Thursday, December 07, 2017

MA-89 - It Extruded from the 1980s



            Here’s another compilation of some of my favorite songs from that wacky-n-wonderful musical time, the 1980s, when MTV and my children were conceived.  Here’s the tracklist:

01. I Need That Record - The Tweeds (3:20)  1980
02. Chinese I's (Here Come the Minutemen) - Venetians (3:49)  1983
03. Vaguely Human - Flesh for Lulu (3:25)  1985
04. Forever Young - Alphaville (3:47)  1984
05. Equal/Equality - The Parachute Club (5:02)  1984
06. Cathode Mamma - Krisma (3:15)  1980
07. Flatland - November Group (2:49)  1982
08. Room That Echoes - Peking Man (3:51)  1986
09. Person to Person - The Signals (2:44)  1984
10. 1,000 Gene Autrys - Scattered Order (4:36)  1985
11. Study Up! - Mechanical Servants (3:42)  1980
12. Kids In America - Kim Wilde (3:29)  1981
13. There Was a Time - One to One (3:19)  1986
14. I Don't Wanna Die - The 4-Skins (3:13)  1982
15. Pac-Man Fever - Buckner and Garcia (3:55)  1981
16. Time to Get Up - Los Microwaves (3:04)  1981
17. You Pull Me Down - The Stabilizers (4:04)  1986
18. Cry Boy Cry - Blue Zoo (4:23)  1982
19. Did You Ever - The Cichlids (2:18)  1980
20. Don't Call Me Baby - Voice of the Beehive (3:07)  1988
21. All the Time in the World - The Crooks (3:03)  1980
22. C·30 C·60 C·90 Go! - Bow Wow Wow (3:03)  1980

So many wonderful songs ...
Track 3 ... Don’t wake up that thing in the room, it’s only ... vaguely .. human ...
Track 5 ... Another anthem for the world which should be.  I wanna live equal and equally!
Track 13 ... Something in the progression, or singer’s voice, something is so moving, to this nostalgic cat.
Track 15 ... of course, this was notorious and inescapable ... but so catchy and sort-of witty, like the best cash-ins.
Track 16 ... My favorite part is in the fadeout ... “If you wanted me to get up, why did you let me go to sleep?”
Track 22 ... The debut single from Bow Wow Wow.  Its subject: the scandal of home taping.  It was released in July, 1980, as the world’s first cassette single.  According to one blog post, “The B-Side of the single was blank, presumably so the fan who bought it could tape any other song they wanted onto it. Their label EMI weren’t too pleased about the song’s subject matter.”  It’s kind of surprising that, given the controversy it stirred at the time, this song has only been sampled once, according to Who Sampled Who, in 2009 by White Rabbits.  Another reminiscence about this song may be found here.

            Well, that’s it for this week, kiddies.  See you back here next Thursday, for another instalment in this Yuletide season of compilation-sharing!
    


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