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Smash Hits - The 80s

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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2008-05-05 at Warner

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      14.04.2009 15:20
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      A good source of 80s music and you won't get better value

      It's hard to find too many faults with this album. Even if you pay absolute top dollar for it, you're still only likely to be parting with 15 or 16 quid, and that's for an enormous 57 tracks, a broad selection of 1980s pop music that really does cover all the bases.

      Even if you'd bought all the seven-inch singles when they first came out (and they hadn't warped because they'd been within five feet of a radiator, and you managed to get the fluff of the stylus of the last working turntable in the civilised world without lacerating your fingertip), you'd still be well up on the deal.

      Disc one kicks off with a couple of standards from the era, Wham's dancefloor-filling classic "I'm Your Man" and the equally memorable "Take On Me" by a-Ha.

      For 80s nostalgists like myself, the fact that neither of things songs has ever been considered cool doesn't matter. I was about five when they came out, so things like cool were very much secondary to pure unfettered enjoyment.
      Some of the first disc isn't for everyone, though. I've never liked "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves and I can live without never having to hear "Frankie" by Sister Sledge.

      But if you want three CDs of nailed-on classic 1980s music, this is for you. Probably a third of it won't make the Gracenote transition from CD tray to generic mp3 player, but the vast bulk of it will.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Wham! - I'm Your Man
      2 A-Ha - Take On Me
      3 Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
      4 Adam & The Ants - Goody Two Shoes
      5 Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts
      6 Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams
      7 Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
      8 Altered Images - Happy Birthday
      9 Oakey/Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
      10 Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart
      11 Debbie Gibson - Shake Your Love
      12 Sinitta - So Macho
      13 Go West - We Close Our Eyes
      14 Hue & Cry - Labour Of Love
      15 Five Star - Rain Or Shine
      16 Sister Sledge - Frankie
      17 Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday
      18 Howard Jones - What Is Love?
      19 Dollar - Oh L'Amour
      20 Prince - Purple Rain

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Duran Duran - Rio
      2 Bananarama - Venus
      3 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes
      4 Heaven 17 - Temptation
      5 Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
      6 OMD - Enola Gay
      7 T'Pau - Heart and Soul
      8 UB40 - Red Red Wine
      9 Cutting Crew - I Just Died In Your Arms
      10 Peter Cetera - The Glory Of Love
      11 Cars - Drive
      12 Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love
      13 Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
      14 Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
      15 Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love
      16 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
      17 Shakespear's Sister - You're History
      18 Danny Wilson - Mary's Prayer
      19 Los Lobos - La Bamba

      Disc #3 Tracklisting
      1 Bros - When Will I Be Famous
      2 Rick Astley - Together Forever
      3 The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
      4 Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way
      5 The Human League - Don't You Want Me
      6 Nena - 99 Red Balloons
      7 Living In A Box - Living In A Box
      8 Fairground Attraction - Perfect
      9 The Stranglers - Golden Brown
      10 Blondie - The Tide Is High
      11 Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
      12 New Order - Blue Monday
      13 Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
      14 The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong
      15 Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
      16 Climie Fisher - Love Changes
      17 Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart
      18 Ultravox - Vienna

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