Goin’ Old School: A-Ha, Duran Duran & Sheena Easton

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

A-Ha with ‘The Living Daylights’ from 1987. Oh no, there’s no theme here…

From 10985, Duran Duran’s ‘A View To A Kill’. OK, maybe there is a theme going on…

In 1981, just coming out of the ‘70’s, Sheena Easton with ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Yeah, can;t really get away from the theme now.

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Goin’ Old School: SSQ, Jean Michel Jarre & Cyndi Lauper

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

The awesome pre-Stacey Q SSQ first with ‘Synthicide’ from 1983.

From 1984’s ‘Zooklook’ album, the 1985 single release of ‘Zoolookologie’ by the master Jean Michel Jarre.

Cyndi Lauper’s ‘The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough’ from 1984. Richard Donner directed the video. Oh shut up!

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Awkoder re-edits Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper and Awkoder? How can this be anything but awesome? The French SynthWave guru has brought a little Nu-Disco to that table with this re-edit of Lauper’s hit ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’. It’s a really good choice for an edit, if you strip away all the cheese connotations the last two decades have dumped onto the original track, you’ll fine it;s an insanely funky Pop number with elements ripe for reMixing.

Sure a lot of people edit Disco tracks, but this right here is a masterclass in editing ‘80’s Pop hits. What Awkoder has done is pretty simple, but very effective. Subtly adding a few elements, beats and arpeggios, and chopping the original track just enough to give it a kick, and no so much it sounds ridiculous (as with so many attempts at edits) he;s given this classic track a shot in the arm and made it fit for peak time in your set!

♫ Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Awkoder Re-Edit)

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Goin’ Old School: Howard Jones, Yellow Magic Orchestra & Nik Kershaw

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Probably Mr. Howard Jones’s most well known hit, 1983’s ‘What Is Love?’

From 1979, because it was reMixed this week and it’s in my head, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s ‘Techopolis’

Nik Kershaw’s ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’, really good video for the time, still looks fantastic, if dated. From 1984.

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Goin’ Old School: Kraftwerk, New Order & DEVO

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

We’re breaking the ‘Goin’ Old School’ rules a little today by featuring tracks we’ve featured before and tracks that aren’t strictly ‘80’s, but in celebration if the late, great, Bob Moog’s birthday, here’s some of our favourite Moog tracks. Starting with Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ from 1975.

And we had to feature New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ again, from 1983. Moog Source anyone?

DEVO 1980 hit ’ Whip It’ is covered in MiniMoogs!

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Goin’ Old School: Cabaret Voltaire, Pet Shop Boys & Duran Duran

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Up first today, the mighty Cabaret Voltaire with 1980’ ‘Nag Nag Nag’, laying foundation for all electronic music that came after it.

Late ‘80’s Pet Shop Boys now with ‘Domino Dancing’ from 1988, with that post-Italo NRG bassline.

Oh, go on then. Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ from 1982.

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Goin’ Old School: Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Falco & Billy Ocean

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

One of the best synth riffs in existence, from 1988, Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s ‘Push It’.

Austrian Pop maverick Falco‘s ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ was an unexpected runaway hit in 1985.

In 1984 Mr. Billy Ocean released one of the smoothest songs of all time, ‘Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)’. Performed here on TOTP.

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Goin’ Old School: Simon Harris, Lil’ Louis & Neneh Cherry

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Simon Harris’ ‘Bass (How Low Can You Go)’ video from 1988 was like who’s who of UK Hip Hop in the ‘80’s, some US pioneers too…and Dave Pearce.

From 1989, Lil’ Louis’ groaning ‘French Kiss’ terrified old people at the time. Hypnotic Sex House will do that.

Neneh Cherry’s 1989 follow up to ‘Buffalo Stance’, ‘’Manchild’ was a more personal affair.

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Punks Jump Up’s ‘The (Wrong) ‘80’s Mix 2’

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Punks Jump Up – The (Wrong) ‘80’s Mix 2 = Well this is just awesome. In celebration of the release of the amazing Mr. overtime single, Punks jump up have put together this hour long mix after my own heart crammed full of obscure ‘80’s dance mixes. Enjoy!”

Punks Jump Up – The (Wrong) ‘80’s Mix 2

The tracklist:

01. The Service – Dance Up
02. Ironic Remark – Rebirth Of An Anti-Christ (Instrumental)
03. Flirts – All You Ever Think About Is Sex
04. Glam – More Than Ever (Fashion Mix)
05. Lefturno – Out Of Sight
06. Steel Mind – Boss Man
07. Gaz Nevada – Ticket To Los Angeles
08. The Earons – Land Of Hunger (Dub)
09. Ministry – I Wanted To Tell Her
10. Temper – No Favors
11. Pete Shelley – Witness The Change
12. Propaganda – Frozen Faces
13. Yes – Leave It (Re-Mix)
14. Queen – Invisible Man (12″ Mix)
15. Gino Soccio – Remember
16. Patrick Cowley – Going Home (Re-Mix)
17. Secret Service – Night City
18. Macho – Not Tonight (Re-Mix)
19. Gary’s Gang – Makin’ Music (Dub)
20. Giorgio Moroder – Night Drive
21. Gina & The Flexix – Believe

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Goin’ Old School: Imagination, Front 242 & Tangerine Dream

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

First up is some seriously smooth early ‘80’s, 1982 to be exact, electronic Soul from Imagination and their classic ‘Just An illusion’.

In the starkest contrast possible we have Front 242, with arguably their Poppiest song, ‘Tragedy For You’ from 1989.

And finally some relaxing, experimental, tones from Tangerine Dream’s ‘Tiergarten’ from 1985. Actually the flip side to ‘Le Parc’, one of the greatest synth tracks ever written.

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