"Cleopatra died for Egypt: what a waste of time." Thompson Twins' "Lies" from 1982 is so 80s and so odd. The song is about the singer's partner lying to him, probably cheating on him. It's a very angry song, with the chorus literally screaming "lies lies lies yeah" over an over. Musically, the song is … Continue reading “Lies” Thompson Twins Review
"Boop boop, beep beep, ding ding, Depeche Mode." "Just Can't Get Enough" was Depeche Mode's hit from 1981. This is a quirky early New Wave song. The robot drums go well with the robot keyboard. The melody is simple, which makes it great for way too many commercials that have used it. Lyrically, they apparently … Continue reading “Just can’t get enough” Depeche Mode Review
Hauntingly bizarre. New Order's 1986 song "Bizarre Love Triangle" is one of those songs that just works. Musically, "Bizarre Love Triangle" is a strange combination of constant dance beat with an ethereal chorus. This song is a little bit of everything, yet it blends so well that there's no stark clashes. The song hops from … Continue reading “Bizarre Love Triangle” New Order Review
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I wear my sunglasses at night because I have sensitive eyes. 1984's "Sunglasses at Night" is the only thing anybody cares about from Corey Hart. This song has some really good guitar. It's a medium paced song that works. The real kicker in the music is the panning keyboard (which turns from epic to annoying … Continue reading “Sunglasses at Night” Corey Hart Review
"Science!" Thomas Dolby's 1982 hit "She Blinded Me With Science" is another one of those quirky 80s songs that walks the fine line between being a serious piece and being a joke. Nobody knows anything about this song outside of the old man screaming "She blinded me, with SCIENCE!" Why even dig deeper into the … Continue reading “She Blinded Me With Science” Thomas Dolby Review
It's goofy, but okay. After the Fire's 1982 cover of "Der Kommissar" is a bunch of English people singing about Germans (or maybe Austrians: Falco was Austrian.) This is one of those weird songs with a catchy chorus that just earworms into your head. Musically, the song is a repetitive guitar/keyboard piece. Nothing spectacular about … Continue reading “Der Kommissar” After the Fire Review
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Tense mall music at its finest Today's review is "Shout", the 1984 (85 in the US) single from Tears for Fears. This song is so good. Both lyrically and musically, the song is minimalist, yet still feels massive. The lyrics follow the same cryptic melancholy of most of Tears for Fears' hits from their Song from … Continue reading “Shout” Tears for Fears Review
The only Journey song I like. "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)", the 1983 song by Journey, is the only song by the band I like. *record scratch* That's right: I hate "Don't Stop Believing." Hate it with a passion. It's a dumb, overused song that has ended every middle school dance ever. Of course, "Separate Ways" is … Continue reading “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” Journey Review