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Its called It's Electric: The Sound of the 80's, so you are kind of knowing what to expect. Nice dittys from that decade that are synth-laden and maybe a little dark or quirky.
So as expected you have Ultravox, Duran Duran, Human League, Thomas Dolby, Heaven 17. Then you have some bands that, although not electronic, it would be fair to say they were part of that scene. Say, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet. There is not a bad choice here, though the album does miss out some major players such as Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, John Foxx and Japan. Now you could argue that Japan were a glam rock band, but lets face it, they jumped on the electronic bandwagon sooner than most.
So a few of the bands get away with fitting into the electronic mould. There are a few who definitely don't. Take Imagination by Belouis Some for example, yes it has synthesizers in it. This just reminds me of the sort of tune Harvester pubs would have had as a background to their adverts. Then there is Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune) - It's Immaterial. What in heaven's name does pseudo C&W track have to do with an album called It's Electric??
But that isn't the icing on the cake. We also have included in this album Moonlight Shadow - Mike Oldfield: A thoroughly English hippy sounding performed by the thoroughly Scottish vocalist Maggie Reilly. Now cast your mind back to the eighties: Electric music and anything resembling 'hippy' did not mix together well in the whole '80s ethos scenario.
Moonlight Shadow? What is electric about that??
Why include Moonlight Shadow. My guess is that whoever compiled this album was a fan of the Fast Show and was having a Johnny Depp 'Pirates of the Caribean' style in-joke. Dave Angel indeed! Brilliant! I'll get me coat!
This is a great album for sticking in the CD player when you are in the kitchen doing a bit of cooking, or for the DJ to stick on at the School reunion, so that he can go and get bladdered.
In itself it is not a bad reflection of the humdrum side of the '80s, but wrong title.
Here is the track listing:
1. We Came To Dance - Ultravox
2. Planet Earth - Duran Duran
3. Together In Electric Dreams - Moroder, Giorgio
4. Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) - Spandau Ballet
5. Fascist Groove Thang (We Don't Need This) - Heaven 17
6. Moonlight Shadow - Oldfield, Mike
7. Love Action (I Believe In Love) - Human League
8. Hyperactive - Dolby, Thomas
9. It's My Life - Talk Talk
10. Is It A Dream - Classix Nouveaux
11. If I Was - Ure, Midge
12. Imagination - Belouis Some
13. Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune) - It's Immaterial
14. Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club
15. King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) - China Crisis
16. Nineteen - Hardcastle, Paul
17. Reap The Wild Wind - Ultravox
18. Let Me Go - Heaven 17
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 We Came To Dance - Ultravox
2 Planet Earth - Duran Duran
3 Together In Electric Dreams - Moroder, Giorgio
4 Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) - Spandau Ballet
5 Fascist Groove Thang (We Don't Need This) - Heaven 17
6 Moonlight Shadow - Oldfield, Mike
7 Love Action (I Believe In Love) - Human League
8 Hyperactive - Dolby, Thomas
9 It's My Life - Talk Talk
10 Is It A Dream - Classix Nouveaux
11 If I Was - Ure, Midge
12 Imagination - Belouis Some
13 Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune) - It's Immaterial
14 Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club
15 King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) - China Crisis
16 Nineteen - Hardcastle, Paul
17 Reap The Wild Wind - Ultravox
18 Let Me Go - Heaven 17