Another twenty unforgettables form the decade that everything was supposed to go Bang! While this decade spawned some great musical alternatives taking on more extreme shapes, its most prominent offerings were in the new electronically created pop songs and radio friendly rock classics. As with the Original 70s Album several styles are covered. The skanking stylings of
Madness weathered the changing times (with their Gospel flavoured Wings Of A Dove). The once locally banned Special A.K.A.'s Nelson Mandela, UB40, The Selector and Blondie's Jamaican cover The Tide Is High take a shift away from the likes of pop giants Duran Duran, Culture Club, Heaven 17 and Spandau Ballet. One hit wonders like Dexy's Midnight Runners (not Come On Eileen, but Geno), Katrina And The Waves and Power Station (with Robert Palmer and Duran Duran members) are still quite memorable. Other 80s stalwarts include Billy Idol, Talking Heads, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Simple Minds and Huey Lewis & the News. Debbie Harry also appears separately from Blondie as does her production pal Georgio Moroder with Phil Oakey (from Human League) getting electronic (as usual). One omission I always notice as a defining factor of the decade is that of Adams & The Ants...

6 / A
- PB

1 2 3 4 5 6
A - B - C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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