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NOW 80s Alternative

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Released: 16th June 2023. NOW Music proudly presents NOW – 80s Alternative: 30 tracks across 2 LPs, pressed on stunning pink vinyl - encapsulating the era and celebrating an incredibly diverse decade for ‘Alternative’ music. LP1’s first side showcases this diversity: Kicking off with Eurythmics stunning ‘Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)’, and Propaganda’s magnificent debut ‘Dr. Mabuse’, before The B-52’s bring U.S. New Wave with ‘Planet Claire’. Post-Punk Pop exploded on the charts of the early 80s, and The Associates and The Stranglers feature, as do The Adventures ‘Broken Land’ and Marc Almond’s ‘Stories Of Johnny’ – both amazing songs. That calibre of song writing is continued on the second side with Tom Robinson’s ‘Atmospherics…’ and the Elvis Costello co-write ‘Shipbuilding’, beautifully realised by Robert Wyatt. Next up is the understated classic ‘I’m In Love With A German Film Star’ from The Passions, leading into Synth-Pop from Yello, Midge Ure & Mick Karn, Japan and a brilliant single from Japanese band Sandii & The Sunsetz. LP1 fittingly closes with defining U.S. New Wave smash ‘Whip It’ from DEVO. The epic ‘This Corrosion’ from Sisters Of Mercy starts LP 2 in grandiose style, followed by atmospheric masterpieces from Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus and The Cure. The debut hit from Bjork’s band The Sugarcubes with ‘Birthday’ follows, before David Sylvian’s ‘Pop Song’, and ‘Flowers’ from Zaine Griff (featuring Kate Bush on backing vocals). The final side opens with the song that launched one of the defining bands of the era, The Smiths, with ‘Hand In Glove’. Timeless hits from Aztec Camera and the Pretenders lead to R.E.M., the Pixies and The Psychedelic Furs representing the U.S. Alt scene, and the collection draws to a close with The Cult’s ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’, and The Clash’s commentary on the era ‘This Is England’.

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  • Details

    Released:
    16th June 2023
    Category:
    Rock & Pop
    Format:
    Vinyl 12" Album
    Barcode:
    196588008818
  • Description

    NOW Music proudly presents NOW – 80s Alternative: 30 tracks across 2 LPs, pressed on stunning pink vinyl - encapsulating the era and celebrating an incredibly diverse decade for ‘Alternative’ music.

    LP1’s first side showcases this diversity: Kicking off with Eurythmics stunning ‘Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)’, and Propaganda’s magnificent debut ‘Dr. Mabuse’, before The B-52’s bring U.S. New Wave with ‘Planet Claire’. Post-Punk Pop exploded on the charts of the early 80s, and The Associates and The Stranglers feature, as do The Adventures ‘Broken Land’ and Marc Almond’s ‘Stories Of Johnny’ – both amazing songs. That calibre of song writing is continued on the second side with Tom Robinson’s ‘Atmospherics…’ and the Elvis Costello co-write ‘Shipbuilding’, beautifully realised by Robert Wyatt. Next up is the understated classic ‘I’m In Love With A German Film Star’ from The Passions, leading into Synth-Pop from Yello, Midge Ure & Mick Karn, Japan and a brilliant single from Japanese band Sandii & The Sunsetz. LP1 fittingly closes with defining U.S. New Wave smash ‘Whip It’ from DEVO.

    The epic ‘This Corrosion’ from Sisters Of Mercy starts LP 2 in grandiose style, followed by atmospheric masterpieces from Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus and The Cure. The debut hit from Bjork’s band The Sugarcubes with ‘Birthday’ follows, before David Sylvian’s ‘Pop Song’, and ‘Flowers’ from Zaine Griff (featuring Kate Bush on backing vocals).

    The final side opens with the song that launched one of the defining bands of the era, The Smiths, with ‘Hand In Glove’. Timeless hits from Aztec Camera and the Pretenders lead to R.E.M., the Pixies and The Psychedelic Furs representing the U.S. Alt scene, and the collection draws to a close with The Cult’s ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’, and The Clash’s commentary on the era ‘This Is England’.
  • Track listing

    Disc 1

    Track name
    Artist
    1.Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)
    Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart
    2.Dr. Mabuse
    Propaganda
    3.Planet Claire
    The B-52's
    4.Party Fears Two (2016 Remaster/Single Edit)
    The Associates
    5.Stories of Johnny
    Marc Almond
    6.Broken Land (7" Version)
    The Adventures
    7.European Female
    The Stranglers
    8.This Corrosion
    Sisters of Mercy
    9.Peek-a-boo
    Siouxsie and the Banshees
    10.Kick in the Eye (Remix Single Version)
    Bauhaus
    11.A Forest (Shortened Edit)
    The Cure
    12.Birthday
    The Sugarcubes
    13.Pop Song
    David Sylvian
    14.Flowers
    Zaine Griff

    Disc 2

    Track name
    Artist
    1.Shipbuilding
    Robert Wyatt
    2.Atmospherics: Listen to the Radio
    Tom Robinson
    3.I'm in Love With a German Film Star
    The Passions
    4.After a Fashion (7" Version)
    Midge Ure & Mick Karn
    5.Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Edit)
    Japan
    6.Dreams of Immigrants
    Sandii & The Sunsetz
    7.Vicious Games
    Yello
    8.Whip It
    Devo
    9.Hand in Glove (Single Version/2008 Remaster)
    The Smiths
    10.Oblivious
    Aztec Camera
    11.Talk of the Town
    The Pretenders
    12.So. Central Rain (Remastered 2006)
    R.E.M.
    13.Monkey Gone to Heaven
    Pixies
    14.President Gas
    The Psychedelic Furs
    15.Edie (Ciao Baby) [edit]
    The Cult
    16.This Is England
    The Clash
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