100 Hits: The Electric Eighties Box set
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Two Tribes - FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Wings Of A Dove - MADNESS
Why? - BRONSKI BEAT
Living On The Ceiling - BLANCMANGE
Walk Out The Winter (Extended Version) - AZTEC CAMERA
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - DREAM ACADEMY
Remembrance Day - B-MOVIE
Just Like Honey - JESUS & MARY CHAIN
The Game - ECHO & BUNNYMEN
Forever Young - ALPHAVILLE
Underpass - FOXX, John
For America - RED BOX
I Beg Your Pardon - KON KAN
Blue - FINE YOUN CANNIBALS
Broken Land - ADVENTURES
This Corrosion - SISTERS OF MERCY
Since Yesterday - STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE
Each & Every One - EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL
Bad Day - CARMEL
Close (To The Edit) - ART OF NOISE
Duel - PROPAGANDA
True Faith - NEW ORDER
Never Stop (Discotheque) - ECHO & BUNNYMEN
Big In Japan - ALPHAVILLE
What Is Love? - JONES, Howard
Safety Dance - MEN WITHOUT HATS
Blind Vision - BLANCMANGE
Life In A Northern Town - DREAM ACADEMY
April Skies - JESUS & MARY CHAIN
Imperial - PRIMAL SCREAM
Hit That Perfect Beat - BRONSKI BEAT
Radio Heart - RADIO HEART FEAT. GARY NUMAN
Cry Boy Cry - BLUE ZOO
Johnny Come Home - FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS
Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo) - RED BOX
Oblivious - AZTEC CAMERA
Don't Go - HOTHOUSE FLOWERS
Drowning In A Sea Of Love - ADVENTURES
Private Revolution - WORLD PARTY
Temptation - NEW ORDER
Gentle Tuesday - PRIMAL SCREAM
Some Candy Talking - JESUS & MARY CHAIN
Lips Like Sugar - ECHO & BUNNYMEN
Ship Of Fools - WORLD PARTY
Wrote For Luck - HAPPY MONDAYS
Nowhere Girl - B-MOVIE
Jolene - STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE
Love Is The Slug - WE'VE GO A FUZZBOX...
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It's a 6 CD compilation that focusses on the songs - in pop, rock and dance categories - that really matter to people, that really made a difference. Songs that weren't even necessarily hits - the emphasis is on quality. Well, having said that, there's a sprinkling of "cheese" there too - but very little, just enough to add "flavour".
All the discs are nearly or actually full to the brim, and there are a few extended/alternate mixes thrown in (e.g when "Two Tribes" appears it's not the standard-issue version, but one with no middle-eight and some dub-type fadeout/echo business at various points).
Great to see so many songs that seldom if ever get compiled, but are nevertheless engraved on the memories of a lot of people - Carmel's "Bad Day", Primal Scream's "Imperial", Then Jerico's "The Motive", both of Voice Of The Beehive's big hits, both of the Radio Heart & Gary Numan chart entries.
Personal faves include Echo & The Bunnymen's seldom-compiled "The Game", two B-Movie tracks (!), three Jesus & Mary Chain items, two Yes items (!), the Cars' oft-overlooked "Since You're Gone", the Dream Academy's version of "Please Please Please...", two from John Foxx...
And there are some oft-neglected gems at the cheesier end of the spectrum too: "I Can't Wait", "Self-Control", "Heartache Avenue"...two of the three Red Box hits (pity they couldn't make it a hat trick), and a Strawberry Switchblade track which isn't "Since Yestarday" (hurrah! It's "Jolene" - would've been even better if they'd thrown in "Sunday Morning" as well, or the original version of "Tress...", maybe next time)
In fact the only criticisms I have are the token megahits - e.g: do we need another copy of "Blue Monday" or "True Faith", how about a less overexposed NO number? And why include the repetitive extended version of "Walk Out To Winter" (Aztec Camera) instead of the extended with-extra-verses version of "This Corrosion" (Sisters of Mercy)? And these are minor blemishes on a terrific compilation, one which actually serves a purpose.
Some of the acts hardly fit the 'Electric and Alternative' tag (Bananarama, Modern Romance, Chaka Khan, to name but three) but there are some class tunes in here from likes of The Bunnymen, Blancmange & The Adventures. The aforementioned acts appear at least twice and I quite like that although you would have thought it possible to select 100 separate artists to represent the whole decade.
Ideal for an 80's night and I'm certainly going to check out the others in the 100 Hits series.
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