Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The '80s, Vol. 11

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
99 Luftballons - Nena 19
Change - Tears for Fears 15
In a Big Country - Big Country 11
Send Me an Angel - Real Life 7
Shiny Shiny - Haysi Fantayzee 7
Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) - Dollar 6
Black Coffee in Bed - Squeeze 5
Talking in Your Sleep - The Romantics 5
The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum) - Fun Boy Three 5
True - Spandau Ballet 4
The Fanatic - Felony 2
President Am I - Slow Children 2
Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime) - The Flirts 2
Just Got Lucky - JoBoxers 2
One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx 2
Emotion - DFX2 1


Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:17 (three months ago) Permalink

"99 Luftballoons," and good for Rhino for not going with the awkward English language version.

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:19 (three months ago) Permalink

The Tears For Fears song is brilliant

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:21 (three months ago) Permalink

The Tears For Fears song is brilliant

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Talking in Your Sleep - The Romantics ✓

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:21 (three months ago) Permalink

The...oh, never mind

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:22 (three months ago) Permalink

The Flirts

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Friday, 6 April 2018 16:23 (three months ago) Permalink

in a big country obv. the best song named after the band that performs it?

flappy bird, Friday, 6 April 2018 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I think Fixx, tho i enjoy fb3 and several others like tff

Hunt3r, Friday, 6 April 2018 16:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Big Country-anyone else discover TWAS in one of those essays?

campreverb, Friday, 6 April 2018 16:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Big Country, easy

kornrulez6969, Friday, 6 April 2018 16:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Shiny Shiny - Haysi Fantayzee
Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) - Dollar
The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum) - Fun Boy Three
Black Coffee in Bed - Squeeze
Send Me an Angel - Real Life

^^^ amazing sequence

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 April 2018 17:02 (three months ago) Permalink

So many favorite songs on here:

In a Big Country - Big Country
99 Luftballons - Nena
Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime) - The Flirts
Change - Tears for Fears
Talking in Your Sleep - The Romantics
The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum) - Fun Boy Three
Black Coffee in Bed - Squeeze
Send Me an Angel - Real Life

When I was growing up in Philly there was this cable provider called Prism (iirc) that people who followed Flyers hockey needed to see all the games, and "One Thing Leads to Another" was used as the promo, so to this day I associate the sound of its intro with ice skates.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 April 2018 17:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Tears For Fears over The Fixx by a nose.

Lots of good obscurities on this - there's a ton of great New Wave nuggets out there, stuff that scraped the charts but is totally worthy of remembering.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 6 April 2018 18:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Neither of these will get a vote so I'm gonna pick one:

Emotion - DFX2 ("Emotional Rescue" filtered through "Psycho Killer")
President Am I - Slow Children (the pre-chorus is amazingly math-y & catchy, mid-era devo meets missing persons)
The Fanatic - Felony (man, i haven't heard this in 30+ years but it was still ingrained in my lobes)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Best thing about one thing leads to another is the fantastic dub version of reach the beach on the b-side

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:15 (three months ago) Permalink

squeeze vs tears for fears, a true new wave introvert's sophie's choice

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Either Tears for Fears or Big Country. I still love The Crossing a hell of a lot.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:23 (three months ago) Permalink

it bugs me that i can sing joboxers, and remember too much about the haysi video.

i thought i had no recall of slow children, then thought, "no, check 'musicophilia 1981 comp'" and found a dif song. Not a song either, _Spring in Fialta_.

Hunt3r, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:28 (three months ago) Permalink

"not a bad song"

Hunt3r, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Either Big Country or The Fixx, two of my favorite 80s tracks. Probably Fixx because I feel like 80s nostalgia has forgotten them a bit.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:37 (three months ago) Permalink

This batch seems more.. club friendly than the last lot?

One Thing Leads To Another is a groove. Might be the winner here.

Mirror Mirror - nice chorus and middle eight/coda kind of let down by the verses.

Change. Synth marimbas and electro drums. Yeah, is good.

Shiny Shiny... interesting. Kate Garner's look...

Since when are Big Country acceptable? No, I don't think so.

If I Could Only Rename My Member (Noel Emits), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:51 (three months ago) Permalink

the interesting thing about Squeeze is that as more time passes, the less they fit on these comps.

campreverb, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:59 (three months ago) Permalink

OK I'm bang into the Slow Children song.

If I Could Only Rename My Member (Noel Emits), Friday, 6 April 2018 20:17 (three months ago) Permalink

Emotion - DFX2 ("Emotional Rescue" filtered through "Psycho Killer")

yes. I love this record. Down To The Bone should have been a hit.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 6 April 2018 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

One of many great things abut Black Coffee in Bed is Difford's absolutely ripping guitar solo. Those are legit jazz chops.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 April 2018 21:08 (three months ago) Permalink

there are some great songs on here, more then on the last few. anyways this has to be "Change/"

Bee OK, Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:03 (three months ago) Permalink

i was going to bring this back on day but totally forgot about it, cheers to cryptosicko for bringing back this series!

Bee OK, Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:09 (three months ago) Permalink

cryptosicko, you should do a Spotify playlist for these last five in this series.

