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80's Mixtape

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Perfect Skin - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions/Orange Juice
    2. Rip It Up - Joy Division/Orange Juice
    3. Bonny, The - Prefab Sprout/Human League
    4. Cutter, The - Echo & the Bunnymen/Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
    5. Pillar To Post - Prefab Sprout/Aztec Camera
    6. Love Will Tear Us Apart, The - Echo & the Bunnymen/Joy Division
    7. Love Is a Wonderful Colour - Icicle Works/Aztec Camera
    8. Visions of China - Icicle Works/Japan
    9. Sound of the Crowd, The - Soft Cell/Human League
    10. Torch - Soft Cell/Spandau Ballet
    11. Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) - Japan/Spandau Ballet
    12. Asylums in Jerusalem - Scritti Politti
    13. One in Ten - UB40
    14. Mirror in the Bathroom - The Beat
    15. New England, A - Billy Bragg
    16. You'll Always Find Mein the Kitchen at Parties, The - Jona Lewie/The Monochrome Set
    17. Monochrome Set, The (I Presume) - Higsons/The Monochrome Set
    18. Run Me Down - Higsons/Carmel
    19. More More More - Working Week/Carmel
    20. Each and Every One - Everything But the Girl
    0. DISC 2:
    1. How Soon Is Now - The Smiths
    2. China Girl - David Bowie
    3. Whole of the Moon, The - The Waterboys
    4. Waterfront - Simple Minds
    5. Why Can't I Be You - The Cure
    6. And She Was - Talking Heads
    7. Kiss - Prince
    8. Waiting for a Train - Flash and the Pan
    9. Speak Like a Child - The Style Council
    10. Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals
    11. Happy Hour - The Housemartins
    12. Young at Heart - The Bluebells
    13. Nelson Mandela - The Special A.K.A.
    14. Disenchanted - The Communards
    15. Don't Tell Me - Blancmange
    16. Oh Yeah - Yello
    17. Half a Minute - Matt Bianco
    18. Since Yesterday - Strawberry Switchblade
    19. Life in a Northern Town - The Dream Academy
    20. Thinking of You - The Colour Field
    0. DISC 3:
    1. One I Love, The - R.E.M.
    2. Need You Tonight - INXS
    3. Give It Up - Talk Talk
    4. Every Day Is Like Sunday - Morrissey
    5. Ship of Fools - World Party
    6. Days - Kirsty MacColl
    7. Mandinka - Sinad O'Connor
    8. Chocolate Girl - Deacon Blue
    9. Working with Fire and Steel - China Crisis
    10. I Scare Myself - Thomas Dolby
    11. What Is Love - Howard Jones
    12. It Doesn't Have to Be This Way - The Blow Monkeys
    13. Money's Too Tight to Mention - Simply Red
    14. Josephine - Chris Rea
    15. Don't Get Me Wrong - The Pretenders
    16. You're History - Shakespear's Sister
    17. Some Candy Talking - The Jesus and Mary Chain
    18. Big Area - Then Jericho
    19. WFL - Happy Mondays
    20. Fine Time - New Order
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WMTV 167

  • Credits

    Celebrating the era when creating your own compilations meant anxiously waiting for your favorite song to play on the radio, then haphazardly recording it onto a prehistoric tape deck instead of the more modern and simpler mouse-clicking method of visiting iTunes, 80s Mixtape is a three-CD, 66-track trip down memory lane for any music obsessive who grew up in the decade that spawned new wave, post-punk, and electro-pop. A more alternative antidote to the plethora of Stock, Aitken & Waterman-heavy pure pop retrospectives on the market, this 2011 Rhino collection largely focuses on the kind of artists who were more likely to grace the covers of the NME and Melody Maker than Smash Hits and Just 17. Although the majority of artists included will be familiar to most listeners, the selection of songs choices might not necessarily be the most instantly recallable. There are still massive hits which remain airplay staples to this day, from the likes of Simply Red ("Money's Too Tight to Mention"), the Pretenders ("Don't Get Me Wrong"), and Prince ("Kiss"), alongside cult classics from Joy Division ("Love Will Tear Us Apart"), the Smiths ("How Soon Is Now?"), and Orange Juice ("Rip It Up"). But elsewhere, the compilers have cleverly thought outside the box and cherry-picked some of the best lesser-known and lesser-appreciated tracks from established artists. So instead of Aztec Camera's Top Three smash "Somewhere In My Heart," there's their 1982 non-charting single "Pillar to Post"; instead of the Communards' chart-topper, "Don't Leave Me This Way," there's their previous minor hit "Disenchanted," and instead of Swiss duo Yello's iconic "The Race," there's the little-known 1985 release "Oh Yeah." Elsewhere, there are less predictable inclusions from Everything But the Girl ("Each and Everyone"), the Cure ("Why Can't I Be You"), and Scritti Politti ("Asylums in Jerusalem"), alongside several one hit-wonders (the Colour Field, the Dream Academy, Flash and the Pan), and a few acts who never crossed over to the mainstream, such as Monochrome Set and the Higsons. With artists as diverse as the Jesus and Mary Chain, Chris Rea, and Strawberry Switchblade, 80s Mixtape sets itself apart from similar releases by ignoring the obvious and allowing '80s indie kids to rediscover an eclectic treasure trove of forgotten gems, making it one of the most essential and original retro compilations of the year. ~ Jon O'Brien

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