'80s Compilation Week: SEDATED IN THE EIGHTIES [1993-2002]

DISCLAIMER: HERC doesn't own any of the discs in the series so he gives us the front cover art, his Spotify recreation of the track listing and other vitals as gleaned from the interwebtubes.

Following the release of the first two volumes in the Living In Oblivion series in 1993 (featured in tomorrow's post as '80s Compilation Week comes to a close!), a label known as The Right Stuff stepped into the fray with their Sedated In The Eighties series, mining the same EMI vaults as those Living In Oblivion discs while also enhancing their licensing agreements with other labels.  The series was issued over a nine year span and each disc contains 16 songs while cassette versions were limited to 14 songs.  Discs came in colored jewel cases rather than standard clear ones.  Another interesting thing about this series is each disc after the first one is titled with No. x instead of the usual Vol. x.

Sedated In The Eighties
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release date: November 16, 1993
Mastering: Larry Walsh
CD bonus tracks:
"Money (That's What I Want)" - The Flying Lizards
"Free Nelson Mandela" - The Specials
price range on Amazon (incl. shipping): $3.99-$63.99

Sedated In The Eighties No. 2
release date: May 17, 1994
Mastering: Phill Brown
CD bonus tracks:
"Love Is The Law" - Suburbs
"I Confess" - The English Beat
price range on Amazon incl. shipping: $4.65-$116.55

Sedated In The Eighties No. 3
release date: October 18, 1994
Mastering: ???
CD bonus tracks:
"Our House" - Madness
"Mental Hopscotch" - Missing Persons
price range on Amazon incl. shipping: $4.00-$55.81

Sedated In The Eighties No. 4
release date: December 5, 1995
Mastering: Mark Chalecki
CD bonus tracks:
"Private Revolution" (Extended Version) - World Party
"No More Words" (Dance Remix) - Berlin
price range on Amazon incl. shipping: $11.40-$2,001.99 [!!!]
NOTES: This disc is full of unreleased rarities: live versions, extended versions and b-sides. Even the disc itself is printed with special artwork:

Sedated In The Eighties No. 5
release date: July 14, 1998
Mastering: Tim Edmundson
CD bonus tracks:
"Shout" - Tears For Fears
"Something So Strong" - Crowded House
price range on Amazon incl. shipping: $6.23-$2,001.99 [!!!]

Sedated In The Eighties
release date: July 14, 1998
NOTES: This disc, featuring one song each from the first five volumes in the series, 
was sent out to music stores, radio stations and disc jockeys in the Summer of 1994.  Under each title, after the copyright info it says Vol. 1, Vol. 2 , etc. instead of No. 1, No. 2, etc.

Sedated In The Eighties No. 6
release date: April 9, 2002
Mastering: Tim Edmundson
CD bonus tracks:
"Running Up That Hill" - Kate Bush
"Pictures Of Matchstick Men" - Status Quo
price range on Amazon incl. shipping: $9.92-$81.57


  1. I owned a couple of the Sedated In the 80's CDs too. All gotten in the mid-90's.

  2. Based on the emails and anonymous comments I'm getting, this is one of the least known compilation series in the genre.

    Stay tuned as there is a whole lot more 80s Compilations discs and series coming this week, especially on Thursday [8/8] when HERC will present eight different series.

    Is there any chance we will be seeing you review your Eighties comps on your site?