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Various Artists
"Just Can't Get Enough:
New Wave Hits Of
The '80s, Volume 6"

© Rhino Records

Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • Men At Work
    "Who Can It
    Be Now"
  • Golden Earring
    "Twilight Zone"
  • Talk Talk
    "Talk Talk"
  • Josie Cotton
    Are You Queer"
  • X
    "White Girl"
  • Jim Carroll Band
    "People Who Died"
  • Code Blue
    "Face To Face"
  • Captain Sensible
  • The Bongos
    "Numbers With
  • ABC
    "The Look Of Love"
    (Part One)
  • Culture Club
    "Do You Really
    Want To Hurt Me"
  • Romeo Void
    "Never Say Never"
  • The Church
  • Any Trouble
    "Second Chance"
  • The A's
    "A Woman's
    Got The Power"
  • Sparks
    "I Predict"

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    "Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The '80s, Volume 6"

    The trend of the 1980s -- New Wave Music, was chronicled in a series of Volumes, from Rhino Records -- New Wave Hits of the '80s: Just Can't Get Enough. Volume 6 is chosen this week, as it is hard to believe that the music from these volumes are nearly 20 years old.

    There are songs that are obviously fitted in the category of New Wave, as in the opening song, the #1 tune by Men At Work, "Who Can It Be Now." Yet how Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" is categorized as New Wave is a mystery. It sounds like a common Rock song, yet it's found on this volume. "Talk Talk" by the group Talk Talk is definitely New Wave in sound, and it is not a remake of the '60s hit by The Music Machine.

    Josie Cotton's "Johnny Are You Queer" is more punkish than New Wave, as in The Ramones' music, yet most punk rock songs were also categorized as New Wave in the 1980s. And speaking of Punk, one of the best punk bands in the '80s was the group X, as their song "White Girl" definitely fits both the New Wave sound, and Punk. "People Who Died" by the Jim Caroll Band is more Punk than New Wave, as it tells the story of friends who died, pretty much the case of rock stars who would die of drug overdoses, or other untimely deaths.

    Code Blue's "Face To Face" is more Pop, but it does have a slight flavor of the New Wave sound, and is quite an interesting tune. Probably a forgettable tune would be Captain Sensible's "Wot," a song that may not have been famous as other songs from this volume, yet its easily passed as New Wave, and easily forgotten.

    The Bongos' "Numbers With Wings" has a slight resemblence to another Pop (and some classified them as New Wave) -- Duran Duran. This song is quite impressive. Pop, Dance Music mixes with New Wave is heard, on a popular song called "The Look Of Love" (Part One)" by ABC. (The lead singer sure sounds like Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley. Remember their hit, True ??? Also too, remember another '80s group, Naked Eyes? Ah, to some, they all say it all sounded the same... )

    Of course, no New Wave collection is complete without Culture Club and Boy George -- their first hit, "Do You Want To Hurt Me" is here, as they were definitely New Wave/Pop kings (??) in the 1980s. Another forgotten tune is Romeo Void's "Never Say Never." I can easily say this one was never a memorable hit.

    The Church may have been famous with their hit "Under The Milky Way," yet their debut single from their first album is here -- "The Unguarded Moment" -- a song with a unique sound, and the unique vocal style of lead singer, Steven Kibey. The power pop "Second Choice" by Any Trouble, is a great pop ditty, having styles such as other '80s favorites Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and The BoDeans.

    The A's "A Woman's Got The Power" is easily compared to David Bowie, both musically, and vocally. Sparks' "I Predict" is definitely a mix of New Wave and Punk, yet with a pop sound of its own, as in the music of another New Wave artist, Gary Numan, or even the solo works of Ian Hunter.

    The liner notes says it all for this New Wave Series:
    "Within its confines you'll encounter postpunk, power pop, disposable novelties, skinny-tie obscurities, should-have-beens, shouldn't-have-beens, new bands that sounded old, old bands that sounded new, irony and sincerity, confrontation, and beat surrender."

    It's New Wave, and Rhino Records has always produced fantastic compilations of specific styles of music. Some of these records are easily remembered, the others unforgettable, and some definitely to be forgotten as a bad memory. For the ones not remembered, they also can be either interesting, or forgotten. But all in all, it's one of the many transitions in music that has become part of its history. And continuing today, other trends in music will come and go, yet they will be inspirations and to be idolized for other musical trends to come.

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