Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)

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With 142 genre-spanning tracks, Rhino's colorfully packaged, seven-disc Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box Totally one-ups Hip-O's three-disc I Want My 80's Box. The ambitious set includes an illustrated break-dance chart and a 90-page booklet with a year-by-year timeline, track-by-track commentary, priceless photos e.g., Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, and insightful essays paying homage to such pop culture touchstones as Martha Quinn, Live Aid, and the Sony Walkman. Musically, the box offers a little something for every taste. New wave gems such as Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" and Haircut 100's "Love Plus One" get equal billing with ubiquitous Top 40 hits such...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With 142 genre-spanning tracks, Rhino's colorfully packaged, seven-disc Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box Totally one-ups Hip-O's three-disc I Want My 80's Box. The ambitious set includes an illustrated break-dance chart and a 90-page booklet with a year-by-year timeline, track-by-track commentary, priceless photos e.g., Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, and insightful essays paying homage to such pop culture touchstones as Martha Quinn, Live Aid, and the Sony Walkman. Musically, the box offers a little something for every taste. New wave gems such as Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" and Haircut 100's "Love Plus One" get equal billing with ubiquitous Top 40 hits such as Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" and REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You." And timeless pop such as Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon" and Tears for Fears' "Shout" mingle with the R&B funk of Rick James's "Superfreak," the heady rock of Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," and the prescient hip-hop-rock fusion of Run-D.M.C.'s "Walk This Way." And fittingly, the kitschy collection features its fair share of indispensable one-hit wonders, from the soap opera craze-inspired "General Hospi-Tale" by the Afternoon Delights and the so-bad-it's-still-bad "Theme from Greatest American Hero Believe It or Not" to real keepers such as Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" and Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl," which lends the box its rad title. But whether the selections are grody to the max or totally bitchin', they spark memories of a kinder, gentler time when leg warmers and asymmetrical haircuts ruled. For that reason, this compilation is totally awesome. Fer sure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227823924
  • Catalog Number: 78239

