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NOW 80s ALTERNATIVE

UNIVERSAL

NOW 80s ALTERNATIVE

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Label: NOW

Release Date: 16/06/2023

VINYL VERSION


NOW Music proudly presents NOW – 80s Alternative: 30 tracks across 2 LPs, pressed on stunning pink vinyl - encapsulating the era and celebrating an incredibly diverse decade for 'Alternative' music.

 

LP1's first side showcases this diversity: Kicking off with Eurythmics stunning 'Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)', and Propaganda's magnificent debut 'Dr. Mabuse', before The B-52's bring U.S. New Wave with 'Planet Claire'. Post-Punk Pop exploded on the charts of the early 80s, and The Associates and The Stranglers feature, as do The Adventures 'Broken Land' and Marc Almond's 'Stories Of Johnny' – both amazing songs. That calibre of song writing is continued on the second side with Tom Robinson's 'Atmospherics...' and the Elvis Costello co-write 'Shipbuilding', beautifully realised by Robert Wyatt. Next up is the understated classic 'I'm In Love With A German Film Star' from The Passions, leading into Synth-Pop from Yello, Midge Ure & Mick Karn, Japan and a brilliant single from Japanese band Sandii & The Sunsetz. LP1 fittingly closes with defining U.S. New Wave smash 'Whip It' from DEVO.

 

The epic 'This Corrosion' from Sisters Of Mercy starts LP 2 in grandiose style, followed by atmospheric masterpieces from Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus and The Cure. The debut hit from Bjork's band The Sugarcubes with 'Birthday' follows, before David Sylvian's 'Pop Song', and 'Flowers' from Zaine Griff (featuring Kate Bush on backing vocals).

 

The final side opens with the song that launched one of the defining bands of the era, The Smiths, with 'Hand In Glove'. Timeless hits from Aztec Camera and the Pretenders lead to R.E.M., the Pixies and The Psychedelic Furs representing the U.S. Alt scene, and the collection draws to a close with The Cult's 'Edie (Ciao Baby)', and The Clash's commentary on the era 'This Is England'.

 

NOW – 80s Alternative – A celebration of a different view of the decade's charts - the lesser-compiled 1980's singles.

 

Tracklist

LP 1 Side A

 

1.           Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)

2.           Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse

3.           The B-52's - Planet Claire

4.           The Associates - Party Fears Two

5.           Marc Almond - Stories Of Johnny

6.           The Adventures - Broken Land  

7.           The Stranglers - European Female

 

LP 1 Side B

 

1.           Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding     

2.           Tom Robinson - Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio                                                        

3.           The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star

4.           Midge Ure & Mick Karn - After A Fashion

5.           Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Edit)

6.           Sandii & The Sunsetz - Dreams Of Immigrants

7.           Yello - Vicious Games

8.           DEVO - Whip It

 

LP 2 Side A

 

1.           Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion

2.           Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peek-A-Boo

3.           Bauhaus - Kick In The Eye

4.           The Cure - A Forest

5.           The Sugarcubes – Birthday

6.           David Sylvian - Pop Song

7.           Zaine Griff - Flowers

 

LP 2 Side B

 

1.           The Smiths - Hand In Glove

2.           Aztec Camera – Oblivious

3.           Pretenders - Talk Of The Town  

4.           R.E.M. - So. Central Rain

5.           Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven

6.           The Psychedelic Furs - President Gas

7.           The Cult - Edie (Ciao Baby)

8.           The Clash - This Is England


CD VERSION


CD

Overview

NOW Music proudly presents NOW – 80s Alternative: 80 tracks across 4 CDs encapsulating the era and celebrating an incredibly diverse decade for 'Alternative' music.

CD1 showcases genre-defining bands and kicks off with New Order's sublime 'Thieves Like Us', Eurythmics stunning 'Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)' and Joy Division's era defining 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. Post-Punk New Wave exploded on to the charts, and The Associates, The Jam, Echo And The Bunnymen, Pretenders, and Siouxsie's side project The Creatures are all included. The U.S. Alt scene provided R.E.M., Pixies, The Psychedelic Furs, and the David Bowie co-write 'Shades' from Iggy Pop. Plus, some of the best written Pop songs ever, represented here by David Sylvian, Marc Almond, Aztec Camera, Pete Wylie & The Mighty WAH!, The Adventures, Tom Robinson, and the Elvis Costello co-write 'Shipbuilding', beautifully realised by Robert Wyatt.

 The (still) incredible 'O Superman' from Laurie Anderson opens the second disc, along with other synth-based classics from Yello, Propaganda, Midge Ure & Mick Karn, Japan, Electronic and a brilliant single from Japanese band Sandii & The Sunsetz. DEVO produced the defining U.S. New Wave smash with 'Whip It', and fantastic unique hits from Scarlet Fantastic, Split Enz, Our Daughter's Wedding, Anne Pigalle and 'Flowers' by Zaine Griff (featuring Kate Bush on backing vocals) are all included.

