The 80's - It wasn't ALL bad

The 80s: It wasn’t ALL bad....!

Let me paint for you a picture of domestic bliss....

It is early evening on Sunday and the Kirkham-Backwiths are relaxing in front of the telly ready to watch a recording or two from Saturday (we had friends ‘round for dinner that night if you must know!). All those little Sunday jobs that need doing have been done, the dog is fast asleep in front of a crackling fire and we, full of roast dinner and with drinks at our elbows, are preparing to watch Strictly Come Dancing or ‘Strictly’ as those of us in-the-know like to call it. I’m not gonna lie, I love Strictly. An explanation is neither necessary nor forthcoming – I just do, alright? Anyway, after watching all the action from Saturday night we move straight onto ‘Strictly – The Results’ in real time now (we’re having a Strictly-Fest!), and of the two musical guests in this edition the first up are 80s Prog/Pop favourites Tears For Fears. Surprisingly they’re not playing a new song but instead opt for firm audience favourite Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Whatever, it’s still a cracking tune. And it got me thinking....

        

It seems like everybody remembers the 80s fondly these days, conveniently forgetting the awfulness of the hairstyles, the clothes and pretty much all the music (ok, that last one’s mainly my opinion!) and the number of 80s singers and bands on the comeback trail right now is astonishing. A small selection of those touring this year includes (for those of you in your 40s or over....) Alison Moyet, Depeche Mode, Banarama, Hue and Cry, Shalamar, Go West, The Human League, The Specials, UB40, Carol Decker of T’Pau, Del Amitri and yes, Tears For Fears (so that’s what they were doing on Strictly!). It could be said that most of these bands have had their day and some of them, let’s face it, weren’t very good even back then, let alone being worth the admission price today! BUT.....thinking about TFF and how I genuinely love their albums made me realise that actually, pop music in the 80s wasn’t ALL bad and that some of the very best still resonates today. There were (are) a handful of artists who tried hard to write GREAT songs, not just good ones and whose work was filled with soul, imagination, creativity and dare I say it, a definite Progressive vibe.

 

So here are my personal pick of the bunch; you may agree or disagree but they are all, in my opinion, worth exploring and there are songs here that would be brilliant for our teachers to get stuck into and for our students to get learning – what do you think?

 

  1. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer (1986)
  2. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (1985)
  3. Tears For Fears – Shout (1985)
  4. Talk Talk – Living In Another World (1986)
  5. XTC – Senses Working Overtime (1982)

 

Happy listening,

 

Tim x

Peace and love,

Tim

 


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The 80's - It wasn't ALL bad

The 80s: It wasn’t ALL bad....!

Let me paint for you a picture of domestic bliss....

It is early evening on Sunday and the Kirkham-Backwiths are relaxing in front of the telly ready to watch a recording or two from Saturday (we had friends ‘round for dinner that night if you must know!). All those little Sunday jobs that need doing have been done, the dog is fast asleep in front of a crackling fire and we, full of roast dinner and with drinks at our elbows, are preparing to watch Strictly Come Dancing or ‘Strictly’ as those of us in-the-know like to call it. I’m not gonna lie, I love Strictly. An explanation is neither necessary nor forthcoming – I just do, alright? Anyway, after watching all the action from Saturday night we move straight onto ‘Strictly – The Results’ in real time now (we’re having a Strictly-Fest!), and of the two musical guests in this edition the first up are 80s Prog/Pop favourites Tears For Fears. Surprisingly they’re not playing a new song but instead opt for firm audience favourite Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Whatever, it’s still a cracking tune. And it got me thinking....

        

It seems like everybody remembers the 80s fondly these days, conveniently forgetting the awfulness of the hairstyles, the clothes and pretty much all the music (ok, that last one’s mainly my opinion!) and the number of 80s singers and bands on the comeback trail right now is astonishing. A small selection of those touring this year includes (for those of you in your 40s or over....) Alison Moyet, Depeche Mode, Banarama, Hue and Cry, Shalamar, Go West, The Human League, The Specials, UB40, Carol Decker of T’Pau, Del Amitri and yes, Tears For Fears (so that’s what they were doing on Strictly!). It could be said that most of these bands have had their day and some of them, let’s face it, weren’t very good even back then, let alone being worth the admission price today! BUT.....thinking about TFF and how I genuinely love their albums made me realise that actually, pop music in the 80s wasn’t ALL bad and that some of the very best still resonates today. There were (are) a handful of artists who tried hard to write GREAT songs, not just good ones and whose work was filled with soul, imagination, creativity and dare I say it, a definite Progressive vibe.

 

So here are my personal pick of the bunch; you may agree or disagree but they are all, in my opinion, worth exploring and there are songs here that would be brilliant for our teachers to get stuck into and for our students to get learning – what do you think?

 

  1. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer (1986)
  2. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (1985)
  3. Tears For Fears – Shout (1985)
  4. Talk Talk – Living In Another World (1986)
  5. XTC – Senses Working Overtime (1982)

 

Happy listening,

 

Tim x

Peace and love,

Tim

 


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