80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4 *FINAL*

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80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4 *FINAL*

Postby never/ever » 11 Aug 2015, 14:32

A

Laura Branigan - Self Control


B

Rites of Spring - For Want Of
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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby The Modernist » 11 Aug 2015, 17:25

There's nothing 'guilty pleasure' about A for me, it's just an immaculately constructed pop record. An Italian disco track given a widescreen Hollywood production. It's like some great smorgasbord full of great different hooky bits that all act as their own chorus. B wasn't my thing at all.

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Georgios » 11 Aug 2015, 18:38

I feared the worst from B but it turned out to be a perfectly acceptable - though far from spectacular - pick. Not that it stands a chance against Self Control here you understand. There's no fucking with that track.

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Fonz » 11 Aug 2015, 19:39

Yeah. A is Eighties through and through. She's dead now.

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Earl E. Eel » 11 Aug 2015, 19:48

A isn't terrible.
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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby PENK » 11 Aug 2015, 20:22

I'm surprising myself here by going with my teenage rocker instinct and voting B. I like A but it's something of a curate's egg whereas B has a fire and fizz that was normally sorely missing as the Americans dragged punk on and on and on.
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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Polishgirl » 11 Aug 2015, 20:23

I know it's a good pop song, but I think I listened too much to A at the time; now, it just leaves me feeling cold, jaded and a little bit dirty.

Hadn't heard it before, it's got shouting and noisy guitars, so I'm going

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Polishgirl » 11 Aug 2015, 20:23

Phil's also going

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Purgatory Brite » 11 Aug 2015, 20:26

A

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby C » 11 Aug 2015, 20:30

A is not really my cup of Darjeeling - sorry

However, B was awesomely robust and hit the spot nicely!!

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Samoan » 11 Aug 2015, 20:38

I don't love A but it really does epitomise the Eighties.

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby trans-chigley express » 12 Aug 2015, 00:57

Dislike both.

A for having a tune at least.

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby fange » 12 Aug 2015, 02:05

The LB is just a bit too slick for me - there's a decent pop song in there, but it's buried too far under the candy floss 80s production and her vocals. Never heard B before, and while i don't love it it's got enough energy to win this one.


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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Loki » 12 Aug 2015, 05:25

Easy


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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby martha » 12 Aug 2015, 05:33

Bleurgh. What the fuck. Pass.
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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby toomanyhatz » 12 Aug 2015, 06:12

A is the living, breathing example of everything I hate about the 80s. Technically impressive state-of-the-art production masking the fact that there's absolutely no inspiration to be found anywhere.

Short of actually causing me or someone I love some sort of physical pain, there's not really anything B can possibly do to lose this. And believe me, it doesn't do much.
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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby funky_nomad » 12 Aug 2015, 10:46

Surprising myself with a vote for A
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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby whodathunkit » 12 Aug 2015, 16:04

Double yuk.

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby Darkness_Fish » 12 Aug 2015, 16:12

"A" is absolutely wretched, the worst kind of big-screen plastic-pap power ballad. B is interesting in the way that it has someone sounding rather furious about how lightweight the guitar riff sounds. Which I kinda like.

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Re: 80s Cup 2015 GRAND FINAL Match 4

Postby never/ever » 13 Aug 2015, 01:32

The original by Italian singer Raf was an Italo-classic before it got hijacked by Branigan. Good Harold Faltermeijer-arrangement though to keep it memorable.
Rites Of Spring was early Fugazi, wasn't it? It sounds remarkably English, with its melodic guitar passage sounding like Big Country. Good stuff!


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