A History of Popular Music - The 1980s

A History of Popular Music – The 1980s

Unlike the age we live in, which fetishizes a post-teen predilection for self-worship; pop culture in the eighties was fascinated by early adolescence. Blockbuster filmmakers like Lucas and Spielberg channelled cinema through a child’s unbridled imagination, and prominent sit-coms featured kids as leads rather than sidekicks, all during a golden age of breakfast cereal and the rise of video games. The music world seemed affected by the same wide-eye wonder that made this decade an innovate highpoint in our history of pop.
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      1980s on the Radio

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Bruce Springsteen – State Trooper
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Till Tuesday – Voices Carry
The Stones Roses – Shoot You Down
Chills – Pink Frost
The Smiths – A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
The Replacements – Swingin Party
Sugarcubes – Birthday
Personal Effects – This Is It
Pixies – Sugar Hiccup (12” Version)
Peter Gabriel – Lay Your Hands On Me
Talk Talk – The Rainbow
Joy Division – The Eternal
Eloy – Horizons
Spacemen 3 – Walking With Jesus
This Mortal Coil – Song to the Siren
The Cars – Drive
Sade – Love Is Stronger Than Pride
Commodores – Nightshift
Art of Noise – Moments In Love (12” B Side Idea)
Laurie Anderson – O Superman (For Massenet)
Vangelis – Blush Response
Brian Eno and David Byrne – Mountain of Needles
Dream Academy – Life in the Northern Town (Extended Version)
Robert Wyatt – At Last I’m Free
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Shipbuilding
Billy Bragg – Tender Comrade
Paul Simon – Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes (Unreleased Version)
Young Marble Giants – Final Day
Jane – It’s a Fine Day
New Order – Dreams Never End
Jane’s Addiction – Thank You Boys
Culture Club – That’s the Way
Prince – Old Friends 4 Sale
The Family – Nothing Compares 2 U

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From the almost inappropriate lack of cynicism to the hapless technology that dated faster than the hairstyles, the eighties were so impervious to embarrassment that it made subsequent decades feel like a walk of shame after a brilliantly regrettable night. This unchecked bravado contributed to a brash experimentalism that smashed music into as many sub-genres as we could count, and made its future seem as limitless as the power of a Commodore 64 computer.
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      1980s on the Dancefloor

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Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Rage Hard (The Young Person’s Guide to the 12” Mix)
Human League – Fascination (Improvisation)
David Bowie – Fashion
Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better
Yazoo – Goodbye 70’s
Eddy Grant – Nobody’s Got Time
ESG – Moody (Spaced Out)
Wham! – Everything She Wants
NYC Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold
George Clinton – Atomic Dog (Extended Mix)
Indeep – Last Night The DJ Saved My Life
Blondie – Rapture
Rockmaster Scott – Request Line
Herbie Hancock – Rockit
Midnight Star – Headlines (12” Inch Version)
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (Alternate Extended Version)
The Art of Noise – Paranoimia (7” Version)
Yello – Live at the Roxy NY Dec. 1983
The Human League – Things That Dreams Are Made Of
Alexander Robotnick – Problemes d’Amour (Francois Kevorkian Remix)
Strafe – Set It Off
Double Dee & Steinski – The Payoff Mix
JM Silk – Music Is The Key (House Key)
dB feat. Bambi – I Have a Dream
Mr. Fingers – Can U Feel It
Cultural Vibe – Ma Foom Bey (Love Chant Version)
Zapp & Roger – I Can Make You Dance
Malcolm McLaren – World’s Famous
Tears For Fears – Shout (Refine Tuned Mix)
Tones on Tail – Go! (Club Mix)
Joy Division – Digital
Eurythmics – Jennifer
Echo & the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon (All Night Version)
Roxy Music – More Than This
INXS – To Look At You (Extended Version)
Erasure – Blue Savannah (Der Deutsche Mix II)
Talk Talk – It’s My Life (Tropical Love Forest Mix)
OMD – If You Leave (Extended Version)
When In Rome – The Promise (7 Inch Mix)
Madonna – Live a Prayer (Church-a-pella)
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now (The Cassette Remixes)
Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days (12 inch Version)
ABBA – The Day Before You Came
Empire – Big City (Extended Version)
Womack & Womack – Conscious of my Conscience
Prince – Purple Music
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing
Depeche Mode – And Then…
Billy Idol – Eyes Without a Face
Spandau Ballet – True (12 inch Mix)

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On August 1st, 1981, MTV became the first 24 hour music station in the world, broadcast with a charming naiveté of a format still unsure of what it supposed to be, as if the network itself was mirroring the awkward teenager it was trying to captivate. The filmmakers behind the videos seemed just as unsure of how to handle this new art form, which somehow straddled an existence between being television commercials and works of modern art.

MTV Launch – August 1, 1981 12:01am
David Lee Roth – Just a Gigolo
Talking Heads – And She Was
Weird Science Trailer
The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
The Cure – Close to Me
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Trailer
The Smiths – This Charming Man
Joy Division – Atmosphere
Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock
Wendy’s Where’s the Beef Commercial
Maxell Cassettes Commercial
Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done To Deserve This
Godley and Crème – Cry
Downtown 80 Trailer
20/20 Report – Rap Music
Public Enemy – Night of the Living Baseheads
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
LL Cool J on Hip Hop Slang
Alfonso Riberio – Breakin’ and Poppin Commercial
Michael Jackson – Pepsi Generation Commercial
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (Live Motown 25th Anniversary)
Prince Talks About Michael Jackson
Prince – Sign O times
Ronald Regan “The Bear” Commercial
Paul Hardcastle – 19
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F-11
The Terminator Trailer
CBS Premiere Week Promo
Magnum PI Promo
The Cosby Show – Stevie Wonder Guest Appearance
Lionel Richie – Hello

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