Another serendipitous charity shop find today, New Wave Hits of the 80s Volume 1 - a rather splendid US-released compilation featuring, as it does, 16 poptastic classics from... umm... 1979, mostly. A splendid piece of lateral thinking, or a bit of a ricket? It doesn't really matter when the songs are as good as the ones here; and I suppose they had to start somewhere.
Anyway, those not-actually-new-wave-hits-of-the-eighties-at-all runners and riders in full:
1. Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand 2. Warm Leatherette - The Normal 3. One Way or Another - Blondie 4. Hey, St. Peter - Flash & The Pan 5. Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe 6. Too Young to Date - D-Day 7. Local Girls - Graham Parker 8. Rock & Roll High School - The Ramones 9. My Sharona - The Knack 10. Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds 11. Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles 12. I Do the Rock - Tim Curry 13. Dirty Water - The Inmates 14. I'm a Believer - Tin Huey 15. Gidget Goes to Hell - Suburban Lawns 16. Money (That's What I Want) - Flying Lizards
So, yes, a really interesting line-up of songs - some familiar (Cruel To Be Kind and Girls Talk especially being long-time favourites of mine) and some not. I've gone for three not-so-familiar tracks here, with Mute Records boss Daniel Miller's alter ego The Normal's Warm Leatherette, Tim Curry's I Do The Rock (because I know Spike will want to hear it) and the hilarious Too Young To Date by D-Day. Oh yes, peoples, tonight we're gonna party like it's nineteen seventy nine.
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