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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: This Is 80's New Wave
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cleopatra
Rated: *****
In the 80's during the US President Ronald Reagan and England's British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher era, New Wave proved to be breathtaking in its scope--it was hard to perceive where it all began and ended, both chronologically and musically. The venture that new wave music occupied the era from 1978 to 1986. Musically, new wave should not be pigeon-holed, or written off simply as "skinny ties", synthesizer geeks, new romantics, and pretentious, fashion-as content bands. Movements and styles such as Synth-pop and New Romantic were, too many, the defining styles of New Wave. New romanticism, on the other hand, never managed much of an impression in the US-it remained very much a Europen and Canadian movement. Despite the general inadequacy of pigeonholing, there were the other requisite, defining styles from the era: Goth, Postpunk, Ska, Rockabilly and Power Pop.

The video revolution changed everything as well. Coinciding with-more fueled by-the new wave movement, music video added a whole dimension to music as an art form. MTV can certainly be attributed to the exposure and subsequent rise and fall of many fleeting new wave artists. Without the exposure that music video provided, America could well have slept through the entire movement. The visuals these bands presented to their audiences was intoxicating, astonishing, and added to their mystery, rather than dispelling it. The fashion, the make-up, the narrative of videos made even the most insignificant of bands look larger than life.

On this double disc 80's collection compiled by Los Angeles label
based, Cleopatra are some of the bands who invaded the radio and MTV with their glitter and glamour fabulous music and pretty boy and girl look. These songs on discs from the artists who made them had a greater impact on us brings back those wonderful and beautiful memories what we all used to sing and dance to. Disc 1 contains the original song version from the likes of punk ex-Generation X member Billy Idol "White Wedding", Duran Duran "Girls On Film", the Australian one hit wonder Men Without Hats "Saftety Dance", David Bowie "Ashes To Ashes", Chicago based synth-pop act Ministry "Work For Love" who is now doing aggro-industrial music, The Cure "The Walk", Soft Cell "Tainted Love", Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way", The Fixx "Red Skies", and ABC "The Look Of Love".

Disc 2 contains the tracks by some of the other other artists in 2.0 format. In other words, the artists re-recorded their songs in a new version or by extended it by making it longer. A Flock Of Seagulls "I Ran (So Far Away)" and "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)" is re-recorded and the singer's vocals sounds totally different than what he used to sound back then. Berlin re-recorded two of their hit singles "Sex (I'm A) and "The Metro". Missing Persons redid "Walking In L.A." The song is done in an electronic music format featuring an unknown rapper rapping. Power pop sensation Tiffany re-recorded her "I Think We're Alone Now". Information Society catchy synth-pop "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) still sounds good as the original version. The Specials featuring Jane Wiedlin from the all girl band The Go-Go's performed "Our Lips Are Sealed" in ska. Other 80's cult bands included are goth band The Mission UK "Deliverance", "Gene Loves Jezebel "Desire", The Untouchables "Free Yourself" and rockabilly The Polecats "Make A Circuit With Me". The bonus track feature New Skin "Hey Baby...So Bad". Over 2 hours of non-stop ultimate club 80's hits. The eighties will always be a remarkable decade where good music & fashion took the world by storm. These retro 80's songs are testaments to the pioneering days of the medium. Relive the past that will be an unforgettable lifetime!


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