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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Because there was no way I could resist breaking the rule about only naming one song....here are some others besides Wonderland, that meant a lot to me at different times in that decade or are just so good, in no particular order:

    Chariots of Fire- Vangelis
    How Soon is Now- the Smiths
    Brilliant Disguise- Springsteen
    Cath- The Bluebells
    Rain in the Summertime- The Alarm
    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now- The Smiths
    Chance- Big Country
    Fisherman's Blues- The Waterboys
    Theme from Harry's Game- Clannad
    One Step Up-- Springsteen
    Welcome to the Terrordome-- Public Enemy
    Bring the Noise- Public Enemy
    Only the Lonely- the Motels
    One Small Day- Ultravox
    America- Neil Diamond
    Just a Shadow- Big Country
    I will Follow- U2
    Relax- Frankie Goes to Holloywood
    Roulette- Springsteen


    I know I am leaving off so many catchy songs that take me back to that period. ex Come on Eileen- Dexys Midnight Runners
    (we will ignore my Air Supply phase in 7th grade)
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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Others that likely won't get mentioned

    Just Like Heaven - The Cure
    Where is my Mind - The Pixies
    Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
    Driver 8 - REM
    Boy in the Bubble - Paul Simon
    Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears
    Welcome to the Jungle - GnR
    Like a Prayer - Madonna

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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Quote Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking View Post
    Black Coffee in Bed - I love this one - I was supposed to see them this summer (saw them last year and they were still great). For the first time ever, I bought the meet and greet package because I really wanted to meet Difford and Tillbrook. Hopefully, it'll be in 2021 - until then there will remain a stain in my notebook.


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    I saw Squeeze in Norfolk, VA in '93 during the Some Fantastic Place album tour. It was Paul Carrack's second stint with them. Great show. A young musician by the name of Sheryl Crow opened up for them.
    "I can make all the stadiums rock."
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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Others that likely won't get mentioned

    Just Like Heaven - The Cure
    Where is my Mind - The Pixies
    Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
    Driver 8 - REM
    Boy in the Bubble - Paul Simon
    Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears
    Welcome to the Jungle - GnR
    Like a Prayer - Madonna
    I love the first 4-5 R.E.M. albums as whole pieces without a specific "stand out" song, otherwise I'd have voted for something by them for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    I saw Squeeze in Norfolk, VA in '93 during the Some Fantastic Place album tour. It was Paul Carrack's second stint with them. Great show. A young musician by the name of Sheryl Crow opened up for them.
    When I saw Roger Waters Pros and Con tour Carrick was his keyboard player. In the middle of the show he had a break and sat down at a table and had a glass of something, he showed a old Floyd video See Emily Play and toasted Sid, then Carrick did Tempted.

    It was awesome

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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    More Than This - Roxy Music
    After seeing some other posts, I already want to change my answer, ha. It's a tie between Morrissey's Everyday Is Like Sunday and the Cure's Just Like Heaven. If I have to pick one, I'll go with Just Like Heaven.
    "I can make all the stadiums rock."
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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Quote Originally Posted by klw View Post
    Because there was no way I could resist breaking the rule about only naming one song....here are some others besides Wonderland, that meant a lot to me at different times in that decade or are just so good, in no particular order:

    Chariots of Fire- Vangelis
    How Soon is Now- the Smiths
    Brilliant Disguise- Springsteen
    Cath- The Bluebells
    Rain in the Summertime- The Alarm
    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now- The Smiths
    Chance- Big Country
    Fisherman's Blues- The Waterboys
    Theme from Harry's Game- Clannad
    One Step Up-- Springsteen
    Welcome to the Terrordome-- Public Enemy
    Bring the Noise- Public Enemy
    Only the Lonely- the Motels
    One Small Day- Ultravox
    America- Neil Diamond
    Just a Shadow- Big Country
    I will Follow- U2
    Relax- Frankie Goes to Holloywood
    Roulette- Springsteen


    I know I am leaving off so many catchy songs that take me back to that period. ex Come on Eileen- Dexys Midnight Runners
    (we will ignore my Air Supply phase in 7th grade)
    If you are going there, "Thriller" needs to be there even if you don't personally like it, but for the understanding of what it meant to '80's music and culture. You couldn't go anywhere without seeing its effect (Madonna and Michael did this more than any others).
    Last edited by Kingspoint; 06-30-2020 at 05:49 PM.
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    One Small Day- Ultravox
    I'm not a big 80s guy, mostly because of the instrumentation. The drums sound thin. Unimaginative use of synths. Not enough bottom end. But I maintain that this band and Midge Ure's songwriting is criminally underappreciated in America. I'd like it better without the weedly-weedly-wee keyboard choices and more live drums over the dated 80s ones. But great melodies. I'm sure somewhere in Britain there's a good bar band that playing these songs with drum set, organ, bass, and limited-effects guitars. And I bet it sounds amazing.
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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Phish - You Enjoy Myself.
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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    More Than This - Roxy Music
    Great song. That whole 1979-1982 period was very good. Of course thanks to them and Bowie we got Spandau And Duran Duran.

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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    I'm not a big 80s guy, mostly because of the instrumentation. The drums sound thin. Unimaginative use of synths. Not enough bottom end. But I maintain that this band and Midge Ure's songwriting is criminally underappreciated in America. I'd like it better without the weedly-weedly-wee keyboard choices and more live drums over the dated 80s ones. But great melodies. I'm sure somewhere in Britain there's a good bar band that playing these songs with drum set, organ, bass, and limited-effects guitars. And I bet it sounds amazing.
    I never understood what this very catchy song is about. Oh my sentimental friend, well walk as one again? Any insight?

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    Re: Best 80s Song

    Wife with another suggestion...

    Call of Ktulu -- Metallica
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    I never understood what this very catchy song is about. “Oh my sentimental friend, we’ll walk as one again”? Any insight?
    I don't know. I've never heard them talk about it specifically. They strike me as one of those bands that goes for intentional opacity with their lyrics, for better or worse. Imagery over meaning. They've admitted lying about the meaning of "Vienna" in early interviews, for example>


    Some of my favorite clips: One Small Day (Midge live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpLsw7-p-Cw

    The band's reunion show 10 years ago.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKdxs2w1wt0
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    Amarillo By Morning-George Strait
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    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
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