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post #1 of 42
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The albums have their threads so I figured why not let the songs of the 80's have their own. 

 

In order of artist because ranking 1-10 is impossible:

 

Tunnel of Love- Bruce Springsteen

Modern Love- David Bowie

The Boys of Summer- Don Henley

I Ran (So Far Away)- A Flock of Seagulls

Feel It Again- Honeymoon Suite

Midnight Blue- Lou Gramm

Broken Wings- Mr.Mister

Let the Music Play- Shannon

Love on a Real Train- Tangerine Dream

The Promise- When in Rome

post #2 of 42

10. (I Ran) So Far Away - Flock of Seagulls

9. The Cure - Pictures of You

8. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

7. Depeche Mode - Shake the Disease

6. Human League - Keep Feeling (Fascination)

5. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Kiss Them For Me

4. The Cars - It's All I Can Do

3. Echo and the Bunnymen - Seven Seas

2. The Icicle Works - (Birds Fly) Whisper to a Scream

1. Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure

 

...Yep, I think that does it. I can't even begin to rank them, but those are the ones that I return to most often.

post #3 of 42

As always, these are off the top of my head and in no particular order:

 

 

Answering Machine - The Replacements
Time - Tom Waits
Master of Puppets - Metallica
The Prisoner - Iron Maiden
Man out of Time - Elvis Costello
I Got You - Split Enz
Fool's Gold  - Stone Roses
Wardance - Killing Joke
Under Pressure - Queen/Bowie
King of Pain - The Police
post #4 of 42

Little Guitars - Van Halen

Too Fast For Love - Motley Crue

Princes of the Universe - Queen

View to a Kill - Duran Duran

What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello

Purple Rain - Prince

Hallowed By Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Falling Apart at the Steams - Cinderella

Cold Blood - Kix

Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

post #5 of 42

Hmm, I need to mull this over. My only question is that since "Born in the USA" was WRITTEN in the 80s, can I retroactively include Bruce's current acoustic interpretation? No? Dammit. 

 

First swing: 

 

"Billie Jean" Michael Jackson - obvious? Maybe, but MJ wasn't just an artist, he was a FUCKING FORCE OF NATURE when Thriller hit. Probably the best song on that album (though I think Thriller as a piece of music is really a superbly put-together whole, MJ's best individual songs were on other albums....but that's neither here nor there). 

 

 

"Debaser" The Pixies - kinda set the "loudQUIETloud" template that many indies bands followed; kicks off what is for my money The Pixies' best album

 

"Jockey Full of Bourbon" Tom Waits - IMO probably one of those definitive Tom Waits songs that is recognizable as his, even when it's being covered by someone else

 

"Radio Free Europe" REM - again, one of those seminal songs that still holds up that helped kick-start the indie rock music, which burbled under throughout the 80s before exploding in the 90s

 

"The Winner Takes It All" ABBA - possibly their final "great" song (though their final album, The Visitors is not a bad album by any stretch), it gains emotional resonance by using the divorce of two of the members as fodder for a heartbreaking hit song; a lot of times the English lyrics come across as a bit clunky, but IMO that just kinda gives the songs a sense of naivete (even though they're are meticulously calculated and arranged Europop)

 

"Copperhead Road" Steve Earle - best song to come out of Earle's "power twang" (his term) phase, blend of country rock, trad Irish, and heavy metal, and eminently catchy; starts/continues Earle's themes of life among the downtrodden and the broken promises of Reagan's America

 

"Guitars Cadillacs" Dwight Yoakam - can you go wrong with the mission statement of Johnny Cash's favorite country singer? (rhetorical question - no, you can not)

 

"Evil Has No Boundaries" Slayer - launched a thousand upside down cross-wearing, pentagram-tattoed, long-haired juvenile delinquents down the pathway towards extreme metal

 

"Just Can't Get Enough" Depeche Mode - yeah, I'd love to put Kraftwerk on here, but their best work was in the 70s; as it is, DM were arguably the band that really broke synth-pop to the masses, and also gives me cause to quote one of my all-time favorite reviews of any piece of music - "Depeche Mode, 'Just Can't Get Enough' - I did. You will." 

