (1981), Patti Austin%0D %0D %0D "Someone Like You" (1987), Van Morrison%0D %0D %0D "Sweet Freedom" (1986), Michael McDonald%0D %0D %0D "Tunnel of Love" (1987), Bruce Springsteen%0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 111/08/2010

R1 here - I just care about the recordings that were underrated, OP. (Sorry.)

by Anonymousreply 211/08/2010

"The Chauffeur" by Duran Duran.

by Anonymousreply 311/08/2010

"The Wild Life" by Bananarama

by Anonymousreply 411/08/2010

"Saved By Zero" - The Fixx%0D %0D It may not be too underrated but for me it totally captures early 80s synthpop.

by Anonymousreply 511/08/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 611/08/2010

r3 -- totally on board with that selection.

by Anonymousreply 711/08/2010

The entire "1984" soundtrack by Eurythmics was very underrated, even when it got released. "Julia" is one of my favorite singles of theirs.

by Anonymousreply 811/08/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 911/08/2010

"In My Room" by Depeche Mode. Just a really awesome song.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 1011/08/2010

personally, i absolutely detested the bangles' work generally but did like "if she knew what she wants."

by Anonymousreply 1111/08/2010

In my Room by Yaz

In a Big Country Big Country

Family Man by Hall and Oates

Night Shift The Commodores

by Anonymousreply 1211/08/2010

The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town%0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 1311/08/2010

Says it all. The best.


by Anonymousreply 1411/08/2010

The saddest song EVER!

by Anonymousreply 1511/08/2010

This reminds me why I never engage in sentimental journeys into my musical past.

by Anonymousreply 1611/08/2010

B52s Legal Tender

by Anonymousreply 1711/08/2010

"Night Boat" by Duran Duran%0D

by Anonymousreply 1811/08/2010

"speed your love to me" simple minds

by Anonymousreply 1911/08/2010

Pretty much everything Duran Duran did. The most underrated and copied band of all time.

by Anonymousreply 2011/08/2010

Tarzan Boy owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 2111/08/2010

I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen and I'm not a Springsteen fan.

by Anonymousreply 2211/08/2010

Mari Wilson - Just What I've Always Wanted

by Anonymousreply 2311/08/2010

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!

by Anonymousreply 2411/08/2010

I Want Everything -- Godfathers

Cult of Personality -- Living Color

by Anonymousreply 2511/08/2010

Midge Ure - Dear God (1988)

by Anonymousreply 2611/08/2010

"I Like" by Men Without Hats (of Safety Dance fame)

by Anonymousreply 2711/08/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 2811/08/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 2911/08/2010

Definitely second "Loving the Alien". Just a brilliant song, on a very mediocre album.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3011/08/2010

Oh, damn, I forgot about The Chauffer. Excellent. With the video with those topless women playing pattycake.%0D %0D I love Nobody's Diary by Yaz. I think it's their best song.

by Anonymousreply 3111/08/2010


THIS IS THE GREATEST UNDER-RATED 80'S DURAN DURAN SONG EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 3211/08/2010

"When He Shines" - Sheena Easton

by Anonymousreply 3311/08/2010

"Ship of Fools" by Robert Plant

by Anonymousreply 3411/08/2010

"The Metro" Berlin%0D %0D "Don't Pay the Ferryman" Chris DeBurgh%0D %0D "Pink Houses" John "Cougar" Mellancamp%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3511/08/2010

I'm kind of embarrassed about this, but "When I'm With You" by Sheriff.

That is all.

by Anonymousreply 3611/08/2010

Queen - "Body Language"

by Anonymousreply 3711/08/2010

I WIN! :)

by Anonymousreply 3811/08/2010

Prefab Sprout.

by Anonymousreply 3911/08/2010

Real Gone kid.

by Anonymousreply 4011/08/2010

Cities In Dust- Siousxie and the Banshees

by Anonymousreply 4111/08/2010

Sex on a stick! Yum.

by Anonymousreply 4211/08/2010

"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.

by Anonymousreply 4311/08/2010

Does everyone like the Human League?

by Anonymousreply 4411/08/2010

"Oh Father" by Madonna. One of her least successful top 40 singles, but haunting and beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 4511/08/2010

I'm cheating a bit, because I think it was the 90s, but one of my favorite Go-Gos tunes was "Beautiful".

by Anonymousreply 4611/08/2010

Denis by Blondie

by Anonymousreply 4711/08/2010

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".

by Anonymousreply 4811/08/2010

At least 15 of these are on my iPod!

by Anonymousreply 4911/08/2010

Ministry before they went all crazy industrial metal.

by Anonymousreply 5011/08/2010

Spread the net. Catch the man.

by Anonymousreply 5111/08/2010

Careless Memories by Duran Duran

by Anonymousreply 5211/08/2010

Heartbreak Beat by Psychadelic Furs.

by Anonymousreply 5311/09/2010

Still boyish.

by Anonymousreply 5411/09/2010

This song is cuter than a puppy. "You Take Me Up" by Thompson Twins

by Anonymousreply 5511/09/2010

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."

by Anonymousreply 5611/09/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 5711/09/2010

The Visitors - ABBA

by Anonymousreply 5811/09/2010

and smart r54.

by Anonymousreply 5911/09/2010

Talkin' Bout A Revolution -- Tracy Chapman

by Anonymousreply 6011/09/2010

this one...though they werent celebrated per se.

by Anonymousreply 6111/09/2010

and this one. just brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 6211/09/2010

