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Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 2
     

Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 2

 
New wave was the last great singles era, when the heavy hitters were balanced by a flurry of one-hit wonders that delivered one or two terrific songs and then faded away. Rhino's extensive 15-volume set Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s (available as individual discs) frequently captures the essence of the era, which saw equal measures of the sublime

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New wave was the last great singles era, when the heavy hitters were balanced by a flurry of one-hit wonders that delivered one or two terrific songs and then faded away. Rhino's extensive 15-volume set Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s (available as individual discs) frequently captures the essence of the era, which saw equal measures of the sublime and the silly. It wisely avoids arty post-punk for the most part, and due to contractual reasons, it also doesn't include any material from such stars as Elvis Costello, the Clash and the Pretenders, yet they aren't missed since Blondie, the Jam, Duran Duran, ABC and Nick Lowe are here, among many others. Besides, various-artists compilations are primarily useful for gathering songs from artists you don't want a full album of, and by that criteria Just Can't Get Enough excels, since it contains nearly every one-hit wonder of note. Unfortunately, it contains way too many novelties, which should be expected from Rhino, but there simply are so many smarmy, smutty and unworthy obscurities here that they prevent some discs from getting off the ground. Still, there are some terrific novelties and obscurities scattered among the familiar items, making this perfect for the hardcore new wave collector. Casual listeners should pick according to the track listings -- the first volumes lean heavily on power-pop, the middle volumes capture the height of synth-pop and new romantic, as well as selected guitar-pop hits, while the latter volumes showcase MTV stars. Since most discs are equally entertaining, the curious should start with either Vol. 1 or Vol. 5, the most consistent offerings. And, despite their flaws, the set is essential to any comprehensive modern rock collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/1994
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227169527
catalogNumber:
71695

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Performance Credits

Boomtown Rats   Track Performer
Devo   Track Performer
Motels   Track Performer
Split Enz   Track Performer
Ultravox   Track Performer
Beat   Track Performer
Ian Dury   Track Performer
Fischer-Z   Track Performer
Human Sexual Response   Track Performer
Klark Kent   Track Performer
Kingbees   Track Performer
M   Track Performer
Vapors   Track Performer
Martha and the Muffins   Track Performer
Tonio K.   Track Performer
Joy Division   Track Performer
Ian Dury & the Blockheads   Track Performer
Blockheads   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Motels   Composer
Neil Finn   Composer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Dave Kapp   Compilation Assistant
David McLees   Producer
Bob Mothersbaugh   Composer
Alan Myers   Composer
Ted Myers   Compilation Assistant
Gary Peterson   Compilation Assistant
Andrew Sandoval   Producer
Jim Neill   Compilation Assistant
Roy Trakin   Liner Notes
Geoff Gans   Artwork
Brady L. Benton   Compilation Assistant
Chris Framan   Compilation Assistant
Robert Casale   Composer
Emily Cagan   Compilation Assistant
Joe Pheifer   Compilation Assistant

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