in the 80s, if you ran out of adjectives to describe something or someone, you just made one up.
add that to the obsession for electricity, anything that sounded remotely robotic or computerlike, and bam, you have a hit record. you had to be crazy, bad, make no sense or all of the above. in the 00s peter andre tried to revive this trend by creating ‘insania’ but we just ignored him…
these tracks follow that formula, and are just SO 80s, i love it.
atlantic starr – freakaristic
this lot were better known for their ballads, so this was a welcome departure. those wild and crazy kids…
billy griffin – systematic
in the 80s everyone had a ‘system’.
brutus – excitation
not a real word. not brutus as in popeye – god who would name their kid brutus?
dazz band – joystick
very futuristic band, and the only example i could find of ‘joystick’. i mean, i don’t have to explain this euphemism do i?
gazebo – lunatic
hot on the heels of flashdance’s ‘she’s a maniac’ (think 118 118 ads). being a lunatic was a good thing back then.
general johnson – x rated love
if ‘love’ becomes x rated, it’s probably not ‘love’ but er, something else. but we still had some decency in the 80s.
kids from fame – hi fidelity
every kids from fame song is so 80s and none of them would survive in any other decade. not even in high school musical.
klymaxx – video kid
in the 80s, video meant video games. they’re just games now. in the 80s ‘games’ meant board games, buckaroo, connect 4 and hungry hippos.
midnight star – scientific love
scientific love…doesn’t sounds very exciting but we all lusted after those at home bunsen burner kits in the argos catalogue back then so, perhaps that was why.
phil collins – sussudio
apparently phil was criticised for trying to make this sound like prince’s ‘1999’. i’m not quite getting that, but, i do like it.
prince – shockadelica
prince can do what he wants anyway. so when he invented ‘shockadelica’ we didn’t argue.
zapp and roger – computer love
one of the first songs to advocate the idea that emotions and computers weren’t mutually exclusive.