The other day on twitter, @wkidstepmother tweeted that she was making a 20 song playlist for every year from 1979. Songs featured had to be singles, and an act could only feature in one year. Because I haven’t had an original thought in a while, I jumped on that.
The one year thing makes it hard! Picking one Smiths song, or Cure, or Wonder Stuff is a struggle. I’ve been arguing with C about choices and digging out songs that I haven’t listened to in years.
I started on 1983 (I’ll go back to 1980-1982 later). This is what the first Now That’s What I Call Music album would have looked like if I was in charge.
Yeah, I’ll pretend that’s why I picked 1983 to start on. It wasn’t. It was so I could start with this.
Calling Your Name – Marilyn
Joyous pop. Fun and stupid, great tune and best of all, the delightful Miss Claudia Fontaine on backing vocals.
This Charming Man – The Smiths
Trying to pick a favourite Smiths song is bloody impossible. It all depends what kind of mood I’m in. So I just went for the first Smiths song that I fell in love with.
The Story Of The Blues – Wah
Bloody hell I loved Pete Wylie. I remember buying this song with my pocket money and feeling like a political firebrand.
Our Lips Are Sealed – Fun Boy Three
I heard the Go-Gos version of this first, and for years I thought it was called All This I Feel. I need to stop making shit up if I don’t know the real words.
Oblivious – Aztec Camera
This was another struggle picking just one Aztec Camera song. Somewhere In My Heart should be in here. I’m not happy I left it out.
Double Dutch – Malcolm McLaren
Hey ebo-ebo-Ebonettes! I was living in a small town in the East Midlands when this came out. I was entranced by the video and New York – it looked so glamorous and big city and exciting. I can do the Double Dutch movements, but stick two ropes in there and I come unstuck big time. Something else that I am better off watching and dreaming about than actually doing. The song is another one that makes me feel happy just by listening to it.
Gold – Spandau Ballet
I have no shame. I starfish like a good ‘un at the “Gold” parts, and at SingStar I can take on all comers and win. And still question what the importance of the chairs in the lyrics are.
In A Big Country – Big Country
I’m as surprised as anyone at this being included. I listened to it and sang along like a demon, so here it is. And who can argue with tartan shirts? Unfortunately not visible in this video.
Never Never – The Assembly
Cannae beat a bit of angst.
The Cutter – Echo And The Bunnymen
Another struggle to pick just one song. This is one of my favourite bands, and I saw them live at Hard Rock a few years ago and nearly wept with happiness. It was either this or Silver and this just won out. But all of their songs have a special place for me.
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) – Talking Heads
Oh my word, what a song. If it catches me in the right mood I’ll be soaring; the wrong mood and I’ll be a sobbing wreck.
Don’t Talk To Me About Love – Altered Images
I think I wanted to be Clare Grogan. For a while I dressed like her.
Victims – Culture Club
Picked solely because I was asked to dance to this with a boy. The first time I was ever asked to dance by a boy. Then he bought me one of those juices in a cup with a foil top and put the straw in it for me. Smoooooooth.
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This – The Eurythmics
I had a crappy old radio in my room. I used to lie in bed listening to Laser 558, a pirate station that was on long wave. Whenever I hear this song it reminds me of frantically waving the radio around trying to get and keep a signal, and this song sounding scratchy and echoey and ethereal coming through the night.
Hold Me Now – The Thompson Twins
I was such a Thompson Twins fan. I used to cut the lyrics to their songs out from Smash Hits and stick them to my wall. Made me feel ever so grown up. Made my mum livid as it pulled the woodchip wallpaper off the wall.
Everyday I Write The Book – Elvis Costello
Not my favourite Elvis Costello song, but the only one that fits in the dateline of the playlists, so here it is. Still a great song. And Miss Claudia is there again.
Love Is A Wonderful Colour – The Icicle Works
I cannot sing along to this to save myself. I still try. It’s not pretty.
Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
The video made for The Tube was a shocker to my wee innocent eyes. First time I’d seen anything like it, and with this song it was an absolute game changer. My lovely auntie sent me a “Frankie Says…” t shirt from Glasgow which I though made me the coolest kid in the town.
Let The Music Play – Shannon
My mum used to sing along to this song. She had a fantastic voice, when she was younger she was in an award-winning Glasgow choir. The fact that someone so old could know such a modern song amazed me.
She was in her thirties.
Rip It Up – Orange Juice
This could possibly be my favourite song ever. My favourite song changes, but this never drops out of the Top 5. Postcard West of Scotland Jangly Pop 4 Evah
(I know some of the videos aren’t the best, but they’re the only ones that are viewable on mobile. Why people make their videos unviewable by mobile is beyond me.)
Next up – 1980.