Underrated songs from the 80s

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  1. S-Town

    S-Town Senior member

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    I know there are lots of young 'uns on this forum, but hopefully that doesn't keep people from exploring past decades of tunes. Post the videos of songs from the 80s that you feel are underrated or under appreciated. So, as good as "Under the Milky Way" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" are, they are on every 80s compilation made. And I am not claiming to know the obscure songs from the 80s underworld; just some that aren't mentioned as much.

    I'll start it off with a few that I like a lot:

    Freur--"Doot Doot"


    Fancy--"Lady of Ice" (wow, the androgyny is pretty intense in this "live" version)


    Fiction Factory--"Feels Like Heaven"


    House of Love--"I Don't Know Why I Love You"


    Wire--"Kidney Bingos" (one of best songs ever with fairly meaningless lyrics)
    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kidney+bingos&aq=f
     
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    Pennglock Senior member

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    I love your choices, man.

    Non-killing-moon Echo and the Bunnymen don't get much love this side of the pond.

    The Cutter:


    also

    Bad Brains - Pay to Cum:


    Dream Syndicate - Tell Me When It's Over


    Some Magazine:
     
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    Nice job bringing in some flavor from another genre (something I didn't do too well). The Magazine song is redic!!!!!!!! It's the type of video that I truly wish I were part of the audience at the time.
     
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    Monroes - What Do All The People Know


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    Nice songs guys! Thanks for posting those.
     
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    uncertain smle - the the
    chamber of hellos - wire train
    the first picture of you - lotus eaters
    flaming sword - the care
    locked out - crowded house
    way you are - tears for fears
     
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    The Chameleons (aka The Chameleons UK in the States)

    Tears

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    Soul in Isolation

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    Swamp Thing

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    In Shreds

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    I've spent over 25 years promoting this band, and haven't found a band more deserving of recognition.

    Here's a review of 'em:
    "If there was a should-have-been year in the Chameleons' history, 1986 would clearly be it, and Strange Times demonstrates that on every track, practically in every note. Signed to a huge label, with production help from the Dave Allen/Mark Saunders team who worked on the Cure's brilliant series of late-'80s records (here providing a more balanced sound between guitar effects and direct punch than appeared on What), the Chameleons delivered an album that should have been the step to a more above-board existence on radio and beyond. Right from the start, a stunning upward spiral of a guitar riff begins the unnerving character study "Mad Jack," the band members mix their skills, experience, and songwriting ability perfectly and take everything to an even higher level. The first half continues with three more stunners: "Caution," a semi-waltz that moves well, pulls back, and then slams home, "Tears," a crushingly sad, acoustic ode to personal loss, and "Soul in Isolation," combining a huge majestic wallop with Mark Burgess' anguished study of alienation. And just when you think it couldn't get any better -- "Swamp Thing," the definitive Chameleons song, complex, building, tense, epic, perfectly played (John Lever's drumming is simply jaw-dropping, the Reg Smithies/Dave Fielding guitar pairing totally spot on), and with one of Burgess' most poetic, personal lyrics. It just keeps going from there, the second half covering everything from more sweeping tunes ("Time," "In Answer") to bare-bones melancholy ("In Answer," "I'll Remember")."
     
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    They remind me of Alphaville for some reason.
     
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    Anyone remember Yaz? (Yazoo in Europe) Allison Moyet had an incredible voice... Icycile Works - "Whisper to a scream" Anybody ever hear of The Sharks? They were a local band (to me) and I think they had this hit in the '80's on MTV. Only Time Will Tell - Sisters of Mercy Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead The Cure - Hot! Hot! Hot! (to get sound, change video to 240p) Killing an Arab
     
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    Nitzer Ebb Front 242 Skinny Puppy Xymox - Evelyn The Mission UK... Alphaville - Forever Young (The song JayZ borrowed) And who could forget Peter Murphy? Lloyd Cole - Downtown
     
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    Cool to see this on here. They are from my home town of Middleton (pop. 45,000) so to see them on a US forum was a bit of a shock. They were a top band, I will never understand how they didn't have more success.
     
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    The Romantics Talking in your sleep...
     
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