Paul’s Forgotten ’80s

Paul's Forgotten '80s

This virtual box set is inspired by the Absolute ’80s radio show of the same name and the recent spin off from the Now That’s What I Call Music team. It may come as a surprise to know that every song listed below made the UK top 20. So if you want a deeper look at the decade then I highly recommend Gary Crowley’s Lost ’80s which unearths some amazing gems and is surely the greatest compilation of this year. For this project – as always – the emphasis is on using the correct versions of each song i.e. the single mixes, the ones we heard on the radio at the time. Unfortunately the aforementioned Now 100 Hits attempt fails dismally in this regard. I have uploaded Paul’s Forgotten ’80s to my own iTunes and ultimately you will be able to stream it on Mixcloud with links to follow from 14 July 2019.

01 Phil Collins – I Missed Again
02 Duran Duran – My Own Way (Single Version)
03 Ultravox – Reap The Wild Wind
04 Dollar – Videotheque
05 Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (Edit)
06 Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
07 Marilyn – Calling Your Name
08 China Crisis – Christian (7″ Version)
09 Blancmange – Waves (Single Mix)
10 The Assembly – Never Never
11 David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours
12 Style Council – Long Hot Summer (Single Edit)
13 ABC – That Was Then And This Is Now
14 Jimmy The Hoover – Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh)
15 Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You (7″ Mix)
16 Heaven 17 – Come Live With Me (7″ Version)
17 Human League – Life On Your Own (7″ Version)
18 Thompson Twins – Lay Your Hands On Me (UK 7″ Mix)
19 Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
20 Howard Jones – Hide And Seek (Single Version)

01 King – The Taste Of Your Tears
02 Pet Shop Boys – Love Comes Quickly
03 A-ha – Train Of Thought (7″ Remix)
04 Red Box – For America
05 Communards – So Cold The Night (7″ Version)
06 The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street (Single Remix)
07 Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew
08 Black – Sweetest Smile (Single Mix)
09 Swing Out Sister – Surrender (7″ Mix)
10 Wet Wet Wet – Temptation (Single Version)
11 Chris Rea – On The Beach (Summer ’88 Edit)
12 Waterfront – Cry
13 Fine Young Cannibals – I’m Not The Man I Used To Be
14 Kim Wilde – Never Trust A Stranger (7″ Version)
15 Mel & Kim – That’s The Way It Is
16 Rick Astley – She Wants To Dance With Me
17 Brother Beyond – Be My Twin
18 Kylie Minogue – Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi
19 Jason Donovan – When You Come Back To Me
20 Bros – Cat Among The Pigeons

01 Mari Wilson – Just What I Always Wanted
02 Maisonettes – Heartache Avenue
03 Shakin’ Stevens – Cry Just A Little Bit
04 The Alarm – 68 Guns
05 Big Country – Fields Of Fire
06 Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
07 Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
08 Then Jerico – The Motive
09 T’Pau – Valentine
10 The Proclaimers – Letter From America (Full Band Version)
11 Latin Quarter – Radio Africa
12 Wavelength – Hurry Home
13 Dire Straits – Private Investigations (Single Edit)
14 George Michael – A Different Corner (7″ Mix)
15 Angry Anderson – Suddenly
16 Tiffany – Could’ve Been
17 Guns N’ Roses – Patience
18 Billy Bragg – She’s Leaving Home
19 Deacon Blue – Dignity (Bob Clearmountain Version)
20 U2 – All I Want Is You (Edit)

01 Rock Steady Crew – Hey You (The Rock Steady Crew) (7″ Mix)
02 Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – The Crown (7″ Edit)
03 Madonna – Angel
04 Amii Stewart – Friends (7″ Version)
05 Judy Boucher – Can’t Be With You Tonight (7″ Version)
06 Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You (Single Remix)
07 Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – The Rain (7″ Mix)
08 Prince – Alphabet Street (7″ Edit)
09 Narada – Divine Emotions
10 Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – Male Stripper (7″ Mix)
11 Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei – Just A Mirage (Single Version)
12 Harry Enfield – Loadsamoney (Doin’ Up The House)
13 LA Mix – Check This Out (Radio Edit)
14 Krush – House Arrest
15 Jack ‘N’ Chill – The Jack That House Built
16 Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid (Radio Edit)
17 Bomb The Bass – Don’t Make Me Wait (7″ Mix)
18 The Beatmasters featuring PP Arnold – Burn It Up (7″ Mix)
19 D-Mob introducing Cathy Dennis – C’Mon And Get My Love
20 Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is (Deep House Mix)

01 The Clash – Bank Robber
02 Specials – Rat Race
03 Bad Manners – Lip Up Fatty
04 The Selector – Three Minute Hero
05 UB40 – One In Ten
06 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
07 Laurie Anderson – O Superman
08 Wah! – The Story Of The Blues (Part 1)
09 Kissing The Pink – The Last Film
10 Stan Ridgway – Camouflage (UK 7″ Version)
11 The Colour Field – Thinking Of You
12 Madness – Yesterday’s Men (7″ Mix)
13 The Housemartins – Build
14 The Smiths – Girlfriend In A Coma
15 Jesus & Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking
16 Depeche Mode – Strangelove (7″ Remix)
17 The Cure – Lovesong (Remix)
18 Lightning Seeds – Pure
19 Electronic – Getting Away With It (Full Length Version)
20 Neil – Hole In My Shoe (Single Mix)

10 Responses to Paul’s Forgotten ’80s

  1. Martin Davis says:

    If I may say so that’s an impressive compilation and one which would work extremely well as a commercial release.

    Out of interest did you make many mix tapes when you were younger and if so are there any that you can remember the track listings for?

  2. Seamus hogan says:

    Some great forgotten gems there
    Would deffo buy it if it were available commercialy

  3. cosmo says:

    Now that’s much more like it. The tracklisting on the new Now Forgotten 80s was OK, and got some things right (Big Audio Dynamite and Furniture to name but two) and a few genuine surprises (Nellie the Elephant, for example); but quite a few of those tracks aren’t THAT “forgotten”; well, certainly not on certain radio stations, anyway.
    Excellent playlists, indeed. Don’t think I’d have done any better.

    • cosmo says:

      What they REALLY set their foot in was with the dance remix of Almaz (another song that I was really hoping they’d include, only for them to use the wrong version!).

      • nlgbbbblth says:

        Thanks Cosmo. Jim Diamond’s I Should Have Known Better was a major cock up too – they used the re-recorded 1993 version. Album versions of Sly Fox, Judy Boucher. Wrong mix of Tarzan Boy. Yet The Hits Album ’80s (released April – also on Sony!!) gets almost all the 7″ edits right.

  4. Robert Bates says:

    I would certainly buy a collection like that on cd if I saw in shops.Serious thought and care went into compiling that.Most compilation makers could take not.No fillers and duffers there.

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