Now 100 Hits Forgotten 80s Volume 3

I still think there’s plenty more mileage in Now’s Forgotten 80s series but it seems to have stalled after two releases. Here’s my proposed tracklist for an imaginary third volume. Once again, you get 100 tracks from right across the decade. I’ve tried to include single versions wherever possible and have put a lot of thought into the sequencing and flow. Obviously it doesn’t work as well on shuffle. This time, I’ve put the whole lot in one Spotify playlist for ease of sharing but the virtual CD markers are listed in the description.

01 Laurie Anderson – O Superman
02 Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator
03 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc)
04 The Assembly – Never Never
05 Susan Fassbender – Twilight Café
06 New Order – Procession
07 Flash & The Pan – Waiting For A Train
08 The Stranglers – European Female
09 H2O – Dream To Sleep
10 Propaganda – Duel
11 Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
12 Scarlet Fantastic – No Memory
13 The Passions – I’m In Love With A German Film Star
14 Mobiles – Drowning In Berlin
15 Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry (7″ Mix)
16 Dollar – Videotheque
17 Jon & Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home
18 Malcolm McLaren – Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)

01 Howard Jones – Hide & Seek (7″ Mix)
02 Clannad – Theme From Harry’s Game
03 The Police – Invisible Sun
04 Men At Work – Overkill
05 Freddie Mercury – Love Kills
06 David Bowie – Blue Jean
07 Go West – Don’t Look Down (The Sequel)
08 INXS – Devil Inside (Radio Edit)
09 The Bangles – If She Knew What She Wants
10 Paul Simon – The Boy In The Bubble
11 ZZ Top – Rough Boy (Single Version)
12 Traveling Wilburys – Handle With Care
13 George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
14 Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
15 Gun – Better Days
16 Def Leppard – Hysteria (Radio Edit)
17 Foreigner – That Was Yesterday
18 David Essex – Silver Dream Machine
19 Bill Wyman – (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star (Single Version)
20 B.A. Robertson – Kool In The Kaftan
21 Neil – Hole In My Shoe

01 Jermaine Jackson – Do What You Do
02 Anita Baker – Caught Up In The Rapture
03 Al Jarreau – Moonlighting Theme
04 Gladys Knight – Licence To Kill
05 The Kids From Fame – Hi-Fidelity
06 Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson – Diamonds
07 Lionel Richie – Running With The Night (7″ Mix)
08 The Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
09 Cameo – She’s Strange (Single Version)
10 Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm (7″ Edit)
11 Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
12 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
13 Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica (N.Y.)
14 Sly & Robbie – Boops (Here To Go)
15 Samantha Fox – Love House (7″ Mix)
16 The Beatmasters featuring Cookie Crew – Rok Da House
17 Hithouse – Jack To The Sound Of The Underground
18 Jack ‘n’ Chill – The Jack That House Built
19 D-Mob featuring Gary Haisman – We Call It Acieeed
20 Climie Fisher – Rise To The Occasion (Hip Hop Mix)

01 ABBA – The Day Before You Came
02 Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Brand New Friend
03 Suzanne Vega – Marlene On The Wall
04 Madness – Yesterday’s Men
05 Cock Robin – The Promise You Made
06 Swing Out Sister – Surrender
07 Wet Wet Wet – Temptation (7″ Version)
08 Fine Young Cannibals – Blue
09 Bronski Beat – It Ain’t Necessarily So (7″ Mix)
10 Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding
11 Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down (7″ Mix)
12 Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
13 Tiffany – Could’ve Been
14 Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville – Don’t Know Much
15 Tears For Fears – Woman In Chains (Single Version)
16 Talk Talk – I Believe In You (Single Version)
17 Phil Collins – If Leaving Me Is Easy
18 Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (Edit)
19 David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours

01 Joan Jett & The Black Hearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
02 Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild In The Country
03 The Quick – Rhythm Of The Jungle
04 Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love (7″ Mix)
05 The Specials – Stereotype
06 It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home (Jim’s Tune) (7″ Mix)
07 Billy Bragg – She’s Leaving Home
08 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Want You
09 The Creatures – Right Now
10 Echo & The Bunnymen – People Are Strange
11 Bourgeois Tagg – I Don’t Mind At All
12 The Cure – Catch
13 The Darling Buds – Hit The Ground
14 Nick Heyward – Whistle Down The Wind
15 Morrissey – Ouija Board, Ouija Board
16 The The – Heartland
17 The Clash – This Is England
18 Kirsty MacColl – There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis
19 The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
20 Skids – Circus Games
21 Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers
22 Kate Bush – Cloudbusting

5 Responses to Now 100 Hits Forgotten 80s Volume 3

  1. Feel the Quality says:

    Nice tracklist. I’d add a few in there…..

    Joe Fagin – Breakin’ Away
    The lesser-played side of the Auf Wiedersehen, Pet double-A. Yes, the other side is more fun, more commercial and more radio-friendly but the opening theme is arguably the better song.

    Big Sound Authority – This House
    This song was heavily featured on a lot of light-entertainment shows at the time and it’s an absolute belter. Yet somehow, it never cracked the top twenty. Very rarely comped, hopefully it’ll show up on the 85 Yearbook if they get round to one.

    Squeeze – 853 9537
    Even though it barely scraped into the top 100, it was another of those songs that appeared in the “music slot” in entertainment shows. I’m sure I recall it being on one of these shows whilst the comedians flashed up cards with the numbers on during the chorus but I could have dreamt it. Regardless, it’s one of the most underrated songs by one of the most underrated bands ever.

    Spitting Image – Santa Claus is on the Dole
    Obviously The Chicken Song is anything but forgotten but their other top 40 hit is less fondly recalled. Would be nice to see it here. Then again, it would be nice to see The Chicken Song somewhere as its quite elusive to find on CD (again, maybe a 86 Yearbook could rectify that).

    Duran Duran – Careless Memories
    For whatever reason it doesn’t appear on either Decade or Greatest, despite its appearance on Arena. When I saw them live in 2005 they played it live and it was one of the highlights of the night. Finding an 80s compilation without a Duran track is rare, finding this one is rarer.

    The The – The Beat(en) Generation
    One of the more chart-friendly hits from The The. It’s simple, more accessible and as addictive as smoking. Not that they weren’t good without him but Johnny Marr’s short time with them helped out, then he trotted off to form Electronic.

    Danny Wilson – The Second Summer of Love
    Mary’s Prayer is another of those songs that crops up on many a compilation and seems to grant them “one-hit wonder” status for some. But I prefer their other top 40 hit. One of the highlights of Now 15.

  2. Feel the Quality says:

    Whoops, managed to put the wrong number on the Squeeze song!

  3. nlgbbbblth says:

    Thanks Feel The Quality, some great suggestions there. Big Sound Authority track is a classic; aside from Hits 2 and Teldec’s Cocktail Hour & Cool Emotions (ace compilation and one of my earliest CDs), it doesn’t get the run out it deserves. Good call on the Squeeze track too. Love Careless Memories. That and My Own Way are completely overlooked. Hopefully the 1986 Yearbook will revive some novelty tunes like The Chicken Song & maybe Just Say No and It’s ‘Orrible Being In Love. Would say no to Starting Together either….

  4. James Cooke says:

    Please could you do Now Forgotten 90s Volume 2?

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