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whip It - Devo (2:39)
  2. 2 Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles (3:27)
  3. 3 The Empire Strikes Back - Meco (3:03)
  4. 4 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen (3:34)
  5. 5 Celebration - Kool & the Gang (3:43)
  6. 6 The Breaks, Pt. 1 - Kurtis Blow (4:09)
  7. 7 Let My Love Open the Door - Pete Townshend (2:44)
  8. 8 Call Me - Blondie (3:32)
  9. 9 Keep on Loving You - REO Speedwagon (3:22)
  10. 10 Turning Japanese - The Vapors (3:44)
  11. 11 Lost in Love - Air Supply (3:54)
  12. 12 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton (2:46)
  13. 13 I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt (3:10)
  14. 14 Sailing - Christopher Cross (4:16)
  15. 15 Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington Jr. (3:58)
  16. 16 Cars - Gary Numan (3:57)
  17. 17 Ah! Leah! - Donnie Iris (3:43)
  18. 18 Sweetheart - Franke & the Knockouts (3:49)
  19. 19 Shake It Up - The Cars (3:34)
  20. 20 General Hospi-Tale - Afternoon Delights (4:01)
  21. 21 Stroke - Billy Squier (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol (3:19)
  2. 2 Working for the Weekend - Loverboy (3:41)
  3. 3 Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield (3:15)
  4. 4 Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club (3:30)
  5. 5 Centerfold - J. Geils Band (3:38)
  6. 6 At This Moment - Billy Vera & the Beaters (4:14)
  7. 7 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash (3:37)
  8. 8 Hold on Loosely - .38 Special (3:55)
  9. 9 Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not) - Joey Scarbury (3:14)
  10. 10 Take Off - Bob & Doug McKenzie (2:43)
  11. 11 Super Freak, Pt. 1 - Rick James (3:20)
  12. 12 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone (3:47)
  13. 13 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (3:45)
  14. 14 Time - The Alan Parsons Project (4:32)
  15. 15 Gloria - Laura Branigan (4:52)
  16. 16 Maneater (4:32)
  17. 17 The Theme from Hill Street Blues - Mike Post (3:14)
  18. 18 Valley Girl - Moon Unit Zappa (3:48)
  19. 19 Da Da Da (I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha) - Trio (3:25)
  20. 20 You Dropped a Bomb on Me - The Gap Band (4:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran (4:05)
  2. 2 The Look of Love, Pt. 1 - ABC (3:31)
  3. 3 Tainted Love - Soft Cell (2:42)
  4. 4 Rock This Town - Stray Cats (2:40)
  5. 5 Lies - Thompson Twins (3:14)
  6. 6 Words - Missing Persons (4:24)
  7. 7 Don't You Want Me - The Human League (3:58)
  8. 8 Love Plus One - Haircut 100 (3:37)
  9. 9 Down Under - Men at Work (3:43)
  10. 10 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson (3:47)
  11. 11 I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow (2:46)
  12. 12 Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners (4:14)
  13. 13 Mickey - Toni Basil (3:27)
  14. 14 Twilight Zone - Golden Earring (4:51)
  15. 15 You Should Hear How She Talks About You - Melissa Manchester (3:58)
  16. 16 Key Largo - Bertie Higgins (3:07)
  17. 17 Pac-Man Fever - Buckner & Garcia (3:55)
  18. 18 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler (5:35)
  19. 19 Africa - Toto (4:19)
  20. 20 Goodbye to You - Scandal (3:47)
  21. 21 Puttin' on the Ritz - Taco (3:25)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band (3:47)
  2. 2 She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby (3:42)
  3. 3 Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant (3:49)
  4. 4 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics (3:36)
  5. 5 Our House - Madness (3:23)
  6. 6 The Salt in My Tears - Martin Briley (3:30)
  7. 7 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (3:53)
  8. 8 Talking in Your Sleep - The Romantics (3:57)
  9. 9 Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling (4:12)
  10. 10 Always Something There to Remind Me - Naked Eyes (3:41)
  11. 11 In a Big Country - Big Country (3:55)
  12. 12 One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx (3:24)
  13. 13 Der Kommisar - After the Fire (4:08)
  14. 14 Suddenly Last Summer - The Motels (3:42)
  15. 15 Karma Chameleon - Culture Club (4:08)
  16. 16 Let's Go to Bed - The Cure (3:34)
  17. 17 Too Shy - Kajagoogoo (3:36)
  18. 18 Maniac - Michael Sembello (4:11)
  19. 19 Sister Christian - Night Ranger (4:21)
  20. 20 Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot (3:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes (3:51)
  2. 2 Mr. Roboto - Styx (4:49)
  3. 3 I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters (3:50)
  4. 4 Back on the Chain Gang - Pretenders (3:53)
  5. 5 I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner (5:00)
  6. 6 Sunglasses at Night - Corey Hart (3:54)
  7. 7 Missing You - John Waite (4:02)
  8. 8 99 Luftballons - Nena (3:53)
  9. 9 Tenderness - General Public (3:31)
  10. 10 They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman (3:01)
  11. 11 Heaven (3:58)
  12. 12 White Horse - Laid Back (3:53)
  13. 13 Let the Music Play - Shannon (4:31)
  14. 14 Let's Hear It for the Boy - Deniece Williams (4:10)
  15. 15 Cool It Now - New Edition (4:09)
  16. 16 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr. (4:00)
  17. 17 Footloose - Kenny Loggins (3:44)
  18. 18 We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister (3:39)
  19. 19 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions (4:12)
  20. 20 The Glamorous Life - Sheila E. (3:42)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Obsession - Animotion (3:58)
  2. 2 Shout - Tears for Fears (4:06)
