Five from 82

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Party Fears Two
16
37%
Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
8
19%
Mirror Man
9
21%
Nobody's Fool
6
14%
I'm a Wonderful Thing
4
9%
 
Total votes: 43

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Five from 82

Postby The Modernist » 13 Oct 2017, 00:00

Comments and marks please (oh and I've added a poll as that always sells a thread!)











I usually try and mix these things up with a few curve balls, but I've gone for an unashamedly New Pop selection here.

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Re: Five from 82

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 13 Oct 2017, 00:13

'Mirror Man' and 'Party Fears Two', of course!
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Re: Five from 82

Postby The Modernist » 13 Oct 2017, 00:17

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:'Mirror Man' and 'Party Fears Two', of course!


Why?

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Re: Five from 82

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 13 Oct 2017, 00:28

Well, the Associates song is just out of this world, I think you know how I feel about it! and I think you feel the same.

I always like songs that really push at the edges of what's 'acceptable', yet still sound fun and catchy and full of life and colour and all that. This has all of that. It's a spectacle. There's actually a lot of music like that in this decade - gaudy, uncompromising.

I'm a big fan of The Human League and altho' they did better than this, it's another one that's suffused with that 80s spirit.

The Pigbag one's OK but a bit wearing after a while. The Haircut 100 song is a bit of an outlier. The Kid Creole is great and would get my third vote.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby The Modernist » 13 Oct 2017, 00:43

Yeah I guess the Haircut one is a bit under the radar. It wasn't as big a hit as some of the others. But I've always loved its descending melody and pacey tempo, it's got that bouncy Beatles melodicism to it.

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Re: Five from 82

Postby toomanyhatz » 13 Oct 2017, 01:18

The Associates is probably my favorite too, though his voice IS on the edge of grating for much of it. I look past it since I like the song so much (often the case with them).

The rest are all just OK except for (surprisingly!) the Kid Creole, which I find rather dull. I usually like them OK.

I'll probably go for the Pigbag as my second. I'm a sucker for a horn section, though there's not much to the song.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby The Modernist » 13 Oct 2017, 01:33

It's a helluva bassline tho'.

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Re: Five from 82

Postby Sneelock » 13 Oct 2017, 01:55

wonderful thing & nobody foo.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby Darkness_Fish » 13 Oct 2017, 09:36

Billy Mackenzie really did have a helluva voice, I've always wondered if I should own something from The Associates. The only thing I have by him is a Holger Hiller single, "Whippets", which is as avant-garde and screechy a vocal performance as you're probably not going to want to hear.

I wasn't familiar with the Haircut 100 track, or the Kid Creole, and I'm quite happy to forget both again. Nice to see Nick Heyward dressed like Nigel Farage though.

Got to be Associates and Human League for me.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby Rayge » 13 Oct 2017, 09:54

The Associates and Human League are the two I have, so I voted for them. A different Haircut 100 or Kid Creole track might have troubled the vote, but I always found Pigbag a bit horrid.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby Ranking Ted » 13 Oct 2017, 10:55

Haircuts and the League.

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Re: Five from 82

Postby fange » 13 Oct 2017, 11:45

Rayge wrote:The Associates and Human League ... A different Haircut 100 or Kid Creole track might have troubled the vote, but I always found Pigbag a bit horrid.

Same here.

The HL is the top of the heap of this group here.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Oct 2017, 12:27

The Associates by several million miles.

Pig Bag just snatch second from Human League.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby Nick » 13 Oct 2017, 12:36

Diamond Dog wrote:The Associates by several million miles.

Pig Bag just snatch second from Human League.


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I'd have had Haircut 100 in third place, but that aside, what he said.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby Nick » 13 Oct 2017, 12:41

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:I always like songs that really push at the edges of what's 'acceptable', yet still sound fun and catchy and full of life and colour and all that. This has all of that. It's a spectacle. There's actually a lot of music like that in this decade - gaudy, uncompromising.


Yeah, the 80s was a great time for that sort of weird but perfect pop. The Associates is a great example of it, but you could just as easily cite something by Scritti Politti, or Close To Me by The Cure.

Duel by Propaganda, that's another fantastic one. And Frankie Goes To Hollywood, obviously.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 13 Oct 2017, 12:42

Such a strong flavour, that Associates song, and yet we're pretty much all in agreement. It's interesting that something so outre can be so appealing.

I suppose it's no coincidence that there are similarities with Bowie there. Maybe we all like a bit of camp in our pop music, regardless of our specific tastes...
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Re: Five from 82

Postby Goat Boy » 13 Oct 2017, 12:48

It's one of those songs that manages to combine something thrillingly strange with real pop smarts (the bass and piano hook are both irresistible). Plus in the final 30 seconds or so when Billy flies into the ether it creates a moment of real pop transcendence.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 13 Oct 2017, 12:55

That piano motif is amazing, isn't it? Flowery and beautifully melodic. It reminds me just a wee bit of Manzarek's intro to 'Light My Fire'.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby kewl klive » 13 Oct 2017, 13:14

I’m so fucking bored with it though, we’ve been hearing about how great it is for 35 years.
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Re: Five from 82

Postby The Modernist » 13 Oct 2017, 13:16

neville from norwich wrote:I’m so fucking bored with it though, we’ve been hearing about how great it is for 35 years.


I don't think we talk about it enough, we talk about it a lot less than Steely Dan! ;)