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Your favorite Eighties top ten

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Blazer, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    well let's all just have a trip down memory lane

    Here's my top ten (but not in order of preferrence that would be too difficult)

    1. Talking in your sleep - The Romantics.
    2. Overkill - men at work
    3. Such a shame - Talk talk
    4. Slippery People - Talking heads
    5. Run to you - Bryan Adams
    6. Shout to the top - Style Council
    7. Good Thing - The Fine young cannibals
    8. New Frontier - Donald Fagan
    9. Much too late for goodbye's - Julian Lennon
    10. You can call me Al - Paul Simon
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I like your list; I probably played or tried to play all those in a couple different '80s bands(never had the chance to play "You Can Call Me Al" in a band. Thank God...besides one of the 'rival' bands back then had Oteil & he ripped it up. I have played "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" in a '90s cover band. Fun).

    As far as a Talking Heads' tune, I will add "Girlfriend Is Better".
    "Overkill" had a nice little intro; "It's A Mistake" was also cool & fun to play.
    I like how the line on "Too Late For Goodbyes" stayed off the "1".

    As usual, I will add the '80s stuff I always add in this kinda "poll"-
    "Give"-Missing Persons
    "Promises, Promises"-Naked Eyes
    "Things Can Only Get Better"-Howard Jones
    "Flamethrower"-J. Geils Band
    "Rio" & "Save A Prayer"-Duran Duran
    "Talk To You Later", "She's A Beauty", & "Tip Of My Tongue"-The Tubes
    "Certain Kind Of Girl" & "Operation"-The Producers
    "Mission Of Mercy"-The Motels
    "Goodbye To You"-Scandal
    ...playing "Jungle Love" was always a blast.
    And then there's The Police/Sting stuff.
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    no order... just digging through my collection and hittin' what still stirs.

    1.) South Central Rain -REM
    2.) Marlene On The Wall -Suzanne Vega
    3.) Midnight Moonlight -the Firm
    4.) Spirits in the Material World -The Police
    5.) Right and Wrong -Joe Jackson
    6.) That Voice Again -Peter Gabriel
    7.) Air of December -Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians
    8.) No Myth - Michael Penn
    9.) Pawns -The Connells
    10.) Relatin' Dudes to Jazz -fIREHOSE

    no way I could narrow it to a top 10 :bassist: Thanks for the memory trip!
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    In no particular order:

    "Breakout" - Swing Out Sister
    "Something About You" - Level 42
    "Radio Silence" - Thomas Dolby
    "Wonderful World" - Devo
    "Tenderness" - General Public
    "Look of Love" - ABC
    "Photograph" - Def Leppard (Flame away! I LOVE that song!)
    "Move Away" - Culture Club
    "Too Shy" - Kajagoogoo
    "The Power and the Passion" - Midnight Oil

    There are about 100 Honorable Mentions!
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I love "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister.
    I like Culture Club's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me"...quasi-Reggae.
    "Look Of Love" is cool, too.
    No comment on "Photograph". ;)
    (nice backing vocals, I guess).

    Huey Lewis/News' stuff was always a blast to play live, too.
    I used to stand by the horn players back then; it was my thing to try & screw them up during "I Want A New Drug".