The epic 'This Corrosion' from Sisters Of Mercy starts CD3 in grandiose style – and is followed with atmospheric masterpieces from Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and a second appearance from Joy Division – before some late-80s Alternative essentials, including Bjork's band The Sugarcubes, Act, The Mission, All About Eve, The Cult's 'Edie (Ciao Baby)', 'This Is England' from The Clash, and The Fall's version of 'There's A Ghost In My House', before closing with two more great examples of U.S. Alt Pop from The Go-Go's, and The Waitresses. 

Opening with the song that launched one of the defining bands of the era, The Smiths, with 'Hand In Glove' the final CD features a stellar line up of 80s Alternative Chart hits – The Icicle Works, It's Immaterial, B-Movie, Kissing The Pink and Gang Of Four are all featured with timeless singles... Altered Images, Toyah and Adam & The Ants would go on to find huge mainstream success in the early '80s – and we celebrate these artists with their earlier singles. Big Audio Dynamite, Julian Cope and XTC are also included before the collection draws to a close with Latin Quarter's 'Radio Africa' – and Scritti Politti's 1981 single 'The "Sweetest Girl"'.

NOW – 80s Alternative – A celebration of a different view of the decade's charts - the lesser-compiled 1980's singles.

Tracklist

CD 1 

  • 1.           New Order - Thieves Like Us      
  • 2.           Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)
  • 3.           Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart                   
  • 4.           David Sylvian - Red Guitar 
  • 5.           The Associates - Party Fears Two  
  • 6.           Marc Almond - Stories Of Johnny
  • 7.           Aztec Camera - Oblivious            
  • 8.           Pete Wylie & The Mighty WAH! - Come Back
  • 9.           The Adventures - Broken Land  
  • 10.         Iggy Pop - Shades
  • 11.         Pretenders - Talk Of The Town  
  • 12.         R.E.M. - So. Central Rain 
  • 13.         Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
  • 14.         The Psychedelic Furs - President Gas
  • 15.         The B-52's - Planet Claire
  • 16.         The Creatures - Mad Eyed Screamer
  • 17.         Echo And The Bunnymen - The Cutter      
  • 18.         The Jam - That's Entertainment 
  • 19.         Tom Robinson - Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio 
  • 20.         Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding                                                            

CD 2

  • 1.           Laurie Anderson - O Superman 
  • 2.           The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star
  • 3.           The Stranglers - European Female
  • 4.           Electronic - Getting Away With It              
  • 5.           Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
  • 6.           Yello - Vicious Games
  • 7.           Scarlet Fantastic - No Memory
  • 8.           The Motels - Suddenly Last Summer 
  • 9.           Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
  • 10.         Split Enz - I Got You 
  • 11.         Our Daughter's Wedding - Lawnchairs
  • 12.         DEVO - Whip It
  • 13.         Midge Ure & Mick Karn - After A Fashion 
  • 14.         Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Edit)
  • 15.         Sandii & The Sunsetz - Dream Of Immigrants
  • 16.         China Crisis - African And White
  • 17.         The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You
  • 18.         Zaine Griff - Flowers
  • 19.         Anne Pigalle - He! Stranger

 

CD 3

  • 1.           Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion            
  • 2.           Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peek-A-Boo
  • 3.           Bauhaus - Kick In The Eye 
  • 4.           The Cure - A Forest 
  • 5.           Joy Division - Atmosphere          
  • 6.           The Sugarcubes – Birthday 
  • 7.           David Sylvian - Pop Song
  • 8.           Act - Snobbery & Decay
  • 9.           Simple Minds - The American 
  • 10.         Soft Cell - Down In The Subway 
  • 11.         The Fall - There's A Ghost In My House
  • 12.         The Damned - Grimly Fiendish 
  • 13.         Spear Of Destiny - Liberator
  • 14.         Theatre Of Hate – Do You Believe In The Westworld? 
  • 15.         The Clash - This Is England
  • 16.         The Cult - Edie (Ciao Baby) 
  • 17.         The Mission - Tower Of Strength 
  • 18.         All About Eve - Martha's Harbour
  • 19.         The Darling Buds - Hit The Ground
  • 20.         The Go-Go's - Head Over Heels 
  • 21.         The Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like

 

CD 4

  • 1.           The Smiths - Hand In Glove        
  • 2.           The Icicle Works - Love Is A Wonderful Colour
  • 3.           It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune) 
  • 4.           Timbuk 3 - The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
  • 5.           Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
  • 6.           XTC - Senses Working Overtime 
  • 7.           B-Movie - Remembrance Day    
  • 8.           Kissing The Pink - The Last Film 
  • 9.           Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform           
  • 10.         After The Fire - Der Kommissar 
  • 11.         Altered Images - Dead Pop Stars
  • 12.         Toyah – Ieya 
  • 13.         Adam & The Ants - Car Trouble
  • 14.         Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth
  • 15.         The Primitives - Crash
  • 16.         Westworld - Sonic Boom Boy
  • 17.         Pop Will Eat Itself - Def Con One
  • 18.         Big Audio Dynamite - Medicine Show
  • 19.         Latin Quarter - Radio Africa
  • 20.         Scritti Politti - The "Sweetest Girl"

 

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