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VH1: The Big 80's
     

VH1: The Big 80's

 
Halfway through the '90s, the programmers of VH1 realized there was a whole audience that hungered for the great videos of the '80s -- not only new wave refugees, but a generation of younger fans to whom the sounds of the early '80s were as classic as the British Invasion. So VH1 invented The Big '80s, a show that specialized in '80s videos. Once that was a

Overview

Halfway through the '90s, the programmers of VH1 realized there was a whole audience that hungered for the great videos of the '80s -- not only new wave refugees, but a generation of younger fans to whom the sounds of the early '80s were as classic as the British Invasion. So VH1 invented The Big '80s, a show that specialized in '80s videos. Once that was a huge success, it made perfect sense that the network would decide to release a companion album, which is exactly what Rhino's VH1: The Big '80s is. Given that the show spans from the early '80s Tommy Tutone to Don Henley's The End of the Innocence (technically '80s, but anything mainstream after the Reagan revolution doesn't exactly inspire nostalgia), it's a relief that the collection is devoted to the new wave glory years of the early '80s. True, some of these songs -- Steve Miller's "Abracadabra," Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" -- are arena rock with new wave production, but they have the same feel as "We Got the Beat," "Take On Me," "The Safety Dance," "Cars," "Time (Clock of the Heart)," "Tempted," "99 Red Balloons," "You Might Think," "867-5309/Jenny," "Centerfold," "Rapture" and "I Know There's Something Going On." The cumulative effect of all these great hit singles, which feel like one-hit wonders even though they're from established bands like the Cars and Blondie, is a damn near irresistible musical portrait of the Reagan years.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/1996
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227227128
catalogNumber:
72271

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

a-ha   Track Performer
Blondie   Track Performer
Cars   Track Performer
Culture Club   Track Performer
Dead or Alive   Track Performer
J. Geils Band   Track Performer
Men Without Hats   Track Performer
Nena   Track Performer
Night Ranger   Track Performer
Gary Numan   Track Performer
Squeeze   Track Performer
Tommy Tutone   Track Performer
Frida   Track Performer
Steve Miller   Track Performer
Steve Miller Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

a-ha   Contributor
Blondie   Contributor
Cars   Contributor
Culture Club   Contributor
Dead or Alive   Contributor
J. Geils Band   Contributor
Men Without Hats   Contributor
Nena   Contributor
Night Ranger   Contributor
Gary Numan   Contributor
Squeeze   Contributor
Tommy Tutone   Contributor
Frida   Contributor
Pete Burns   Composer
Ivan Dorschuk   Composer
Go-Go's   Contributor
David McLees   Producer
Steve Miller   Composer,Contributor
Jim Keller   Composer
Mark Pinkus   Producer
Lee Chesnut   Producer
Timothy Lever   Composer
Michael Percy   Composer
Stephen McCoy   Composer

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