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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
From Night Ranger's cheesy metal "Sister Christian" to Madness's goofy ska anthem "Our House" to Tiffany's coy teen-pop hit "I Think We're Alone Now," the three-disc I Want My 80's Box! has something for every '80s music enthusiast. Disc 1 kicks off with the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," which launched the MTV era, and continues to wax nostalgic with classics by Culture Club ("Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"), Blondie ("Rapture"), Toni Basil ("Mickey"), and Soft Cell ("Tainted Love"). And that's just on one disc! The remaining two discs are just as star-studded, with hits from rocker Pat Benatar ("Love Is a Battlefield"), new wavers the Eurythmics ("Sweet ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
From Night Ranger's cheesy metal "Sister Christian" to Madness's goofy ska anthem "Our House" to Tiffany's coy teen-pop hit "I Think We're Alone Now," the three-disc I Want My 80's Box! has something for every '80s music enthusiast. Disc 1 kicks off with the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," which launched the MTV era, and continues to wax nostalgic with classics by Culture Club ("Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"), Blondie ("Rapture"), Toni Basil ("Mickey"), and Soft Cell ("Tainted Love"). And that's just on one disc! The remaining two discs are just as star-studded, with hits from rocker Pat Benatar ("Love Is a Battlefield"), new wavers the Eurythmics ("Sweet Dreams") and Tears for Fears ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World"), and new jack swinger Bobby Brown ("My Prerogative"). So don't be shy. Dust off the lace gloves, the red vinyl jacket, and the "Frankie Says Relax" T-shirt hybernating at the bottom of your closet, and get your Running Man and Cabbage Patch on.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Released more or less in conjunction with MTV's 20th anniversary in 2001, this triple gatefold sleeve set (not a box as the title implies), with an appropriately gaudy 27-page book, delivers 42 typical examples of songs associated with the music channel in its fledgling years. With 35 Top Ten tracks, ten of which topped the charts, there's no shortage of video as well as radio memories incorporated into these three loosely chronologically arranged discs. Like many Hip-O releases, this favors music already owned by the Universal conglomerate. As such, some early MTV staples like Men at Work, Cyndi Lauper, and especially Duran Duran are MIA. Although their omission doesn't make this a substantially weaker set to the casual fan, more zealous listeners might notice the gaps. Covering the years from the network's sign-on during the afternoon of August 1, 1981 (with the Buggles' now classic "Video Killed the Radio Star"), until 1986, the collection gravitates to the slicker pop
ew wave/R&B end of the scale, sacrificing edgier acts like the Clash, Stray Cats, and Prince, who were just as important to its early growth. Overall, the track list speaks for itself. The discs max out time-wise at a relatively conservative hour each, sticking firmly to a self-imposed 14-track limit, leaving at least 45 minutes of unused time across the triple album. Although the songs are sequenced to best blend into each other (synth pop standbys Eurythmics, a-ha, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the Fixx are positioned together on disc two), the mood sometimes wildly shifts direction. Disc three includes Suzanne Vega's plaintive, folksy "Luka," Yello's jittery high-tech "Oh Yeah," and Tiffany's brittle, ear-wincing version of "I Think We're Alone Now." Aside from sentimental value, it's difficult to imagine anyone would want to hear all three within the same 15-minute time span. But, nostalgia is what this is all about. Ultimately, this is a representative enough sampling bound to elicit knowing grins and fond memories at your next '80s party from now-aging boomers who remember the good ol' days when MTV actually aired videos. It'll jolt them back to the time these songs ruled the cable waves, for better or worse creating an indelible mark on their musical upbringing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731455675825
  • Catalog Number: 556758
  • Sales rank: 28,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Video Killed the Radio Star (3:28)
  2. 2 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (4:23)
  3. 3 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson (4:22)
  4. 4 867-5309/Jenny (3:45)
  5. 5 Rapture (4:57)
