Stegzy's Music Project

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Into the Gap – Thompson Twins [#639]

album cover for Into the gap by the thompson twins
No Eighties compilation can possibly be complete without Thompson Twins. Indeed, no music collection grown across the decade of the eighties can be considered complete without them either. Thompson Twins are a sound so the eighties they may as well have quiffy hairstyles, have a band member of undetermined gender and look moodily into the camera when not dancing freestyle in their music videos.

During one of my many visits to Virgin Megastore when I was a student in 90’s Sheffield, I was desperate to make up a 3 for £20 offer from the selection available, so it was Into the Gap that became the third. Sadly, in a desperate effort to make friends, I loaned the CD out to someone only for me to drop out of uni a few months later and lose contact with the borrower forever.

Fortunately for me, I kept a cassette recording of the CD to listen to on my Walkman and managed to rip the cassette recording nearly an entire decade later. The version I have now is kind of a third gen rip of the album but still really good crystal quality. A testament to the various recording devices I’ve had over the years.

Yet considering I wasn’t all that keen on the band to begin with, I really fell for this album. Perhaps it’s the waves of nostalgia that come with it or perhaps the power of the three hit songs from the band that appear on the album. I’m not entirely sure.

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Classic rock: 1986 – Various Artists [#277]

R-4900619-1378895322-4895.jpegClassic rock: 1986 – Various Artists

The last in the Time Life trilogy. 1986, that year renown for hair, rock, drugs, more hair, more stadia and yet more hair. With a bit of rock.

But lo! See the track list. Yet again our compiler has been at the stig bin in the bargain section of Woolworths once more and has managed to surpass the previous compilations with another atrocious selection.

1-1 Georgia Satellites, The Battleship Chains
1-2 Meat Loaf And John Parr Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries
1-3 ZZ Top Velcro Fly
1-4 Big Country Look Away
1-5 Europe (2) Rock The Night
1-6 Cinderella (3) Night Songs
1-7 Billy Idol To Be A Lover
1-8 Pretenders, The Don’t Get Me Wrong
1-9 Robert Palmer I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
1-10 Ultravox All Fall Down
1-11 Kate Bush Hounds Of Love
1-12 Mr. Mister Broken Wings
1-13 Talking Heads And She Was
1-14 Steve Winwood Higher Love
1-15 Eurythmics When Tomorrow Comes
2-1 Daryl Hall Dreamtime
2-2 Psychedelic Furs, The Pretty In Pink (Film Version)
2-3 Tina Turner Typical Male
2-4 Peter Cetera Glory Of Love
2-5 David Lee Roth Yankee Rose
2-6 Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Tuff Enuff
2-7 Robert Cray Band, The Smoking Gun
2-8 Stevie Ray Vaughan Superstition – Live
2-9 Alice Cooper (2) He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
2-10 Great White Shot In The Dark
2-11 Poison (3) Talk Dirty To Me
2-12 W.A.S.P. Wild Child
2-13 Y&T* All American Boy
2-14 Status Quo In The Army Now
2-15 Julian Cope World Shut Your Mouth

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Classic rock: 1985 – 1989 – Various Artists [#277]

Classic rock: 1985 – 1989 – Various Artists

Oh dear. It seems yesterday’s album featured some memorable songs. Today’s contains a similar selection of non-hits by bands you’ve heard of occasionally. Again, during the period 1985-1989 there were some really good songs and yet, once again, the compiler has managed to forage completely dull, non-entity tracks from their record collection. It kind of makes me think that the compiler worked in an all night garage.

With Talk Radio on.

CD1

01. Georgia Satellites – Open All Night
02. Gregg Allman – I’m No Angel
03. David Lee Roth – Tobacco Road
04. Jethro Tull – Farm On The Freeway
05. Robert Cray – Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
06. Status Quo – Burning Bridges
07. Bad Company – No Smoke Without Fire
08. Little Feat – Hate To Lose Your Lovin’
09. George Thorogood – You Talk Too Much
10. Doobie Brothers – Need A Little Taste Of Love
11. Hooters – Johnny B.
12. Steve Winwood – Split Decision
13. Fabulous Thunderbirds – Wrap It Up
14. ZZ Top – Sleeping Bag
15. Great White – Rock Me

CD2

01. Poison – Nothing But A Good Time
02. Billy Idol – Don’t Need A Gun
03. Pat Benatar – Sex As A Weapon
04. Foreigner – Say You Will
05. White Lion – When The Children Cry
06. Marillion – Incommunicado
07. Electric Light Orchestra – Calling America
08. The Stranglers – Always The Sun
09. Big Country – The Teacher
10. Europe – Superstitious
11. Pretenders – My Baby12. Lou Gramm – Just Between You And Me
13. Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square
14. Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
15. Cinderella – Don’t Know What You’ve Got (’til It’s Gone)

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Classic rock: 1984-1985 – Various Artists [#277]

Classic rock: 1984-1985 - Various ArtistsClassic rock: 1984-1985 – Various Artists

The next three entries follow a similar pattern. That’s because the next three entries are very similar compilations. I could spare you the time but I’m cruel like that and I put the effort in to listen to these albums so it’s only fair.

The first in our trilogy of Classic Rock:198x – Time Life compilations is for the range 1984-1985, a glorious period in music, rich in a variety of hair, guitars and stadia. So it’s curious as to why the compiler chose the songs they did. I suspect that the compiler for Classic Rock: Symphonic Rock, which is also a Time Life compilation, worked on the same project.

Seriously that guy needs to broaden his music tastes.

1-1 Billy Idol Rebel Yell
1-2 ZZ Top Legs
1-3 David Lee Roth California Girls
1-4 Huey Lewis & The News The Power Of Love
1-5 Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield
1-6 Eurythmics Here Comes The Rain Again
1-7 Waterboys Whole Of The Moon
1-8 Kate Bush Running Up The Hill
1-9 Jon & Vangelis State Of Independence
1-10 Marillion Kayleigh
1-11 John Waite Missing You
1-12 Rick Springfield Jessie’s Girl
1-13 Glenn Frey The Heat Is On
1-14 Starship We Built This City
1-15 Tears For Fears Shout
2-1 Meat Loaf Modern Girl
2-2 Bonnie Tyler Holding Out For A Hero
2-3 Talking Heads Road To Nowhere
2-4 Talk Talk It’s My Life
2-5 Dio (2) Rock ‘N’ Roll Children
2-6 Deep Purple Perfect Strangers
2-7 George Thorogood & The Destroyers Willie & The Hand Jive
2-8 Los Lobos Don’t Worry Baby
2-9 Bette Midler Beast Of Burden
2-10 Nils Lofgren Secrets In The Street
2-11 Cars* Drive
2-12 Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is
2-13 REO Speedwagon Can’t Fight This Feeling
2-14 Chris Rea Stainsby Girls
2-15 Far Corporation Stairway To Heaven

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