25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This CD release is a good compilation of 80s tracks. But there are thousands of them out there. There is nothing new here. But worst of all the title is "Alternative 80s". Why?
The tracks are not alternative to the mainstream pop of the 80s becuase in fact they ARE the mainstream of pop tracks of the 80s. And they are the actual single tracks that made up the mainstream of pop of the 80s. They are not even alternative mixes or versions.
The title is misleading but it is a good 80s compilation. But whats new?
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2011
I am in complete agreement with the other reviewers. What is so alternative about this collection? The thing is, I am not totally surprised. the Electronic 80's Anthems have equally curious songs that come under the 'electronic' banner. It appears that anything goes, and if the band uses synthesizers then it somehow qualifies them as being 'electronic'. I mean, Human League, Ultravox, Visage etc..yes, certainly! But Simple Minds, Billy Idol and Blondie, as great as they are, do not in my reckoning qualify as 'electronic'.
On this collection, maybe they are talking about alternative as a music genre, but what does that actually mean? It was supposed to be a type of alternative rock that originated from punk according to wikipedia. On the likes of iTunes it appears to apply to anything that's not pop, rock or R&B!(Loosely!) The eighties, however, were alternative by their very nature. The richness of the charts was that it was packed full of rock, pop, metal, rap, hip-hop, ska, reggae, synth-pop, electro, mod, rock 'n' roll, soul, new romantic...I could go on. This is where this collection doesn't make sense, as many of the hits on this album were mainstream hits, and the musical style was not necessarily 'alternative' as a genre. You could call Simple Minds' 'Theme for Great Cities' alternative, but I'm not sure I would refer to Duran Duran as alternative? Hmm...confusing...
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2013
bought this back in july.great cd but can only give it 3 stars as it contains 2 copies of disc 2 and 1 copy of disc 1.only just found out as moved house and didnt bother checking.lol.would still use zoverstocks as i think 1st prob ive had.