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Show 237

King for a Day by Thompson Twins. From Here’s to Future Days, released in 1985.

Mandinka by Sinead O’Connor. From The Lion and the Cobra, her 1987 debut at age 20.

Touch Me by Kirsty MacColl. From the second CD of Titanic Days, MacColl’s fourth studio album, released in 1993.

Sexy Eyes by Dr Hook. 1979 single from Sometimes You Win, their 8th. They were originally Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show but shortened it in 1975 to Dr. Hook. They formed around Union City, New Jersey in 1967.

The One I Love by REM. 1987 single release from Document, their 5th full length album.

Speak Like a Child by Style Council. This was their 1983 debut single, hit number 4 in the UK, 29 here. It was also on their debut album, Introducing the Style Council, which only charted in NZ…at 6.

Straight Outta Compton by NWA. Title track to their 1988 debut studio album. I believe this is the ‘dirty’ version rather than the one that got radio play at the time…so cover your ears if you’re delicate about this sort of thing.

Brand New Car by The Rolling Stones. Request.

How Soon is Now by The Smiths. 1984 B-side to William, It Was Really Nothing, but released as a single in its own right the following year. It was also included on the 1984 compilation album Hatful of Hollow and on US, Canadian, Australian, and Warner UK editions of the group’s second album Meat Is Murder (1985).

Aussies from 1983

*Australiana by Austen Tayshus. 1983 comedy sketch that spent 8 weeks at no. 1 here in Australia and was Aria’s no. 1 song of that year! Most of you outside Oz won’t get many of the puns but trust me, it’s hilarious! Austen Tayshus is the stage name of comedian Alexander Jacob Gutman, the son of a Hasidic Holocaust survivor. He grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home. At 14, he won the Australian Bible competition and took part in the finals in Israel. He finished in the top five.

*Send me an Angel by Real Life. 1983 song initially released on their debut album Heartland. Apparently in Napster’s early days this was labeled as a Pet Shop Boys track, much to the frustration of the band. They were from Melbourne.

*Dr Heckyl and Mr Jive by Men At Work. From their 1983 album Cargo.

*Montego Bay by Allniters. Sydney ska band that played together for about 8 years in the 80s. This song is a ska-style cover of Bobby Bloom’s hit “Montego Bay”, which peaked at #16 on the Australian singles charts in 1983.

*Change in Mood by Kids in the Kitchen. Melbourne band, 1983 debut single release. They released 2 albums and 9 singles in their active years, 1983-88.

*I Hear Motion by Models. This is the first track of Models’ first album with James Freud, 1983’s Pleasure of Your Company.

Fools Gold by The Stone Roses. One half of their 1989 non-album, double A sided single, “What the World Is Waiting For” was the other. It was released in the UK, the US, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Japan, and Spain. It was their biggest commercial hit at the time.

I Will Follow by U2. Request.

Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell. 1975 Glen Campbell cover of Larry Weiss’s original. There’s an Australia connection to this one – Campbell first heard it while touring here in 1974 and decided he wanted to learn and record it. Upon his return to the US, he convinced Capitol records to back it…bet they’re glad they did! It went to 1 in loads of countries and kinds of chart, from Pop to Country. Reminds me of my next door neighbours when I was a kid.

Don’t Believe the Hype by Public Enemy. 1988 single from It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, their second full length album, also from 1988.

Have you ever been away by Beautiful South. Second track on the 1989 debut album Welcome to the Beautiful South.

 

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