So far, I can’t tell if I’m loving the 80’s playlists or if they just seem a bit too predictable. However, I will admit that some of the songs have been great to listen to, even those that are excessively played out. No Monday Blues for me today, not when we’re getting so close to Day Sixty! I can’t believe how quickly the days are starting to fly by, although I don’t want to jinx it!
1. Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
There’s no way I would have recognized this one by its name, but once it began, I could place it pretty easily. Not a favorite of mine. The lyrics aren’t very clear, the sound is a bit monotonous, and it’s just more of a background theme than anything (if that!).
2. Ghosts – Japan
The title alone should have been an indication that this track may be a bit eerie, but it wasn’t until I listened that I realized how bizarre and haunting it would be. I wasn’t overly thrilled with it, until about a minute in. At first, it was a bit too out there for my tastes. However, the vocals that slipped through were pretty decent. Slowly, it became something worth listening to, but it slipped in and out of nonsensical noise.
3. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Ah, another defining 80’s track. Electronic, with booming, dramatic vocals. It’s a very memorable song, but I must admit, I enjoy it in small doses, like hearing it out of the blue as opposed to daily. If I had to listen to it on repeat, I’d be very tempted to pull a Van Gogh and chop off an ear (…or two).
4. Walking on Thin Ice – Yoko Ono
Definitely not my cup of tea. It was just so strange (and not in that fantastic way you want music to be). She basically moans and whines at first, and then whispers the lyrics weakly. It’s not the type of song I would want to listen to on a regular basis, that’s for sure.
5. Please Don’t Touch – Motorhead/Girlschool
This is a bit more up my alley. It’s a bit more energetic, with an electric quality to it. While it carries a more in-your-face attitude, it’s not overly aggressive. Add in the impressive guitar solo, and you’ve got yourself a classic!
6. Super Freak – Rick James
Okay, we all know this one. We all have that one friend we sing it to when she does something really bizarre. There is something kind of Motown about it, that I think adds to the enjoyment of it. It’s a bit raunchy and silly, but there’s a reason everyone knows it as well as they do.
7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
I’m telling you right now, you could walk into the middle of a mall, any mall, take your pick, with a boom box, blasting this song, and the entire building would sing along with it. I have seen this happen at weddings, at prom, and numerous other events. My fondest memory is prom, as my friends and I all sang over-dramatically at each other, practically screaming the lyrics. It’s a brilliant song. Can we just have a playlist of this song, please? Day 101?
8. Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
I am a bit biased about this song. I love John Hughes films, and Pretty In Pink is a classic. However, I will admit that the vocals aren’t incredible on this track, but that doesn’t mean they’re unbearable. This takes the rock and pop feel of the era and mashes it together pretty well.
9. Ghost Town – The Specials
Just say no. I was not that impressed by this song. It was overly repetitive and easy to tune out (which a song should not be).
10. I’m In Love With a German Film Star – The Passions
Sounds like a really bizarre country western song title, if I’m honest. I was not sure what to expect at all, and was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually enjoy this song. It’s so typically 80s. It’s repetitive, and I won’t lie about it, but unlike the last track, it stands out. There’s something very odd and entrancing about this song.
I feel a bit like this wasn’t a decent playlist. The 80s are really either a hit or a miss, and today, overall, it was a miss. However, that’s not to say all of these songs are terrible. They really aren’t. I just would have liked a better grouping today…Oh well! Still not getting me down this Monday! Lots of things to do and lots of exciting projects to tackle!