Bee OK, Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:40 (three months ago) Permalink

In a Big Country - Big Country
Change - Tears for Fears
Talking in Your Sleep - The Romantics
Send Me an Angel - Real Life

one of these

had (crüt), Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:49 (three months ago) Permalink

I spent a night last week listening to Big Country singles last week. Man, they were pretty good through 1986, eh?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:51 (three months ago) Permalink

i know i played my copy of the debut album to death back in the day. well i assume the one with the blue cover is their debut, not positive thou.

Bee OK, Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Accidentally watched a video for Real Life - Send Me An Angel '89 and by then they have the trifecta of ponytail, mullet and Bolton mane. Send them some clippers.

If I Could Only Rename My Member (Noel Emits), Saturday, 7 April 2018 03:35 (three months ago) Permalink

So obscure it's not on Youtube:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrc6j5

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 7 April 2018 03:47 (three months ago) Permalink

I used to think "Just Got Lucky" was by the Jam.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 7 April 2018 05:12 (three months ago) Permalink

"Shiny Shiny" is a long-time fave and somehow evokes the spirit of this time period the best

Josefa, Saturday, 7 April 2018 14:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Big Country v. Nena.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 April 2018 15:20 (three months ago) Permalink

I voted for Mirror Mirror because I don’t think anybody else will. It’s pretty amazing and underrated.

Such a good comp, probably the best of the series.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 7 April 2018 17:39 (three months ago) Permalink

The singer from Felony was in Rock Action's post-Stooges/pre-Destroy All Monsters proto-punk band The New Order:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K7Tw_3gwag

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 7 April 2018 17:54 (three months ago) Permalink

...as the singer, kinda Iggy-ish at times.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 7 April 2018 17:55 (three months ago) Permalink

One of many great things abut Black Coffee in Bed is Difford's absolutely ripping guitar solo. Those are legit jazz chops.

― Josh in Chicago, Friday, April 6, 2018 9:08 PM (yesterday)

Tilbrook's. He did the lion's share of the guitar playing in the studio.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 7 April 2018 18:14 (three months ago) Permalink

It's a great song, though - easily the best thing about the Sweets From a Stranger album.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 7 April 2018 18:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Doesn't Tilbrook also write all the music and Difford does the lyrics?

I always find these combos strange where the singer is the music guy and the other one is the lyricist. Same with Elton John and Taupin.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 7 April 2018 19:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's right, even on the songs that Difford sings lead on!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 7 April 2018 19:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I rate Tilbrook highly as a guitarist, actually, and was always fascinated by how many chords he could cram into a song - there's a Squeeze track called 'King George Street' which has quite a fair amount of chords in it.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 7 April 2018 19:54 (three months ago) Permalink

TBH, Difford has a fairly monotone voice, so it makes sense he doesn't sing a lot, but I like the songs he's on like Cool For Cats.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 7 April 2018 20:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Big Country v. Nena.

― Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:20 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark

otm
went with Nena but could have voted for either
i love both songs for basically the same reason -- they are exhilarating

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 7 April 2018 21:09 (three months ago) Permalink

i can look and breathe and see the sun etc

mookieproof, Saturday, 7 April 2018 21:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Guitar chords, maybe best to steer clear of that subject, Turrican?

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 April 2018 21:23 (three months ago) Permalink

I voted for Mirror Mirror because I don’t think anybody else will. It’s pretty amazing and underrated.

― El Tomboto,

I voted for this too. Those few Dollar singles are definitely Trevor Horn's most underrated productions.

kitchen person, Sunday, 8 April 2018 14:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Not familiar with all the songs here but the Fun Boy 3 tune is all time so that’s my vote

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 8 April 2018 18:15 (three months ago) Permalink

A lot of great tunes on this one. May have to go with "99 Luftballons"

o. nate, Monday, 9 April 2018 01:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Nice to see a couple big ups for Slow Children, I feel like they're pretty forgotten. Both their albums were patchy, but the high points (including "President", but I prefer "Spring in Fialta") are great. Not quite sure yet that I can vote for them though, stiff competition.

No energy, only great chaos (Dan Peterson), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

"Black Coffee in Bed" then.

the future is now, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 01:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Went with Felony.

"Black Coffee in Bed" reminds me of watching The Voice and some guy from "the heartland" does his rendition of a soul song.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:27 (three months ago) Permalink

I spent a lot of time as kid watching that In a Big Country video and trying to figure out what was going on with that woman. The video itself is the very picture of what a ten-year-old thinks a rewarding adult life would be like.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Wait, that's not slice of life Scotland?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:59 (three months ago) Permalink

talking in yr sleep

J. Sam, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 03:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Voted Big Country but should have voted Romantics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSXEZe7tRuw

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 03:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Going with "Send Me An Angel." I like having a single like that with no idea what another song by Real Life would sound like, vs. the equally good Big Country and The Fixx. Complete standalone.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 03:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Slow Children for President.

It must be Americans that still love Big Country, right? Can't imagine that shit flying with soggy island dwellers right now. Tbf I've never heard their albums but this is fairly unbearable even though I kind of liked the riff at the time. Humblebrag, I saw them opening for Bowie on the Glass Spider tour. Would much rather it had been The Cult.

