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3.0 out of 5 stars This is what the '80s charts were actually like, 9 April 2011
This review is from: 100 Hits: 80s Rewind (Audio CD)
Much less tasteful than the "Electric Eighties" album in the same series, with plenty of cheese added to the recipe - this compilation can however be recommended as an accurate portrayal of the 1980s singles charts.

Whilst "quality music" - ranging from the Jesus & Mary Chain to Martin Stephenson to Gillan to 808 State - was creeping into the Top 40 (or Top 60); the top end of the listing often seemed to be dominated by fad-chasing throwaway pop (Modern Romance), shallow dance-pop (Taffy), middle of the road (Elaine Paige), novelties (Chas & Dave) and not-too-talented veterans of the last decade (Leo Sayer).

So, this set is an opportunity to scoop up a few genuine classics you might have missed - and a lot of "guilty pleasures" that hit the nostalgia button whether you want them to or not...and some things you can't even be bothered to play once.

Fortunately, a lot of thought has been put into the sequencing and track selection. As with the "electric" album, every disc is full to the brim. There are a few nice curios that just scraped into the charts (remember Jesse Rae? or the Screaming Blue Messiahs?) and a few not-so-obvious choices, in both the period-piece (Toyah, Strawberry Switchblade) and serious (Billy Bragg, Echo & The Bunnymen) categories.

And, once again, a few alternative versions have been snuck in - we might expect non-standard mixes/edits from Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Art Of Noise (ZTT remixed all their artists to death!), but we didn't expect an alternate take of Blancmanghe's Abba cover (different vocal, extra trumpet) and even an extended mix of "Candy Girl" (why, I'll never know?!)
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2013 20:09:36 GMT
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Mr. Mc Perry says:
Jesus+mary chain did have some hit's higher then top 40[of what you said] but in top 20 and top 10,and also they had hit albums as well which is just as important!Other good guitar bands from the 80's that were big were The smiths,Big Country,U2,Echo+the bunnymen,Aerosmith,Def leppard,Guns N Roes,etc
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