Now That's What I Call Music (Nostalgia)

Listening to Now 11 and some thoughts.

Jermaine Stewart really shouldn't be thought of as a one hit wonder as 'Say it again' really is a great single, and once remixed, 'Get lucky' was a bop too.

Billy Ocean's 'Get outta my dreams' whilst VERY dodgy lyrically is a massive hook laden bop. He'd obviously wanted to do another 'When the going gets tough' but added a bit of a Living in a box/PWL bounce to it.

I usually skip the oldies but 'C'mon everybody' is a great track. Even Morrissey back then was producing great singles and 'Suedehead', whilst not deviating too far from The Smiths template was a great start.

Marti Pellow sounds like a pub singer on 'Angel eyes' which is a shame as it's a good song but he just honks all over it.

Whilst my least favourite Johnny hates Jazz single, 'Turn back the clock' does have that late 80s radio charm about it, although I suspect Mike and the mechanic's awful 'Living years' was inspired by it.

CD2 would have been right up my street in 88 except for the awful stutter rap. I had the biggest crush on Elisa Fiorillo back then and 'Who found who' is absolute perfection. I've had so many of the songs on CD2 in poor quality and they sound pristine in the quality of this reissue. 'Rock da house' really deserves to be up there with the likes of 'Good life' in eternal dance anthems.
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I’m having a Now 11 day with my Redux playlist and it really is a treat. I couldn’t even make a decent Now 111 Redux playlist without adding lots of none Top 100 singles, so it speaks volumes:

Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is a Place On Earth
Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams
Jermaine Stewart - Say It Again
Bros - I Owe U Nothing
The Primitives - Crash
Morrissey - Suedehead
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere
Wet Wet Wet - Angel Eyes
Johnny Hates Jazz - Turn Back the Clock
T’Pau - Valentine
A-Ha - Stay On These Roads
Sinead O Connor - Mankinda
Cher - I Found Someone
George Michael - Father Figure

Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky
Mel & Kim - That’s the Way It Is
Joyce Sims - Come Into My Life
Jellybean - Who Found Who
Bananarama - I Can’t Help It
Debbie Gibson - Only In My Dreams
Eighth Wonder - I’m Not Scared
Vanessa Paradis - Joe Le Taxi
Rick Astley - Together Forever
Cold cut - Doctor In the House
Krush- House Arrest
Jack N Chill - The Jack That House
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Belinda Carlisle - I Get Weak
Clinic Fisher - Rise to the Occassion
Here is that tracklisting for NOW 1981 Due May 20th
Think this the first time I've ever seen Olivia's 'Physical' appear on any kind of compilation. It's a solid track listing in my opinion, but I wish they went forward with Yearbook 85 instead of going backwards. Maybe they're trying to get a certain song to appear on '85