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Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 6

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10/25/1994

Review

There was an unspoken rule about the first wave of Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's. The first five volumes exist from a pre-MTV era. Sure, there were songs that were very popular on MTV, but they didn't dominate the selections. Starting with Vol. 6, the first volume of the second wave, MTV plays a bigger part than before, with many of the songs being MTV staples -- including Men at Work's "Who Can It Be Now?," Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone," ABC's "The Look of Love," Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," and, to a lesser extent, Romeo Void's "Never Say Never." This isn't a bad thing at all, but it does signal that new wave started to break through, big time, toward 1982. Fortunately, while the compilers of Just Can't Get Enough acknowledge that shift, they aren't consumed by it, and follow the same path as always, pulling in cult favorites like Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" and X's "White Girl," along with novelties like Josie Cotton's terrific "Johnny, Are You Queer?," the Sparks' Amazing Kreskin tribute, "I Predict," and Captain Sensible's dunderheaded "Wot." Between those two extremes are some truly fine songs -- the Church's dreamy "The Unguarded Moment," Any Trouble's "Second Choice," Talk Talk's "Talk Talk" -- and while that makes for a bit of a scattershot collection, there are enough great moments to make it a fun, satisfying listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Who Can It Be Now? Men at Work 3:19
  3. 2 Twilight Zone Golden Earring 4:47
  4. 3 Talk Talk Talk Talk 3:20
  5. 4 Johnny, Are You Queer? Josie Cotton 2:43
  6. 5 White Girl X 3:29
  7. 6 People Who Died Jim Carroll 4:57
  8. 7 Face to Face Code Blue 3:1
  9. 8 Wot Captain Sensible 3:17
  10. 9 Numbers With Wings The Bongos 4:23
  11. 10 The Look of Love, Pt. 1 ABC 3:29
  12. 11 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Culture Club 4:21
  13. 12 Never Say Never Romeo Void 3:26
  14. 13 The Unguarded Moment The Church 3:9
  15. 14 Second Choice Any Trouble 2:59
  16. 15 A Woman's Got the Power The A's 3:33
  17. 16 I Predict Sparks 2:50

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