🎧Have You Heard? FADE TO GREY 1980-1984 [2013]🎧

It is no secret that my favorite year for music is 1982. I have written extensively about that year's music and artists and will continue to do so until my last labored breath. 1982 might even be your favorite year for music as it was THE GREATEST YEAR IN MUSIC! EVER! (Suck it 1967!) Sure, I'll stray and I'll explore music from other years like a curious puppy who finds a hole in the backyard fence and makes a break for it but I always come back to the music of 1982 for the comfort that familiarity brings and nourishment of my starved soul. Chances are you have similar feelings towards the music you were listening to when you were sixteen years old. Back in March 2016, we featured a great three-disc compilation from 2011 here on The Hideaway titled Going Underground and in the course of that essay, I mentioned several other worthwhile compilations and box sets including Teenage Kicks 1977-1981: The Music That Changed Everything another triple disc set that shares the same musical period (as well as more than a few songs) covered on Going Underground. Today, we're featuring the follow-up to Teenage Kicks as we celebrate our musical sweet spot with Fade To Grey 1980-1984: The Music That Changed Everything.

Taking its title from the Visage song that is track two on disc 1, Fade To Grey features sixty songs equally spread across the three discs and was released nearly a year after 2012's Teenage Kicks. The bent is decidedly and overwhelmingly UK-oriented though a few Yank acts (Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, and The Cars) also made the cut. For fans of this period of new wave music, there should be no surprises just the convenience of having all of these tracks in one place. You do have to admire the sequencing in places though: Yazoo near Alison Moyet, Heaven 17 following Human League and the inclusion of The Jam, The Style Council and Tracie. Enjoy!

19811Under PressureQueen & David Bowie
19808Fade To GreyVisage
198112Planet EarthDuran Duran
19813Love Action (I Believe In Love)The Human League
19832TemptationHeaven 17
19805To Cut A Long Story ShortSpandau Ballet
198219Music For ChameleonsGary Numan
198210Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)A Flock Of Seagulls
19842Girls Just Want To Have FunCyndi Lauper
19814BedsitterSoft Cell
19823Mad WorldTears For Fears
19842You Take Me UpThompson Twins
19845My Ever Changing MoodsThe Style Council
19811It's My PartyDave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
19849Wishful ThinkingChina Crisis
19848Young At HeartThe Bluebells
19824It Ain't What You Do...Fun Boy Three & Bananarama
19813SouvenirOrchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
198226Wot!Captain Sensible
19801Too Much Too YoungThe Specials
19791Brass In PocketPretenders
19839Blue MondayNew Order
19821Do You Really Want To Hurt MeCulture Club
19833Dear PrudenceSiouxsie And The Banshees
198044Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)Squeeze
19822The Bitterest PillThe Jam
19856White WeddingBilly Idol
198213Promised You A MiracleSimple Minds
19822Golden BrownThe Stranglers
19836Steppin' OutJoe Jackson
19821House Of FunMadness
19823Young Guns (Go For It)Wham!
19833Can't Get Used To Losing YouThe Beat
19827Go Wild In The CountryBow Wow Wow
198252Talk TalkTalk Talk
19841Two TribesFrankie Goes To Hollywood
19822Da Da DaTrio
19843Together In Electric DreamsPhilip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
19843Smalltown BoyBronski Beat
19844The Never Ending StoryLimahl
19832What Is Love?Howard Jones
19844Wouldn't It Be GoodNik Kershaw
19826Poison ArrowABC
19831Too ShyKajagoogoo
19833Nobody's DiaryYazoo
19814Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)Haircut 100
19812Happy BirthdayAltered Images
198410Love ResurrectionAlison Moyet
19812Kids In AmericaKim Wilde
198210Senses Working OvertimeXTC
198317In A Big CountryBig Country
198421Dance Hall DaysWang Chung
198426Perfect SkinLloyd Cole & The Commotions
198012I Got YouSplit Enz
19844DriveThe Cars
19823I Won't Let You DownPhD
19839The House That Jack BuiltTracie

This post is dedicated to one of the best people who has ever come into my life as she celebrates her birthday today. She was born in 1981 but I'm not gonna embarrass her by doing the math. Love you Gabby!

1 comment:

  1. A wonderful compilation featuring many of my favorite artists. And Cyndi Lauper. Bonus points for inclusion of the sublime cover of "Dear Prudence" and the Lloyd Cole cut.

    Mark's tweak:
    "Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie
    "Fade To Grey" by Visage
    "New Moon on Monday" by Duran Duran (#9, 1984)
    "Love Action (I Believe In Love)" by The Human League
    "Hymn" by Ultravox
    "Temptation" by Heaven 17
    "Communication" by Spandau Ballet (#12, 1983)
    "Music For Chameleons" by Gary Numan
    "Space Age Love Song" by A Flock Of Seagulls (#34, 1982)
    "Love is a Stranger" by Eurythmics (#6, 1983)
    "Bedsitter" by Soft Cell
    "Mad World" by Tears For Fears
    "You Take Me Up" by Thompson Twins
    "My Ever Changing Moods" by The Style Council
    "It's My Party" by Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
    "Wishful Thinking" by China Crisis
    "Young At Heart" by The Bluebells
    "Our Lips Are Sealed" by Fun Boy Three (#7, 1983)
    "Souvenir" by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
    "Wot!" by Captain Sensible

    "Too Much Too Young" by The Specials
    "Atomic" by Blondie
    "Message of Love" by Pretenders (#11, 1981)
    "Blue Monday" by New Order
    "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" by Culture Club
    "Dear Prudence" by Siouxsie And The Banshees
    "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)" by Squeeze
    "The Bitterest Pill" by The Jam
    "Hot in the City" by Billy Idol (#58, 1982)
    "Promised You A Miracle" by Simple Minds
    "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers
    "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" by Japan (#60, 1980)
    "Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson
    "House Of Fun" by Madness
    "Young Guns (Go For It)" by Wham!
    "Can't Get Used To Losing You" by The Beat
    "Go Wild In The Country" by Bow Wow Wow
    "Talk Talk" by Talk Talk
    "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    "Da Da Da" by Trio

    "Together In Electric Dreams" by Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
    "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat
    "The Never Ending Story" by Limahl
    "What Is Love?" by Howard Jones
    "Wouldn't It Be Good" by Nik Kershaw
    "Poison Arrow" by ABC
    "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo
    "Nobody's Diary" by Yazoo
    "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" by Haircut 100
    "Happy Birthday" by Altered Images
    "Love Resurrection" by Alison Moyet
    "Kids In America" by Kim Wilde
    "Senses Working Overtime" by XTC
    "In A Big Country" by Big Country
    "Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung
    "Perfect Skin" by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
    "I Got You" by Split Enz
    "Since You're Gone" by The Cars (#37, 1982)
    "I Won't Let You Down" by PhD
    "The House That Jack Built" by Tracie