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Greatest Hits of the 80's [1999 Disky]

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11/2/1999

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Like the box sets devoted to the 1960s and 1970s released by Dutch label Disky, Greatest Hits of the 80's is a massive collection that should have qualifications applied to its all-encompassing title. First, Disky licenses primarily from EMI, so its hits are largely restricted to that major label's vaults. (This is not as great a limitation as it might appear, since it includes artists like Talking Heads, who are not on EMI labels in the U.S.) Second, the collection has a distinctly European orientation, so its application to the nostalgic American listener is limited. Of the 144 tracks, 129 reached the British charts, with 120 of those making the Top 40, 99 the Top Ten, and 22 going to number one. The comparable American statistics are roughly halved: 68 chart entries, of which 54 made the Top 40 and 38 the Top Ten, with 14 chart-toppers. And 12 of the tracks, by such performers as Sandra and Gazebo (each of whom gets two selections), scored only in continental Europe, missing both the U.S. and U.K. charts. The bulk of the tracks are pop/rock recordings by the videogenic post-new wave acts of the early '80s, most of them British: Culture Club, Duran Duran, and Ultravox get four selections each; there are three songs each by Blondie, Eddy Grant, Hot Chocolate, Billy Idol, Kajagoogoo, Spandau Ballet, and Kim Wilde; and among those with two tracks each are Thomas Dolby, Samantha Fox, and Billy Ocean. So, if you were living in, say, Amsterdam in the 1980s, there will be much here that you will recognize. But the box was selling for only about $50 through U.S. mail-order firms in the early 2000s, and, at that price, even American '80s enthusiasts might want to delve into its mixture of the familiar and the exotic. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 No Doubt About It Hot Chocolate 4:25
  3. 2 More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer 3:39
  4. 3 Stop the Cavalry Jona Lewie 2:53
  5. 4 Stars on 45: Stars on 45/Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I'll Be Back/Drive Stars On 45 4:48
  6. 5 Kids in America Kim Wilde 3:25
  7. 6 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 3:42
  8. 7 Rain in May Max Werner 3:31
  9. 8 Morning Train (Nine to Five) Sheena Easton 3:18
  10. 9 Papa Chico Tony Esposito 3:57
  11. 10 We Just 4:46
  12. 11 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Culture Club 4:22
  13. 12 Hymn Ultravox 4:22
  14. 13 Too Shy Kajagoogoo 3:37
  15. 14 The Whole of the Moon The Waterboys 4:59
  16. 15 Breakaway Tracey Ullman 2:33
  17. 16 Imagination Belouis Some 3:33
  18. 17 Centerfold J. Geils Band 3:35
  19. 18 Walking on Sunshine Katrina & the Waves 3:55
  20. 1 True Spandau Ballet 5:28
  21. 2 The Tide Is High Blondie 3:48
  22. 3 Save Your Love Renée & Renato 3:5
  23. 4 Sunshine Reggae Laid Back 4:13
  24. 5 I Like Chopin Gazebo 8:53
  25. 6 Karma Chameleon Culture Club 3:56
  26. 7 This Is Not a Love Song Public Image Ltd. 4:10
  27. 8 Only You The Flying Pickets 3:21
  28. 9 Star Trekkin' The Firm 3:31
  29. 10 Love Is a Battlefield 5:20
  30. 11 The Reflex Duran Duran 4:21
  31. 12 Dancing With Tears in My Eyes Ultravox 4:2
  32. 13 Letter from America The Proclaimers 4:0
  33. 14 Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now Samantha Fox 3:43
  34. 15 Dictator Centerfold 3:25
  35. 16 Walking in the Air Aled Jones 3:22
  36. 17 Hot in the City Billy Idol 3:33
  37. 18 Electric Avenue Eddy Grant 3:44
  38. 1 Such a Shame Talk Talk 5:39
  39. 2 Eyes Without a Face Billy Idol 4:7
  40. 3 Never Ending Story Limahl 3:25
  41. 4 Wild Boys Duran Duran 4:16
  42. 5 We Belong 3:33
  43. 6 A Walk in the Park Nick Straker Band 4:5
  44. 7 Solid Ashford & Simpson 5:5
  45. 8 Road to Nowhere Talking Heads 4:1
  46. 9 Let's All Chant The Michael Zager Band 3:0
  47. 10 Nineteen Paul Hardcastle 3:36
  48. 11 Carribean Queen (No More Love on the Run) Billy Ocean 4:2
  49. 12 Kayleigh Marillion 3:30
  50. 13 Maria Magdalena Sandra 3:54
