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Boldly going forward, still can't find reverse
on 12 September 2013
I am a self-confessed 80s compilation addict, someone who literally cannot resist any collection of music from that decade, regardless of cost, quality or the fact that I've probably already got each and every track already a dozen times on collections that have managed to seduce me previously. I was trying to reform, really I was. And I was doing well, too. Until I saw this particular collection.
As soon as I saw 'Robert De Niro's Waiting', I knew I was in deep trouble. I managed to deploy a bit of logic, pointing out to myself that I did in fact already own that track, as well as most of the other ones on here, courtesy of all my other impulse purchases but it really didn't make any difference by that stage - I simply couldn't leave Siobhan, Keren and Sara behind.
Realising how weak-willed I then appeared to be, I quickly set about justifying this purchase to any bits of me that were still listening. It's true, the majority of this selection consists of the usual 80s compilation suspects. But there is more to this particular one than meets the eye, as the absence of '99 Red Balloons' and 'Down Under' can surely testify. Nena's 99 balloons seem to appear on 99 per cent of all 80s collections - to find one that has managed to somehow shake her off is a noteworthy event in itself.
As soon as I saw 'Star Trekkin' by The Firm waving enticingly at me from the depths of CD3, I knew I had the justification that I needed; what a cracking song that is! Alas, I do think The Goombay Dance Band stick out here like a musical sore thumb, but maybe that's because I associate their song with 'Cheggars Choice - The Worst Album On The Planet'. Which I also paid good money for, now I come to think of it.
The sound quality of this 3 disc set is excellent and the songs are, for the most part, ones that most people would identify as being popular examples of music from that era. They are presented in a nice order, and do the decade proud. The word 'Anthems' in the description means very little I think, since all sorts of fancy words tend to be used for these collections, in order to differentiate each selection of music from the next. Which, given the presence of Nena's 99 balloons on 99 per cent of them, seems like a very good idea to me.