 

"Cum on Feel the Noize" Quiet Riot - so yeah, big, out-of-nowhere cover by a journeyman hard rock band hits it big, why is this song on here? Because it set the stage for the good-time, party metal that DOMINATED the 80s. Not necessarily good in and of itself (unlike, say, "Smells Like Teen Spirit") but notable as a flashpoint for a huge movement. 

 

 

EDIT - "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen - yeah, totally had to redact the post to get this in there. Grievous omission of maybe the best popular song ever (this includes all the Great American Songbook Berlin/Porter/etc stuff)

post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by nagboy92 View Post

The albums have their threads so I figured why not let the songs of the 80's have their own. 

 

In order of artist because ranking 1-10 is impossible:

 

The Boys of Summer- Don Henley

I Ran (So Far Away)- A Flock of Seagulls

Feel It Again- Honeymoon Suite

Midnight Blue- Lou Gramm

Broken Wings- Mr.Mister

The Promise- When in Rome

 

 

Man, these are all just great pop songs. Not sure about "The Promise" - not that it ISN'T an 80s song, but to me it seems almost retroactive, in that it was a reasonable hit, but I think most people (notably, me) really hadn't heard it until the end of Napoleon Dynamite. Kinda like how "Hallelujah" (EVERYONE FORGOT THAT ONE! WE ALL SUCK!) was released in 1984, but just seems more like a late 90s song because that's when it became huge. 

 

 

(of course, this is all dependent on one's definition of Top Ten - when I think "top ten" I think great AND important pieces of music in their time; others may have different definitions)

post #7 of 42

What am I doing? Narrowing a decade down to 10 songs impossible crazy I don't even

post #8 of 42

I'll give it a shot.

 

1.  Saga: ON THE LOOSE

2.  Tears for Fears: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

3.  The Cult: SHE SELLS SANCTUARY

4.  Yes: OWNER OF A LONELY HEART

5.  Queen: HAMMER TO FALL

6.  David Bowie: CHINA GIRL

7.  Blue Oyster Cult: MONSTERS

8.  Van Halen: PANAMA

9.  Iron Maiden: HALLOWED BE THY NAME

10.  Black Sabbath: NEON KNIGHTS

 

Gah, hard to narrow this down to 10.  The only one I'm completely committed to is ON THE LOOSE in the #1 spot.

post #9 of 42

10. "Stand And Deliver" - Adam & The Ants

9. "Breaking Us in Two" - Joe Jackson

8. "Don't Change" - INXS

7. "Something I Can Never Have" - Nine Inch Nails

6. "Jungle Love" - Morris Day & the Time

5. "Modern Love" - David Bowie

4. "Ace of Spades" - Motorhead

3. "Can't Hardly Wait" - The Replacements

2. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" - Prince

1. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Joy Division

post #10 of 42

A nigh-impossible feat. Here we go anyway:

25. "The Captain Of Her Heart" - Double
24. "Fascination Street" - The Cure
23. "Temptation" - Heaven 17
22. "Magic" - Olivia Newton John
21. "To Hell With Poverty" - Gang Of Four
20. "The Sheltering Sky" - King Crimson
19. "This Must Be The Place" - Talking Heads
18. "Love My Way" - Psychedelic Furs
17. "Time" - Culture Club
16. "Need You Tonight/Mediate" - INXS
15. "Spellbound" - Siouxsie & The Banshees
14. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" - U2
13. "Life's What You Make It" - Talk Talk
12. "Avalon" - Roxy Music
11. "The Sensual World"/"Delius" (toss-up) - Kate Bush
10. "Let's Dance" - David Bowie

9. "Hang On Now" - Kajagoogoo

8. "Love Like Blood" - Killing Joke

7. "Rain" - The Cult

6. "Forbidden Colours" - David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto

5. "Fool's Gold" - The Stone Roses

4. "West End Girls" - Pet Shop Boys

3. "Private Life" - Grace Jones

2. "Kiss & Tell" - Bryan Ferry

1. "How Soon Is Now?" - The Smiths


Edited by Art Decade - 6/28/13 at 9:00pm
post #11 of 42

Ask me again tomorrow and this would probably be ten different songs...

