This is the 3rd volume of a fantastic 15 volume set released in the mid-'90s by the always wonderful Rhino Records. One of the better volumes of the series, with lots of seminal early '80s new wave songs. Songs on this volume were released in the years 1979-1982.
- Cars - Gary Numan: a groundbreaking classic.
- Private Idaho - The B-52's: Not my favorite B-52's song, but I enjoy it every once in a while. I like the word play on "private eye."
- Making Plans For Nigel - XTC: While I like this song and listened to it often when I was in high school, I wouldn't consider myself to be an XTC fan.
- Teacher Teacher - Rockpile: I had this on the band's Seconds Of Pleasure album. I don't know what happened to it. Anyway, this is typical Nick Lowe/Dave Edmunds fare (which means it's good).
- Looking For Clues - Robert Palmer: before he made a huge comeback in 1985 with Addicted To Love, Palmer recorded this perfect slice of New Wave pop. "Bouncy keyboards" are the only words I can think of that describe it. Then, out of nowhere, xylophone solo!
- I Live In The City - The Humans: The first clunker on the disc.
- Drivin' - Pearl Harbor & The Explosions: I would like the song based only on the awesome band name, but I love this quirky song. Lene Lovich meets The Motels meets Robert Fripp.
- What I Like About You - The Romantics: Not a huge hit when it was released, now, if you watch TV or attend sporting events, you can't get away from it. I had the self-titled album that included this song. The Romantics just wanted to be The Kinks.
- 88 Lines About 44 Women - The Nails: Awkward white boy rap/spoken word over a beat lifted from Trio's Da Da Da. The title tells you exactly what's in the lyrics. Interesting, but you really don't need to hear it more than once. In fact, I'd had enough around 22 lines about 11 women.
- New Toy - Lene Lovich: a great song written by Thomas Dolby. The only problem I have with this song is the fact that I didn't hear it until the '90s.
- Fade To Grey - Visage: Another groundbreaking song in the electronic synth-pop genre. Members of this studio-only band included members of Ultravox and Magazine.
- Stool Pigeon - Kid Creole & The Coconuts: I don't have the words to describe this blend of world music, rap, '40's music, and disco. It bears no resemblance to New Wave music.
- Tempted - Squeeze: One of my all-time top ten songs (and that's not a designation I toss around lightly).
- Too Much Pressure - The Selecter: Fun 2 Tone ska number. Say hello to Walt Jabsco.
- It's A Night For Beautiful Girls - The Fools: Not very good. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse you get one of the worst solos every recorded.
- Are You Ready For The Sex Girls? - Gleaming Spires: For the sex girls? Yes, I'm ready. For this song? No, I'm not.