  6. 6 You Dropped a Bomb on Me - The Gap Band (4:04)
  7. 7 Let It Whip (4:28)
  8. 8 Harden My Heart (3:50)
  9. 9 Poison Arrow - ABC (3:24)
  10. 10 Heat of the Moment - Asia (3:52)
  11. 11 Mickey (4:14)
  12. 12 Celebration (4:59)
  13. 13 Tempted - Squeeze (4:00)
  14. 14 Tainted Love (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Is a Battlefield (5:21)
  2. 2 Cuts Like a Knife (5:13)
  3. 3 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics (3:33)
  4. 4 Take on Me - a-ha (3:46)
  5. 5 Relax (3:56)
  6. 6 One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx (3:23)
  7. 7 In a Big Country - Big Country (3:53)
  8. 8 Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners (4:13)
  9. 9 Our House - Madness (3:20)
  10. 10 Weird Science (6:12)
  11. 11 Suddenly Last Summer (3:39)
  12. 12 Sister Christian (5:02)
  13. 13 Hold Me Now (4:45)
  14. 14 Missing You (4:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Everybody Wants to Rule the World (4:12)
  2. 2 Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel (4:53)
  3. 3 She Drives Me Crazy (3:36)
  4. 4 Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung (4:48)
  5. 5 Walk This Way - Steven Tyler (3:40)
  6. 6 Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer (4:02)
  7. 7 Looking for a New Love (4:01)
  8. 8 Oh Yeah - Yello (3:07)
  9. 9 Luka (3:53)
  10. 10 The Lady in Red (4:18)
  11. 11 I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany (3:48)
  12. 12 Here I Go Again (4:34)
  13. 13 My Prerogative (4:39)
  14. 14 Higher Love (5:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
ABC Track Performer
Pat Benatar Track Performer
Big Country Track Performer
Blondie Track Performer
Buggles Track Performer
Culture Club Track Performer
Chris de Burgh Track Performer
Eurythmics Track Performer
The Fixx Track Performer
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Track Performer
Kool & the Gang Track Performer
The Motels Track Performer
Night Ranger Track Performer
Oingo Boingo Track Performer
Joe Perry Track Performer
Quarterflash Track Performer
Tears for Fears Track Performer
Thompson Twins Track Performer
Tommy Tutone Track Performer
Suzanne Vega Track Performer
John Waite Track Performer
Wang Chung Track Performer
Jody Watley Track Performer
Whitesnake Track Performer
Soft Cell Track Performer
Toni Basil Track Performer
Bobby Brown Track Performer
Dazz Band Track Performer
Steven Tyler Track Performer
Technical Credits
a-ha Producer
Elvis Costello Producer
Danny Elfman Producer
Fine Young Cannibals Producer
Joe Jackson Producer
Kool & the Gang Composer
James "J.T." Taylor Composer
John Waite Composer
Steve Winwood Producer
Yello Producer
Greg Mathieson Producer
Deodato Composer, Producer
Alex Call Composer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Rupert Hine Producer
Holly Johnson Composer
Clive Langer Producer
André Cymone Producer
Annie Lennox Composer
Steve Addabbo Producer
Reggie Andrews Producer
John Avila Producer
Tom Bailey Producer
Steve Bartek Producer
Roger Bechirian Producer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
John Boylan Producer
Bob Clearmountain Producer
Peter Coleman Producer
David Z. Producer
Geoffrey Downes Producer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Nick Feldman Composer
Martin Fry Composer
Val Garay Producer
Peter Gill Composer
Neil Giraldo Producer
Martin Gore Composer
Gene Griffin Producer
Paul Hardiman Producer
Trevor Horn Producer
Jack Hues Composer
Chris Hughes Producer
Lenny Kaye Producer
David Kershenbaum Producer
Daniel Lanois Producer
Mark Leonard Composer
Steve Levine Producer
Mark Lickley Composer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Daniel Miller Producer
Mark O'Toole Composer
Keith Olsen Producer
John Ratcliff Producer
Marv Ross Composer
Kevin Rowland Producer
Rick Rubin Producer
Alex Sadkin Producer
Charles Sanford Composer
Lonnie Simmons Producer
Russell Simmons Producer
Steve Singleton Composer
Chris Stein Producer
Dave Stewart Composer
Mike "Clay" Stone Producer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Russ Titelman Producer
George Tobin Producer
Earl Toon Composer
Jim Vallance Composer
Trevor Veitch Producer
Mark White Composer
Alan Winstanley Producer
Geoff Workman Producer
Pat Glasser Producer
Jim Keller Composer
Mike Ragogna Producer
Mike Chapman Composer
Dana Smart Producer
Kevin Flaherty Liner Notes
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
David L. Stewart Producer
Pat Lawrence Producer
Bo Gentry Composer
Rhonda Shields Producer
George O'Dowd Composer
David A. Stewart Composer
Peter Wolf Composer
George Brown Composer
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