Gonk Steady Crew (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 06:08 (three months ago) Permalink

99 Luftballons, an extremely tight and well produced track given how much is going on.

skip, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 06:12 (three months ago) Permalink

It must be Americans that still love Big Country, right? Can't imagine that shit flying with soggy island dwellers right now.

Why not?

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:03 (three months ago) Permalink

just realised it's stuart adamson's birthday today - he would've been 60

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:07 (three months ago) Permalink

:-(

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:15 (three months ago) Permalink

I never heard of this compilation series until these polls but it feels like one of the most scattershot 'whatever we can get' approaches to a genre-ish series ever imo. Credit for putting 'Shiny Shiny' and 'Mirror Mirror' together though.

nashwan, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Would love to cast a vote for Squeeze, but they just didn't bring their A game on "Black Coffee in Bed".
God help me, i may have to go with Spandau Ballet.

enochroot, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Wait, why do you think that? It's not in my Top 10 favourite Squeeze tracks or anything, but I don't think they released a single as good again until 'Hourglass' or even 'Some Fantastic Place' ...

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:01 (three months ago) Permalink

in a big country obv. the best song named after the band that performs it?

― flappy bird, Friday, April 6, 2018 12:25 PM (five days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

um, "Black Sabbath"???

I've come to legit like The Fixx over the last few years, at least the first three albums with Rupert Hine as a de facto band member. They had a pretty delectable sound.

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Brilliant period piece use:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMMnJm1PYOE

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:22 (three months ago) Permalink

um, "Black Sabbath"???

"Focus" is a great one too fwiw.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Talk Talk

doug watson, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Baaaad Company

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Going with "Send Me An Angel." I like having a single like that with no idea what another song by Real Life would sound like,

Yeah, I was just thinking that. This was one of my favorite songs as a kid (thanks, https://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=41&threadid=106662) but I've never bought an album or gone any further in their discography.

This one doesn't look too good:

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0001/882/MI0001882158.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

how's life, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:39 (three months ago) Permalink

"Send Me an Angel" and its 1989 version got tons of airplay in Miami cuz its keyboards are dying to become freestlye while the vocal is stuck in Aussie mope mode.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Xpost to josh yeah I loved that placement in that movie. It was really perfect somehow.

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

I say this with love, but you people make me sick

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:17 (three months ago) Permalink

The Fixx got robbed.

o. nate, Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:19 (three months ago) Permalink

i was hoping "Change" would pull this off but number two is very respectful.

Bee OK, Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Wow, I don't even know the Tears For Fears song. I was the other Fixx vote.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:53 (three months ago) Permalink

The Fixx got robbed.

Yes. I didn't vote for it either but it deserved better than it got.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Wow, I don't even know the Tears For Fears song.

When does the end of me
Become the start of you

their first record is a Goth masterpiece: Tears for Fears: The Hurting poll

Bee OK, Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:10 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm sure Real Life have other songs, but it's so much more beautiful for me to imagine that they made one awesome song and then stopped making music

Vinnie, Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:19 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm one of the two votes for "Just Got Lucky", though i don't know what it's doing on a new wave compilation

Lee626, Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:54 (three months ago) Permalink

The Fixx did get sorta robbed but that song gets played out everywhere, all the time. I’m impressed every song got a vote, but I reiterate, this is a strong contender for the best in the whole series.

El Tomboto, Thursday, 12 April 2018 02:13 (three months ago) Permalink

I've got almost all of these CDs (they were legion in the used bins for a while and I had fun trying to collect the whole set) and I'm pretty sure this is the best one of the lot.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 12 April 2018 03:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The '80s, Vol. 1

the Ramones single only gets three votes and is OTM as it isn't better than anything that beat it.

Bee OK, Thursday, 12 April 2018 03:58 (three months ago) Permalink

The Halloween one is classic if for no other reason than it has six songs from the 80s called "Halloween" on it

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 12 April 2018 04:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Would love to cast a vote for Squeeze, but they just didn't bring their A game on "Black Coffee in Bed".

This is crazy talk! One of their most memorable melodies, a stunning Tilbrook guitar solo, solid arrangement, etc.

This song is easily one of the highlights of any Glenn Tilbrook solo show or Difford & Tilbrook performance, becoming as it does a great audience participation moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIJzhfsIknE

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Audience backing vox did make me grin

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:28 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm one of the two votes for "Just Got Lucky"

I thank/salute you!

dorsalstop, Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:28 (three months ago) Permalink

darn, forgot to vote. everyone add one more vote for Black Coffee In Bed in your mental tallies pretty please

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Impossible for me to choose, so I didn't vote, but one thing I can say for sure is the Fixx should have done better

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:57 (three months ago) Permalink

if Secret Separation is on one of these comps, i'll vote for The Fixx

Lee626, Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Secret Separation is weird because it's def one of the best Fixx songs but that album is super weak

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Volume 12

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:39 (three months ago) Permalink

no question it's "change" for me

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:42 (three months ago) Permalink


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