- Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
I grew up in the 80s. You should have seen the clothes that were in fashion back then. The photos I could show you of my ghastly outfits and side ponytails...had I not ripped said photos into tiny little pieces and flushed them down the toilet. (Much to my mother's disgust). I vaguely remember that in one of them I had on three different shades of pink (yes, really, a light pink shirt that was a different shade again from the pink skirt with side split that was a different shade again from the horridly bright pink shoes) and a yellow jacket. With shoulder pads. With Shoulder Pads. Let me say that again: WITH SHOULDER PADS. Why didn't somebody stop me? My bad clothes sense aside, as far as music goes it was a magical, magical time. For me, anyway. Pop, electronica, house (oh how I adored UK house music - does anybody remember Adeva?), new wave, big hair bands, Brother Beyond and Bros *sigh* Oh, Bros! (I still have them on vinyl somewhere or other and every now and again I would drag out the albums and marvel at how young they were, and how dumb and stupid I was. Good times!). It felt like that decade had it all. My week has been crazy for meetings so any chance I've had to be at my desk has seen me unwind by listening to all of the CDs that make up today's list and, thankfully, when I've had pop up to my eyeballs I've been able to shove in something with a little more makeup and edge (like Alice Cooper and Poison and Billy Idol) and re-live good times. (Yes, even with shoulder pads they were good times). If you have a hankering for 80s music, or have friends born in the 90s like I do (seriously, how did I end up knowing people born in the 90s?) who don't understand what the fuss is about (one of them always says to me, "I don't get the 80s" which makes me want to cry) then maybe try these on for size.
Simply the best electro pop [compact disc]
CD1: Shy boy (Bananarama) -- Poison arrow (ABC) -- Bad boys (Wham) -- Smalltown boy (Bronski Beat) -- You spin me round (like a record) (Dead or Alive) -- The riddle (Nik Kershaw) -- I ran (A Flock of Seagulls) -- IOU (Freeze) -- Cars (Gary Numan) -- Living on the ceiling (Blancmange) -- Sierra Leone (Coconut Rough) -- True faith (94) (New Order) -- Forever young (Alphaville) -- Tainted love (Soft Cell) -- Feels like heaven (Fistion Factory) -- It's my life (Talk Talk) -- Fade to grey (Visage)
CD2: Video killed the radio star (The Buggles) -- Communication (Spandau Ballet) -- Take on me (A-ha) -- Don't leave me this way (Communards) -- Ashes to ashes (David Bowie) -- Temptation (Heaven 17) -- Girls on film (Duran Duran) -- Life in one day (Howard Jones) -- Sweet dreams (are made of this) (Eurythmics) -- Black Man Ray (China Crisis) -- If you leave (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) -- I could be happy (Altered Images) -- Major Tom (Peter Schilling) -- Mirror mirror (Dollar) -- Glittering prize (Simple Minds) -- I'm only shooting love (Time Bandits) -- Nobody's diary (Yazoo)
Simply the best 80's rock ballads [compact disc]
Disc 1: Every Rose Has Its Thorn -- More Than Words -- Sister Christian -- When I See You Smile -- (Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection -- Ballad Of Jayne -- Song 27 -- Alice Cooper - Only Women Bleed -- Silent Lucidity -- The Flame -- When The Children Cry -- High Enough -- Love Is On The Way -- Carrie -- Oh Sherrie -- Rough Boy. disc 2: I Remember You - - Cat's In The Cradle -- Easy -- To Be With You -- Nobody's Fool -- - Wind Of Change -- I'll Never Let You Go -- Love Song -- Alone Again -- House Of Pain -- Miles Away -- Don't Close Your Eyes -- Fly To The Angels -- More Than Words Can Say -- Keep On Loving You -- The Price -- You Don't Need Me.
