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4/24/2012

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All the 80's is a three-CD box set assembled by the Strategic Marketing division of the Australian branch of major label Warner, consisting of 45 tracks performed by 43 different American, Australian, and British recording artists. The selection and sequencing are random; the only determining factor in choosing the songs seems to have been that the tracks were in the Warner vault, having been released originally by a Warner-controlled imprint such as Asylum, Atco, Atlantic, Elektra, Sire, Slash, Swan Song, or Warner Bros.. (There are a few tracks that were released on non-Warner labels in the U.S., but presumably Warner had them for Australia.) One assumes that most or all of them were Australian hit singles, though that doesn't mean they were also American hits. Of the 45 tracks, 33 reached the Billboard Hot 100; 25 of those made the Top 40; 19 got into the Top Ten; and five hit number one. So, for the American listener, the collection will be a combination of the familiar and the unfamiliar, as big hits by internationally known acts such as the Beach Boys, the Cars, and Yes are mixed in with recordings by acts that had no presence at all in the U.S. charts (Richard Clapton, Major Matchbox, the Radiators -- the last not the American band from New Orleans) or very little (Cold Chisel, Goanna, 1927), plus well-known artists performing songs that, in the U.S., were not chart singles (Divinyls, Dave Edmunds, Leo Sayer). There's some good 1980s pop music in a variety of styles to be heard on the disc, but it is all jumbled up with material that, especially for Americans, is quite obscure. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 2 Every Day Is Halloween Ministry 6:19
  3. 3 The Glamorous Life (Re-Recorded) Sheila E. 3:38
  4. 4 Eye of the Tiger Great White 3:52
  5. 5 I Wanna Be a Cowboy Cowboy '86 3:50
  6. 6 Boom, Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room) (Re-Recorded) Paul Lekakis 4:42
  7. 7 Maniac (Flashdance) (Re-Recorded) Michael Sembello 4:17
  8. 8 Pass the Dutchie (Re-Recorded) Musical Youth 3:35
  9. 10 Blame It on the Rain Vanilla Twins 4:6
  10. 11 Basketball (Re-Recorded) Kurtis Blow 3:49
  11. 12 Electric Avenue 80's Dj Picks 3:17
  12. 13 Two Tickets to Paradise (Re-Recorded) Eddie Money 3:52
  13. 14 Send Me an Angel (Re-Recorded) Real Life 3:54
  14. 15 Walking in L.A. (Re-Recorded) Missing Persons 3:57
  15. 16 Let It Whip (Re-Recorded) Dazz Band 4:37
  16. 17 867-5309 / Jenny (Re-Recorded) Tommy Tutone 3:42
  17. 18 Treat 'Em Right (Re-Recorded) Chubb Rock 4:38
  18. 19 Just a Friend (Re-Recorded) Biz Markie 4:8
  19. 20 Poison Arrow (Re-Recorded) ABC 3:23
  20. 21 Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980 Martin Hannett Tapes) Joy Division 3:14
  21. 22 White Lines (Re-Recorded) Grandmaster Flash 7:43
  22. 23 Wild Wild West (Re-Recorded) Kool Moe Dee 4:43
  23. 24 In a Big Country (Live) Big Country 5:44
  24. 25 Living on Video (Re-Recorded) Trans-X 3:27
  25. 26 Naughty Naughty (Re-Recorded) John Parr 4:25
  26. 28 Puttin' on the Ritz (Re-Recorded) Taco 4:41
  27. 30 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (Re-Recorded) Dead or Alive 4:25
  28. 32 I Eat Cannibals (Re-Recorded) Toto Coelo 3:45
  29. 33 Girl You Know It's True Vanilla Twins 2:59
  30. 34 Working for the Weekend (Re-Recorded) Loverboy 3:58
  31. 35 Make a Circuit Me (Re-Recorded) The Polecats 2:52
  32. 37 Oh Sheila (Re-Recorded) Ready for the World 4:0
  33. 38 Supersonic (Re-Recorded) J.J. Fad 3:53
  34. 39 Cherry Pie (Re-Recorded) Warrant 3:5
  35. 40 Metro (Re-Recorded) Berlin 4:16
  36. 41 I Want Candy (Re-Recorded) Bow Wow Wow 2:40
  37. 42 I Melt with You (Re-Recorded) Modern English 3:51
  38. 43 Oh Yeah 80's Dj Picks 3:1
  39. 44 Walking on Sunshine Katrina Woolverton 3:39
  40. 45 The Promise (Re-Recorded) When in Rome 3:32
  41. 46 I Wonder If I Take You Home (Re-Recorded) Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam 6:44
  42. 47 It Takes Two (Re-Recorded) Rob Base 4:58
  43. 48 The Roof Is on Fire (Re-Recorded) Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three 5:33
  44. 49 Don't Stop the Rock (Re-Recorded) Freestyle 5:27
  45. 50 Meeting in the Ladies Room (Re-Recorded) Klymaxx 8:7

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