But what else is on there? Well, two tracks each buy Kajagoogoo (no. 1 hit Too Shy and the single Big Apple which made the Top 10 after they booted out Limahl. Limahl's first solo effort, Only For Love, is also on here) and UB40 (Red Red Wine, one of my most hated songs of all time and something called Please Don't Make Me Cry). There's Will Powers' Kissing With Confidence (rotten), Men at Work's Down Under (Oh dear), and Hey You the Rock Steady Crew by, er The Rock Steady Crew, to name but a few.
Leaving out Culture Club's Karma Chameleon - a massive no.1 in 1983 - is perhaps a bit of an oversight (although not in my book, I've always thought it's a terrible record), it was ditched in favour of, in my view, a far superior single, Victims. Whoever wrote the blurb on the sleeve was perhaps a bit optimistic though as it claims that Victims is "Almost certain to be no. 1 by the time you have this". It never reached no. 1, stalling at no.3.
What I'll never understand is why one of my favourite hits of 1983 was missed off: David Bowie's Let's Dance. It should have been a shoo-in, what with The Dame being signed to EMI at the time. Perhaps he refused its inclusion, but I don't know why he'd resist, what with him going for an all-out pop sound at the time.
I find it kind of comforting that they're still being released and still selling in healthy numbers on what we'd these days call 'physical format'. I've just bought my sister's eleven year-old Now 86 for Christmas. That's the same sister who took it upon herself to buy Now... instead of Saturday Superstore back in 1983.
I guess it's a good job I didn't get Mike Read's Saturday Superstore album, or Simple Minds might just be 'another Eighties group' to me today. I did have Mike Read's Pop Quiz board game though. It was crap.
The tracklist in full:
|1 You Can't Hurry Love||Phil Collins|
|2 Is There Something I Should Know||Duran Duran|
|3 Red Red Wine||UB40|
|4 Only For Love||Limahl|
|5 Temptation||Heaven 17|
|6 Give It Up||KC And The Sunshine Band|
|7 Double Dutch||Malcolm McLaren|
|8 Total Eclipse Of The Heart||Bonnie Tyler|
|9 Karma Chameleon||Culture Club|
|10 The Safety Dance||Men Without Hats|
|11 Too Shy||Kajagoogoo|
|12 Moonlight Shadow||Mike Oldfield|
|13 Down Under||Men At Work|
|14 (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew (1983 Recording)||Rock Steady Crew|
|15 Baby Jane||Rod Stewart|
|16 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)||Paul Young|
|17 Candy Girl||New Edition|
|18 Big Apple||Kajagoogoo|
|19 Let's Stay Together||Tina Turner|
|20 (Keep Feeling) Fascination||The Human League|
|21 New Song||Howard Jones|
|22 Please Don't Make Me Cry||UB40|
|23 Tonight, I Celebrate My Love||Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack|
|24 They Don't Know||Tracey Ullman|
|25 Kissing With Confidence||Will Powers|
|26 That's All||Genesis|
|27 The Lovecats||The Cure|
|28 Waterfront||Simple Minds|
|29 The Sun And The Rain||Madness|
|30 Victims||Culture Club|