 

(ordered by artist)

 

"The Sun Always Shines on TV" - A-ha -- When people ask me to describe what I love about 80s music, I tell them to cue this up to around 3:45 and let 'er rip.  Snyth-ed bliss.

 

"In a Big Country" - Big Country -- Guitars that sound like bagpipes.  Let me say that again:  GUITARS THAT SOUND LIKE BAGPIPES.

 

"Red Rain" - Peter Gabriel -- Just epic, with everything that's great about Gabriel in one package.

 

"Eyes Without a Face" - Billy Idol -- Idol was a big damn rock star in the 80s.  Elvis levels of charisma.  I'm serious.

 

"It's a Sin" - Pet Shop Boys -- Sheer soaring theatricality.  Glorious.

 

"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" - The Police -- I could do ten Police songs and be happy with that list.

 

"Cum On Feel the Noize" - Quiet Riot -- I won't cross this one off.  That guitar solo gets me every damn time.
 
"Subdivisions" - Rush -- Name me an 80s kid who couldn't related to this song.  Or the video.  And Neil Peart is a madman here.
 
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" - Tears for Fears -- Another one of those definitive 80s songs for me, from the synth chords to the soaring guitar.
 
"Where the Streets Have No Name" - U2 -- The pinnacle for them.  I honestly don't think they've done anything as good since.
post #12 of 42

Threads like this, I like to post blind and then go back and see what everyone else had.

 

Alphabetical by title:

 

Always the Sun- The Stranglers

Brothers In Arms- Dire Straits

Call Me For a Good Time- Julie Brown

Forever Young- Alphaville

Girl U Want- Devo

Holiday In Cambodia- Dead Kennedys

I Knew the Bride (When She Used To Rock 'n' Roll)- Nick Lowe

Man With a Gun- Jerry Harrison

Underground- Michael Bradley

When the Shit Hits the Fan- Circle Jerks

 

ETA: Interesting-- very little duplication! I should note that this list is mostly stuff I was actually listening to in the '80s. The exceptions are Call Me For a Good Time, which Brown recorded in the '80s but only released on a self-produced CD much later; and Underground, which was written for the ill-fated Robotech: The Movie project but discovered by me on a commemorative soundtrack album a couple of years ago. Both are superb examples of commercial synth-pop at its peak, and Underground has the added appeal of being about the threat of nuclear war. Now THAT'S '80s.


Edited by Hammerhead - 8/19/13 at 11:48pm
post #13 of 42
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Interesting-- very little duplication!

 

 

Well, if I could get a mindwipe, I could probably do 5 straight days of lists before coming up with one that looks like another. I mean, in my first list, I was shooting for great, important songs that I thought merited mention as the best of the 80s. If I did a list of "top ten 80s-as-a-genre songs" or "top ten songs I actually listened to in the 80s" they'd be just as legit but have very little in common with the other list. 

 

 

In one sense, it all depends on what criteria you're using. And then given that it's personal taste, in addition to it being SONGS, not albums it really opens things up. 

 

Almost all the choices here, I'm looking and going "yeah, good one, I can see that." 

post #14 of 42
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Dare Stan Bush

The Reflex Duran Duran

Atomic - Blondie

Who Wants To Live Forever - Queen


Take on Me - Aha

Land of Confusion - Genisis

Kayleigh - Marillion

Owner of a lonely heart - Yes

Alone - Heart


My love for 80s music is well known, So this is a right now rather than all time.
post #15 of 42
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Man With a Gun- Jerry Harrison

 

YES, great song that I didn't think anyone else had heard. 

post #16 of 42

It's employed perfectly on the soundtrack to Something Wild.


Edited by Hammerhead - 6/30/13 at 8:38am
post #17 of 42

That Jerry Harrison song is great. Can't believe I'm only hearing it for the first time now.

post #18 of 42
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It's employed perfectly on the soundtrack to Something Wild.

 

One of my favorite movies ever, great soundtrack as well. Love the Feelies version of Fame played at the reunion dance. 

post #19 of 42

WAIT.

