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    Amazulu!

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    I'm glad I don't remember much of the eighties.
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    I've still got tapes of The Young Ones somewhere around. Amazulu were on one of them, doing "Montego Bay."
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    Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth once said, something along the lines of, that he was going to write a book on the million best singles of the eighties. it seems like a fools errand until you start to remember all the awesome music that existed throughout the various undergrounds at the time.
    The mainstream was so utterly dire that it's really tainted the whole decade, musically speaking.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    True, although that said, don't think that the 80's were/are in any way special in that regard. Nostalgia is a trap.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    Oh, don't forget Amazulu...
    I was trying to...
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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    ...What the hell happened to this thread?
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    it got funny
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    Also:
    Yes, I'm blatantly fucking with people now.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    I see Paul Weller trying to be laid back and cool and the 'godfather of mod' these days and then I remember Style Council...
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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    @taphead -- I prefer to think of Warren drunkenly dancing to Amazulu.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    I've still got tapes of The Young Ones somewhere around. Amazulu were on one of them, doing "Montego Bay."


    That was also my first exposure to them.
    I also got to see the Young Ones invite Motorhead, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Rip Rig and Panic, Nine Below Zero and The Damned to perform as part of their shows. Genius!

    I imagine Warren double speed head-banging/moshing to the Amazulu song, personally...
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    I actually owned that Amazulu single. Back in Thee Olden Days, record shops would do five singles for (say) a quid, but if you couldn't muster up five singles, they'd sell 'em at 50p each. So you ended up with four records you wanted and one piece of shit. I have a lot of pieces of shit stored in boxes. To get a Teardrop Explodes 12" cheap I had to also get a Vicious Pink Phenomena picturedisc, once...

    I also owned that first Style Council single. Got a copy of "Tom Hark" knocking around somewhere, too.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    And I will say this...
    Rag on the "80's pop stars" all you like, but as an American, the sheer diversity of stuff that made it to the charts in the UK during the 80's kicked the shit out of what passed for a diverse, entertaining chart over here. The possibility of Style Council and Amazulu being in the charts at the same time in the US would be near zero. I would glance at the UK charts in Trouser Press magazine each month and cry tears of 80's jealousy.
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    In Britain, "O Superman" could be a hit record. I always liked that about us.l
    • CommentAuthorBoga_
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    Paul Weller dances like an idiot.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
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    Kind of an occupational hazard for 80s pop singers, isn't it?
    • CommentAuthorJRadley
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2009
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    Re: The Style Council - how about the video for "Long Hot Summer"? Clever socio-political satire or blatant homoeroticism? Discuss...

    Also - I have a terrible feeling Warren is due to unleash King Kurt upon us.
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    paul weller. what a cunt.
    and his hair was the prototype for limahl's own shocker hairdo.

    the 80's are held in such high regard that it totally misses the mark. same with the 70's.
    Dave Haslam's book on the 70's, 'Not Abba' sums up what is wrong with 70's nostalgia - the 70's theme bars, 70's nights and so on. They stick to a certain period of time, say 72-75 and stay there, wallowing in a pool of shit.

    UB40's demise has tainted their entire back catalogue, which is a shame as 'the earth dies screaming' is still as eery now as it was back then. It easily belongs on a jukebox sitting beside 'Ghost Town' by the Specials.

    hell, just from each year, the 80's produced a remarkable amount of fantastic music.
    A few years back, one obsessive man compiled a box set solely dedicated and collated from 1981. If you didn't manage to get a physical copy you can now download it in it's entirety via here