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Best 80's ROCK tune

New Wave/Punk music, culture, genres, memories. '80s revivalism and other relevant topics.

Postby Frayo » Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:14 am

Ahh...thats what I needed-
I couldnt figure out what I needed to listen to this morning. Disco, New Wave, Indie, Punk, Italo, Funk, and Ambient/Downtempo werent cutting it.

I am agreeing with these songs posted by the others in this thread-

Aldo Nova - Fantasy (love this tune!!)
Saga - On The Loose
Golden Earring - Twilight Zone
Rush - Limelight
Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Coming
Dokken - Breaking the Chains
Motely Crue - Kickstart My Heart


[quote][i]Originally posted by Mechi[/i]
<br>"Owner of a lonely heart" by Yes.... they are from the 70s but this song was released in the 80s.

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Thats really great. Produced by Trevor Horn (From the Buggles! and Frankie Goes to Hollywood) The album was 90125 the record company catalogue number. I used to know the name of the computer used to do the cover..I remember it had a whoping 64KB of RAM.


What I'd like to include-

The Sights - The Sound of Breaking Hearts
Poison - Nothing But a Good Time
Poison - Something to Believe In
Motely Crue - Dr. FeelGood
Motely Crue - Girls Girls Girls
Motely Crue - Wild Side
Billy Squire - In the Dark (not really metal..but still rock)
Billy Squire -
Anything by The Scorpions
Smalltown Elephants - Fortune and Money (Man, how did they do that?)
Queensryche - I Dont Believe in Love
Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Billy Idol - Shock to the System
Billy Idol - White Wedding
*Kiss - I was Made for Loving You (their only song with a synth!)
Rick Springfeild - Affair of the Heart
*The Cult - Fire Woman
*The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel the Noise
Dio - Lonely Diver
**Living Color - Cult of Personality
**Extreame - Pornografitti

* I think I will be crucified for mentioning these guys.
** I may be getting too 90s here.



I'd also like to mention that I seriously love Saga. I have hoardes of their CDs. I mention them here from time to time (when Im not posting about useless bs). They are prog and new wave to me because of their extensive use of synthesizers. They had 2 keyboardists...and while they sold out at the end of the 1980s, I think that while their material produced was bad 'Saga material' but still 'damn good music'. But that is a later argument.



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Postby SomebodySomewhere » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:59 am

Saga were one of my favorite bands of the '80s, but only during the Portrait Records years (which is when they really sold out). "Heads or Tales" alone has 5 classic tracks on it ("The Flyer," "Scratching the Surface," "The Writing," "Cat Walk," "Pitchman").

Doesn't classify as rock, new wave or prog, but "What Do I Know" was my favorite single of 1985. In more deserving hands, it would have been huge. In Portrait's... well, it flopped. Their loss.
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Postby Frayo » Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:52 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by SomebodySomewhere[/i]
<br>Saga were one of my favorite bands of the '80s, but only during the Portrait Records years (which is when they really sold out). "Heads or Tales" alone has 5 classic tracks on it ("The Flyer," "Scratching the Surface," "The Writing," "Cat Walk," "Pitchman").

Doesn't classify as rock, new wave or prog, but "What Do I Know" was my favorite single of 1985. In more deserving hands, it would have been huge. In Portrait's... well, it flopped. Their loss.
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I LOVE the Flyer.

That was the only one song by Saga to really make the hot 100 in the US charts.

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Postby SomebodySomewhere » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:02 am

They had 3 Hot 100 hits...

On the Loose - #26 (entered December 24, 1982, 18 weeks)
Wind Him Up - #64 (entered April 2, 1983, 8 weeks)
The Flyer - #79 (entered November 26, 1983, 3 weeks)

A couple other singles made some other Billboard charts. Like, mainstream rock. They SHOULD have had a lot more, but I think Portrait was pretty much done with them after "Wind Him Up." And Atlantic was never there for them in the first place.
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Postby Branding Iron » Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:24 am

Along the same lines as Saga was Gamma, a Ronnie Montrose creation. I really only got in to Gamma 3 which has some absolute classic synth/rock songs: Modern girl, What's gone is gone, Moving violation, Condition yellow. I always considered the triumvirate of early 80s synth/rock to be Saga, Gamma and Red Rider.
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Postby rotator » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:24 am

<H2> "ACE OF SPADES" <FONT FACE="times">[i]Motorhead
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Postby New Wave Dave » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:02 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by marie3[/i]
<br>To me the rockinest in the 80's was Van Halen's "Fair Warning" Album. That whole album rocked! "Mean Streets", "Sinner's Swing", "Hear about it Later", "So this is Love", (I can't pick one song) I can still listen to it from beginning to end.[/quote]
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Postby New Wave Dave » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:13 pm

But how do you choose just one tune to represent a decade? With Ozzy, Motley Crue, early-80's VH, Queensryche, Whitesnake and G&R to choose from? Hell, even Ratt and Dokken had their moments in the 80's. And what about one-timers like Y&T's "Summertime Girls" or TnT's "10,000 Lovers"? And even though I hate Twisted Sister, "The Price" is a great song! Nope... can't pick just one. But I can burn ya a kick-ass 80's rock disc! [8D]
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Postby egg-roger » Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:35 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by Branding Iron[/i]
<br>Along the same lines as Saga was Gamma, a Ronnie Montrose creation. I really only got in to Gamma 3 which has some absolute classic synth/rock songs: Modern girl, What's gone is gone, Moving violation, Condition yellow.
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Right The First Time!
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Postby whistledog » Sat Apr 22, 2006 6:13 pm

The greatest Rock song of the 80's ... "Running Back" by Urgent
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Postby Frank_Chickens » Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:14 pm

Night Games - Graham Bonnet


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Postby SomebodySomewhere » Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:47 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by Frank_Chickens[/i]
<br>Night Games - Graham Bonnet[/quote]

Oh, which reminds of the worst '80s rock tune. "God Blessed Video" by Alcatrazz. BLECH!
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Postby hexicon » Sun Apr 23, 2006 2:22 am

I started listing songs and then I realized they were all from the 70's (as per the previous note about 1979's "Damn the Torpedos,") but I have to acknowledge a lingering fondness for Billy Squier's "Don't Say No" LP, especially "In The Dark," "My Kind of Lover," and "Lonely is the Night."
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Postby Frank_Chickens » Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:19 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by SomebodySomewhere[/i]
<br>[quote][i]Originally posted by Frank_Chickens[/i]
<br>Night Games - Graham Bonnet[/quote]

Oh, which reminds of the worst '80s rock tune. "God Blessed Video" by Alcatrazz. BLECH!
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Thanks a lot SS, I quite like Night Games! [8D]


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Postby SomebodySomewhere » Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:35 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by Frank_Chickens[/i]
<br>Thanks a lot SS, I quite like Night Games! [8D][/quote]

Any album that doesn't have "God Blessed Video" on it is great by comparison.

A childhood buddy of mine had Alcatrazz's first album and made one mix tape after another with "Island in the Sun" on it. That song, too, was insufferable.

Most Rocshire artists died a deserved death after the IRS shut down the label and threw whatshisface and his wife in jail. But not Alcatrazz! They kept going and going and going...
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