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Swap Bot Mix #3: The Anti-Eighties Mix

Artist Song Buy
Cameo  Word Up! (7" Vocal Version)  buy on itunes
Kraftwerk  It's More Fun To Compute  buy on itunes
Cybotron  Clear  buy on itunes
New Order  Everything's Gone Green  buy on itunes
Soft Cell  Tainted Love  buy on itunes
Associates  White Car in Germany  buy on itunes
Liquid Liquid  Bell Head  buy on itunes
ESG  Moody  buy on itunes
Talking Heads  Burning Down the House  buy on itunes
Clandestine Feat. Ned Sublette  Radio Rhythm (Dub)  buy on itunes
The Specials  Ghost Town  buy on itunes
Black Uhuru  Push Push  buy on itunes
Public Image Ltd.  Memories  buy on itunes
23 Skidoo  Coup  buy on itunes
Public Enemy  Show 'Em Watcha Got  buy on itunes
The Clash  This Is Radio Clash  buy on itunes
Suicide  Ghost Rider  buy on itunes
Dead Can Dance  Severance  buy on itunes
Joy Division  Atmosphere  buy on itunes
Young Marble Giants  Final Day  buy on itunes


God, I hate eighties music. Well, I don't actually mean that, but I do hate what most people think of as "eighties music." If I didn't hear "Karma Chameleon" or "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" ever again, I think I'd die a happy man. I don't even want to get into the late eighties, when the New Kids ruled the earth and Right Said Fred were at number one for a solid month. Still, as the DFA has proved time and time again, there was lots of good stuff happening back then. Consider this, then, a retort to the "Big Eighties" crowd. I've got lots of weird, twisted grooves and creepy production here. It's not stuff you wanna listen to in a day-glo headband. It's interesting how much of this stuff comes from the very early eighties, though. Things got weird as punk dissolved, I guess. If you wanna look more of this stuff up, I heartily support the "New York Noise" comps put out by Soul Jazz and "Post Punk" put out by Rough Trade. Oh, and I hope the shift from Suicide to Dead Can Dance isn't too jarring or anything.


Date: 8/1/2008
My 80s music was Empire Burlesque and Southern Accents, but I do have a soft place for that Soft Cell.
Date: 8/1/2008
good stuff.
e. buster
Date: 8/1/2008
I loved the 80's just because of music like this. Every time I hear Tainted Love, I want to dye my hair purple again.
Date: 8/2/2008
Yeah, 80's music has a bad rap by people who only listened to spoon fed mtv/corporate radio picks. It was a big decade with tons of diverse music just like every other decade. For example I was listening to tons of paisley underground and early roots rock guitar stuff which comes to my mind first as 80s music. And the NY downtown scene of no wave and avant funk. That "big eighties" stuff was just a tiny part of the decade's music that somehow got the big label.
Date: 8/2/2008
Totally agree. The 80s were The Golden Palominos, Icehouse, New Order, The Cult, The Cure, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny, Gipsy Kings, The Fixx, Alison Moyet, Bob James & Earl Klugh, The Proclaimers, Sonic Youth, and so much more! Thanks for offering us the "other" side of the era.
p the swede
Date: 8/8/2008
most of this is great, esp the last seven and well the rest too, every mix that's includes PIL is top in my world

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