Now That's What I Call Music (Nostalgia)

I was kind of glad that Alone was missing from the 10 re-release. Don't feel so bad now for paying over the odds for the original last year.

And as much as the omissions and errors were annoying, at least we got to fill in the gaps on our CD shelves. Quite satisfying.
 
Now Electronic !
NOW are proud to present NOW That’s What I Call Electronic, this 78-track 4CD compilation features iconic tracks from legendary artists, Queen, Blondie, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, ABBA and many more.

The album showcases the emergence of synthpop as a dominant sub-genre of new wave, following the breakout success of former Tubeway Army singer Gary Numan with his debut #1 solo single ‘Cars’. Electronic music took over the charts during the early 80s, Duran Duran’s ‘Planet Earth’ and Japan’s ‘Quite Life’ filled our soundwaves alongside tracks such as ‘Vienna’, ‘Tainted Love’, ‘Together In Electric Dreams’, ‘Never Ending Story’ and The Human League’s breakthrough single ‘The Sound Of The Crowd’. Plus Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s ‘Enola Gay’ and Paul Hardcastle’s ‘19’ gave voice to powerful social statements.

Indie pop tracks such as Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and The Cure’s ‘The Walk’ became key in the 80s alternate scene. Other massive hits included on the album which have become radio staples include a-ha’s ‘Take On Me’, Visage’s ‘Fade To Grey’ and Heaven 17’s ‘Temptation’.

Transport yourself to the dance-floor as NOW That’s What I Call Electronic celebrates huge dance-pop records ‘I Feel For You’ by Chaka Khan and ‘Let The Music Play’ by Shannon, both of which pushed the genre boundaries by fusing electro, Hi-NRG and rap. Freeez’s ‘I.O.U.’, Man 2 Man’s ‘Male Stripper’ and ‘Fascinated’ by Company B sit alongside extended versions of dance classics including the 12” version of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’, Dead Or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’ and the original ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order which lead the way in 12” single sales.

Of course, we found room for ABBA’s ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ the synth riff from which was sampled so effectively in Madonna’s 2005 single ‘Hung Up’. NOW That’s What I Call Electronic is the perfect collector’s item and gift for any lover of dance music.

Tracklist
CD 1
  1. Queen - Radio Ga Ga
  2. New Order - Blue Monday
  3. Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Love Is A Stranger
  4. Ultravox – Vienna
  5. Visage - Fade To Grey
  6. Japan - Quiet Life
  7. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
  8. The Human League - The Sound Of The Crowd
  9. Duran Duran - Planet Earth
  10. Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short
  11. Gary Numan - Cars
  12. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay
  13. Landscape - Einstein A Go-Go
  14. Tears For Fears - Mad World
  15. Heaven 17 - Temptation
  16. Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling
  17. Fiction Factory - (Feels Like) Heaven
  18. The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You
  19. A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
  20. Yello - The Race
CD 2
  1. Donna Summer - I Feel Love
  2. Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
  3. Freeez - I.O.U.
  4. Shannon – Let The Music Play
  5. Company B - Fascinated
  6. The S.O.S Band - Just Be Good To Me
  7. Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
  8. The Pointer Sisters - Automatic
  9. Man 2 Man - Male Stripper
  10. Patrick Cowley feat. Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk
  11. Liza Minnelli - Losing My Mind
  12. Eighth Wonder - I'm Not Scared
  13. Animotion - Obsession
  14. Trans-X – Living On Video
  15. Dazz Band - Let It All Blow
  16. Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (From "Beverly Hills Cop" Soundtrack)
  17. Art Of Noise - Close (To The Edit)
  18. Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals
  19. Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out
CD 3
  1. ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  2. Blondie - Atomic
  3. The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
  4. M - Pop Muzik
  5. Paul Hardcastle – 19
  6. Falco - Rock Me Amadeus (The American Edit)
  7. Phil Lynott - Yellow Pearl (First 7" Remix)
  8. Kim Wilde – Kids In America
  9. Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love
  10. a-ha - Take On Me
  11. Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
  12. Howard Jones – New Song
  13. Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good
  14. Limahl - Never Ending Story
  15. Thompson Twins - Love On Your Side
  16. Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
  17. Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden)
  18. Peter Schilling - Major Tom (Coming Home)
  19. Midge Ure – If I Was
  20. China Crisis - Christian
  21. Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme (From "Miami Vice II" Soundtrack)
CD 4
  1. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Performance Mix)
  2. The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love)
  3. Propaganda - Dr Mabuse
  4. The Cure - The Walk
  5. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
  6. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Messages
  7. Our Daughter's Wedding - Lawn Chairs
  8. Iggy Pop - Nightclubbing
  9. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
  10. Erasure – Drama!
  11. Scritti Politti - Absolute
  12. The Associates - Party Fears Two
  13. Furniture - Brilliant Mind
  14. Talk Talk - It's My Life
  15. Simple Minds - Glittering Prize
  16. Swansway - Soul Train
  17. The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star
  18. Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Actually, an Electronic compilation without Electronic!
I don't think the Ministry of Sound Electronic 80s series from 10 years ago can be beaten, it includes a lot of the songs in this track list and dares to dig deeper, also it has several essential Bowie tracks.
 
Does any NOW nerd have a spreadsheet of all the main NOWs? I’d love to have one but the prospect of creating one for 110 double albums is quite daunting.
 
Don't know if this could be interesting, but Amazon IT has Now 100 hits Forgotten 80s on preorder for €6,99, release date Dec 15. Don't know if it's a repress or something else.

