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Hello Frenz! I have a challenge here for you.
I am helping to organise a leaving do for someone and they would like a disco dominated by 80's music.
What would you choose? Not necessarily your own tastes, what would get people up and dancing?

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Just off the top of my head...

ABC 'Poison Arrow'
Culture Club 'Karma Chameleon'
Whitney Houston 'How Will I Know'
David Bowie 'Let's Dance'
The Commodores 'Lady (You Bring Me Up)'
Katrina & The Waves 'Walking On Sunshine'
The Human League 'Don't You Want Me'
Prince & The Revolution '1999'
KC & The Sunshine Band 'Give It Up'
Michael Jackson 'Beat It'
Duran Duran 'Girls On Film'
Bananarama 'Venus'
Michael Sembello 'Maniac'
Kenny Loggins 'Footloose'
Dire Straits 'Twisting By The Pool'
Dead Or Alive 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)'
The B-52s 'Love Shack'
Madonna 'Holiday'
Olivia Newton-John 'Physical'

That oughta get ya started! Big Grin
quote:
Originally posted by Greatfox:
The Right Time or Like Wow Wipeout by the Hoodoo Gurus


Like Wow for sure, but The Right Time came out in 1994.

I'd say The Reflex - Duran Duran. Anything by Wham! Has anyone mentioned Adam & the Ants? And any '80s Madonna is good. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

The '80s has so much to choose from in terms of getting people up and dancing.
I'd add these into the mix:

Split Enz, (i'd check them out, great band Wink)
Visage, Fade To Grey & Visage.

Scritti Politti, Small Talk, Absolute, Wood Beez, Perfect Way.

The Swingers, Counting The Beat, Practical Joker. Cool

The Smiths, This Charming Man, & How Soon Is Now.

Soft Cell, Tainted Love.

Squeeze, Annie Get Your Gun, Third Rail, Electric Trains.

Pet Shop Boys, West End Girls, Go West, Suburbia, Domino Dancing, Paninaro.

A-Ha, Take On Me.

ABC, Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love Pt. 1.

B-52's, Rock Lobster, Private Idaho, Whammy Kiss, Legal Tender, Queen Of Las Vegas, Planet Claire.

The Clash, London Calling, Rock The Casbah.

Depeche Mode, Just Can't Get Enough.

Devo, Whip It.

Duran Duran, Planet Earth, Girls On Film.

Erasure, Oh L'Amour.

Eurythmics, When Tomorrow Comes, Right By Your Side, Who's That Girl? (beats me?!), Sweet Dreams.

Madness, Baggy Trousers, Our House, House Of Fun, One Step Beyond.

Anything by The Specials or B.E.A.T. in fact any ska at all.

Gary Numan, We Are Glass, Cars.

Yazoo, Only You, Goodbye 70's, Don't Go, State Farm.

Haircut 100, Favourite Shirt, Love Plus One, Fantastic Day.

Culture Club, Church of the Poison Mind, Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, I'll Tumble 4 Ya, Karma Chameleon, The War Song (yes, war IS stupid).

The Thompson Twins, In The Name Of Love, Lies, We Are Detective, Love On Your Side, Hold Me Now, Doctor! Doctor!.

Cyndi Lauper, She Bop, I Drove All Night, Money Changes Everything (ecept the way you talk), The Goonies 'R' Good Enough.

The Housemartins, Happy Hour, Sheep, Five Get Over Excited, The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death, Hopelessly Devoted To Them.

Hoodo Gurus, Tojo, What's My Scene? (i don't know man), Come Anytime (but ring first please), Leilani.

Howard Jones, Things Can Only Get Better, Like To Get To Know You Well, Look Mama.

& if you really want to get your party started right:

THE Human League, Don't you Want Me? (no thanks), Love Action (I Believe In Love), Open Your Heart, (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Together In Electric Dreams, Human.

Ian Dury, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (hit ME!)., & if you're feeling brave Plaistow Patricia.

The Jam, Going Undergrond, Town Called Malice, That's Entertainment, Beat Surrender.

Lloyd Cole & his Commotions, Perfect Skin, Rattlesnakes.

Rick James, Superfreak.

OMD, Locomotion, So In Love, If You Leave.

Queen, Killer Queen, Fat Bottom Girls, Bicycle Race, Crazy Little Thing Called erm Love?

The Ramones, I Wanna Be Sedated (always good for a laugh, ha ha ha ha) Eeker .

& just scraping into the '80's by a whisker,

The Shamen, Move Any Mountain, Omega Omiga.

The KLF, (although mostly early '90's with What Time is Love? (moo moo), 3 A.M. Eternal, & Last Train to Trancentral) Doctorin' the Tardis.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Relax, Two Tribes.
New Order, Bizarre Love Triangle??!!

Simple Minds, Don't You (Forget About Me) Alzheimer's Remix, Promised You A Miracle (but only did the dishes), Glittering Prize, Someone Somewhere In Summertime, in fact all of New Gold Dream is good.

Art Of Noise, Closer To The Edit, Moments In Love.

Yello, I Love You, Heavy Whispers, Lost Again.

Nick Kershaw, Wouldn't It Be Good (yep, sure would Nick), I Won't Let The Sun Go Down, The Riddle.

Dead Or Alive, You Spin Me Round (freak mix).

Prince, 1999, I Would Die 4 U, Raspberry Beret, Let's Go Crazy, Purple pants, oops Rain, sorry.

Black Box, Ride On Time (easy now).

Wang Chun, Dance Hall Days, Everybody Have Fun Tonight.

Adam & The Ants, Ant Music, Prince Charming, Stand And Deliver, Goody Two Shoes.

Bowowow, I Want Candy (yum yum).

Malcome McClaren, Buffalo Gals, Double Dutch, Jive My Baby.

Kylie Minogue, The Locomotion, Better The Devil You Know, I Should Be So Lucky (you & me both dhal), Shocked.

Billy "rock on" Idol, White Wedding, Rebel Yell, Dancing With Myself (like a robot, oh yeah).

& a few One Hit Wonders,

The Buggles, Video Killed The Radio Star.

M, Pop Music.

A Flock Of Seagulls, I Ran, Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You (but luckily...)).

Kajagoogoo, Too Shy, Never Ending Story.
Toni Basil, Mickey.

Trio, Dadada.

Nena, 99 Luft Balloons (German Version).

Boys Don't Cry, I Wanna Be A Cowboy.

Barnes & Barnes, Fish Heads.

Kim Carnes, Bette Davis Eyes.

& if you want them to go home just pop on the best of Rick Astley or Bucks Fizz.

Most definately avoid the following:

Corey Hart, I Wear My Sunglasses At Night.
USA For Africa, We Are The World.
Anything by Whitney Houston, ZZ Top, Was Not Was, Musical Youth, Dream Academy, Steve Miller, Charlene, New Kids On The Block , Belinda Carlisle, Sheena Easton, Olivia Newton John, Air Supply, Kenny Rogers, Huey Lewis, Chicago, Laura Branigan, & Falco. You have been warned.
Got about a dozen best of's TT, how far away is that party?

Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Cool for Cats - UK Squeeze
Come as You Are - Peter Wolf
Lights Out - Peter Wolf
Cut a Long Story Short - Spandau Ballet
Kick - INXS
Good Times - INXS Jimmy Barnes
Pump it Up - Elvis Costello okay 1978
Push It - um forgot salt n pepper ?
Mexican Radio - Wall of Voodoo

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