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I Want My 80's Box

I Want My 80's Box

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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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Hip-O Records


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
Fixx   Track Performer
Frankie Goes to Hollywood   Track Performer
Kool & the Gang   Track Performer
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
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
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer
Peter Coleman   Producer
David Z.   Producer
Geoffrey Downes   Producer
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
David L. Stewart   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Producer
Bo Gentry   Composer
Rhonda Shields   Producer
George O'Dowd   Composer
Peter Wolf   Composer
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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