 

My list is incomplete.  Invalid even.

 

It needs this at least five times.

 

post #20 of 42

Number 1 is hands down my number 1.  Everything else is in no order.

 

1. Shake Your Rump - Beastie Boys

2. Twist of Cain - Danzig

3. Bullet - Misfits

4. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy

5. Straight Out Of Compton - N.W.A.

6. Expressway to yr. Skull - Sonic Youth

7. Clockout - Devo

8. Angel of Death - Slayer

9. Stewart - Dead Milkmen

10. Margin Walker - Fugazi

 

Like everyone else said, I'm sure five minutes from now I will be like "Oh, this song", or "Oh, that song", i.e. Peter Piper by Run DMC.

post #21 of 42
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I'll give it a shot.

 

1.  Saga: ON THE LOOSE

2.  Tears for Fears: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

3.  The Cult: SHE SELLS SANCTUARY

4.  Yes: OWNER OF A LONELY HEART

5.  Queen: HAMMER TO FALL

6.  David Bowie: CHINA GIRL

7.  Blue Oyster Cult: MONSTERS

8.  Van Halen: PANAMA

9.  Iron Maiden: HALLOWED BE THY NAME

10.  Black Sabbath: NEON KNIGHTS

 

Gah, hard to narrow this down to 10.  The only one I'm completely committed to is ON THE LOOSE in the #1 spot.

 

Gotta add:

Rush:  SUBDIVISIONS and THE BIG MONEY

INXS: THE ONE THING

Judas Priest: FREEWHEEL BURNIN'

Stray Cats: ROCK THIS TOWN and STRAY CAT STRUT

Don Felder: HEAVY METAL (TAKE A RIDE)

post #22 of 42
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Originally Posted by nagboy92 View Post

The albums have their threads so I figured why not let the songs of the 80's have their own. 

 

In order of artist because ranking 1-10 is impossible:

 

Tunnel of Love- Bruce Springsteen

Modern Love- David Bowie

The Boys of Summer- Don Henley

I Ran (So Far Away)- A Flock of Seagulls

Feel It Again- Honeymoon Suite

Midnight Blue- Lou Gramm

Broken Wings- Mr.Mister

Let the Music Play- Shannon

Love on a Real Train- Tangerine Dream

The Promise- When in Rome

 

I'd add

 

Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns-Mother Love Bone

Rocket Queen-Guns N' Roses

Eighties-Killing Joke

Romeo Delight-Van Halen

Dancing with Myself-Billy Idol

post #23 of 42

The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

The Host Of Seraphim - Dead Can Dance

Space-Age Love Song - A Flock Of Seagulls

Life's What You Make It - Talk Talk

The Body Electric - Rush

Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

Shout - Tears For Fears

Where The Streets Have No Name - U2

King Of Pain - The Police

Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

 

My list is too pop.

post #24 of 42

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INXS: THE ONE THING


My God, I remember the exact moment I'd first heard this.

There were two songs in my youth that electrified me beyond repair. That made me STOP whatever I was doing and hold on for dear life. The first was INXS' "The One Thing". The other was "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

post #25 of 42
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My list is too pop.

 

 

It was the 80s, even heavy metal was pop then. 

post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by nagboy92 View Post

The albums have their threads so I figured why not let the songs of the 80's have their own. 

 

In order of artist because ranking 1-10 is impossible:

 

Tunnel of Love- Bruce Springsteen

Modern Love- David Bowie

The Boys of Summer- Don Henley

I Ran (So Far Away)- A Flock of Seagulls

Feel It Again- Honeymoon Suite

Midnight Blue- Lou Gramm

Broken Wings- Mr.Mister

Let the Music Play- Shannon

Love on a Real Train- Tangerine Dream

The Promise- When in Rome

 

 

I have some TREMENDOUS problems with this list. 

 

- A Flock of Seagulls should be first, because while in most cases I'd disqualify the use of "The" as part of the band's name, the use of "A" is rare enough, and key enough to AFoS name, that it should count

 

- solo artist should be alphabetized by first letter of last name, not first letter of first name

 

 

Aside from that, the songs are pretty much aces. 

post #27 of 42

Damn.... I'll edit to add more later, but making this list is killing me.  Too many songs for this musical thunderdome.

 

Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name

Bowie - Modern Love

Queensryche - Screaming in Digital

U2 - Bullet the Blue Sky

Def Leppard - Switch 625

Prince - I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
 

post #28 of 42

The last great music explosion. Love 80's music.  So hard to have a top ten.

 

1. Motley Crue Kickstart your heart - Surprised this wasn't picked yet.  Just timeless pop rock song.  You still hear it on commericals today.  Sixx can always write a solid pop song.

2. The Cure Facsination Street - Great band, great album, great song. 

3. Metallica Master of Puppets - Still their greatest album and song. 

4. The Replacements Within your reach - Hardest band to pick one song.  Probably the most influential, underated, and sadly disregarded band in the 80's.  Westerburg is a flat out genius.

5. U2 With or Without you - Just flat out touching.

6. The Smiths Please, Please, Please - Haunting and moving.  My Wife and I still dance to this song.  She turned me on to the Smiths, so I married her. 

7. The Wonderstuff Inertia - Yeah, I know it was released in 1990 but I'm giving them props anyway.  If you don't own Never Loved Elvis you are missing out.  Brilliant album.

8. Beastie Boy Paul Revere - Still listen to LTI more then any of their albums.

9. Marillion Kayleigh - I was in Germany when this song broke big.  I kept on a constant loop.  Never quite made it to the states.  Never got that.

10. Psychodelic Furs Ghost in You - Again, a song a had on constant loop during the 80s.

 

Man, there is so much more that I can list.  This is just off the top of my head.  Prince, Madonna, Lauper, VH, REM, etc...I'm getting a headache at the sheer amount of diverse greatness of this decade.  It's great now they are getting so much props when it was considered a joke a decade ago. 
 

post #29 of 42
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It's employed perfectly on the soundtrack to Something Wild.



OMG dude!  I adore this movie.  When I first saw it it blew me away!  The tonely change was crazy cool!

post #30 of 42

"Charlie. Attempt to be cool."

post #31 of 42
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"Charlie. Attempt to be cool."

"what are you doing?"  

"Setting you free"

"Maybe I don't want to be free"

"Maybe you're not"

 

Such a great movie. 

post #32 of 42
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Number 1 is hands down my number 1.  Everything else is in no order.

 

1. Shake Your Rump - Beastie Boys

2. Twist of Cain - Danzig

3. Bullet - Misfits

4. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy

5. Straight Out Of Compton - N.W.A.

6. Expressway to yr. Skull - Sonic Youth

7. Clockout - Devo

8. Angel of Death - Slayer

9. Stewart - Dead Milkmen

10. Margin Walker - Fugazi

 

Like everyone else said, I'm sure five minutes from now I will be like "Oh, this song", or "Oh, that song", i.e. Peter Piper by Run DMC.

 

Looking back, I am like hrm about this list.  I would probably take out the Public Enemy and Devo songs for sure.  Shake Your Rump would stay number 1, but I woud have to add (and I can't believe I forgot them) two of the best back to back album openers, Hell's Bells and For Those About To Rock.  Also "Hey You" off of Pink Floyd's The Wall just missed the list by one month.

post #33 of 42

I'm not entirely clear on what is or isn't later 80's but I'll try anyhow.  No particular order.

 

Prince - When Doves Cry

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Zapp - Heartbreaker

Midnight Star - No Parking on the Dance Floor

Prince - 1999

Guns and Roses - You're Crazy

Metallica - Master of Puppets

David Bowie - China Girl

Billy Idol - White Wedding

Def Leppard - Rock of Ages

Shannon - Let the Music Play

 

Also, pretty much all the songs in Donnie Darko

post #34 of 42

Another one I forgot, When Doves Cry.  Thanks Rylander. Also I can't believe I forgot Stone Roses "Fool's Gold".  I really need to reevaluate my list.

 

ETA:  Also I somehow overlooked Springsteen.  I could make a top 10 list entirely out of The River, Nebraska, and Born in the USA.

 

I give up.


