The Ultimate 80’s song

I have an almost unhealthy dependance to my iPod. It goes with me everywhere, and I spend far too much time creating playlists on it. I was fiddling with my 80’s playlist tonight when I got to thinking, “What song is the ultimate 80’s song?” For me it’s either “If You Leave” by OMD or “Lips Like Sugar” by Echo and the Bunnymen. One of my friends countered that it’s actually “Supersonic” by JJ Fad. Anyone have something to throw into the ring?

4 Comments so far

  1. Jenn (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 11:04 am

    I’ll have to go with the first song that popped into my head – “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds. It’s not representative of the decade but hey! – there’s a lot to argue about on this issue.


  2. macpro (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 1:22 pm

    Bending this topic back to Hawaii, I’ll have to mention the following 80s island hits: “I Think We’re Alone Now,” rockin’ cover version of an old Tommy James & the Shondells hit by Schnazz (1980); For pure fun there was Wili Moku’s parody of Frank & Moon Unit Zappa’s “Valley Girl” entitled “Palolo Valley Girl.” A group called The Toys had a local hit with “Smoke Two Joints.” Brother Noland recorded one of the first records that I remember as being “Jawaiian”… that would be “Coconut Girl.” A group called Hat Makes the Man recorded a couple of albums here before one of its members moved on and formed another group called Poi Dog Pondering….. And finally does anyone remember “Beach Rock” by a group called Blue Finn that appeared on the Seawest Sound label?


  3. Mitchell (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 3:16 pm

    RE: Local songs, how could you leave out Na Leo Pilimehana’s original Brown Bags to Stardom recording of “Local Boys?” More than the songs you mentioned, this song defined local music in the 80s in Hawaii.

    For the mainstream, I don’t see how it could be anything other than either (a) “Billy Jean,” (b) “Like a Virgin,” or (c) “Let’s Get Crazy.”

    My personal, totally subjective choice would be “The Best of Times” by Styx, but I am quite sure that’s just me.


  4. macpro (unregistered) on December 15th, 2004 @ 10:10 am

    As I vaguely recall, “Local Boys” was popular for about a year after its release, gradually waned and Na Leo wasn’t heard from again in like about 10 years until the “Friends” controversy erupted in the early 1990s. That’s not to say they are not good or anything. It’s only that after “Local Boys” they were not on my radar map.

    As for the mainstream I’d add these titles to your 3: “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, and “We Are The World” by USA for Africa.

    Imagine, the 80s are now becoming more and more, 20 years ago. Time flies when you age.



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