Various Artists - NOW: 80s Alternative - (4CD Album)

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Various Artists - NOW: 80s Alternative - (4CD Album)

NOW Music proudly presents NOW – 80s Alternative: 80 tracks across 4 CDs encapsulating the era and celebrating an incredibly diverse decade for ‘Alternative’ music.

CD1 showcases genre-defining bands and kicks off with New Order’s sublime ‘Thieves Like Us’, Eurythmics stunning ‘Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)’ and Joy Division’s era defining ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. Post-Punk New Wave exploded on to the charts, and The Associates, The Jam, Echo And The Bunnymen, Pretenders, and Siouxsie’s side project The Creatures are all included. The U.S. Alt scene provided R.E.M., Pixies, The Psychedelic Furs, and the David Bowie co-write ‘Shades’ from Iggy Pop. Plus, some of the best written Pop songs ever, represented here by David Sylvian, Marc Almond, Aztec Camera, Pete Wylie & The Mighty WAH!, The Adventures, Tom Robinson, and the Elvis Costello co-write ‘Shipbuilding’, beautifully realised by Robert Wyatt.

The (still) incredible ‘O Superman’ from Laurie Anderson opens the second disc, along with other synth-based classics from Yello, Propaganda, Midge Ure & Mick Karn, Japan, Electronic and a brilliant single from Japanese band Sandii & The Sunsetz. DEVO produced the defining U.S. New Wave smash with ‘Whip It’, and fantastic unique hits from Scarlet Fantastic, Split Enz, Our Daughter’s Wedding, Anne Pigalle and ‘Flowers’ by Zaine Griff (featuring Kate Bush on backing vocals) are all included.

The epic ‘This Corrosion’ from Sisters Of Mercy starts CD3 in grandiose style – and is followed with atmospheric masterpieces from Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and a second appearance from Joy Division – before some late-80s Alternative essentials, including Bjork’s band The Sugarcubes, Act, The Mission, All About Eve, The Cult’s ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’, ‘This Is England’ from The Clash, and The Fall’s version of ‘There’s A Ghost In My House’, before closing with two more great examples of U.S. Alt Pop from The Go-Go’s, and The Waitresses.

Opening with the song that launched one of the defining bands of the era, The Smiths, with ‘Hand In Glove’ the final CD features a stellar line up of 80s Alternative Chart hits – The Icicle Works, It’s Immaterial, B-Movie, Kissing The Pink and Gang Of Four are all featured with timeless singles… Altered Images, Toyah and Adam & The Ants would go on to find huge mainstream success in the early ‘80s – and we celebrate these artists with their earlier singles. Big Audio Dynamite, Julian Cope and XTC are also included before the collection draws to a close with Latin Quarter’s ‘Radio Africa’ – and Scritti Politti’s 1981 single ‘The “Sweetest Girl”’.

NOW – 80s Alternative – A celebration of a different view of the decade’s charts - the lesser-compiled 1980’s singles.


CD 1

  1. New Order - Thieves Like Us
  2. Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)
  3. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
  4. David Sylvian - Red Guitar
  5. The Associates - Party Fears Two
  6. Marc Almond - Stories Of Johnny
  7. Aztec Camera - Oblivious
  8. Pete Wylie & The Mighty WAH! - Come Back
  9. The Adventures - Broken Land
  10. Iggy Pop - Shades
  11. Pretenders - Talk Of The Town
  12. R.E.M. - So. Central Rain
  13. Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
  14. The Psychedelic Furs - President Gas
  15. The B-52's - Planet Claire
  16. The Creatures - Mad Eyed Screamer
  17. Echo And The Bunnymen - The Cutter
  18. The Jam - That's Entertainment
  19. Tom Robinson - Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
  20. Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding

CD 2

  1. Laurie Anderson - O Superman
  2. The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star
  3. The Stranglers - European Female
  4. Electronic - Getting Away With It
  5. Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
  6. Yello - Vicious Games
  7. Scarlet Fantastic - No Memory
  8. The Motels - Suddenly Last Summer
  9. Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
  10. Split Enz - I Got You 
  11. Our Daughter's Wedding - Lawnchairs
  12. DEVO - Whip It
  13. Midge Ure & Mick Karn - After A Fashion
  14. Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Edit)
  15. Sandii & The Sunsetz - Dream Of Immigrants
  16. China Crisis - African And White
  17. The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You
  18. Zaine Griff - Flowers
  19. Anne Pigalle - He! Stranger

CD 3

  1. Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion
  2. Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peek-A-Boo
  3. Bauhaus - Kick In The Eye
  4. The Cure - A Forest
  5. Joy Division - Atmosphere
  6. The Sugarcubes – Birthday 
  7. David Sylvian - Pop Song
  8. Act - Snobbery & Decay
  9. Simple Minds - The American
  10. Soft Cell - Down In The Subway
  11. The Fall - There's A Ghost In My House
  12. The Damned - Grimly Fiendish
  13. Spear Of Destiny - Liberator
  14. Theatre Of Hate – Do You Believe In The Westworld?
  15. The Clash - This Is England
  16. The Cult - Edie (Ciao Baby)
  17. The Mission - Tower Of Strength
  18. All About Eve - Martha's Harbour
  19. The Darling Buds - Hit The Ground
  20. The Go-Go's - Head Over Heels
  21. The Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like

CD 4

  1. The Smiths - Hand In Glove
  2. The Icicle Works - Love Is A Wonderful Colour
  3. It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)
  4. Timbuk 3 - The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
  5. Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
  6. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
  7. B-Movie - Remembrance Day
  8. Kissing The Pink - The Last Film
  9. Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform
  10. After The Fire - Der Kommissar
  11. Altered Images - Dead Pop Stars
  12. Toyah – Ieya
  13. Adam & The Ants - Car Trouble
  14. Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth
  15. The Primitives - Crash
  16. Westworld - Sonic Boom Boy
  17. Pop Will Eat Itself - Def Con One
  18. Big Audio Dynamite - Medicine Show
  19. Latin Quarter - Radio Africa
  20. Scritti Politti - The "Sweetest Girl"

Format: 4CD Album
Barcode: 0196588008726
Catalogue Number: CDNNNOW141
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: Friday, 6th June 2023

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