April 26, 2004

The 80's Strike Cactus

This weekend I got a little nostalgic. I surfed the net, my computer and grabbed a few CDs from my music room downstairs and threw together a CD that took me back, oh, about 20 years. Curious? See what these titles do for you...


Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
The Bangles - Eternal Flame
Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor
Big Country - In A Big Country
The Hooters - All You Zombies
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Around (Like A Record)
OMD - If You Leave
Depeche Mode - People Are People
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
Power Station - Some Like It Hot
Hall & Oates - Private Eyes
Simple Minds - Don't Forget About Me
Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame
Huey Lewis - The Power Of Love
Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Men At Work - Land Down Under
Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
Don Henley - Sunset Grill

Okay, okay...some of these are pure crap. I'll admit that! But each one holds a memory and I value them for that.

In one other piece of music-related news, a big thanks to Anne for the tip about Gary Jules. Never heard of the guy? You will. He's most recognizable now for his cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" from the movie Donnie Darko.

Posted by Chris at April 26, 2004 07:54 PM
Comments

Not a one of these is crap!! Personally, I love the 80s! Sure, on the surface, that decade seems to be a vast wasteland of music but you can find treasures - and you did! Good deal!

Posted by: Empress at April 26, 2004 08:12 PM

That CD? Sounds awesome! I am so very jealous that a) I don't have one and b) if I did make one, it wouldn't be anywhere near as good as yours. I bow down to the king.

Posted by: Dawnie at April 26, 2004 08:15 PM

Great idea! I encourage further mix-cd playlist sharing.

Posted by: feisty girl at April 26, 2004 08:17 PM

Ah, I'm thrown back in tme to the the peak of my angsty teens!

I swear I must have had a compilation cassette("Now 16", or something similar)as that list is incredibly familiar.

Posted by: Fi at April 26, 2004 09:01 PM

my motto: it's a good mix if it's got depeche mode. hehe.

Posted by: tj at April 26, 2004 09:15 PM

Crap? No way! 80's gold! =) I have a mix cd I made recently (pure nostalgia), that has about 3/4 of those songs. You Spin Me Round is still one of my favorite songs to dance to (although all time fave would have to be Depeche Mode's "Just Can' Get Enough"). Pathetic, I know. I'm planning on having a dj at my 30th birthday (in about a month and a half), and the request will be 75% 80s.

Posted by: Kelly at April 26, 2004 09:22 PM

The cover of that song is wonderful...different than the feelings you get from the TFF version, but both are great!

And, another tip for ya! Check out http://www.artofthemix.com ... I LOVE that site. Sometimes, when I can't think of other songs to put on a mix (or I'm looking for new music), I punch in a song I'm liking lately, and it pulls up all mixes that people have made that include that song (or artist, really).

Go submit your mix!

Posted by: Anne at April 26, 2004 09:55 PM

I'm so with you on so many of those songs. My only recommendation would have been to change Don Henley's pick to "Boys of Summer". That song GETS ME EVERYTIME.

Posted by: Lauren Brady at April 26, 2004 10:20 PM

I have some great 80's mixes. I also feel that any mix with Depeche Mode is a good mix unless it is entirely Depeche Mode in the mix.

Posted by: Goodsnake at April 27, 2004 12:06 AM

You will not hear me speak against one song on here. After all, I did just buy Billy Ocean's Greatest Hits. And my very first concert? Hall & Oates (I was 9ish).

Posted by: Diana at April 27, 2004 08:53 AM

Here is a mix I made about two weeks ago... this should bring back memories.

Cuts You Up - Peter Murphy
Sunrise - Duran Duran
Sweetest Goodbye - Maroon 5
Save A Prayer - Duran Duran
Cry Me A River - Diana Krall
Too Funky - George Michael
Hey Mama - Black Eyed Peas
Sign Your Name - Terence Trent Darby
World In My Eyes - Depeche Mode
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Lets Get It On -
Remedy - Black Crowes
Wishing Well - Terence Trent Darby
Need You Tonight - INXS
Just Like Heaven - The Cure

Posted by: goodsnake at April 27, 2004 09:41 AM

Oh pleeease make me a copy of that CD, Chris. I've been singing a bunch of these songs ever since the Heartbreaking Weekend of Unbearable Suckage when I watched the entire decade of VH1's I Love the 80s and The Breakfast Club like, four times on AMC.

Posted by: amalah at April 27, 2004 09:57 AM

Hey, you wanna do a CD Swap? "The 80's Neo-Romantic Equation"... I think I still have some of these on vinyl.

Posted by: amber at April 27, 2004 10:04 AM

They've been playing the "Mad World" on the cable audio music channel a lot lately. I love that song.

And your mix CD? Sounds a lot like the one that's currently in the car CD player.

Posted by: Lisa at April 27, 2004 07:26 PM

Dude...I mean Rude...we would have gotten along just fine back in the 80s.

I owned 13 of those albums back then.

I probably would have added something from The Alarm and also Tarzan Boy by Baltimora (sp?) and probably some Bryan Adams too.

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