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
most under-rated songs of 80s by celebrated, hit 80s bands
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"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 Anonymous||reply 1||11/08/2010|
R1 here - I just care about the recordings that were underrated, OP. (Sorry.)
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/08/2010|
"The Chauffeur" by Duran Duran.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/08/2010|
"The Wild Life" by Bananarama
|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/08/2010|
"Saved By Zero" - The Fixx%0D %0D It may not be too underrated but for me it totally captures early 80s synthpop.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/08/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 6||11/08/2010|
r3 -- totally on board with that selection.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||11/08/2010|
The entire "1984" soundtrack by Eurythmics was very underrated, even when it got released. "Julia" is one of my favorite singles of theirs.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/08/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 9||11/08/2010|
"In My Room" by Depeche Mode. Just a really awesome song.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/08/2010|
personally, i absolutely detested the bangles' work generally but did like "if she knew what she wants."
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/08/2010|
In my Room by Yaz
In a Big Country Big Country
Family Man by Hall and Oates
Night Shift The Commodores
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/08/2010|
The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town%0D %0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 13||11/08/2010|
Says it all. The best.
END OF THREAD.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||11/08/2010|
The saddest song EVER!
|by Anonymous||reply 15||11/08/2010|
This reminds me why I never engage in sentimental journeys into my musical past.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||11/08/2010|
B52s Legal Tender
|by Anonymous||reply 17||11/08/2010|
"Night Boat" by Duran Duran%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/08/2010|
"speed your love to me" simple minds
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/08/2010|
Pretty much everything Duran Duran did. The most underrated and copied band of all time.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/08/2010|
Tarzan Boy owns this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||11/08/2010|
I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen and I'm not a Springsteen fan.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||11/08/2010|
Mari Wilson - Just What I've Always Wanted
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/08/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 24||11/08/2010|
I Want Everything -- Godfathers
Cult of Personality -- Living Color
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/08/2010|
Midge Ure - Dear God (1988)
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/08/2010|
"I Like" by Men Without Hats (of Safety Dance fame)
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/08/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 28||11/08/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 29||11/08/2010|
Definitely second "Loving the Alien". Just a brilliant song, on a very mediocre album.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/08/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 31||11/08/2010|
OH HEEEEEEEEELL NOOOOOOOO!
THIS IS THE GREATEST UNDER-RATED 80'S DURAN DURAN SONG EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||11/08/2010|
"When He Shines" - Sheena Easton
|by Anonymous||reply 33||11/08/2010|
"Ship of Fools" by Robert Plant
|by Anonymous||reply 34||11/08/2010|
"The Metro" Berlin%0D %0D "Don't Pay the Ferryman" Chris DeBurgh%0D %0D "Pink Houses" John "Cougar" Mellancamp%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 35||11/08/2010|
I'm kind of embarrassed about this, but "When I'm With You" by Sheriff.
That is all.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||11/08/2010|
Queen - "Body Language"
|by Anonymous||reply 37||11/08/2010|
I WIN! :)
|by Anonymous||reply 38||11/08/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 39||11/08/2010|
Real Gone kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||11/08/2010|
Cities In Dust- Siousxie and the Banshees
|by Anonymous||reply 41||11/08/2010|
Sex on a stick! Yum.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||11/08/2010|
"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 Anonymous||reply 43||11/08/2010|
Does everyone like the Human League?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||11/08/2010|
"Oh Father" by Madonna. One of her least successful top 40 singles, but haunting and beautiful.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||11/08/2010|
I'm cheating a bit, because I think it was the 90s, but one of my favorite Go-Gos tunes was "Beautiful".
|by Anonymous||reply 46||11/08/2010|
Denis by Blondie
|by Anonymous||reply 47||11/08/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 48||11/08/2010|
At least 15 of these are on my iPod!
|by Anonymous||reply 49||11/08/2010|
Ministry before they went all crazy industrial metal.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||11/08/2010|
Spread the net. Catch the man.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||11/08/2010|
Careless Memories by Duran Duran
|by Anonymous||reply 52||11/08/2010|
Heartbreak Beat by Psychadelic Furs.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||11/09/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 54||11/09/2010|
This song is cuter than a puppy. "You Take Me Up" by Thompson Twins
|by Anonymous||reply 55||11/09/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 56||11/09/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 57||11/09/2010|
The Visitors - ABBA
|by Anonymous||reply 58||11/09/2010|
and smart r54.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||11/09/2010|
Talkin' Bout A Revolution -- Tracy Chapman
|by Anonymous||reply 60||11/09/2010|
this one...though they werent celebrated per se.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||11/09/2010|
and this one. just brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||11/09/2010|
Physical by Olivia Newton-John.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||11/09/2010|
"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 Anonymous||reply 64||11/09/2010|
"So Bad" Paul McCartney... a haunting silly love song.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||11/09/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 66||11/09/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 67||11/09/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 68||11/09/2010|
"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 Anonymous||reply 69||11/09/2010|
I think "Skindivers" off their last album was way under-appreciated.%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 70||11/09/2010|
The Bangles' entire first album.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||11/09/2010|
"Tattooed Love Boys" - The Pretenders
|by Anonymous||reply 72||11/09/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 73||11/09/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 74||11/09/2010|
Joan Armatrading - Drop the Pilot
|by Anonymous||reply 75||11/10/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 76||11/10/2010|
"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 Anonymous||reply 77||11/10/2010|
"Shake the Disease" by Depeche Mode%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 78||11/10/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 79||11/10/2010|
Marc Almond "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye".
|by Anonymous||reply 80||11/10/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 81||11/10/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 82||11/10/2010|
R182, you REALLY don't understand the concept of "under-rated", do you?%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 83||11/10/2010|
Another vote for Bananarama's "Trick of the Night." It's about a male prostitute one of the girls knew (Siobhan, I think):
|by Anonymous||reply 84||11/10/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 85||11/10/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 86||11/10/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 87||06/02/2012|
If She Knew What She Wants by the Bangles
|by Anonymous||reply 88||06/02/2012|
"Tears Run Rings" by Marc Almond
|by Anonymous||reply 89||06/02/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 90||06/02/2012|
Personally - Karla Bonoff
|by Anonymous||reply 91||06/02/2012|
Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears
|by Anonymous||reply 92||06/02/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 93||06/02/2012|
Is There Anyone Out There? - Duran Duran
Love's Worn Out Again - America
Flamethrower - J. Geils Band
|by Anonymous||reply 94||06/02/2012|
Another Duran Duran song from the late 80's: All She Wants Is. Love the guitar from Warren Cucurulo
|by Anonymous||reply 95||06/02/2012|
One Night in Bangkok by Robey (not Murray Head's version)
|by Anonymous||reply 96||06/02/2012|
Space Age Love Song by A Flock of Seagulls
Hotline to Heaven by Bananarama
|by Anonymous||reply 97||06/02/2012|
"Nightmares" by Flock of seagulls
|by Anonymous||reply 98||06/02/2012|
I Eat Cannibals Total Coelo
|by Anonymous||reply 99||06/02/2012|
"I Touch Roses" - Book Of Love
|by Anonymous||reply 100||06/02/2012|
"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 Anonymous||reply 101||06/02/2012|
"Crybaby" by Utopia
|by Anonymous||reply 102||06/02/2012|
A good number of the posters on this thread need to look up the definitions of both "celebrated" and "hit".
|by Anonymous||reply 103||06/02/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 104||06/02/2012|
The Rumour by Olivia Newton-John. Awesome song and video but never caught the publics attention.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||06/02/2012|
Tori Amos as Y Kant Tori Read, Cool on your Island.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||06/03/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 107||06/03/2012|
Brian Briggs - "See You On the Other Side." A One-Hit Wonder from the early 80s.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||06/04/2012|
Blue Blue Ocean by Echo and the Bunnyman
|by Anonymous||reply 109||07/07/2012|
Sleeping Beauty by the Divinyls
|by Anonymous||reply 110||07/07/2012|
"Let's Go Out Tonight" by The Blue Nile
|by Anonymous||reply 111||07/08/2012|
"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 Anonymous||reply 112||10/11/2013|
Tonight It's you - Cheap Trick
|by Anonymous||reply 113||10/12/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 114||10/12/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 115||10/12/2013|
Anything by A Flock of Seagulls--they were so much catchier than Duran Duran. And they were more interesting to look at.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||10/12/2013|
"Jasmine Pussyfoot" by Marigold & The Cauliflowers. Brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||10/12/2013|
The Clash--Straight to Hell
|by Anonymous||reply 118||10/12/2013|
the entire NOTORIOUS album by duran duran was awesome but a flop.
Depeche Mode: Little 15
|by Anonymous||reply 119||10/12/2013|
My friends and I never liked Depeche Mode.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||10/12/2013|
ABC - All of My Heart
|by Anonymous||reply 121||10/12/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 122||11/21/2014|
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 Anonymous||reply 123||11/22/2014|
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 Anonymous||reply 124||11/23/2014|
I liked this one by Missing Persons. "Surrender Your Heart." Less frantic than their other stuff... instead it's lush and floaty.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||11/23/2014|
Til Tuesday's follow-up to Voices Carry, which is even better that song
What About Love
|by Anonymous||reply 126||11/23/2014|