  3. 3 Take on Me - a-ha (3:47)
  4. 4 Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds (4:20)
  5. 5 Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves (3:59)
  6. 6 Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday (4:23)
  7. 7 Weird Science - Oingo Boingo (3:49)
  8. 8 You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive (3:17)
  9. 9 "Miami Vice" Theme - Jan Hammer (2:27)
  10. 10 Life in a Northern Town - The Dream Academy (4:17)
  11. 11 Kyrie - Mr. Mister (4:15)
  12. 12 Every Time You Go Away - Paul Young (4:16)
  13. 13 We Built This City - Starship (4:56)
  14. 14 St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr (4:10)
  15. 15 Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer (4:01)
  16. 16 Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer (3:01)
  17. 17 Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge (3:54)
  18. 18 You Look Marvelous - Billy Crystal (3:58)
  19. 19 Heartbeat - Don Johnson (4:17)
  20. 20 Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung (4:11)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Venus - Bananarama (3:50)
  2. 2 Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles (3:23)
  3. 3 Paranoia - Max Headroom (3:18)
  4. 4 If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (4:26)
  5. 5 Keep Your Hands to Yourself - The Georgia Satellites (3:24)
  6. 6 What You Need - INXS (3:35)
  7. 7 Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. (3:39)
  8. 8 Rumors - Timex Social Club (3:33)
  9. 9 Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House (3:57)
  10. 10 Holding Back the Years - Simply Red (4:12)
  11. 11 I'll Be Loving You (Forever) - New Kids on the Block (3:57)
  12. 12 Tuff Enuff - The Fabulous Thunderbirds (3:23)
  13. 13 Since You've Been Gone - The Outfield (4:13)
  14. 14 Only in My Dreams - Debbie Gibson (3:52)
  15. 15 Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley (3:32)
  16. 16 La Bamba - Los Lobos (2:54)
  17. 17 Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club (4:06)
  18. 18 Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin (3:55)
  19. 19 Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx (4:25)
  20. 20 Roam - The B-52s (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurtis Blow Track Performer
Billy Crystal Track Performer
Bob & Doug McKenzie Track Performer
Dolly Parton Track Performer
Eddie Rabbitt Track Performer
Air Supply Track Performer
Animotion Track Performer
Rick Astley Track Performer
Bananarama Track Performer
Big Country Track Performer
Blondie Track Performer
Laura Branigan Track Performer
Kim Carnes Track Performer
Christopher Cross Track Performer
Crowded House Track Performer
Culture Club Track Performer
Dead or Alive Track Performer
The Dream Academy Track Performer
Duran Duran Track Performer
The Escape Club Track Performer
Eurythmics Track Performer
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Track Performer
The Fixx Track Performer
The Georgia Satellites Track Performer
Debbie Gibson Track Performer
Golden Earring Track Performer
Haircut 100 Track Performer
Billy Idol Track Performer
INXS Track Performer
Donnie Iris Track Performer
Cyndi Lauper Track Performer
Loverboy Track Performer
Melissa Manchester Track Performer
Men at Work Track Performer
The Motels Track Performer
Naked Eyes Track Performer
New Kids on the Block Track Performer
Night Ranger Track Performer
Oingo Boingo Track Performer
The Outfield Track Performer
The Alan Parsons Project Track Performer
The Pointer Sisters Track Performer
Quiet Riot Track Performer
Scorpions Track Performer
Simple Minds Track Performer
Simply Red Track Performer
Rick Springfield Track Performer
Billy Squier Track Performer
Stray Cats Track Performer
Tom Tom Club Track Performer
Pete Townshend Track Performer
Twisted Sister Track Performer
Bonnie Tyler Track Performer
Wang Chung Track Performer
Bill Withers Track Performer
Larry Carlton Track Performer
Bobby McFerrin Track Performer
Corey Hart Track Performer
Soft Cell Track Performer
After the Fire Track Performer
Bow Wow Wow Track Performer
Martin Briley Track Performer
Franke & the Knockouts Track Performer
Kajagoogoo Track Performer
John Parr Track Performer
Joey Scarbury Track Performer
Tracey Ullman Track Performer
The Vapors Track Performer
Bertie Higgins Track Performer
Timex Social Club Track Performer
Toni Basil Track Performer
REO Speedwagon Track Performer
Centerfold Track Performer
Greg Kihn Band Track Performer
The Angles Track Performer
Afternoon Delights Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kurtis Blow Composer
John Austin Licensing
Jon Anderson Composer
The Art of Noise Producer
Laura Branigan Composer
Buggles Producer
Devo Producer
Thomas Dolby Producer
Dave Edmunds Composer, Producer
Danny Elfman Producer
Aretha Franklin Composer
General Public Producer
Debbie Harry Composer
The Human League Producer
Billy Idol Composer
Joe Jackson Producer
Rick James Producer
Kool & the Gang Composer, Producer
Kenny Loggins Producer
Teena Marie Composer
Mr. Mister Producer
Gary Numan Producer
Queen Producer
Trevor Rabin Composer
Peter Schilling Producer
Paul Simon Composer
Chris Squire Composer
Styx Producer
James "J.T." Taylor Composer
John Waite Producer
Barry White Composer
George Duke Producer
Ronnie Foster Composer
Jan Hammer Producer
Greg Mathieson Producer
Deodato Composer, Producer
Wallace Roney Composer
Jon Astley Producer
Katrina & the Waves Producer
Mike Post Producer
David Foster Producer
Buckner & Garcia Producer
Peter Collins Producer
Paul Dean Producer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Keith Forsey Producer
