Pet Shop Boys are a bit too good to be true.
It's so edgy, right?
The song you play when your friend bails on you at the last minute. 1983's "Promises, Promises" by Naked Eyes is one of those irritated, but not enraged, songs. The song is literally calling out someone lying to you. "You made me promises, promises, you knew you'd never keep" sounds like something I'd say. "Why … Continue reading Music Review: “Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes
Melancholic church organ? Crowded House's 1986 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" is one of those songs where you simultaneously smile and cry when listening to it. It's a sad song that reminds you of the good times. This song is the end of the road song. It's the song that plays at the end of … Continue reading Music Review: “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House
Stereotypical 80s prom music. 1983's "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins (neither twins nor was anybody actually named Thompson) is one of those songs that refuses to go away. I'm strummy. catchy, and just peppy enough. It's a slow-paced happy song! The song is incredibly simple, and is really made for slow dancing, or … Continue reading Music Review: “Hold me Now” by the Thompson Twins
Employee training video music for an employee training video world. When in Rome's 1988 hit "When in Rome" is that end of the movie music you expect. This is probably why it was played at the end of Napoleon Dynamite. There's nothing offensive about this song. It has that smooth, synthy sound. The lyrics are so … Continue reading Music Review: “The Promise” by When in Rome
A hairbrush lip-sync anthem. 1982's "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks is a really fun song. The song chugs. There's no other way to explain it: it's a slow, then a frantic, chugging song. This is not a song to dance to: it's a song to fight to. This is a song that you drag … Continue reading Music Review: “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks
If this song was a lamb chop, it would be overdone. "If You Leave" is the 1986 hit by the autocorrect hating Orchestal Manoeuvres In The Dark. The later half of the 80s was a weirder time for music. New Wave was getting weird. This song is weird. This song feels exactly like the bands … Continue reading Music Review: “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Edgy mall music...and I love it. Pet Shop Boy's 1984/1985 hit "West End Girls" is such a good song. It's another one of those songs that's just at a Goldilock's pace when it comes to the beat. This is less a dance song, in my opinion, and more of a lounge song. I love listening … Continue reading Music Review: “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys
A peppy, creepy hit. The Romantics' 1983 hit "Talking in Your Sleep" is one of those classic 80s rock earworms. I actually keep a penny and a roll of tape handy to play my scratched-up vinyl single at a moment's notice. Real talk: this songs opening is so good. That *buh duh buh* guitar that … Continue reading Music Review: “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics