Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Essential 80s - Slow Song Installment

Connecting with old friends on Facebook has got me thinking about the old dance music (both fast and slow), and I thought I'd start with the slow songs since there aren't nearly as many. The first two that come to mind are:

Alphaville - Forever Young
OMD - If You Leave (not really a slow song, but the sentiment is there)

Keep in mind, I haven't screened these video links just verified that they're the right songs. If you're as old as I am go ahead and click through some night when you're wanting to wax nostalgic. You are so welcome.

Right behind those:
Depeche Mode - Somebody (thank you Higley's Heroes)
Breathe - Hands to Heaven
Survivor - Search is Over
Chicago - Hard Habit to Break (I saw this one Live)
Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
Air Supply - All Out of Love
Toto - I'll Be Over You
Bangles - Eternal Flame
REO Speedwagon - I Can't Fight This Feeling
Police - Every Breath You Take
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Cutting Crew - Died In Your Arms Tonight
U2 - With or Without You
Journey - Open Arms, Faithfully
Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

and, last but not least, those with the gag factor (at least for me):
Wham - Careless Whisper
Chris Deburgh - Lady in Red

Do you think I had a thing for big-hair bands or what? Now it's your turn, which songs have I forgotten? Also, informal poll: how many of you made mix tapes? As always, thank you in advance for playing along.

*If you're not this old thank your lucky stars, but know that you missed a really great decade.


Kristina P. said...

I still make mixed CDs for my car!!

Higleys said...

What about Somebody, by depech mode I think? I love these songs. It was a totally blast. Oh and totally did the mix thing all the time from the radio of course.

Mrs. Organic said...

I can't believe I forgot Depeche Mode - I had an entire mix tape devoted to them. I'm so adding that song. Thanks!

b. said...

absolutely a GREAT and fairly complete list!

Mrs. Organic said...

And one more thing - if you're older than me, you had even better music, so please share your favorites. :)

Jendeis said...

Great list! We were all about the mix tapes, then mix CDs.

Anonymous said...

I loved mixed tapes and love the cd's now as well. I thought I was a lot younger than you but I know and remeber all these songs. Who sang, circle in the sand? Kel

Elizabeth-W said...

Oooh this is fabulous!
Totally made mix tapes from the radio.

Elizabeth-W said...

Chris Isaak's Wicked Game--late 80s but very sexy, I think.

Elizabeth-W said...

The Cars: Drive

Elizabeth-W said...

I want to know what love is--foreigner
Crazy for you-madonna
True-Spandeau Ballet
Slave to Love-Bryan Ferry
Christopher Cross-Sailing
There are so many--I really should put these on my playlist. Most of my playlist stuff is faster. I need to slow it down a bit.

Lammy said...

Pretty funny you bring this up today....
I was driving with my 18 year old daughter and we were talking about the groups Boston and Styx and she said something about those being her favorite 80's bands.. and I corrected her and said that they were around in the late 70's as well. "Well, you know. They're my favorite oldies bands."
... are they?...
//gulp// Hold me.

Mrs. Organic said...

Lammy - I know! It was 80s love ballads hour on the way home today. Should I add Boston's Amanda?

Kel - It was Belinda Carlisle

EW - I've definitely got to add Foreigner's
I Want to Know What Love Is

Bryan Adams'- Everything I Do
Warrant - Heaven
Chicago/Peter Cetera - practically every ballad they sing(Hard to Say I'm Sorry, Will You Still Love Me, You're the Inspiration, etc.)
For some reason Christopher Cross ends up in the gag factor for me, sorry.

I'm trying to think if INXS belongs on here? Or Sinead or

Mrs. Organic said...

I didn't remember the Chris Isaak song, but after youtubing it, I do now. That guitar IS sexy.

andrea said...

Hilarious! Makes me want to make an oldies playlist for my blog... And I have to agree: GAG on Lady in Red! Can you believe Forever Young still gets played?! Good grief.....that thing is never going away. Loved Cutting Crew, U2.....didn't Def Leppard have a slow ballad in there somewhere?

As for the mix tapes....of course. I distinctly remember making them off the radio. Waiting forever for the song to play, and even calling in a request for the dumb thing, but the beginning of the song always got cut off or had the DJ still talking! Thanks for the memories! :)

andrea said...

"Love Bites"


Mrs. Organic said...

It would have to be Love Bites - Stairway to Heaven is impossible to dance to slow AND fast.

And Drive - didn't realize it was by The Cars (it's not Ric Ocasek singing)

Mrs. Organic said...

And, doh! that was Led Zeppelin with Stairway to Heaven, oops. Maybe I should think about going to bed.

Kim N said...

Love the list! I was a 90's teen, but I have a sister 7 years older than me and I listened to music with her all the time. I was going to add "You're the Inspiration" but I see you already did.

I had to go searching through my mp3's to come up with more, but I had to add these:
"Almost Paradise" from Footloose
"Sister Christian" by Knight Ranger
"One Lonely Night" by REO Speedwagon
"Lady in Lace" by Stevie Nicks
"I Won't Hold You Back" by Toto
"The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston
I am sure I could find more because I love 80's music! Fun post.

Mrs. Organic said...

I like those additions. I can't believe I forgot Sister Christian.

JENNIFRO said...

This is soooo up my alley! I swear I threaten (along with a good friend of mine) to throw an 80's dance every single year! We have yet to do it. I love these songs so much! I would have to say you need to add some Erasure-- I LOVE them and "Only You" by Yaz.
And how about a little Howard Jones---"You can look at the menu but you just can't eat...." Oh I'm getting depressed now. Mix tapes were my salvation back then.....best ever. GREAT POST!!!

P.S. How can you hate Careless Whisper--Love the George!

Mrs. Organic said...

I definitely have to add "Only You." I think HoJo's is too sad, but we did dance to it. Did Erasure do slow songs?

And Carelss Whisper and I will never be friends - it's personal.

Heffalump said...

Forever Young was always the last song played at the Church Dances.

What about that Phil Collins duet-Seperate Lives?
When I See You Smile by Bad English
Fly to the Angels by Slaughter
When the Children Cry-White Lion

I'm sure there are more...any Bon Jovi?

Mrs. Organic said...

I remember the Bad English song and the Phil Collins one, too. I'm sure there was a Bon Jovi one, but I can't think of it.