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Yey the 80's! A truly excellent time of fashion disasters, deadly haircuts, clashing patterns and the introduction of keyboard techno! Eyeliner was hip and so were leggins and hoop earings. Pacman was THE arcade game, Gummi bears and Teenage Turles were on the tv and My Little Pony rocked! An excellent time for outrageous tv programmes and The Krypton Factor was the most difficult programme i had the pleasure watching!
I was born in 1982 so i was actually only a pup when listening to these bands, but i still remember them and still play the tunes nowadays! To me the 80's was cheese so i appologise to all you rock fans but my list is going to be of pop genre! (and extreme pop at that!!) I have provided a scroll list just in case!
10.- Culture Club 9. - Duran Duran 8. - Eddy Grant 7. - The Cure 6. - Micheal Jackson 5. - Bananrama 4. - Tpau 3. - Wham! 2. - Madness 1. - Madonna
#Number 10 - Culture Club
This band were fronted by a make up wearing, over the top dresser known as Boy George who broke rules of appearance and produced some excellent tunes with his band from 1982 onwards. Many people know Culture Club for their highly addictive "Karma Chameleon" which was colourful and upbeat but its the romantic almost reggae type of songs like "Do you really want to hurt me?" I liked as well. Now I know I was only a baby when these tunes were released but these were the types of songs that appear on endless compilation albums nowadays.
#Number 9 - Duran Duran
This leather clad, eyeliner wearing boy band were classed as new romantics but i found their music excellent and funky. With great hits like "Girls on Film" which was banned from tv apparantly due to the raunchiness of the video?! I loved the fun catchy tunes and the introduction to keyboard and synthesizer tunes was experimental and great!
#Number 8 - Eddy Grant.
Ok he's not from the 80's but some of his best hits were! He started off in 1968 with "The Equals" but it wasnt until the early 1980's that he decided to do a solo project where he wrote and played his songs himself. Eddy Grant was the first reggae type of funky stuff i listened to and hits such as the overplayed "Electric Avenue" and "give me hope Joanna" were fun and catchy.
#Number 7 - The Cure
A weird experimental band that brought culture and again, top eyeliner sales from all its followers. I wasn't into cult type music then but there was the odd song i loved and would sing along to. I love the cure nowadays but when i was little i just remember the weird videos on a music channel. The cure made some great hits like the theme "Boys don't cry" which is funky and the weird "Lovecats" with its catchy "Babababa..." they were certainly an aquired taste band which i can appreciate now. They are still around today and their hits are popping up in more places. I'm sure they made a re-make video of "Lullaby" and its kooky and creepy but great!
#Number 6 - Micheal Jackson
I know he stared in the early 70's when he was little, but the 1980's were the times of his most excellent album releases "Thriller" and "Bad". This was his breakthrough era when he left behind his Motown connections and song genre and moved across to the pop world. He became a phenomenal worldwide success and was an excellent stage performer. I loved his videos and catchy dancey songs that had some great rock parts in and some funk also. I loved the fairground video "leave me alone" and the extremely catchy "Billie Jean". I know there has been a lot of contraversial events recently but he is still my childhood idol.
#Number 5 - Bananarama
What an excellent cheesy girl band! Responsible for excellent catchy sing - along tunes and that (sorry to say!) dreaded "Venus" ladyshaver advert tune! I loved the tunes "Nathan Jones" and being as my friend shares that name, he would suffer endless taunts of that song!! This brilliant sexy trisome were fun and i loved them! Now down to just 2 members their tunes are more to extreme pop dance than their glorious 80's bubblegum genre of pop! This group even found their way into the guiness book of records for best selling female group of 1988! I had actually bought a ticket to see these very recently in Chicago Rock club but it was cancelled and Peter Andre played instead so i was most displeased as I have loved Bananarama for ever!
#Number 4 - Tpau
The big perm, red-haired, 80s wannabe rocker chick! Responsible for excellent hits such as "China in your Hand" and the amazing "Heart and Soul". I bet these hits would make excellent karaoke songs if i ever plug the courage to sing! I used to sing her songs loud when i was in the house on my own! My mum would play the Spies cassette over and over and much to my dads disgust, in the car on the way to shopping as well! Funny enough my mum had the cd version of "Bridge of spies" for christmas!
#Number 3 - Wham!
This band were awsome and can still pack a dance floor with "Wake me up"! They burst into the scene with the fantastically gorgeous George Micheal singing fun upbeat disco hits and supporting sexy designer stubble! Churning out fantastic hits like the cabaret theme "Club Tropicana" or the romantic "Careless whisper", these duet were excellent and fun, and the lead singer has had an excellent solo sucess since.
#Number 2 - Madness.
Excellent, rare and raw! Originally started in 1976, their first hit of the 80's was "My Girl" and many floor fillers followed such as "Baggy Trousers" and "House of Fun". This band were eccentric and dressed up in themed costumed for each of their releases. They were fun and comical but their silly songs and silly videos stuck in peoples minds and created a mad cult of followers! I love the band but when i saw them in a local Arena, i was disappointed! I actually dressed up for the occasion as well!
#Number 1 - Madonna
The best (and the worst in a lot of peoples opinions!) thing from the 1980's! This lady is fantastic and has been through nearly 3 decades of changing music and styles but she was always her best during the 80's! 1984 was her best year and with the release of the album "Like a Virgin" heads were turned, and the indusrty went nuts for this wild child extroadinaire! Her tunes were exotic and catchy and her videos were explicit and pioneering. Still going strong today and always producing excellent floor filling tunes!
Im sorry i have not included other 80's bands such as Adam and the Ants, Human League, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, AHA, INXS, and Green Day but i simply wasn't into them when i was younger!
There are many excellent bands which deserve a mention but they weren't from the 80's so they can't take the credit! (they were prior!) But if they were predominately 80's they all deserve a massive paragraph as they are all fantastic! Blondie, Black Sabbath, Queen and Elton John.
And there's bands that started in the 80's but were more sucessfull in the 90's so they don't count either! Kylie Minogue, New Kids on the Block and Tiffany,
Then there's the one hit wonders from the 80's so they don't deserve a full paragraph either! Living in a Box (well they released a few hits but theres only one people know!), Timmy Mallet and Star Trekkin,
Hope that has given you a good insight to my creepy music tastes! :) x