Kimberly (kimberly_a) wrote,

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80's music galore! Yay!

This evening I went crazy on iTunes and bought a bunch of music. For a long time, I felt like I *should* buy music that was unfamiliar to me, expose myself to new things, and it meant I ended up listening to a lot of stuff that didn't excite me much. But tonight I splurged on 80's stuff that I can sing along with, 'cause I know all the words. Many of them are songs off vinyl LPs I owned when I was in high school. I was particularly looking for boppy, cheerful music, because I noticed recently that a heck of a lot of music on my iPod is depressing.

Here's what I bought:
  • Come Dancing, The Kinks (I've liked The Kinks since I was a little girl, but I really fell in love with them when I saw the movie Absolute Beginners, in which the lead singer had a beguiling role.)
  • And We Danced, The Hooters (I loved this album for a while in high school. I think few people besides me were fans of The Hooters, but I was a rebel.)
  • Pop Muzik, M.
  • Sex Dwarf (Original), Soft Cell (I remember listening to this on KROQ while getting ready for school almost every day for *years*. The dj always played it around the same time in the morning.)
  • Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (Extended Version), Soft Cell (Two great songs with a graceful segueway, resulting in one of the best songs ever!)
  • Tempted, Squeeze (I didn't really appreciate Squeeze until the 90's, but now I love them.)
  • Black Coffee in Bed, Squeeze
  • Pulling Mussels (From the Shell), Squeeze
  • I Confess, The English Beat (I had a huge crush on both lead singers -- Dave Wakeling and "Ranking Roger" -- who later formed the band General Public together.)
  • Tenderness, General Public
  • Always Something There to Remind Me, Naked Eyes
  • Centerfold, The J. Geils Band (This was my absolute favorite song for a few months when I was 14 or so. I often had favorite songs that were racy without my really listening to the lyrics: "Don't Stand So Close To Me," "Little Red Corvette," etc.)
  • Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, Ultravox (Okay, so this song isn't so upbeat, but I adore it anyway. I first listened to Ultravox because the members of Duran Duran mentioned them as an influence. Embarrassing. Ultravox is a *much* better band.)
  • Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order (I've always loved dancing to this song. It reminds me of a dozen -- or more -- nights going dancing at New Wave City parties in San Francisco with Fred, Katherine, Jay, & co. in the 90's. Also, 80's nights -- was it every Thursday? -- at The Stud.)
  • Strangelove, Depeche Mode (I remember dancing to this song in the yearbook room -- I was an editor -- in 1987. I'd been a DM fan for years already, introduced to them in 1983 or so by a neighbor who was a very hip dj. They've been one of my favorite bands for about two decades, and I've seen them in concert a couple times.)
  • Personal Jesus, Depeche Mode (gotta love the irreverence)
  • Policy of Truth, Depeche Mode (I'm not sure why, but I love the blatant cynicism of this song.)
  • People Are People, Depeche Mode (This is one of the first DM songs I remember hearing, and I've always loved it. It's basically an expression of disbelief in the face of racism, homophobia, and just general xenophobia, and I loved the sentiment immediately upon hearing it.)
  • Enjoy the Silence, Depeche Mode (I think one of the reasons I like this song is actually the interesting video.)
  • World In My Eyes, Depeche Mode (I find this song uncharacteristically romantic. "Uncharacteristic" in that isn't really DM's usual style. They're more of a "let's play master and servant" type.)
  • Friday I'm In Love, The Cure (Who doesn't love this song? Crazy people, that's who.)
  • Stand and Deliver, Adam & The Ants (I had *such* a crush on Adam Ant when I was 13! I still think he's gorgeous, especially with the face paint and the crazy outfits.)
  • Antmusic, Adam & The Ants
  • Europa and the Pirate Twins, Thomas Dolby (Everybody else seems to prefer "She Blinded Me with Science," but I've always preferred this song, because it tells an interesting -- and romantic -- story.)
  • All You Ever Think About Is Sex, Sparks (This song runs through my head frequently, whenever Shannon mentions socks, because I start silently singing, "All you ever think about is socks. All you ever think about is using me. All you ever think about is socks. That's all right with me.")
  • Beds Are Burning, Midnight Oil (I was blown away by this song when I first heard it in my teen years, because it had never occurred to me that white Australians might feel any guilt for stealing an entire continent from its indigenous people. It made me kind of fall in love with the band members as really cool people. I had a similar emotional reaction to the South African band Jaluka, because I found the idea of a South African band composed of both black and white musicians very heartening.)
  • Money, The Flying Lizards (I must admit that I didn't really dig this song in the 80's -- I don't even remember it from back then -- but after seeing it used to hilarious effect in the 1995 movie Empire Records, I can't help smiling when I hear it.)
  • Every Beat of My Heart, Rod Stewart (I'm not generally a big Rod Stewart fan, but this song includes *bagpipes*. I love bagpipes, and they aren't really a common instrument in pop/rock music.)
Now I have lots of "radical," "tubular" music on my iPod!
Tags: 1980s, high school, ipod, music

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