Anthems: Electronic 80s [compact disc]
CD1: Vienna (Ultravox) -- Cars (Gary Numan) -- Tainted love / Where did our love go (Soft Cell) -- Fade to grey (Visage) -- Don't go (Yazoo) -- Enola Gay (Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark) -- Love will tear us apart (Joy Division) -- Quiet life (Japan) -- Planet Earth (Duran Duran) -- Being boiled (The Human League) -- Penthouse and pavement (Heaven 17) -- Promised you a miracle (Simple Minds) -- Kids in America (Kim Wilde) -- Computer games (Mi Sex) -- Feels like Heaven (Fiction Factory) -- Close (The Art Of Noise) -- Pop muzik (M) -- You'll always find me in the kitchen at parties (Jonah Lewis) -- Are friends electric (Gary Numan / Tubeway Army) -- Maid of Orleans (Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark)
CD2: Love action (I believe in love) (The Human League) -- Temptation (Heaven 17) -- To cut a long story short (Spandau Ballet) -- Send me an angel (Reel Life) -- Absolute (Scritti Politti) -- Living on the ceiling (Blancmange) -- Wishing (if I had a photograph of you) (A Flock of Seagulls) -- Black man Ray (China Crisis) -- Hyperactive (Thomas Dolby) -- It's my life (Talk Talk) -- New gold dream (Simple Minds) -- Listening (Pseudo Echo) -- Kiss me (Stephen Duffy) -- We close our eyes (Go West) -- Too shy (Kajagoogoo) -- Brilliant mind (Furniture) -- Imagination (Belouis Some) -- Driving away from home (It's Immaterial) -- Moments in love (Art of Noise) CD3: Mad world (Tears for Fears) -- West End girls (Pet Shop Boys) -- Blue Monday (New Order) -- The Reflex (Duran Duran) -- Smalltown boy (Bronski Beat) -- Situation (Yazoo) -- Sometimes (Erasure) -- Fashion (David Bowie) -- Rapture (Blondie) -- Together in electric dreams (Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder) -- Shattered dreams (Johnny Hates Jazz) -- French kissin' in the USA (Debbie Harry) -- Is it a dream (Classix Nouveaux) -- Love (Sigue Sigue Sputnik) -- Whip it (Devo) -- Underpass (John Foxx) -- Beat the clock (Sparks) -- Duel (Propaganda) -- 19 (Paul Hardcastle) -- Pump up the volume (M/A/R/R/S)
Eighties chart toppers. Volume 1 [compact disc]
It started with a kiss / Hot Chocolate -- Kids in America / Kim Wilde -- Tired of toein' the line / Tocky Burnette -- Sexy eyes / Dr Hook -- 9 to 5 (Morning train) / Sheena Easton -- Crying / Don McLean -- The Beach Boys medley: Good vibrations; Help me Rhonda; I get around; Shut down; Surfin' safari; Barbara Ann; Surfin' USA; Fun fun fun -- Total control / The Motels -- This ole house / Shakin' Stevens -- She's in love with you / Suzi Quatro -- Let's go all the way / Sly Fox -- Bette Davis eyes / Kimm Carnes -- Holliedaze (a medley): Just one look; Here I go again; I'm alive; Long cool woman in a black dress; Bus stop; Carrie Anne / The Hollies -- The night owls / Little River Band -- Waiting for a girl like you / Foreigner -- I could be so good for you / Dennis Waterman.
Simply the best 80's rock ballads. 2 [compact disc]
CD1: Friends will be friends (Queen) -- When the war is over (Cold Chisel) -- 18 and life (Skid Row) -- Here I go again (Whitesnake) -- Can't fight this feeling (REO Speedwagon) -- Headed for a heartbreak (Winger) -- Only my heart talkin' (Alice Cooper) -- Stone cold (Rainbow) -- When I'm with you (Sheriff) -- Drive (The Cars) -- Empty rooms (Gary Moore) -- Walk away (Dokken) -- Wanted man (Ratt) -- Broken wings (Mr. Mister) -- Don't wanna let you go (Quiet Riot) -- Spend my life (Slaughter) -- Edie (ciao Baby) (The Cult)
CD2: Waiting for a girl like you (Foreigner) -- Eyes without a face (Billy Idol) -- Shandi (Kiss) -- Fly high michelle (Enuff Z'nuff) -- Nobody's gonna stop us now (Starship) -- Had enough (Mr Big) -- Open arms (Journey) -- Send me an angel (Scorpions) -- Owner of a lonely heart (Yes) -- Farewell to you (White Lion) -- Love of a lifetime (Firehouse) -- Just between you and me (April Wine) -- Feel it again (Honeymoon Suite) -- Low life in high places (Thunder) -- Coming home (Cinderella) -- I could have been a dreamer (Dio) -- Something to believe in (Poison).