Daryl Hall Producer
Rupert Hine Producer
Laid Back Producer
Clive Langer Director, Producer
Ralph MacDonald Producer
Jim Peterik Composer
Nile Rodgers Producer
Bob Sargeant Producer
Jim Steinman Producer
Michael Jonzun Producer
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer
Brian Setzer Composer
Annie Lennox Composer
Michael Sembello Producer
Ken Perry Remastering
Pete Burns Composer
Martin Page Composer
Matt Aitken Producer
Tom Lord-Alge Producer
Mark Avsec Producer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
Chris Barbosa Producer
Don Barnes Composer
Steve Bartek Producer
Jeff Baxter Producer
Kevin Beamish Producer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Tony Bongiovi Producer
John Boylan Producer
Vincent Brantley Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Coz Canler Composer
Jeff Carlisi Composer
Philip Chapman Producer
Rick Chertoff Producer
Bob Clearmountain Producer
David Cole Producer
Jaz Coleman Composer
Peter Coleman Producer
Pat Collier Producer
Steve Coy Composer
Kevin Cronin Producer
Paul DeVilliers Producer
Lee DeCarlo Producer
John Deacon Composer
Dieter Dierks Producer
Sheila E. Producer
John Eden Producer
Terry Ellis Composer
Frank Zappa Producer
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
Colin Fairley Producer
Harold Faltermeyer Producer
Nick Feldman Composer
Robert Ford Jr. Composer, Producer
Denzil Foster Composer
Chris Frantz Producer
Tim Friese-Greene Producer
Mitchell Froom Producer
Val Garay Producer
Gary Gersh Producer
Jeff Glixman Producer
Linda Goldstein Producer
Eddy Grant Producer
Morten Harket Composer
Tony Hatch Composer
Reinhold Heil Producer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Trevor Horn Composer, Producer
Mick Hucknall Composer
Jack Hues Composer
Chris Hughes Producer
Bill Inglot Remastering
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Maxine Jones Composer
Seth Justman Producer
David Kahne Producer
Matthew King Kaufman Producer
David Kershenbaum Producer
Chris Kimsey Producer
Harry King Producer
Kenny Laguna Producer
Nick Laird-Clowes Producer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Laurie Latham Producer
Tim Lever Composer
Stewart Levine Producer
Steve Levine Producer
Mark Liggett Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Sonny Limbo Producer
Mack & Billy Producer
Scott Maclellan Producer
David Malloy Producer
Tony Mansfield Producer
Arif Mardin Producer
Robert Margouleff Producer
Jimmy Marinos Composer
Richard Marx Producer
Thomas McElroy Composer
Peter McLan Producer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Rodney Mills Producer
Meco Monardo Producer
Bob Mothersbaugh Composer
Alan Myers Composer
Michael Omartian Producer
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Producer
John Oates Composer, Producer
Keith Olsen Producer
Wally Palmar Composer
Ray Parker Jr. Composer, Producer
Gregg Perry Producer
Richard Perry Producer
Chuck Plotkin Producer
Vini Poncia Producer
Robie Porter Producer
Manfred "Manne" Praeker Producer
Lance Quinn Producer
Phil Ramone Producer
Nick Rhodes Producer
Gary Richrath Producer
Rick Rubin Producer
Martin Rushent Producer
John Ryan Producer
Armin Sabol Producer
Alex Sadkin Producer
Chas Sandford Producer
Shell Schellekens Producer
Lonnie Simmons Producer
Russell Simmons Composer, Producer
Mike Skill Composer
Jeremy Smith Producer
Peter Solley Composer, Producer
Steven Stanley Producer
Maurice Starr Producer
Dave Stewart Composer, Producer
Mike Stock Producer
Gavin Sutherland Composer
Alan Tarney Producer
Bernie Taupin Composer
John Taylor Composer
David Thoener Producer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Mike Thorne Producer
Colin Thurston Producer
Rick Timas Producer
Bob Tischler Producer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Earl Toon Composer
Ritchie Valens Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
Jim Vallance Composer
Trevor Veitch Producer
Steve Verroca Producer
Klaus Voormann Producer
Pål Waaktaar Composer
K. Walker Composer
Grover Washington Jr. Producer
Pete Waterman Producer
Tom Werman Producer
Tina Weymouth Producer
Alan Winstanley Director
William Wittman Producer
Eric Woolfson Composer
Mark Younger-Smith Composer
Fred Zarr Producer
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven Producer
Pat Glasser Producer
D. Foster Producer
Magne Furuholmen Composer
Randy Muller Composer
George Nicholson Producer
Beau Charles Composer
J.B. Moore Composer, Producer
David Gilmore Producer
Cindy Herron Composer
Jim Keller Composer
Mike Percy Composer
Buddy Randell Composer
Dawn Robinson Composer
Larry Smith Composer
Chris Thomas Producer
Alan Parsons Composer, Producer
Zachary Smith Composer
Julie Vlasak Art Direction
Steven Chean Editorial Research
Dave Schultz Remastering
Robert Casale Composer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
Peter Burns Composer
Ed Marshall Composer
J King Producer
Khayree Shaheed Composer
Jay Fernandez Editorial Research
Luis Martínez Serrano Composer
Starr Co. Producer
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Traditional Composer
Dan Epstein Liner Notes
Tim Scanlin Editorial Coordinator
Marc Giacomelli Producer
Ted White Composer
George O'Dowd Composer
David A. Stewart Composer
Mr. Fresh Contributor
Jo Kerr Composer
Peter Wolf Composer
7 Dwarfs Producer
Grant Composer
Z. Smith Composer
Timothy Lever Composer
Michael Percy Composer
Rudolf Schenker Composer
Gary Langen Composer
George Brown Composer
Michael Barron Composer
Otis Hendricks Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost Perfect

