||From the Vault...
"Just Can't Get Enough:
New Wave Hits Of
The '80s, Volume 6"
© Rhino Records
Year of Release: 1994
Men At Work
"Who Can It
Are You Queer"
Jim Carroll Band
"People Who Died"
"Face To Face"
"The Look Of Love"
"Do You Really
Want To Hurt Me"
"Never Say Never"
Got The Power"
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"Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The '80s, Volume 6"
The trend of the 1980s -- New Wave Music, was chronicled in a series of
Volumes, from Rhino Records -- New Wave Hits of the '80s: Just Can't Get
Enough. Volume 6 is chosen this week, as it is hard to believe that the
music from these volumes are nearly 20 years old.
There are songs that are obviously fitted in the category of New Wave, as
in the opening song, the #1 tune by Men At Work, "Who Can It Be Now." Yet
how Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" is categorized as New Wave is a
mystery. It sounds like a common Rock song, yet it's found on this volume.
"Talk Talk" by the group Talk Talk is definitely New Wave in sound,
and it is not a remake of the '60s hit by
The Music Machine.
Josie Cotton's "Johnny Are You Queer" is more punkish than New Wave,
as in The Ramones' music, yet most punk rock songs were also categorized as New Wave
in the 1980s. And speaking of Punk, one of the best punk bands in the '80s was
the group X, as their song "White Girl" definitely fits both the New Wave
sound, and Punk. "People Who Died" by the Jim Caroll Band is more
Punk than New Wave, as it tells the story of friends who died, pretty much the
case of rock stars who would die of drug overdoses, or other untimely deaths.
Code Blue's "Face To Face" is more Pop, but it does have a slight
flavor of the New Wave sound, and is quite an interesting tune. Probably a
forgettable tune would be Captain Sensible's "Wot," a song that may
not have been famous as other songs from this volume, yet its easily passed
as New Wave, and easily forgotten.
The Bongos' "Numbers With Wings" has a slight resemblence to another
Pop (and some classified them as New Wave) -- Duran Duran. This song is quite
impressive. Pop, Dance Music mixes with New Wave is heard, on a popular song
called "The Look Of Love" (Part One)" by ABC. (The lead singer sure
sounds like Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley. Remember their hit, True ???
Also too, remember another '80s group, Naked Eyes? Ah, to some, they all say
it all sounded the same... )
Of course, no New Wave collection is complete without Culture Club and
Boy George -- their first hit, "Do You Want To Hurt Me" is here, as
they were definitely New Wave/Pop kings (??) in the 1980s. Another forgotten
tune is Romeo Void's "Never Say Never." I can easily say this one was
never a memorable hit.
The Church may have been famous with their hit "Under The Milky Way,"
yet their debut single from their first album is here -- "The Unguarded
Moment" -- a song with a unique sound, and the unique vocal style of lead
singer, Steven Kibey. The power pop "Second Choice" by Any Trouble, is
a great pop ditty, having styles such as other '80s favorites Dave Edmunds,
Nick Lowe and The BoDeans.
The A's "A Woman's Got The Power" is easily compared to David Bowie,
both musically, and vocally. Sparks' "I Predict" is definitely a mix
of New Wave and Punk, yet with a pop sound of its own, as in the music of another
New Wave artist, Gary Numan, or even the solo works of Ian Hunter.
The liner notes says it all for this New Wave Series:
"Within its confines you'll encounter postpunk, power pop, disposable novelties, skinny-tie
obscurities, should-have-beens, shouldn't-have-beens, new bands that sounded old,
old bands that sounded new, irony and sincerity, confrontation, and beat
It's New Wave, and Rhino Records has always produced fantastic
compilations of specific styles of music. Some of these records are easily
remembered, the others unforgettable, and some definitely to be forgotten as a
bad memory. For the ones not remembered, they also can be either interesting,
or forgotten. But all in all, it's one of the many transitions in music that
has become part of its history. And continuing today, other trends in music
will come and go, yet they will be inspirations and to be idolized for other
musical trends to come.
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