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Friday, May 25, 2007

...ASAT trolls the 80's

Some classic videos from the '80s (in no particular order), thanks to YouTube. Click the links to watch.

Tears for Fears, "Sowing the Seeds of Love" ---While Songs from the Big Chair is TfF's best album, my favorite of their singles has to be "Seeds." I'm a sucker for ambitious musical arraignments in pop music as long as they are sensible and non self-serving. This tune joins the likes of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life," The Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight," and Silverchair's "Across the Night" as one of the few that got it right.

Crowded House, "Don't Dream it's Over" ---Sadly, most Americans know of the late Paul Hester only as the chef from some Wiggles skits. However, he was once the drummer for Crowded House, one of Australia's better '80s pop/rock bands. This song was particularly poignant when used in the TV adaptation of The Stand, for what it is worth.

Cyndi Lauper, "All through the Night" --- A beautiful love song, each of the 37 times that it has been used on Cold Case it has brought a tear to my eye.

Michael Penn, "No Myth" (warning: actual video unavailable, this is a lame cartoon slide-show set to the song)---While never as successful as his siblings, in 1989 Sean and Chris' big brother Michael did produce one of my all-time favorite modern rock tracks. Granted, the song is somewhat esoteric and inaccessible to anyone that doesn't have degrees in Eng lit and geography, but sometimes it is OK to listen to music that is smarter than you are in order to counter-balance the three times that you heard Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" on the way to work.

Queen and David Bowie, "Under Pressure"---This is probably as good as pop music can or ever will get in the English language. Even the humming is brilliant.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Jackie Lantern said...

Great post Chris.

I'm sure #1 didn't include "All Around the World" by Oasis since it's in a class all by itself.... :D

Friday, May 25, 2007  
Blogger RedZeppelin said...

Good call on "Under Pressure." I still dig that tune, despite Vanilla Ice bastardizing it all those years ago. The video is always fun to watch.

Friday, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Jackie: I left off Oasis for the time being due to those damn AT&T commercials. "Cingular is the new AT&T" or whatever. Man I hope the boys bought a big new boat with the commercial cash.

Red: I was intentionally not mentioning VI in order to further starve his body of work of oxygen/attention.

Friday, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Tim said...

Great call on No Myth, a fantastic record that doesn't get the props it deserves. Nice to see someone drop an 80's list that doesn't include all of the knee-jerk, cliched stand-by tunes.

Saturday, June 09, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Thanks, Tim.

I figured everyone already owned some crappy Best O' The 80s CD and had heard "Mickey" and "Safety Dance" to death.

Saturday, June 09, 2007  

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