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Vol. 1-80's Greatest Hits Import

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Disc: 1

  1. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
  2. Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes
  3. Talk Talk (Remix) - Talk Talk
  4. Kids In America - Kim Wilde
  5. Turning Japanese - The Vapors
  6. The Politics Of Dancing - Re-Flex
  7. 19 - Paul Hardcastle
  8. Homicide - 999
  9. Romanticide - Combo Audio
  10. Guilty - Classix Nouveaux
  11. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) - The Stranglers
  12. 2-4-6-8 Motorway - Tom Robinson Band
  13. C30, C60, C90, Go - Bow Wow Wow
  14. (She's) Sexy + 17 - Stray Cats
  15. She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
  16. Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) - Spandau Ballet
  17. I Eat Cannibals (Part One) - Total Coelo
  18. Shiny Shiny - Haysi Fantayzee

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 reviews
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Compilation of the 80's 28 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am very glad I got this volume as well as No. 2, 3 and 4. I wonder what happened with No. 5 and 6 to complete my set.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection of hits that aren't run of the mill! 30 Nov. 2005
By Get What We Give - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Living In Oblivion series of CD compilations does something that many similar compilations do NOT do: they give us some great variety of "hits".

There is no doubt that "Mickey" by Toni Basil was a huge hit. There's also no doubt that "Our Lips are Sealed" was a break out hit for the Go Go's, but the Funboy Three version wasn't. But what about "Living in a Box"? It only hit the Billboard top 100 at #89 in 1987. So why is it here? Why are a large number of these songs? They're not top 10 hits, right?


I'm sick to death of so many compilations relying on top 40 hits from the 80's. The U.S. music tastes are typically very different from those of Europe. Just because a song doesn't make the U.S. Billboard top 40 doesn't mean that it isn't a hit in other countries. And although I'm an American, my music tastes have always run more in line with those of Europe.

I'm delighted that the Living in Oblivion series (and the Pop and Wave series) have incorporated a variety of hits from the U.S. and Europe.

I also like that some of the more obscure groups and their songs are available on these compilations. There are several songs on these albums that never were released on CD (as they hadn't come into being at the time of the groups' albums initial releases), so albums such as these are the only place where you can find these hits. The Boys Don't Cry song "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" hit the Billboard charts at #12 in 1986, but the group disappeared soon thereafter. Then all of a sudden a dance version of that same song came out in the early 2000's and rocketed up the dance charts.

Don't be misled, the Living in Oblivion series is one of the absolutely best series for a variety of music from the 80's. If you want to hear run of the mill, top 40 only hits from the 80's, well, then you'll just have to look elsewhere.

Also, the liner notes and pictures of the groups included in the jewel box are really clever. You get to find out what the chart position was for the songs in the compilation and see what the groups looked like at the time of the song's release. My only issue with these liner notes is that the author of them seems to be disparaging the very music which these albums are espousing. Apparently many believe that the music from the 80's was vacuous and devoid of emotion. One need only listen to the song "The Promise" by the group "When in Rome" (Living in Oblivion Volume 5) to know that such a statement is false. While that group only had this one hit and then faded into obscurity, "The Promise" made the Billboard Top 100 at #11 and the Billboard Dance Chart at #1.

Anyway... I can't recommend this album and its entire series any more! It's simply awesome! Before believing those who would disparage this series of albums, please check the Billboard charts and you'll see that these songs were in fact hits.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Cool One-Hit Wonders for the Aging Hipster! 1 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Remember the good old days when vinyl was something you listened to instead of something you wore, and cd's were things your father invested? Remember how you used to stay up late to watch "London Calling" on MTV - and when MTV actually showed music videos???????
Dust off those Vans, get out those Girbauds and spike what's left of your hair real high 'cause from start to finish this cd is one of the most comprehensive compiliations of those one-hit wonders we loved so much.
The usual suspects are all here: Kajagoogoo, Naked Eyes, Kim Wilde, et al...but we also get "The Politics of Dancing" by Re-Flex, "I Eat Cannibals" by Total Coelo and "Shiny Shiny" by Haysi Fantayzee.
Trust me. Put this on, invite your own personal Brat Pack over and you'll have a John Hughes film just waiting to happen. Oh - and get volumes 2,3,4 and 5 while you're at it 'cause 'things can only get better'!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oblivion from the Obvious to the Obscure 8 Sept. 2004
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Living in Oblivion series is the way compilations should be made. It offers a wide variety of music from the very well-known to bands I've never heard of. The booklet includes a brief, interesting history of the tracks and there are photos of EVERY band on the track list. Even for some of the more famous bands like Bow Wow Wow and Spandau Ballet, the LIO people did not choose the obvious songs like "I Want Candy," or "True" that we've all heard tons of times on the raido, but chose other hits we may have forgotten about or never heard. The LIO series is an excellent way to catch up with some 1980s favorites while also discovering stuff you missed.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obviously I had on a different radio station in the 80's 18 Feb. 2001
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had my car radio on for most of the 80's, but the only tracks in this collection I remember getting serious airplay was "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors, "Kids in America" by Kim Wilde, and Naked Eyes' cover of "Always Something There to Remind Me." The last of these always struck me as an attempt to jump on the Phil Collins white guy covering soul hits bandwagon. The "Living in Oblivion" title is certainly appropriate: most of these songs could be as new to you as they were to me. There are no buried gems here, but there are several decent tracks: "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo, "Talk Talk" by Talk Talk certainly rise about the second-level techno songs that dominate the album. How much you enjoy this album is simply going to be a question of how well it matches up with what you remember listening to in those golden days of yesteryear. Check out the list of tracks: If you find six or more songs you remember fondly, then by all means, pick this puppy up.
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