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Delano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:21 AM
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Poll question: Which nearly-forgotten 80's song is the best?
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 12:35 AM by Delano
(Out of these ten - forget the ones that still get radio airplay, or that are "cooler than cool"



Honorable mention to "More Than This" by Bryan Ferry - one of the greatest songs ever, but it gets plenty of airplay...

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:22 AM
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1. I don't know any of those!
:shrug:
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:26 AM
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2. Me neither.
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Career Prole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:50 AM
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8. Neither do I!
But then I just saw porn star Ron Jeremy on CNN and thought to myself, "Damn, I'm gettin' old..." :shrug:
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Delano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:54 AM
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9. Old because...
old because you remember when Jeremy was a YOUNG hairy slob, or old because you never thought you'd see the day they had porn stars on legit TV?
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Career Prole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:07 AM
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11. LOL! The former... n/t
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:10 AM
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12. I don't either
Guess I have forgotten them all. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:27 AM
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3. Sign your name...
When I worked at a Walmart I looked forward to hearing it on Walmart radio.
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:29 AM
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4. Other
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll!" :headbang:

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Delano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:35 AM
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6. That is a great song.
But I was aiming for forgotten gems. Who could forget that? I still hear it all the time. Joan Jett is great. If only she had J-Lo's butt in those tight pants...
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:38 AM
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7. Ahh! Forgotten gems, you say.
Here are some off the top of my head:

The Blasters, "Rock and Roll Will Stand"
Rocky Burnette, "Tired of Toein' The Line"
Earth, Wind & Fire, "Fall In Love With Me"
A Flock of Seagullls, "The More You Live, The More You Love"
Oxo, "Whirly Girl"
The Michael Stanley Band, "My Town"
Tears For Fears, "Sowing the Seeds of Love"
Dwight Twilley, "Girls"
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:13 AM
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14. love the blasters, but los lobos "how will the wolf survive" rocks
the blasters "hardline," and los lobos "how will the wolf survive" were the best albums of '85.

but best litle gem of the 80's...peter gabriel's Biko.

and steve biko was a martyr. god rest his soul.
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camero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:31 AM
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5. Sanctify Yourself
But that got plenty of airplay then. Still does sometimes.
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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:03 AM
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10. Of these- Lips Like Sugar, baby!

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LeftCoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:12 AM
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13. It took me years to figure out what that song was about
I guess I just lived a sheltered life. :)
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Ramsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:17 AM
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15. Great bands!
Although my song choices would be different:

Simple Minds - Promised You a Miracle

Lone Justice Shelter

Charlie Sexton - Save Yourself (my favorite is Cry Little Sister, but its a cover)

Siouxsie and the Banshees Spellbound

XTC Travels in Nihilon

Front 242 - OK, dont know this band

Simply Red Holding Back the Years

Terrence Trent Darby- Granted, thats pretty much his only hit

Sinead OConnor - Just Like U Said It Would B

And Id add:

Peter Murphy Cuts You Up

Split Enz One Step Ahead

The Fixx One Thing Leads To Another

Golden Earring Twilight Zone

Guadalcanal Diary - Sleepers Awake

Tears for Fears Woman in Chains or Shout

Depeche Mode People Are People


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kimchi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:01 PM
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30. Love Lone Justice! "Soup, soup, and salvation" is nice, too.
I just adore the lead singer's voice. I've forgotten her name.
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uhhuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:37 PM
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40. Maria McKee
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 05:42 PM by uhhuh
I saw them at The Palace in L.A. in 1985. That was a fanastic show.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:18 AM
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16. Easily "Lips Like Sugar" but...
if the Terry Darby selection had been "Wishing Well", this would have been a much harder decision.
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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:30 AM
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17. I logged in specifically to say:
"Billy Hyaena" by Wide Boy Awake.

Who dares challenge me?!
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:34 AM
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18. Fallen Angel
Robbie Robertson, from his debut solo album. A great tribute to Richard Manuel and featuring Peter Gabriel.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:11 AM
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20. I'm with you.
I love that whole album, but that one is really heartbreaking.