    This box set is awesome. As an early-30-something who grew up in the 80s, there wasn't one song on here that I didn't know. Having said that... after listening to this for a while there are some glaring omissions I've noticed. I can't believe "Safety Dance" (Men without Hats), "I Ran" (Flock of Seagulls), "Melt with You" (Modern English), "Rock It" (Herbie Hancock), and "Wake Me Up..." (Wham) are not on there. Other songs I would have liked to see: "Antmusic" or "Stand and Deliver" (Adam and the Ants), "Mexican Radio" (Wall of Voodoo), "There's Something Goin On" (Frida), "Talk Talk" (Talk Talk), "Party All the Time" (Eddie Murphy), "Abracadabra" (Steve Miller), "Lunatic Fringe" (Red Ryder), "Two of Hearts" (Stacey Q), "Beat So Lonely" (Charlie Sexton), "Election Day" (Arcadia), and "Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood). Of course, that would mean the set would be 8 or 9 discs so you can understand that Rhino had to draw the line somewhere. So, in spite of these negative comments, I would still say this box set is excellent, just not complete. Perhaps Rhino will put out a "supplemental" disc...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The 80's live again!

    This is an incredible collection of all the difinitive songs of that decade. You will know EVERY song in this collection, and it will literally bring back the 80's for you. I can think of no other collection that has so many great songs as this set. This is a must have!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing!

