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How to choose your Top 3 Songs of all time: Great 80s pop that didn’t make the cut – Bananarama, Erasure, Depeche Mode, ABC and Aha

March 15, 2013

THERE’s nothing indie kids love to sneer at more than 80s pop. I know, I was that dick.

Oh, it’s OK to be ironic about it à la The Wedding Singer, it’s also OK to like all those bands that basically are ripping off 80s pop.

However, had I been more confident and more open minded I’d have listened to some great records more often.

(Bananarama – Cruel Summer)

Total hubba hubba. How I thought all girls behaved when sitting in each others’ bedrooms. Singing songs and having larks. Having said that, this is quite a sad song – all their mates have left them for the summer.

(Erasure – Sometimes)

If there’s a better record about expressing the excitement of bed passion and the first flush of falling in love, well I’ve not heard it. And, don’t want to, but that might have been the problem in the first place.

(Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough/ Everything Counts)

Well, speaks for itself.

(ABC – The Look of Love)

EVERYONE loves Lexicon of Love now, but admit to it among indie friends in the 80s and God  forbid, during grunge, and you’d have been excommunicated from the Goatee Beard Front. I especially love the naff spoken word bit: “And though my friends just might ask me/ They say “martin maybe one day you’ll find true love”/ I say “maybe, there must be a solution/ To the one thing, the one thing, we can’t find”

(Aha – Take On Me)

Hunting High and Low is a sensational album.

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