This is a tape that I sent out as part of an organized tape exchange (March 2009). Look, I’m not saying I am the most clever person in the whole wide world, but I picked a theme (1984*) and a theme song to kick the tape off with (1984) and included two karaoke style tracks for a proper sing-along. I mean, that’s good. None of these songs are groundbreaking, so I wonder if the person on the receiving end was disappointed. But, gosh. A theme is so fun.
1984 ► David Bowie
Major Tom (Coming Home) ► Peter Schilling
99 Red Balloons ► Nena
People are People ► Depeche Mode
Wrapped Around Your Finger ► The Police
Hold Me Now ► You & the Thompson Twins
I have a picture, pinned to my wall. An image of you and of me and we’re laughing and loving it all. Look at our life now, tattered and torn. We fuss and we fight and delight in the tears that we cry until dawn. Hold me now, warm my heart, stay with me, let loving start (let loving start). You say I’m a dreamer, we’re two of a kind. Both of us searching for some perfect world we know we’ll never find. So perhaps I should leave here, yeah yeah go far away. But you know that there’s no where that I’d rather be than with you here today. [Chorus] You ask if I love you, well what can I say? You know that I do and if this is just one of those games that we play. So I’ll sing you a new song, please don’t cry anymore and then I’ll ask your forgiveness, though I don’t know just what I’m asking it for. [Chorus]
Love is a Battlefield ► Pat Benatar
Rock You Like a Hurricane ► The Scorpions
Sister Christian ► Night Ranger
Oh, Sherrie ► Steve Perry
The Longest Time ► Billy Joel
Seven Seas ► Echo and the Bunnymen
William, it was Really Nothing ► The Smiths
Don’t You (Forget About Me) ► Simple Minds & You
Hey, hey, hey, hey, ohhh . . . Won’t you come see about me? I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby. Tell me your troubles and doubts. Giving me everything inside and out and Love’s strange so real in the dark. Think of the tender things that we were working on. Slow change may pull us apart. When the light gets into your heart, baby. Don’t You Forget About Me. Don’t, Don’t, Don’t, Don’t. Don’t You Forget About Me.. Will you stand above me? Look my way, never love me? Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling Down, down, down. Will you recognize me? Call my name or walk on by Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling down, down, down, down. Hey, hey, hey, hey, ohhhh . . . Don’t you try to pretend, it’s my feeling we’ll win in the end. I won’t harm you or touch your defenses: Vanity and security. Don’t you forget about me I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby. Going to take you apart, I’ll put us back together at heart, baby. [Chorus] As you walk on by, will you call my name? As you walk on by will you call my name? When you walk away? Or will you walk away? Will you walk on by? Come on – call my name. Will you call my name? I say: La la la…
Magic ► Cars
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) ► R.E.M.**
Whistling Song ► Meat Puppets***
Michael Caine ► Madness
Skin Deep ► The Stranglers
She-Bop ► Cyndi Lauper
When Doves Cry ► Prince
What’s Love Got to Do With It ► Tina Turner
Lucky Star ►Madonna
*Not sure if every song is right on the money. I can’t recall if I used release dates or Billboard charts or what to decide what was a song of 1984.
**Isn’t it crazy that REM was doing their thing in the 80s? They were just their own cool-and-ahead-of-their-time sound.
*** Same for the Meat Puppets.