  51. 14 Running up That Hill Kate Bush 4:54
  52. 15 If I Was Midge Ure 4:42
  53. 16 Sexy Eyes Dr. Hook 2:54
  54. 17 Girl Crazy Hot Chocolate 3:20
  55. 18 Big Apple Kajagoogoo 4:8
  56. 1 A Good Heart Feargal Sharkey 4:36
  57. 2 Touch Me (I Want Your Body) Samantha Fox 3:42
  58. 3 In the Heat of the Night Sandra 5:15
  59. 4 When the Going Gets Tough Billy Ocean 4:5
  60. 5 Human The Human League 4:25
  61. 6 (I Just) Died in Your Arms Cutting Crew 4:34
  62. 7 Gold Spandau Ballet 3:48
  63. 8 Everything I Own Boy George 3:54
  64. 9 Living in a Box Living in a Box 3:1
  65. 10 Sweet Sixteen Billy Idol 4:10
  66. 11 Shattered Dreams Johnny Hates Jazz 3:25
  67. 12 China in Your Hand T'Pau 4:0
  68. 13 Love Changes (Everything) Climie Fisher 4:25
  69. 14 Don't Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin 3:50
  70. 15 Round and Round Jaki Graham 4:15
  71. 16 Cambodia Kim Wilde 3:55
  72. 17 Don't Waste My Time Paul Hardcastle 4:25
  73. 18 I Scare Myself Thomas Dolby 5:34
  74. 1 Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend) Mel & Kim 4:8
  75. 2 I Need You BVSMP 5:2
  76. 3 Tarzan Boy Baltimora 3:22
  77. 4 Geil 4:0
  78. 5 Holiday Rap 4:25
  79. 6 Sata Lucia by Night George Baker Selection 4:10
  80. 7 If Only I Could Sydney Youngblood 3:26
  81. 8 The Real Thing Jellybean 5:32
  82. 9 Respect Adeva 4:1
  83. 10 Rich in Paradise F.P.I. Project 5:49
  84. 11 Disco Band Scotch 4:57
  85. 12 What Have I Done for You Lately King Mc 5:59
  86. 13 I Can't Wait Nu Shooz 3:38
  87. 14 Time (Clock of the Heart) Culture Club 3:39
  88. 15 Geno Dexys Midnight Runners 3:25
  89. 16 Mated Jaki Graham 3:46
  90. 17 We Close Our Eyes Go West 3:39
  91. 18 Hit Mix: Happy Station/Color My Love/Baila Bolero/Give Me Your Love Fun Fun 5:36
  92. 1 Atomic Blondie 4:35
  93. 2 Reckless 3:50
  94. 3 Heart and Soul T'Pau 4:7
  95. 4 Missing You John Waite 3:29
  96. 5 Comin' on Strong Broken English 3:49
  97. 6 Don't Forget Me Glass Tiger 4:4
  98. 7 Mony Mony Amazulu 4:1
  99. 8 Let's Go All the Way Sly Fox 3:50
  100. 9 Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney 4:9
  101. 10 I Am the Beat The Look 3:4
  102. 11 Gimme Hope Jo'anna Eddy Grant 3:58
  103. 12 The Harder I Try Brother Beyond 3:27
  104. 13 Hyperactive! Thomas Dolby 4:10
  105. 14 Victims Culture Club 4:52
  106. 15 Temptation Heaven 17 4:37
  107. 16 Chequered Love Kim Wilde 3:19
  108. 17 Respectable Mel & Kim 5:39
  109. 18 Turn to Gold David Austin 3:41
  110. 1 Sunglasses Tracey Ullman 2:54
  111. 2 All Stood Still Ultravox 3:39
  112. 3 Save a Prayer Duran Duran 5:23
  113. 4 Wishful Thinking China Crisis 4:7
  114. 5 Classic Adrian Gurvitz 3:37
  115. 6 The Power of Love Huey Lewis & the News 4:18
  116. 7 It Started With a Kiss Hot Chocolate 4:0
  117. 8 On the Beat The B.B. & Q. Band 6:59
  118. 9 Call Me Blondie 3:24
  119. 10 I Don't Wanna Dance Eddy Grant 3:37
  120. 11 Set Me Free Jaki Graham 3:34
  121. 12 I Want to Wake Up With You 3:58
  122. 13 Freeze-Frame J. Geils Band 3:54
  123. 14 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off Jermaine Stewart 4:4
  124. 15 French Kissin' in the USA Debbie Harry 4:7
  125. 16 Johnny B. Goode Peter Tosh 4:0
  126. 17 Free Nelson Mandela The Special A.K.A. 4:32
  127. 18 Golden Brown The Stranglers 3:26
  128. 1 Slippery People Talking Heads 4:11
  129. 2 Hey Little Girl Icehouse 4:13
  130. 3 Lucky Number Lene Lovich 2:45
  131. 4 Some Like It Hot The Power Station 5:4
  132. 5 C'est la Vie Robbie Nevil 3:2
  133. 6 Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) Spandau Ballet 4:2
  134. 7 Girls on Film Duran Duran 3:27
  135. 8 Senses Working Overtime XTC 4:45
  136. 9 Ooh to Be Ah Kajagoogoo 3:34
  137. 10 Hip to Be Square Huey Lewis & the News 4:2
  138. 11 Vienna Ultravox 4:35
  139. 12 Tonight I Celebrate My Love Peabo Bryson 3:27
  140. 13 Lavender Marillion 3:38
  141. 14 Lunatic Gazebo 3:56
  142. 15 Room in Your Heart Living in a Box 4:35
  143. 16 Love Don't Live Here Anymore Jimmy Nail 3:53
  144. 17 Could It Be I'm Falling in Love David Grant 4:15
  145. 18 Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) Freddie Jackson 4:2

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