I adminit, I'm hopelessly stuck in the 80s. I am so notoriously known for this that my friend would turn up the radio on the way to work in Manila on Fridays as one radio station plays 80s songs all day, and then he would ask me the title and artist of each song (I get most of it right!). Here in Wellington, my friends also know this particular quirk of mine, but they do not mind listening (and singing!) to 80s songs while at our home.
But once in a while a song catches my ear that exudes an 80s vibe. And I stop, and say, 'I've got to have that.' I've bought a number of music CDs for that purpose, and I have amassed quite a number of CDs. I left most of them back in the Philippines and I sorely miss them, but I plan to get all of these back. There's something about the rhythm and tone of songs that take us back to a familiar time, and to me these are quite special in that way.
Here is a number of songs I would like to share with you. Thank goodness for YouTube and its treasure trove of music videos! 8 songs that's not from the 80s, but sound like the 80s to enjoy!
Title: This used to be the future
Artist: Pet Shop Boys
Not surprisingly, the Pet Shop Boys are still making great music long after the '80s. I own a number of their albums and listened to 'Suburbia', 'What have I done to deserve this', and loads more of their songs... even the b-sides! 'This used to be the future' is my favourite song from 'Yes'.
Title: I Miss You
This is truly a song from the 80s. 'Nuff said.
Title: Point of View
Artist: DB Boulevard
I heard this catchy song from my colleague when I was still working in Manila. Did I say it's catchy?
Artist: Everything but the Girl
Album: Amplified Heart
I hope she doesn't feel offended, but this song reminds me of Sade.
Title: You gotta be
Album: I Ain't Movin'
I used this song as background music for a video I did for a beach outing. Whenever I hear this song, I remember those happy times at the beach.
Album: Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Title: Looking Through Patient Eyes
Artist: PM Dawn
Album: The Bliss Album
I bought their CD primarily for this song, but the album is a great collection of songs overall. They even have an adaptation of a Beatles song, Norwegian Wood.
Title: Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
Artist: PM Dawn
Album: Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross
PM Dawn sampled Spandau Ballet's song 'True' and created a hit. Spandau Ballet's lead singer Tony Hadley also appears in the music video.
And because I love this song, here is the Extended Remix also.