1980: 20 Original Chart Hits

1980: 20 Original Chart Hits

     
 

1980: 20 Original Chart Hits is a wide-ranging collection that pulls together songs from both the shiny, happy wing and dour, sensitive wing of new wave, blends them with some straight-ahead pop, and throws in a surprise or two while detailing the year in the British charts. The happy new wave sound is ably represented by See more details below

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1980: 20 Original Chart Hits is a wide-ranging collection that pulls together songs from both the shiny, happy wing and dour, sensitive wing of new wave, blends them with some straight-ahead pop, and throws in a surprise or two while detailing the year in the British charts. The happy new wave sound is ably represented by Dexy's Midnight Runners' effervescent "Geno," Bow Wow Wow's wild "C30, C60, C90, Go!," and the Vapors' "Turning Japanese." The heavy new wave sound is personified by Kate Bush ("Babooshka") with the Motels ("Whose Problem?") and Spandau Ballet ("To Cut a Long Story Short") along for support. Surprises come in the form of the Barracuda's summer surf pop revival classic "Summer Fun" and John Barry's "Theme From Midnight Cowboy" (which is mainly surprising because it was released over ten years previous to 1980). The new wave didn't obliterate the old, and to show that the old soft pop sound was still alive, songs by Sheena Easton ("Morning Train [Nine to Five]"), Dr. Hook ("Sexy Eyes"), and Gerry Rafferty ("Bring It All Home"), among others, are included. Taken together the mix of songs may not be to everyone's liking, as the transition from new wave to old pop can be uncomfortable to listen to, but the collection does a decent job of documenting the year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/1997
Label:
A Time To Remember
UPC:
0615858101320
catalogNumber:
1980

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blondie   Track Performer
Kate Bush   Track Performer
Hook   Track Performer
Sheena Easton   Track Performer
Generation X   Track Performer
Don McLean   Track Performer
Motels   Track Performer
Gerry Rafferty   Track Performer
Specials   Track Performer
Stiff Little Fingers   Track Performer
Stranglers   Track Performer
Barracudas   Track Performer
Bow Wow Wow   Track Performer
Dexys Midnight Runners   Track Performer
Fischer-Z   Track Performer
Vapors   Track Performer
John Barry   Track Performer
Spandau Ballet   Track Performer
Eddy Grant   Track Performer
Denis Waterman   Track Performer

Technical Credits

R.J. Mather   Composer
Keith Stegall   Composer
Chris Waters   Composer
Roddy Byers   Composer

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