It's a far cry from their edgy debut album Pleasure Victim, which includes new wave essentials like "The Metro", "Mannequin", and "Sex (I'm A…)". As Paul Simon would say, it's a modern desultory philippic about the state of the nation. Bizarre Love Triangle (1986), Blue Monday (1983) or anything by New Order Toadspotter It reached #5 in the UK singles chart, and #3 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in America. The film reunited Newton-John and John Travolta, as schmos who have to reform their ways in order to save the world from an angry God, played by Gene Hackman, who is determined to destroy the world by flood unless some decent human beings can be found. Maybe inspired some of the above YMO. The track has the sonic and emotional impact of a bullet, tight and sharp and capable of piercing the skin, shattering the skull, and burrowing deep inside your head until it wedges somewhere in your cerebral cortex. Mark Dursin is an English teacher at Glastonbury High School in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The best goth rock album period. leaving unsaid that, of course, we know what you do, don't we? I especially like the eastern instrumentation mixed in with 80s synth and beats. It seems odd that such a perky electronic pop tune could be about that massive destruction of human life and property, but such are the absurdities of life, and Andy McCluskey's passionate vocals make it work. It became a popular dance hit, and for a while it was a go-to tune for breakdancers showing off their Robot skills. "Goody Two Shoes" is a lascivious big-band pastiche with massive drums, ferocious horns, and a sly vocal delivery by Adam Ant. Written by MacKaye, the song is ragged and edgy post-punk, raw and viscerally exciting. Helped map out how to make great synth drum machine music. It seems to be told from the point of a view of a prisoner, watching those outside his cell go about their lives and waiting for the chance to continue his -- although it can certainly be viewed in other contexts as well. Probably never stood a chance on U.S. Top 40, but college radio (as it was called back then) ate it up. The funky dance rocker about negative information overload is high energy and hard groovin'. Peppered with sexually enigmatic lyrics ("I will wait for my man tonight/it's easy when you're big in Japan"), this brooding Asian-flavored lament by way of a West German discotech faded at #66 while the trio's other calling card, the sweeping electro-ballad Forever Young (New Wave's Stairway to Heaven) only hit #65 . In this excerpt of Claudrena N. Harold's new book, When Sunday Comes, gospel legend James Cleveland joins the amazing Aretha Franklin to raise the rafters in spirited song. . In a catalog legendary for fiery badass rock hits, this two minute and 42 second fireball showcases Jett at her punk best. O.M.D. Too bad no one knows it. Is Carl Neville's 'Eminent Domain' Worth the Effort? "The Waiting Room" is typical of early Fugazi. A rock-infused dance treat (the second single from her debut album), Burning Up failed to catch radio's attention in its day, but still ranks among her most delicious. Best tracks: Every Child in Heaven, Difficult, A Safe Place To Hide, Goodbye Billy Wild, Also check out "Forever Green" from their EP, My Life's Example, Singles: Worldwide (from the album, Lovelife), Independence Day. "You don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?" As relationship songs go, "Just Got Lucky" captures love in its first bloom of excitement and promise -- faces are still plastered with silly grins, flowers are delivered for no reason other than to say 'I Love You', and the inevitable disillusionment and complications of the real world have yet to seep in. But are any more deserving than “Run Runaway,” a song that is fun and catchy and just begging to have a line dance associated with it?
These days, he plays bars and malls throughout Indiana. They were all hits SOMEWHERE in the world, so why did time forget these songs? "Save It For Later" was written by vocalist Dave Wakeling early on in his band's career, and true to its title he saved it until the English Beat's third album Special Beat Service (in the UK they are simply known as the Beat). I just discovered this, maybe 5 years after this list was created, just to give you some context of how hard it is to discover items on this list despite always digging. Since their groundbreaking early singles like "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire", the B-52's lost their way a bit in the '80s. Although "Save It For Later" wasn't a major hit upon its release, it has become something of an '80s new wave/rock standard over the years. A collection of my fave 80s albums I consider essentials and some of the best rated. (A year later, a re-recorded version was included on the outstanding soundtrack to the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful.). Want to see other lists from the Discogs Community? I’m lumping these three “Obscur-Eighties” together, not only because they are outstanding songs that are rarely played and even more rarely remembered, but because I uncovered fascinating facts about all of their origins: Both of these were from the soundtrack of Two of a Kind, that rare romantic comedy with apocalyptic undertones. The chorus, with its "na-na-na-na-na-na / slow down" backing vocals, is an earworm of insidious virulence. By Country of the Blind / Thrill of the Kill, Benefit of the Doubt / Don't Be Surprised, Life in a Northern Town / Test Tape No. Also check out "Big New Beginning" and "Prospect Street" from their 1986 album, Swimmer. The final verse and run through of the chorus are particularly intense. And indeed the effects of that kiss will never fade from human consciousness. My first question: What is alternative? I put a small review on it. The artists in this list are not your typical mainstream TOP 40 acts. Sexy pop tarts from Madonna to Gwen Stefani to Lady Gaga owe props to Dale Bozzio, who (to my surprise) narrowly missed the Top 40 with her band's two best known hits: Destination Unknown and Words (both peaked at #42). came out the same year as the other good stuff. Big In Japan (1984) - Alphaville The best are listed above. Not an official 80's release but the best collection of this Lovely French duo minimal synth band that is obtainable.#4 - #11 on this list are minimal wave synth records that may or may not be your jam. "Like the Weather" peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was a substantial hit on college radio. I have them listed in order of my favorites. Cyberthriller Strange Days is the Kathryn Bigelow version of a Brian De Palma film—interrogating the male gaze of the immoral. 's biggest American success came with the Pretty in Pink soundtrack hit "If You Leave" six years later. Listen to the skittery bassline that jumps all over "Knock Me Down" -- lean, mean, fast and tight.
A must hear since it draws on so many influences. How Soon Is Now (1984) - or anything by The Smiths for that matter 55 Essential '80s Songs Alt-Rock And New Wave Tracks You Need At Your Party. The opening track and first single from Lovely, the Primitives' debut album, "Crash" is a fizzy, melodic power-pop confection. Still, if I can get technical here, a LOT of songs cycle through those “Hot 100” lists over the course of those 520 weeks. An atmospheric opening gives way like parting clouds to a building groove that plays like a lost Fleetwood Mac classic (with Christine McVie-esque Grace Knight on vocal). . As it pertains to '80s music, or any other decade for that matter, the answer is never really quite clear. Suggestions welcome. Rap and hip-hop music began crossing over to the pop charts in the ‘80s. Posted By Mark Dursin on Jun 29, 2015 | 0 comments, It’s simple math. This view does them an injustice. What forgotten gems would you throw in with these “Obscur-Eighties”? Despite the sharply worded warning in the lyrics, "Crash" is a breezy nugget of glimmery perfection. All rights reserved.PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated. These 20 best records of the 2000s feature some familiar faces, but also several that have grown more fond in memory.
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