Physical by Olivia Newton-John.

by Anonymousreply 6311/09/2010

"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.

by Anonymousreply 6411/09/2010

"So Bad" Paul McCartney... a haunting silly love song.

by Anonymousreply 6511/09/2010

Can someone please explain (hee!) the meaning of the "Night Boat" video?%0D %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 %0D Did Russell also direct this video? %0D %0D Is this where the idea for "Wild Boys" came from?%0D %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 6611/09/2010

[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.

by Anonymousreply 6711/09/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 6811/09/2010

"The Chauffeur" was another bizarre WTF! type of video. %0D %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 %0D Going back to the topic, the entire Band was, is and continues to be underappreciated and under-rated. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 6911/09/2010

I think "Skindivers" off their last album was way under-appreciated.%0D

by Anonymousreply 7011/09/2010

The Bangles' entire first album.

by Anonymousreply 7111/09/2010

"Tattooed Love Boys" - The Pretenders

by Anonymousreply 7211/09/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 7311/09/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 7411/09/2010

Joan Armatrading - Drop the Pilot

by Anonymousreply 7511/10/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 7611/10/2010

"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.

by Anonymousreply 7711/10/2010

"Shake the Disease" by Depeche Mode%0D

by Anonymousreply 7811/10/2010

Wham Rap - Wham

Strip - Adam Ant

Stick Around - Julian Lennon

Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads

Heading For The Light - Traveling Wilburys

Lucky Ones - Loverboy

by Anonymousreply 7911/10/2010

Marc Almond "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye".

by Anonymousreply 8011/10/2010

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 %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.

by Anonymousreply 8111/10/2010

Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News. %0D %0D Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin%0D %0D Parents Just Don't Understand by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

by Anonymousreply 8211/10/2010

R182, you REALLY don't understand the concept of "under-rated", do you?%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 8311/10/2010

Another vote for Bananarama's "Trick of the Night." It's about a male prostitute one of the girls knew (Siobhan, I think):

by Anonymousreply 8411/10/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 8511/10/2010

Party All The Time by Eddie Murphy%0D %0D Spies Like Us by Paul McCartney%0D %0D I've Never Been To Me by Charlene

by Anonymousreply 8611/10/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 8706/02/2012

If She Knew What She Wants by the Bangles

by Anonymousreply 8806/02/2012

"Tears Run Rings" by Marc Almond

by Anonymousreply 8906/02/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 9006/02/2012

Personally - Karla Bonoff

by Anonymousreply 9106/02/2012

Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears

by Anonymousreply 9206/02/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9306/02/2012

Is There Anyone Out There? - Duran Duran

Love's Worn Out Again - America

Flamethrower - J. Geils Band

by Anonymousreply 9406/02/2012

Another Duran Duran song from the late 80's: All She Wants Is. Love the guitar from Warren Cucurulo

by Anonymousreply 9506/02/2012

One Night in Bangkok by Robey (not Murray Head's version)

by Anonymousreply 9606/02/2012

Space Age Love Song by A Flock of Seagulls

Hotline to Heaven by Bananarama

by Anonymousreply 9706/02/2012

"Nightmares" by Flock of seagulls

by Anonymousreply 9806/02/2012

I Eat Cannibals Total Coelo

by Anonymousreply 9906/02/2012

"I Touch Roses" - Book Of Love

by Anonymousreply 10006/02/2012

"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"

by Anonymousreply 10106/02/2012

"Crybaby" by Utopia

by Anonymousreply 10206/02/2012

A good number of the posters on this thread need to look up the definitions of both "celebrated" and "hit".

by Anonymousreply 10306/02/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10406/02/2012

The Rumour by Olivia Newton-John. Awesome song and video but never caught the publics attention.

by Anonymousreply 10506/03/2012

Tori Amos as Y Kant Tori Read, Cool on your Island.

by Anonymousreply 10606/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10706/03/2012

Brian Briggs - "See You On the Other Side." A One-Hit Wonder from the early 80s.

by Anonymousreply 10806/04/2012

Blue Blue Ocean by Echo and the Bunnyman

by Anonymousreply 10907/07/2012

Sleeping Beauty by the Divinyls

by Anonymousreply 11007/07/2012

"Let's Go Out Tonight" by The Blue Nile

by Anonymousreply 11107/08/2012

"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."

by Anonymousreply 11210/11/2013

Tonight It's you - Cheap Trick

by Anonymousreply 11310/12/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 11410/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 11510/12/2013

Anything by A Flock of Seagulls--they were so much catchier than Duran Duran. And they were more interesting to look at.

by Anonymousreply 11610/12/2013

"Jasmine Pussyfoot" by Marigold & The Cauliflowers. Brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 11710/12/2013

The Clash--Straight to Hell

by Anonymousreply 11810/12/2013

the entire NOTORIOUS album by duran duran was awesome but a flop.

Depeche Mode: Little 15

by Anonymousreply 11910/12/2013

My friends and I never liked Depeche Mode.

by Anonymousreply 12010/12/2013

ABC - All of My Heart

by Anonymousreply 12110/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 12211/21/2014

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

by Anonymousreply 12311/22/2014

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"

by Anonymousreply 12411/23/2014

I liked this one by Missing Persons. "Surrender Your Heart." Less frantic than their other stuff... instead it's lush and floaty.

by Anonymousreply 12511/23/2014

Til Tuesday's follow-up to Voices Carry, which is even better that song

What About Love

by Anonymousreply 12611/23/2014
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