Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1

Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1

     
 
The first installment of Rhino's massive 15-volume series, Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1 fires an appropriate opening salvo, setting the pace for the rest of the volumes. Opening with Plastic Bertrand's incomparable, propulsive rocker "Ca Plane Pour Moi," the disc reels through big hits, cult and

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The first installment of Rhino's massive 15-volume series, Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1 fires an appropriate opening salvo, setting the pace for the rest of the volumes. Opening with Plastic Bertrand's incomparable, propulsive rocker "Ca Plane Pour Moi," the disc reels through big hits, cult and critical favorites, MTV hits, regional favorites, and sheer novelties. This doesn't result in the most consistent of listens, but it sure helps paint new wave as far more than a couple of bands in skinny ties -- it shows that it was the last great singles era, since there's an abundance of sounds, styles, attitude, and silliness, just like any great time for singles. By piling them all together, Rhino might have sacrificed a little listenability, but that's OK, since it results in a great archival piece that captures the feeling of the era, even if it misses heavy hitters like Elvis Costello, the Police, and the Clash. It's the best of both worlds -- a historical piece that remains fun, and Vol. 1 is one of the best of 'em all. There are a few missteps -- the covers of "Dirty Water" and "I'm a Believer" by the Inmates and Tin Huey, respectively, are static, but the worst item is D-Day's ugly "Too Young to Date," a supposedly comic number about a teenage girl pursued by guys who "don't want to marry/(they) just want to bust my cherry"; it's tastelessly vulgar even for those with a taste for the tasteless, especially since it sounds like it's sung by a 50-year old divorcee. But there is an abundance of great songs here: There's Normal's creepy robotic "Warm Leatherette," Blondie's undeniable "One Way or Another," Graham Parker's greatest single, "Local Girls," Nick Lowe's big hit, "Cruel to Be Kind," Flash & the Pan's wonderful novelty "Hey, St. Peter," the Knack's "My Sharona," the Flying Lizards' cold reading of "Money (That's What I Want)," the Buggles' infamous "Video Killed the Radio Star," and Tim Curry's "I Do the Rock," his best song outside of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. All date from the late '70s/early '80s, when new wave was just getting off the ground, so there's a nice blend of pop classicists and stiff robotic synths, which is what mainstream post-punk was all about anyway. A terrific start to a peerless series.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/1994
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227169428
catalogNumber:
71694

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Performance Credits

Blondie   Track Performer
Buggles   Track Performer
Tim Curry   Track Performer
Dave Edmunds   Track Performer
Knack   Track Performer
Graham Parker   Track Performer
Ramones   Track Performer
Flash and the Pan   Track Performer
Flying Lizards   Track Performer
Inmates   Track Performer
Plastic Bertrand   Track Performer
Tin Huey   Track Performer
Suburban Lawns   Track Performer
Nick Lowe   Track Performer
Normal   Track Performer
D-Day   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Chris Clarke   Compilation Assistant
Bob Emmer   Compilation Assistant
Berry Gordy   Composer
Bill Inglot   Producer,Compilation Assistant
Dave Kapp   Compilation Assistant
Michael Mazzarella   Compilation Assistant
David McLees   Producer
Joey Ramone   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Johnny Ramone   Composer
Marky Ramone   Composer
Andrew Sandoval   Producer
Cassandra Harris   Compilation Assistant
Stephen K. Peeples   Compilation Assistant
Darcy Sullivan   Compilation Assistant
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Tim Halloran   Compilation Assistant
Nat Brewster   Compilation Assistant
Craig Kamins   Compilation Assistant
Norma Edwards   Compilation Assistant
Keith Altomare   Compilation Assistant
Antony Desantis   Compilation Assistant
Jean Rosenbluth   Liner Notes
Arny Schorr   Compilation Assistant
Amanda Snyder   Compilation Assistant
Peter Pasternak   Compilation Assistant
Faithe Raphael   Compilation Assistant
Janie Bradford   Composer

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