Originally Posted by Mystyler
Wasn't that Men Without Hats who did that?
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I'm going to cheat a little, but only to the same extent as a couple of Depeche Mode songs listed in the OP, as these are1990 but stylistically fits right on the threshold of both decades.
Jesus Jones - Who? Where? Why? and International Bright Young Thing
WARNING: Don't get remastered CDs.
From The Guardian:
Thanks for the heads-up, Batphink ... those would have been a present for my wife if I hadn't seen that article.
A cursory look at this thread leads me to believe that no Ultravox has been mentioned, which would be a pity.
I'm glad that people are getting nostalgic about an era that I am old enough to remember; what I remember about pop in the 80s though is how many one-hit wonders there were. "I'm In Love With A German Filmstar" was, as far as I know, completely forgotten by all but a few of us until Foo Fighters covered the original by The Passions. The Dream Academy's "Life In A Northern Town" is still kicking around, I think, but it was their only hit and a great song. There's a lot of unprospected gold from that era. Here's one I remember fondly::
It's also worth pointing out that although there are bands who are especially remembered for the 80s, the 80s were also a period when a lot of artists with much longer careers were actively involved with the pop scene. No review of the 80s would be complete without David Bowie's Scary Monsters and Super Creeps or Let's Dance, for example. Or Queen's The Works and A Kind of Magic. Roxy Music's Avalon was 1982, and a real "80s album". Fans tend to complain that the 80s were a time when their favourite recording artists did their least favourite music, but these albums were the musical style-setters of their time.
Of the Duran Duran remasters, the 3 disc box sets of Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Notorious and Big Thing might be worth getting because the third disc are DVDs of the music videos, promo appearances and concerts.
Recently, the major labels have been issuing re-masters of popular '80s albums. The audio quality is usually pretty terrible. The only exception I can think of is the Talking Heads box set, Brick. Compilations by Time-Life are o.k. Stuff by Rhino is usually pretty good. Japanese re-issues are also pretty good but expensive. Whenever possible, try to get CDs that were released before 1997.
Talking of the "darker" side, try looking out for Spear of Destiny/Theatre of Hate, Sisters of Mercy/The Mission, Killing Joke, Bauhaus/Pete Murphy, PIL/Jah Wobble etc.
Quite liked the Cocteau Twins too, back in the day.
These days, my 80's listening revolves around Simple Minds, The Smiths, David Sylvian and the lighter side, most of which has already been covered.
Speaking of remasters, the deluxe edition of Liverpool by Frankie Goes To Hollywood comes out next week. This album was absolutely crucified by the critics when it came out, but I actually thought that it had some pretty good songs on it.
Oh, and while we're talking about 80s albums produced by Trevor Horn, we should definitely be adding The Art of Noise, The Buggles and Grace Jones's Slave to the Rhythm to 80s lists.
Few songs say it's time to have a good time like this one!
One of my favorite New Wave songs.
Can't stop listening to this 80s Swedish song called "Johan och Jag". It was a school band with 13 members and their music teacher as composer. The lyrics are really sweet but I guess it's a bit of language barrier.. Huge nostalgia.
Only thing more nostalgic would be this.
Makes me think of this
What about Heaven 17?
They did a lot of nice electro pop albums in the 80’s: