Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Various Artists - Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s, Vol. 8 (1994)

This is the 8th volume of a fantastic 15 volume set released in the mid-'90s by the always wonderful Rhino Records. The detailed liner notes alone are almost worth the price. Some of the volumes are out-of-print, so if you see any in a used CD bin, pick them up.

  • Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners: an eighties one-hit wonder classic. Everybody I knew thought this song was great. Woe were those that bought the whole LP, though.
  • Red Skies - The Fixx: not my favorite song by this band, but not bad. Sounds like Duran Duran should have recorded it.
  • Walking in L.A. - Missing Persons: My favorite single from this group. Love Dale Bozzio's voice.
  • Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band: Like it; don't love it. Can't hear it without thinking of Weird Al's parody.
  • She's a Beauty - The Tubes: Was a fan of this group and had the Inside/Ouside LP this appeared on. Great tune, awful video as I recall.
  • Cath - The Bluebells: Was unfamiliar with this group and song until I heard it on this CD, and I was okay with that. Not a bad song, just not very memorable.
  • Voo Doo - Rachel Sweet: (same comment as the previous song)
  • If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? - Mental As Anything: yet another song I hadn't heard prior to this CD purchase, but this song is enjoyable. With that cynical title, how could it not be a little entertaining?
  • She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby: This is one of about 6 or 7 different recordings I have of this song (if that tells you anything).
  • Mexican Radio - Wall of Voodoo: one of the great singles of the '80s that was never as popular as it should have been. Stan Ridgway doesn't have a great voice, but it is perfect for this song. FYI for the band's hardcore fans: the version included on this compilation is the 7" Oleo mix.
  • Lies - Thompson Twins: not their best single, but it put them on the map.
  • Whirly Girl - Oxo: Great, happy dance song. New wave meets Motown.
  • Kiss Me - Tin Tin: one of the best songs of the 80's that I didn't hear until the '90s. Thankful for its inclusion on this compilation. 7 1/2 minute version included here.
  • (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang - Heaven 17: big fan of this group. I probably have 6 or 7 versions of this song, too. This song was banned by the BBC because it labels Ronald Reagan a fascist. The song does beg the question "what exactly is a fascist groove thang?"
  • Escalator of Life - Robert Hazard: this song is best avoided. Hazard is best known as the writer of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun, which bears no resemblance to this song.
  • Goodbye to You - Scandal: my favorite song by this group. I remember buying their self-titled EP on the strength of this single.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Different songs have different memories; some are mentioned above.

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