Aldie's Yearning for 80's Music
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In the recent Into the Gamescape Aldie interview, he mentions that he's "yearning for 80's music," and "always trying to find that stuff."

I know I don't like it when people try to recommend music to me, so let's recommend some recent albums that sound like they were made in the 80's.

With all these forum posts and lists about music to listen to while playing games, here's one for music to listen to while you're coding BGG!
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Anywhere I Lay My Head - May 2008
Scarlett Johansson covers Tom Waits songs.
Produced by TV on the Radio

Wow...wasn't sure what to expect out of the conflagration of ScarJo, Waits and TotR, but it certainly wasn't this. But it does remind me of an unknown, forgotten, gem from the 80's.
 
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Baby Dayliner

The bass reminds me of New Order. Check out the cameo of Adrian Grenier (Vince) from HBO's Entourage.

 
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M83's Saturdays = Youth.

It is a bit tounge in cheek, but M83 changed their sound from space rock to a strange amalgamation of 80s pop, Kate Bush ala Hounds of Love, goth and well, space rock (they can't, and shouldn't, escape their roots).

I couldn't stop listening to this for months.
 
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Various Artists - After Dark

Check out this compilation from the "Italians Do It Better" label. They do a modern take on the "Italo-Disco" sound of the 80s - and their version sounds way better than the original ever did. Bands like "Glass Candy" and "Chromatics" are the highlights. Superb covers of Kraftwerk's "Computer Love" and late 70's Belle Epoque's "Miss Broadway".

Think analog synths, dark vocals, and some real instruments thrown in here and there. And don't forget the shake-your-*** beats! Excellent late night dancing and quite well suited as accompaniment to a evening drive (thought that shouldn't be surprising with a track titled "Night Drive").



Saw these guys live during a recent trip to San Francisco. Fun show!

Here is a link to the Pitchfork review:
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/43712-af...

Ended up being their #26 top album of 2007.
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/47446-staff-li...
(Studio's "Yearbook 1" at #23 is also worth checking out for further atmospherics that touch on The Cure's side of things)
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Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance.

Oh she is so sweet. Pretty 80s synth-pop. Kind of like if Book of Love was still worth listening to.
 
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At the time I nearly suggested getting hold of the Soundtrack to "Ashes to Ashes" the BBC1 follow-up drama to "Life on Mars". Every track on it brings back happy 80's memories, and the TV show is packed full of great music and big hair!

Have a look.....



...and Fire up the Quattro!

Oh, and for those who missed the interview (ok, ok a blatent self-hawking moment!), have a listen at
http://www.thegamescape.co.uk/?p=161
 
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Need New Body

Particularly their album UFO. Half the songs use the drum beat from "My Sherona".

The song "Show Me Your Heart" is such an awesome, dancy tune with heavy doses of Devo.
 
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Abba-esque, by Erasure.

This 4-song EP has one of the top 80's synth-bands (Erasure) covering songs from one of the most popular groups of the 70's (ABBA).

1. "Lay All Your Love on Me"
2. "S.O.S."
3. "Take a Chance on Me"
4. "Voulez-Vous"
 
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