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80's peeps!

If you were going to put together the definitive CD/playlist of British *alternative* rock/New Wave/New Romantic/Punk/Ska/etcetc from the 1980's (with emphasis on a certain amount of popularity in Britain, not too obscure) for an American who only knows about Soft Cell and Phil Collins (::headdeskheaddesk::), what would be on your list?

ETA: oh, God, and Duran Duran. ::choke:: I forget these guys are British, their music was so ubiquitous and forgettable. But that's another one I need to scrub out of my sheltered American friend's brain!


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Oct. 6th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of 80's complilations out there already - you might want to narrow your focus a bit. For New Wave, and just obscure enough to impress, you can't go wrong with Ultravox. For ska Madness is good. And just in general I always like The Cure - though my tastes run more to the depressing end of things.
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
I am a HUGE fan of Ultravox, it's just a matter of finding stuff that is definitive of them without being too mainstream. I wasn't sure if I was going to include them, though, because some of their stuff is so Continental I'd forgotten they were British.
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
It's hard to know what's mainstream for some people. Like I'd consider Depeche Mode and New Order almost too obvious but I know some people who went through the 80s claiming never to have heard them - except for the occasional "oh that song" type thing.
Oct. 6th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I am definitely going to include Depeche Mode, but maybe not their most well-known songs in the U.S.
Oct. 8th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
IMO their best song was "Shake the Disease" but maybe that's just me. I adore them.
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I adore them also. And having a heck of a time finding one song for them. But now I think instead of getting my GF a CD of singles for various groups, I'm just going to buy her an iPod (its her birthday next Tues) with some extended playlists.
Oct. 6th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Pet Shop Boys. Buzzcocks. The Damned. Echo and the Bunnyman. Psychedelic Furs. Gang of Four. OMD. Haircut 100. Bauhaus! (I've been trying to think of their name since I opened this reply. Yay)

I'll add more as I think of them.
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
All excellent choices. All (except the Buzzcocks) I already have on my iPod.
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Is Procol Harum too old and not obscure enough? My brain is not good at sorting music in this manner.
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
It's a '60's group, not quintessential '80's.
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know if they are alternative, but some not mentioned yet..
Joy Division, Eurythmics, The Smiths, Culture Club, The Clash
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Frankie goes to hollywood, The Human League
Oct. 8th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
I was going to say Human League, they were ace. Glad someone else thought of it first.
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Culture Club and the Eurythmics were very well known here. I'd skip them probably, but the others are good.
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
New Romantic/New Wave: Spandau Ballet, Human League, Julian Temple, Nick Lowe
Ska: The Specials, Madhouse, The Beat
Punk: Souixsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The Damned,
etc: Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, The Pogues, Billy Bragg
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Human League was pretty well known in the US, at least as a "one-hit wonder."

The Beat is what I am assuming was called The English Beat on U.S. radio.

I would never leave off Souixsie. It's just gonna be a big problem picking one or two songs from them!
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Adam and the ants.

The Specials
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Got plenty of Adam. "Ant Music" sort of sums up my feeling about putting mainstream music behind me for alternative in the late '70s/early '80s.
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