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Saturday, August 30, 2014

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers
This song was on a mix CD we took on a recent vacation, so I heard it at least 20 times over a two-week period. Two thoughts: 1. For a track from 1988,* the production has aged VERY well. 2. If you overdubbed shouts of "Hey!" and "Ho!" throughout the song, it'd sound downright modern.



*While released in 1988, this song is probably considered by most listeners to be a 90s song, as it gained a wider audience when it was used in the 1993 film Benny & Joon.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

"Going Down to Liverpool" by Katrina and the Waves
The Katrina and the Waves version of this Kimberley Rew-penned song wipes the floor with the Bangles' cover version:


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

"The Unguarded Moment" by the Church
While I was aware of the Church before the band's 1988 breakthrough hit "Under the Milky Way," I didn't discover this gem (from their 1981 debut album) until a few years ago:


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"I Melt with You" by Modern English
As a parent, I don't want to turn into this guy, but I'm thrilled that my daughter loves this song:


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Gloria" by U2
U2's 1981 sophomore album is generally considered inferior to the band's 1980 debut release. But it was the first one I owned and -- probably because of the purchase order -- remains my favorite:


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Monday, August 25, 2014

"Don't Change" by INXS
Still my all-time favorite INXS song:


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Years Later" by Cactus World News
A 1986 single from an Irish band that should have been much, much bigger:


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