And "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" is great for making out.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:14 PM
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35. I love that Robbie Robertson album.
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 01:14 PM by notmyprez
Bought it on CD a few years ago, since I don't have the means to play my vinyl at this time.
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Norbert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:51 AM
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19. Dear God
I don't think that song is all that nearly-forgotten. But then again I'm looking at it from my perspective; I play Skylarking fairly often.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:26 AM
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21. Most songs from REM's album "Document No. 5"
They speak of the end of the world as we know it, and against corporations. :loveya:
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:44 AM
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22. Echo and The Bunnymen were reaching their peak around then
Interesting list, but I voted for them, a Simple Minds fan, too :smoke:
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solinvictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:41 AM
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23. "Cities in Dust"
but if the Echo and the Bunnymen song was "The Killing Moon", I would have voted for them. "Tinderbox" by Siouxsie and the Banshees was a great album. I also love Front 242 from the late 80's into the early 90's. I miss good industrial.
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Tom_Foolery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:47 AM
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24. Danny Wilson's MARY'S PRAYER...
is the ultimate '80s song.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:37 AM
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25. Man, three of my favourite songs are up there.
As an alternate Banshees track I'll take Spellbound, alternate XTC track Generals and Majors, alternate Bunnymen track Seven Seas.
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:39 AM
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26. The Sun Always Shines On TV
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 11:40 AM by southpaw
by Ah-ha

It was a minor hit that followed "Take On Me" but a much better song, IMO. I feel that, if Ah-ha are only to be remembered for one song, this should be the one.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:42 AM
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27. Windows by Missing Persons
!!!!!
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MikeG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:51 AM
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28. How about "Safety Dance" by Men without Hats?
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:53 AM
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29. That's not a forgotten song.
Hell that's one of the first song to come to mind when someone says 80's.

Just sayin'
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Dulcinea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:23 PM
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31. "Welcome to the Boomtown" by David & David.
And "Der Kommissar" by After the Fire.

But out of that list...."Lips Like Sugar," definitely!

I love '80s music. It kicks the ass of lame mope-ass groups like Staind or that rap-metal garbage like Linkin Park.
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:33 PM
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32. yah! I had even forgotten "...Boomtown"
Great song! Ricketts and Bauerwald were great together.
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:39 PM
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33. Haven't forgot any of them. How about this one?
Shake Your Head (Let's Go To Bed) by Was (Not Was) featuring guest vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, circa 1983? Or anything off their seminal album Born To Laugh At Tornados?

Anyone? }(
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Teddy_Salad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:01 PM
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34. "Pop Music" by 'M'
Pop,pop,pop music....pop,pop,pop music......
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:16 PM
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36. Definitely the Echo & the Bunneymen tune.
I really liked that band, but I actually didn't care for the other bands listed in your poll.
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Delano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:42 PM
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37. kick
the submissions are fascinating...
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Character Assassin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:26 PM
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38. "China" by Red Rockers.
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Scottie72 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:36 PM
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39. Without a doubt XTC "Dear God"
I have always loved that song!

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scottcsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:52 PM
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41. Here's my list of some of my favorite 80s "modern rock"
I'm going to be lazy and use quotes instead of italics.

Echo & The Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon."
The Cure, "100 Years."
Bryan Ferry, "Slave to Love."
Roxy "Bryan Ferry" Music, "More than This."
Peter Murphy, "All Night Long."
Siouxsie and The Banshees, "Dazzle."
New Order, "Elegia."
New Order, "Ceremony."
Joy Division, "Decades."
Depeche Mode, "Here is The House."
OMD, "Sealand."
The Human League, "The Black Hit of Space."
The Human League, "Empire State Human."
Red Flag, "If I Ever."
Camouflage, "That Smiling Face."
Marc Almond, "The Stars We Are."
The Wild Swans, "Bible Dreams."
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