    This is a great box set if you want to get 80's pop culture hits!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    u will die wen u hear this!!!

    i loved it. totally awesome dude

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Load up the CD player and Party

    This box set includes all of the greatest hits from the 80's without being repetetive and does not show any favoritism to any one artist. Highly recommended for the person who grew up in the 80's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you wish to start, here's where'd you begin

    I guess I got started in the 80's a while back, but now I am almost a guru of 80's music. I have seen alot of compilations, and this one has a lot of cool stuff. I was surprised to see Taco appear on this compilation. I oughta know, Taco had a sale of one of his albums thanks to me. If I were to add to this, there wouldn't be much that I would add, except for a few... Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Talk Talk - Talk Talk, Let's Dance - David Bowie, The Politics of Dancing - Re-Flex. I was surprised that these songs werent on there, for they are on alot of other compilations out there. But this collection is awsome none of the less. Perfect choice for someone who wants to begin learning and loving (or hating) the 80's. why take my word?---I am a huge 80's person, despite I am only 16. I have been in piano lessons since I was 6 to learn to play a synthesizer that belonged to me parents... I know than almost everyone out there. Think you know more than me--lets see if you heard any of these guys, I got albums by these pepole you'll never hear of unless you're good at the internet.. A Drop in The Grey, Comateens, Industry, Kajagoogoo (the 2CDs without Limahl after ''Too Shy''), Belfegore, Dial M, Hilary, Plyrock, Re-Flex (other than their only hit-they had 4 minor hits and 2 albums and worked with sting), Fay Ray, The Trees, Space Monkey, Minor Detail, Invisable Zoo, Espionage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    like isthereagod! fer sure!

    After a period of innovation and quality that started with the use of electronic recording around 1925, the fifty year winning streak that was American pop music came to a screeching halt with appearance of MTV. That's the problem with any packaging of 80s music: compared to what went before, not much of it was really any good, pop music in that decade playing to a least common denominator even more least and common, in the worst sense. However, much of it can be enjoyed on its own terms, which this box set fashions to do. When I glanced at a listing of 80s tunes that I wished to compile for a guilty pleasures tape, however, I noticed that about 50% of them were left off Omigod! The 80s Pop Culture Box. Certainly, ahem, ephemera like "Sweetheart" by Franke and the Knockouts, "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger (yikes!) "Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins, and "Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart, among others, should have made room for such 80s defining - and what definition this was - hits such as "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash, or that quintessential pop saga, "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls. And where's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot?" "Pretty In Pink?" "Relax?" "White Lines?" "Safety Dance?" "Atomic Dog?" Hmmm? Too many songs that helped make the 80s the shallow and inane decade it was are not on this set, perhaps owing to contractual reasons. Another flaw with the box stems from the example set by its sister package, the 70s Pop Culture Box, wherein the songs were selected with seemingly greater care. The 70s box also had wonderful little snippets of news artifacts, ranging from Nixon reacting to Watergate to the outbreak of Legionnaire's disease, which Rhino opted not to include on the 80s set. A pity - I would have enjoyed hearing a soundbite from Mr. T after Rick James' "Super Freak," or Reagan cabinet members before "Steppin' Out" or "Twilight Zone." It is to the great credit of the Rhino company that they have set such high standards by their exemplary work in the field of reissues, and unfortunate that they dropped the ball this one time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A real capsule of the '80s!

    Finally, a CD set that's comprehensive of the music that I listened to in the ''80s! I had been looking such a long time, but never could find a collection that didn't leave out key songs. Here, the range is broad enough that you've got the huge top-forty hits by the big stars as well as the one-hit-wonders that you won't easily find on other CDs yet are an integral part of your memories of that decade. (I am thrilled to have hard-to-finds like ''Turning Japanese,'' ''Da Da Da (I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me),'' ''99 Luftballoons,'' and ''Major Tom,'' among others!) If you are a child of the '80s, you will love this CD!

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    Posted January 10, 2009

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