Desc:
UK five CD set. NOW Music presents the brand new compilation of '80s hits that are too good to be forgotten! Featuring songs such as Aneka's 'Japanese Boy', Shalamar's 'A Night To Remember', Sinitta's 'Right Back Where We Started From' and many more. NOW 100 Hits Forgotten 80s is filled with forgotten gems to remind you just how much you loved the decade!
 
Does any NOW nerd have a spreadsheet of all the main NOWs? I’d love to have one but the prospect of creating one for 110 double albums is quite daunting.

Ooh, god yes that would be quite a task. I've started making complete playlists of them all, but only done the first 30 so far.

My interest waned after 36....
 
Don't know if this could be interesting, but Amazon IT has Now 100 hits Forgotten 80s on preorder for €6,99, release date Dec 15. Don't know if it's a repress or something else.

Desc:
UK five CD set. NOW Music presents the brand new compilation of '80s hits that are too good to be forgotten! Featuring songs such as Aneka's 'Japanese Boy', Shalamar's 'A Night To Remember', Sinitta's 'Right Back Where We Started From' and many more. NOW 100 Hits Forgotten 80s is filled with forgotten gems to remind you just how much you loved the decade!


My guess is a repress as those three tracks are on the first edition of Forgotten 80's. It's a good series though and there's so much scope for a third Forgotten 80's collection.
 
I agree. Would you buy this if it was available?



That's a great list. Here's what I'd keep then what I'd add...

Keep:
Laurie Anderson, The Assembly, Propaganda, Scarlet Fantastic, The Passions, Malcolm McLaren, Clannad, Go West, The Bangles, Paul Simon, Travelling Wilburys, George Harrison, Midnight Oil, Neil, Jermaine Jackson, Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Kids from ‘Fame’, Cameo, Grandmaster Flash, Sly & Robbie, Beatmasters & Cookie Crew, D-Mob & Gary Haisman, Climie Fisher, Suzanne Vega, Cock Robin, Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Bow Wow Wow, It’s Immaterial, Billy Bragg, Echo & The Bunnymen, Kirsty MacColl.

I'd also definitely keep Herb Alpert's Diamonds, but it must be the 7'' version, as should all of these...

Add:
OMD – Forever (Live And Die)
Stranglers – Always The Sun
Su Pollard – Starting Together
Kids from Grange Hill – Just Say No
Paul Medford & Letitia Dean – Something Outta Nothing
Pasadenas – Tribute (Right On)
Big Pig – Breakaway
Carol Hitchcock – Get Ready
Taffy – Step By Step
Elton John – Wrap Her Up
Jennifer Rush - Destiny
The Adventures – Broken Land
Audrey Hall – Smile
Pam Hall – Dear Boopsie
Judy Boucher – Can’t Be With You Tonight
Samantha Fox – I Surrender (To The Spirit Of The Night)
Wee Papa Girl Rappers – Wee Rule
Julian Cope – Charlotte Ann
Petula Clarke – Downtown ‘88
The Christians – Ideal World
Donna Allen – Joy And Pain
Alyson Williams – Sleep Talk
Feargal Sharkey – Listen To Your Father
Amazulu – Don’t You Just Know It
Boy George – Sold
Pat Benatar – Don’t Walk Away
Amii Grant – Lead Me On
Voice Of The Beehive – I Walk The Earth
Paul Hardcastle Ft. Carol Kenyon – Don’t Waste My Time
Jellybean Ft. Adele Bertei – Just A Mirage
Dee Lewis – Best Of My Love
Sid Haywoode – Boogie Oogie Oogie
Princess – Lover Don’t Go
Pseudo Echo – Funky Town
Vesta Williams – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Dead Or Alive – Something In My House
Mental As Anything - Live It Up
Robbie Nevil – Wot’s It To Ya
Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
Maria Vidal – Body Rock
Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
Yello – Of Course. I’m Lying
Blow Monkeys – This Is Your Life (’89 Remix)
ABC – The Night You Murdered Love
Gail Ann Dorsey – Wasted Country
Jaki Graham – Still In Love
River City People – (What’s Wrong With) Dreaming
Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – The Rain
Huey Lewis & The News – Stuck With You
Patti LaBelle – Oh, People
Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom
Steve Winwood – Valerie
Furniture – Brilliant Mind
DJ Sven & MC Miker G – Holiday Rap
Modern Talking – Brother Louie
Jermaine Stewart – Get Lucky
Jody Watley – Don’t You Want Me
Double – Captain Of Her Heart
Animotion - Obsession
Was (Not Was) – Spy In The House Of Love
Annie Lennox & Al Green – Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Spagna - I Wanna Be Your Wife
Deacon Blue – When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)
Randy Crawford – Almaz
Elkie Brooks – No More The Fool
Pat & Mick – Let’s All Chant
Carly Simon – Coming Around Again
Natalie Cole – Jump Start
Mica Paris – Breathe Life Into Me
Toni Childs – Don’t Walk Away
Ruby Turner – I’d Rather Go Blind
Lynne Hamilton – On The Inside
Fairground Attraction – Find My Love
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Peek-A-Boo
Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour
Freiheit - Keeping The Dream Alive
Vanessa Paradis - Joe Le Taxi
Ofra Haza – Im Nin’Alu
Momus – Hairstyle Of The Devil
Roachford – Family Man
Wendy & Lisa – Waterfall ‘89
Rob & Raz ft. Leila K – Got To Get
Sade – Haunt Me
Bomb The Bass – Say A Little Prayer

I'd get ten volumes in and still be reeling them off - best decade for music ever.
 
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