I Want My 80's Box! (Box Set) CD (2001)

Artist: Various Artists

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Fire up those neurons, Sparky, and take my hand as we walk down memory lane, taking a left turn into the decade of excess, and the music of the 1980's. Why did it take us so long to harness the power of flickering video images with the stirring sounds that fired your imagination? MTV launched their initial broadcast with the Buggles, and went on to amaze us with "Sledgehammer", "Take On Me", "Addicted To Love" and more visually stunning eye candy than the human mind could possibly absorb. But, absorb we did. Remember the first time you saw Boy George dance across your TV screen and thought, "What the hell is that"? Sure, the song is great, and catchy as all get-out, but still. And Annie Lennox jumped in from the other side of the gender scale with a look that was just as fascinating, and, well, strangely erotic. We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto, are we? Forty two chart busting hits, no matter how well chosen and influential, can only begin to scratch the surface of a decade that launched popular music into overdrive. But, you've got to admit, this is a really good place to start. Great songs and stellar artists, sumptuously bound together in a strikingly illustrated digipak. Tucked inside is a loving essay from insightful industry veteran Kevin Flaherty, blended together with evocative rekkid bidness advertising from back in the day. So stack them high and (umm) watch them fly.

Specifications

Label Uni/hip-O Records
SKU 60489228
UPC 731455675825
UPC 14 00731455675825
Format CD
Release Date 7/17/2001
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Mike Ragogna; Chris Hughes; Chris Stein; Clive Langer; Dana G. Smart; Daniel Lanois; Daniel Miller; Danny Elfman; Mike "Clay" Stone; David Kershenbaum; David Z; Deodato; David L. Stewart; Fine Young Cannibals; John Ratcliff; Gene Griffin; Geoff Workman; G
CatalogID 556758
Lable Name Hip-O
Released 07/17/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731455675825
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Kevin Flaherty.
Released more or less in conjunction with MTV's 20th anniversary in 2001, this triple gatefold sleeve set (not a box as the title implies), with an appropriately gaudy 27-page book, delivers 42 typical examples of songs associated with the music channel in its fledgling years. With 35 Top Ten tracks, ten of which topped the charts, there's no shortage of video as well as radio memories incorporated into these three loosely chronologically arranged discs. Like many Hip-O releases, this favors music already owned by the Universal conglomerate. As such, some early MTV staples like Men at Work, Cyndi Lauper, and especially Duran Duran are MIA. Although their omission doesn't make this a substantially weaker set to the casual fan, more zealous listeners might notice the gaps. Covering the years from the network's sign-on during the afternoon of August 1, 1981 (with the Buggles' now classic "Video Killed the Radio Star"), until 1986, the collection gravitates to the slicker pop/new wave/R&B end of the scale, sacrificing edgier acts like the Clash, Stray Cats, and Prince, who were just as important to its early growth. Overall, the track list speaks for itself. The discs max out time-wise at a relatively conservative hour each, sticking firmly to a self-imposed 14-track limit, leaving at least 45 minutes of unused time across the triple album. Although the songs are sequenced to best blend into each other (synth pop standbys Eurythmics, a-ha, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the Fixx are positioned together on disc two), the mood sometimes wildly shifts direction. Disc three includes Suzanne Vega's plaintive, folksy "Luka," Yello's jittery high-tech "Oh Yeah," and Tiffany's brittle, ear-wincing version of "I Think We're Alone Now." Aside from sentimental value, it's difficult to imagine anyone would want to hear all three within the same 15-minute time span. But, nostalgia is what this is all about. Ultimately, this is a representative enough sampling bound to elicit knowing grins and fond memories at your next '80s party from now-aging boomers who remember the good ol' days when MTV actually aired videos. It'll jolt them back to the time these songs ruled the cable waves, for better or worse creating an indelible mark on their musical upbringing. ~ Hal Horowitz
Disc 1
1 Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles,Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar,Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
2 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club,Cuts Like A Knife - Bryan Adams,Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
3 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson,Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics,She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
4 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone,Take On Me - A-Ha,Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
5 Rapture - Blondie,Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood,Walk This Way - Run-DMC
6 You Dropped A Bomb On Me - The Gap Band,One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx,Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
7 Let It Whip - Dazz Band,In A Big Country - Big Country,Looking For A New Love - Jody Watley
8 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash,Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners,Oh Yeah - Yello
9 Poison Arrow - ABC,Our House - Madness,Luka - Suzanne Vega
10 Heat Of The Moment - Asia,Weird Science - Oingo Boingo,Lady In Red, The - Chris de Burgh
11 Mickey - Tony Basil,Suddenly Last Summer - The Motels,I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
12 Celebration - Kool & The Gang,Sister Christian - Night Ranger,Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
13 Tempted - Squeeze,Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins,My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
14 Tainted Love - Soft Cell,Missing You - John Waite,Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Disc 2
1 Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles,Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar,Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
2 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club,Cuts Like A Knife - Bryan Adams,Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
3 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson,Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics,She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
4 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone,Take On Me - A-Ha,Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
5 Rapture - Blondie,Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood,Walk This Way - Run-DMC
6 You Dropped A Bomb On Me - The Gap Band,One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx,Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
7 Let It Whip - Dazz Band,In A Big Country - Big Country,Looking For A New Love - Jody Watley
8 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash,Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners,Oh Yeah - Yello
9 Poison Arrow - ABC,Our House - Madness,Luka - Suzanne Vega
10 Heat Of The Moment - Asia,Weird Science - Oingo Boingo,Lady In Red, The - Chris de Burgh
11 Mickey - Tony Basil,Suddenly Last Summer - The Motels,I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
12 Celebration - Kool & The Gang,Sister Christian - Night Ranger,Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
13 Tempted - Squeeze,Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins,My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
14 Tainted Love - Soft Cell,Missing You - John Waite,Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Disc 3
1 Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles,Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar,Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
2 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club,Cuts Like A Knife - Bryan Adams,Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
3 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson,Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics,She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
4 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone,Take On Me - A-Ha,Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
5 Rapture - Blondie,Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood,Walk This Way - Run-DMC
6 You Dropped A Bomb On Me - The Gap Band,One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx,Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
7 Let It Whip - Dazz Band,In A Big Country - Big Country,Looking For A New Love - Jody Watley
8 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash,Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners,Oh Yeah - Yello
9 Poison Arrow - ABC,Our House - Madness,Luka - Suzanne Vega
10 Heat Of The Moment - Asia,Weird Science - Oingo Boingo,Lady In Red, The - Chris de Burgh
11 Mickey - Tony Basil,Suddenly Last Summer - The Motels,I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
12 Celebration - Kool & The Gang,Sister Christian - Night Ranger,Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
13 Tempted - Squeeze,Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins,My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
14 Tainted Love - Soft Cell,Missing You - John Waite,Higher Love - Steve Winwood

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