Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gary Crowley's Lost 80s

Gary Crowley's Lost 80s

Everybody's favourite DJ follows up his essential 2017 Punk & New Wave boxset with another, equally essential collection of gems - some familiar chart hits, some underground classics, many appearing on CD for the first time - from 1980-1987.

Gary has selected sixty-three songs spread across four discs, each with its own theme. Disc 1 - Jingly Jangly - kicks off in lively fashion with Vic Godard's Stop That Girl and includes tracks from Haircut 100, Aztec Camera, The Bluebells and [be still my beating heart!] Strawberry Switchblade in all their shimmering glory.

Disc 2 - Fuck Art, Let’s Dance - chronicles the transition from punk to dance floor, with the likes of Bow Wow Wow, The Redskins, Carmel and JoBoxers shaking their thing alongside The Associates, Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode and Altered Images.

Disc 3 - Dance This Mess Around - does exactly what it says on the tin. Fifteen sure-fire floor-fillers, from Wham!, Grandmaster Flash and Tom Tom Club to Funkapolitan, Staples Singers and Matt Bianco.

Disc 4 - 12 Inch Heaven - boasts a dozen great extended mixes, including the Afro Tribal version of my favourite Bananarama single, Aie A Mwana, the dance version of Pete Shelley's Homosapien and the Extended Dub mix of Fun Boy Three's Faith, Hope and Charity - as well as tracks from Chic, Gang Of Four and Brilliant.

We were spoiled at the time - surrounded by so much great music from so many great acts. Now Gary is spoiling us again, collecting so many highlights in one place for us. As if the music weren't enough, the set is packaged with a 40-page book, featuring Gary's sleevenotes and memories from the stars of pop's Golden Age, including Nick Haircut, Sarah Banana, Gary Spandau, Annabella Lwin and Clare Grogan: you've seen them all in the pages of Smash Hits and now you can listen to them again!

Gary Crowley's Lost 80s is available from Amazon UK and Amazon - and you can find even more news and information about the set on Facebook.

Gary Crowley's Lost 80s

1. Vic Godard - Stop That Girl
2. The Pale Fountains - (There's Always) Something On My Mind
3. Haircut 100 - Milk Film
4. Aztec Camera - Pillar To Post
5. The Bluebells – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
6. Johnny Britton - Happy-Go-Lucky Girls
7. Prefab Sprout - Lions in My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
8. Fantastic Something - If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)
9. The Suede Crocodiles - Stop The Rain
10. Friends Again - Honey At The Core
11. Strawberry Switchblade - Trees And Flowers
12. April Showers - Abandon Ship
13. A Craze - Wearing Your Jumper
14. Paul Quinn - Ain't That Always The Way
15. Hurrah! - Sweet Sanity
16. The Dream Academy - Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

1. Bush Tetras - Too Many Creeps
2. Bow Wow Wow - Mickey Put It Down
3. Theatre of Hate - Do You Believe In The West World?
4. The Apollinaires - The Feeling's Gone
5. The Redskins - Keep On Keeping On
6. Carmel - More More More
7. JoBoxers - Is This Really The First Time You’ve Been In Love
8. Makin' Time - Feels Like It's Love
9. Hey! Elastica- This Town
10. Fashion - Streetplayer (Mechanik)
11. The Main T Posse – Fickle Public Speakin’
12. The Associates - 18 Carat Love Affair
13. Spandau Ballet - Confused
14. Matt Fretton - It's So High
15. Depeche Mode - Shake The Disease
16. Paul Haig - Running Away
17. The Questions - Tuesday Sunshine (Jock Mix)
18. The Kane Gang - Brother Brother
19. Sunset Gun - Be Thankful For What You've Got
20. Altered Images - Love To Stay

1. Wham! - A Ray Of Sunshine
2. Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
3. Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love
4. The Jellies - Jive Baby On A Saturday Night
5. I Level - Give Me [U.S. Remix]
6. Jimmy Young - Times Are Tight
7. Whodini - Magic's Wand [Special Extended Mix]
8. Blue Rondo à la Turk – Klacto Vee Sedstein
9. Culture Club - I'm Afraid Of Me [Extended Dance Mix]
10. Pigbag - The Big Bean
11. Monyaka - Go Deh Yaka
12. 23 Skidoo - Coup
13. Funkapolitan - If Only
14. The Staple Singers - Slippery People [Club Version]
15. Matt Bianco - Matt's Mood

1. Bananarama- Aie A Mwana [Afro Tribal Version]
2. Intaferon - GetoutofLondon [Intacontinentalballisticmix]
3. Pete Shelley – Homosapien [Dance Version]
4. Quando Quango - Genius
5. Was (Not Was) - (Return To The Valley Of) Out Come The Freaks [Extended Remix]
6. Defunkt - The Razor's Edge
7. Chic - Hangin' [12 Inch]
8. Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform [Extended]
9. Animal Magnet - Welcome To The Monkey House
10. Fun Boy Three - Faith, Hope And Charity [MM Extended Dub]
11. Brilliant - It's A Man's Man's Man's World [Extended]
12. Morgan McVey - Looking Good Diving With The Wild Bunch

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