Edited by Dalyn - 8/16/13 at 7:43am
post #35 of 42

I'm finding this a damn near impossible task. The best I can do is lists roughly divided by genre - I simply can't include a timeless classic like Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell" on the same list as a one-hit wonder as "Mexican Radio." And, frankly, Prince should DOMINATE any best-of 80s lists (if they were done by quality and not by chart ranking), 'cause that tiny fucker PRODUCED in the 80s. Hell, the albums 1999 and Purple Rain alone are jam-packed with absolutely fantastic songs that blow away even other great stuff.

 

Here's an initial list, subject to change and supplements as I seem fit, dammit.

 

In no particular order, pop-rock besties of the 80s. And yeah, there are more than ten. Sue me.

 

"Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)", Icicle Works

"Don't Change," INXS

"Send Me An Angel," Real Life

"Red Skies," The Fixx

"Stand and Deliver," Adam & the Ants

"Jig of Life," Kate Bush

"Heat of the Moment," Asia

"Lonely Is The Night," Billy Squier

"Let the Day Begin," The Call

"I Say Nothing," Voice of the Beehive

"I Want Your Love," Transvision Vamp

"Europa and the Pirate Twins," Thomas Dolby

"Sweet Fire of Love," Robbie Robertson

"Begin the Begin," REM

"I Melt With You," Modern English

"Take Me To the Top," Loverboy

"Come Dancing," The Kinks

"All You Zombies," The Hooters

"Life In A Northern Town," Dream Academy

"When Your Heart Is Weak," Cock Robin

post #36 of 42
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"Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)", Icicle Works

"Don't Change," INXS

"Take Me To the Top," Loverboy

"All You Zombies," The Hooters

"Life In A Northern Town," Dream Academy

 

These 5 in particular are aces.

post #37 of 42

BTW, those including cuts from The Cult's LOVE album ("She Sells Sanctuary," "Rain") - you are gentlemen and scholars. Absolutely one of the best albums of the decade.

post #38 of 42

... and it's even better heard played live & in sequence as The Cult did a few years ago during their LOVE Tour. Best Cult show I'd ever seen & I've seen them several times over the past 30 years. They had a giant screen behind them playing edited clips of El Topo & Holy Mountain.

LOVE is in my blood. It practically raised me. It's the Dark Side Of The Moon of the 80s.

post #39 of 42
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... and it's even better heard played live & in sequence as The Cult did a few years ago during their LOVE Tour. Best Cult show I'd ever seen & I've seen them several times over the past 30 years. They had a giant screen behind them playing edited clips of El Topo & Holy Mountain.

LOVE is in my blood. It practically raised me. It's the Dark Side Of The Moon of the 80s.

 

 

My most notable Cult show was when Ian Astbury pushed me out of the way while he was charging into the crowd to break up a fight. He then hopped back up onstage and give the equivalent of Beerfest's "you Americans are all ze Dirty Harry, ja?" speech. 

 

 

 

Great stuff. 

post #40 of 42

I've never been able to see The Cult live, dammit.  That's probably my biggest 'miss' in terms of concerts.

post #41 of 42


Off the top of my head:

Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed- Richard and Linda Thompson    
Fairytale of New York- The Pogues With Kirsty MacColl
Johnny 99- Bruce Springsteen
A Pair of Brown Eyes- The Pogues
Postcard From Waterloo- Tom Verlaine
The Ties That Bind- Bruce Springsteen
Too Nice To Talk To- The English Beat
Wall of Death- Richard and Linda Thompson
When Doves Cry- Prince
When U Were Mine- Prince

And I'm kind of cheating by using 1979 as the official release of London Calling, so as not to make the choices even tougher.

Lots of great stuff I omitted, but frankly I could have easily filled out the entire decade with songs by Shane Macgowan or Richard Thompson on their own.
 

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Lots of great stuff I omitted, but frankly I could have easily filled out the entire decade with songs by Shane Macgowan or Richard Thompson on their own.
 

 

 

 

....and let's remember that Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen were at or near the heights of their powers in the '80s as well (IMO Waits was really good in the 80s but OWNED the 90s; as always, mileage varies)

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