Favorite songs from the 80's

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    Joe Jackson "Steppin' out"

    Spandau Ballet
    "True"

    Double "Captain of her heart'

    Michael Jackson
    "Human Nature"

    Michael Jackson
    "Lady in my life"

    Human League "Dont you want me?"

    Police
    "I'll be watching you"

    more to come...
     
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    Of course you meant "Every Breath You Take".
     
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    Fred Schneider, "There's a Monster in My Pants"
     
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    Thanks. I knew something was wrong.
     
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    Now now Naughty, you're starting to age yourself......:rolleyes:
    And the rest of us......


     
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    IT is happening like it or not, my dear. I was having a YouTube walk down memory lane. Enjoy it with me.
     
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    Jeez and I thot the Belinda Carlisle thread made me feel old! :D
     
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    one of my favorites,

    The Replacements, Nowhere Is My Home
     
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    Hard to say. At least 90% of all of my favorite songs are from the 80's.
     
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    One of my favorites is Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush. It's a song about unrequited love, pain, confusion, and knowingly deluding one's self into believing in the impossible. Kate's delivery is pure Piscean miasma, a labyrinth of emotions veiled by illusions. It's a lovely song that endures.

    One of the reasons Running Up That Hill endures is because Placebo did a cover that many consider better than Kate Bush's original. And that's saying something given that Bush is a highly-respected songwriter and performer with a glorious 4-octave voice. Placebo's video is unbelievably good as it's so entirely disturbing.

    The 80s was loaded with crap music but it gave birth to a true underground fed on punk and new wave. Alternative then was truly alternative and just playing some of this music would make you seriously uncool with the popular crowd which followed the hair metal bands and bad pop.
     
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    Synth was big in the 80s. Many people considered it hip, new, and sophisticated. It was OK to sound artificial, look artificial, and dress artificial in the 80s. That's partly why the 80s were so awful. Once in a while though, someone did something interesting with synth and two bands managed to capture synth in a way that sounded natural and appropriate to the song.

    Real Life was a one-hit wonder from Down Under yet they've managed to milk one song for over 12 different remixes over the years. As new audiences discover the song, they tend to like it. I don't know if it's because of the longing lyrics, the catchy beat, or the ethereal girl singing the lovely counterpoint. Every person at least once looks up to the skies and pleads with the powers of the universe, "Just once, send me an angel." And that's the title of the song. Send Me An Angel is just a great pop song. It's fun to sing along to. Play it at a party and people like to dance to do it.

    The video was supposed to be a lot more complex, a whole Beauty and the Beast thing but the band ran out of money and so what they got was little more than a bizarre half-assed effort that's saved by one single thing and that's the woman who plays Beauty. She has one of the most classically beautiful faces I've ever seen yet I have no idea who she is. She is simply breath-taking.

    The other song is actually a punk song. I'm going to get shit for saying this but the ethic itself is punk even if the song is far too synth pop for most people to put it in the punk genre. But fuck that. I say it's punk and so does its creator even if it has one of the sweeter melodies I've heard.

    Safety Dance was another one-hit wonder song with a tune borrowed from a 15th (or 16th, I forget) French Renaissance galliard. Men Without Hats did a great job with it, apparently writing it as a protest song against clubs which banned pogo dancing. There was nothing inherently dangerous about pogo dancing but I've never been to a club where pogo dancing didn't turn into slam dancing and THAT is what really bothered club management because slam dancing was pretty damn violent (if a lot of fun). The video for Safety Dance is just classic goofiness. It's a Ren-Fest jerkoff of ridiculousness and that's as it should be. Punk and absurdity are good fuck buddies. The video was filmed outside Bath and the Morris Dancers are the real thing! How many Morris Dancers do you find in videos these days, hmmm?
     
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    Wow, someone else remembers "Captain Of Her Heart"! That was one of my favorite songs back then. :smile:

    Actually, I liked a lot of the synth stuff that a lot of people consider bad. :redface: I was VERY much into the punk/new wave/alternative thing though... yeah, and I said something along the lines of back then (early 90s too) alternative rock really WAS alternative! Then it got co-opted into mainstream corporate radio but they still called it alternative. True alternative rock still exists to this day though, but it is now called indie rock. (And not surprisingly, that's what I mostly listen to of new music! However, I lose indie cred because I like some really, really mainstream dance pop currently as well! What can I say? I don't want to be tied down to only being "allowed" to like one genre, and if there's something I like in a genre that most indie rock people seem to hate, I can't help it - I happen to like it!)

    I LOVE the Safety Dance!!! And yes, that's one of my favorite videos ever! :smile:
     
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    Grand Funk Railroad - Queen Bee
    Rush - Grace under pressure
    Sammy Hagger &#8211; I canned dive fifty-five
    Dio &#8211; Rainbows in the dark
    Ozzy &#8211; Momma I&#8217;m coming home
    I love eighties hard rock, IE RUSH
     
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    I share your lament. But so did Blondie and they have all the cred in the world. Still.

    Blondie began back in the mid-70s doing mostly punk and new wave songs. Had they stopped there, they'd still be influential. They didn't.

    Blondie had the first #1 rap song in the United States. Here was a NY punk band, a fixture at CBGB, and somehow they managed to pioneer a genre that would become as big as rock. But that was what they did. If you know Blondie at all, they were all over the musical map. Some of their very best songs are 60s-type Motown wall-of-sound girl band songs (Denis, Fan Mail), many are punk and new wave, and still others are even more surprising, ranging from torch (Faces) to Glenn Miller big band (Here's Looking At You), to disco (Heart Of Glass), to reggae (cover of The Tide Is High). They even covered Lerner & Loewe's Follow Me from the Broadway show, Camelot!

    Of all their diversions, the one that's most surprising is Here's Looking At You. I could have sworn Glenn Miller wrote it but he didn't, Chris and Debbie did. It's a fantastic big band number which showcases Debbie's phenomenal jazz singing ability which she later tapped when she fronted Jazz Passengers. Play it and see.

    Blondie's Autoamerican, which has many of these songs on it, debuted in 1980 and became one of the most influential albums of the decade despite the fact it wasn't well-received by critics who panned it for being all over the place.

    I love a lot of different styles of music and finally learned not to give a damn what anyone else thinks about it. Not everything I like is good, but I know what's good and what isn't. So does Blondie.

    Oh now this is a treat, Blondie covering Goldfinger.
     
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    FYI, that Take On Me link isn't the A-Ha version at all but it IS a great literal video. Whoever sings it has a four-octave voice and it's really well done.

    PS - Good choices with The Housemartins and China Crisis. My college roomie loved China Crisis.
     
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    Ooh, I'd forgotten "Take On Me"! The original A-Ha video is one of my all-time favorite music videos as well...

    And the Housemartins!!! My favorite Housemartins songs:
    YouTube - The Housemartins - Me And The Farmer

    YouTube - The Housemartins - Five Get Over Excited

    YouTube - THE HOUSEMARTINS-Happy Hour

    Love the Bronski Beat song! A rarity: dance music with meaningful lyrics! (I like fluff dance music too, though...)

    I really like Blondie too. The fact that they went all over the place musically makes me like them even better! :smile:

    I joke about losing "indie cred" currently because while I listen to bands like the Shins, Of Montreal, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Decemberists, New Pornographers, etc., I also listen to Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.
     
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