Lost in the ’80s: Fields of the Nephilim

My colleague John Hughes has graciously let me take the wheel today for this edition of Lost in the ’80s.

Fields of the Nephilim were the gothedelic deathrock cowboys of the apocalypse – dressed in cobwebby dusters, cowboy hats, ...

Lost in the ’80s: Kate Bush, “Experiment IV”

“And they told us what they wanted was a sound that could kill someone from a distance …”

In 1986, after years of trying to break Kate Bush in the States with only the minor Top 40 hit ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Top 15 New-Wave Songs — Ever!

If you’ve been reading this column for the past four years or so, you may remember me calling out certain songs as one of “the top blahblah new-wave songs ever.” I’ve done it a few times, as I recall ...

Lost in the ’80s: Culture Club, “Mistake No. 3″

It must have sucked to be a non-Boy George member of Culture Club.  Well, except for Jon Moss, who was actually sucking a member of Culture Club.  Okay, cheap shot.  But seriously, here you are, finally realizing your ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Darling Buds, “Pop Said”

The late ’80s and early ’90s saw a strange trend of UK power-pop bands fronted by blond bombshells:  Transvision Vamp, the Primitives, and one of the more criminally ignored, the Darling Buds.  Fronted by drop-dead knockout Andrea Lewis, the ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Fixx, “Deeper and Deeper”

The most rock-radio acceptable of the new-wave acts (with the possible exception of the Cars and the Police), the Fixx were always unfairly slammed as a producer’s band, the mere playthings of Rupert Hine, who buffed their angular, jagged sound to an ...

Lost in the ’80s: Big Country, “Look Away”

It’s amazing to even consider now, but once there were debates on who’d be the bigger band – U2 or Big Country?

It’s obvious who won that little argument, but believe it or not, there was a time around ...

Lost in the ’80s: Freddie Mercury, “Love Kills”

In 1984, famed disco producer Giorgio Moroder got it into his head that Fritz Lang’s silent 1927 masterpiece Metropolis needed to be restored with colored tint, a new edit, and heck, a new soundtrack filled with the hottest pop ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Unforgiven, “I Hear the Call”

It never hurt to have a visual hook to get on MTV in the ’80s.  From Bananrama and Dexys Midnight Runners’ hobo-chic, to Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran’s new romantic ruffles, a cool gimmick was sometimes all a band ...

Lost in the ’80s: Thompson Twins

There are certain acts and albums I absolutely adored in my younger days in the ’80s that I don’t quite care for now. One of these groups is the Thompson Twins, the New Wave trio that broke into the ...

Lost in the ’80s: Wide Boy Awake

Here’s an example of a great song that couldn’t be confined to a B-side. Wide Boy Awake was Adam & the Ants bassist Kevin Mooney’s first project after splitting from the Ants following 1980’s Kings of the Wild Frontier. ...

Lost in the ’80s: Total Coelo

As much as I adore the inherent goofiness that is new wave — the guyliner, the overwrought posing, the one-finger keyboard technique — sometimes I must admit some acts come dangerously close to goofy overload, camping it up far ...

Lost in the ’80s: Devo, “That’s Good”

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  How can one of Devo’s most famous songs outside of “Whip It” be Lost in the ’80s?  How can a song whose video was in heavy rotation back in the day be considered ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Tubes and Olivia Newton-John (?!)

All right, let me stop all you young ‘uns right there — 1980’s Xanadu is not a great movie, a lost treasure, or an overlooked masterpiece of fun. It’s a dreadful film, downright boring in parts, somewhat laughable in ...

Lost in the ’80s: Les Rita Mitsouko

French duo Fred Chichin and Catherine Ringer met at a theater production in the late ’70s and an instant musical bond was formed, one that took them from rock to synthpop and back again.  Recording under the name Les ...

Lost in the ’80s: Face To Face, “10-9-8″

Big things were planned for Boston’s Face To Face in 1984.  Signed to Epic, the New Wave group was pushed heavily by the label as the next big music sensation.  The band was featured as the backing group in ...

Lost in the ’80s: Dexys Midnight Runners

A quickie today, folks – I’m getting ready to move in with my betrothed, and I’m currently surrounded by boxes of stuff.  Moving is such a hassle, but I can’t forget you, faithful reader!  So, howzabout covering one of ...

Lost in the ’80s: Paul McCartney, “So Bad”

Oh, some things just write themselves, don’t they?

I kid, I kid. “So Bad” is an overlooked little gem from the Paul catalog, released in the States as the follow-up to “Say Say Say,” his megahit duet with Michael ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Wild Swans

This has been a week of happy endings for me, and I’m not referring to a trip to the massage parlor (this time).

Y’see, twenty-odd years ago, I bought one of those awesome Sire Records compilations Just Say Yes, ...