Weeknight ’80s Dance Party: 4/13/11

Hello, my name is Kelly and I’m addicted to remixes and extended versions of ’80s songs. If a song has “12-inch mix” or “extended dance mix” in parentheses behind it, I’m in.

There’s something exciting to me about discovering an 11-minute version of a song I’d only previously known as being four minutes long. What else could possibly fill up seven more minutes? More verses? Different lyrics? Long instrumental breakdowns? I don’t care — I just want more.

When I go shopping for vinyl at my favorite record stores (such as Shake It in Cincinnati, Dusty Groove and Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Chicago), the first thing I look for are 12-inch ’80s singles — and the first artist I usually look for is Prince, just in case they have something I don’t already own. My iTunes library consists of about 8 GB of ’80s remixes and extended versions. And to answer your question, no, I’m not a DJ, though I think I would kick ass at the job and I’m pretty sure that had I been an adult in the ’80s, I would’ve been a DJ at a club decorated with lots of neon.

After learning that I have an ’80s remix problem, some of my fellow Popdose colleagues asked me — well, kind of commanded me — to create a feature of some sort to showcase my ridiculous collection. So this is what you get. This will likely be a weekly thing, depending on my life.

So, tease up your hair, put on some Ray Bans and get ready to have a mid-week dance party. I don’t have any fancy DJ equipment, so I can’t create a mix that will segue perfectly from one song to the next. You’ll have to just pretend that I did. Enjoy!

Heaven 17 – Penthouse & Pavement (12″ Version)
Yazz – The Only Way is Up (12″ Version)
Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World (12″ Mix)
Michael Davidson – Turn It Up (In Full Cry Mix)
Kim Wilde – You Came (Extended 12″ Version)
T’Pau – Heart & Soul (12″ Remix)
Erasure – Chains of Love (Foghorn Mix)
Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better (Extended Remix)
Level 42 – Something About You (U.S. Remix)
E.G. Daily – Say It, Say It (Extended Version)
Madonna – Gambler (Extended Dance Remix)
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (12″ Mix)
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place On Earth (Heavenly Mix)
Fleetwood Mac – Big Love (Extended Remix)
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (Dance Mix)




  • Dhawk

    That was an awesome list…. please tell me you have Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood… it was one of the best extended mix songs ever!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I definitely have that. I also have a ridiculous nine-minute version of their song “Two Tribes.”

  • Manpalal

    Love the 80s 12″ mixes. Good luck and I hope this is a weekly list.

  • smf2271

    Great idea! I’m actually curious about something – in your experience, have you noticed a tendency for early ’80s extended remixes to have additional lyrics and/or new guitar / keyboard solos that aren’t on the regular versions, whereas later ’80s extended remixes to focus more on adding more repetitive dance-oriented, percussion-heavy sections? I’ve always assumed this was the case, and thus been more interested in pre-1985 remixes in general, but I don’t really know.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    I definitely think there were extra solos, and those would have likely been overdubbed to cover edits. The lyrics are a harder guess. For those songs, maybe, the original song was a longer length and the track was cut down for the album & single. Getting a session player in to overdub a few new guitar licks has to be easier than getting a vocalist in to record more verses.

    I have absolutely no data on which to base this though. Just felt like Cliffing my Clavin.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    I definitely think there were extra solos, and those would have likely been overdubbed to cover edits. The lyrics are a harder guess. For those songs, maybe, the original song was a longer length and the track was cut down for the album & single. Getting a session player in to overdub a few new guitar licks has to be easier than getting a vocalist in to record more verses.

    I have absolutely no data on which to base this though. Just felt like Cliffing my Clavin.

  • http://www.jasonhare.com Anonymous

    This is awesome, Kelly!

  • Daveh

    Very cool! Hope you share more.

  • smf2271

    Do you by any chance have an extended version of Peter Frampton’s “Lying?” This has been bugging me for years – I swear there was a long version I used to hear on the radio back when it came out, longer than the 4:13 version I have, that involved some spacey-sounding keyboards near the end of the extended instrumental break. But 25 years on, I have never heard it again or been able to find it. Oh wait a minute, I just searched and there is a 12″ version on amazon! So it does exist! But let me know if you have it and if you perhaps could post it someday. Thanks! (I’m guessing it’s probably not nearly as cool as it sounded to my 14 year old ears, but I have to hear it again anyway just to be sure).

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  • Anonymous

    I definitely don’t have that mix, sorry. In fact, I don’t think I have any Frampton in my library.

  • http://www.bullz-eye.com Anonymous

    White Label Wednesday is reborn!

  • http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_songs-Power-Pop.html Brett Alan

    I used to have that 12-inch, which may have been promo-only, but sadly it’s long gone.

  • http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_songs-Power-Pop.html Brett Alan

    I used to have that 12-inch, which may have been promo-only, but sadly it’s long gone.

  • Batgrl

    Just when I think I’m over the 80s I get hit by a good buncha remixes. Thank you! I am now going to listen to old dance mp3s that had been gathering dust!

  • Anonymous

    This is gonna make for a most excellent soundtrack to my Friday. Pure awesomeness! Thank you! :)

    And you’ve got my vote for making it a weekly thing. I love a good 80′s remix!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve already got next week’s mix put together and it is 100% ridiculous.

  • Dave

    It will be fun to see how this plays out in the weeks to come. In my limited collection, I’ve only found a few remixes that either add more of a good thing (Talk Talk, “It’s My Life”; Stranglers, “Skin Deep”) or take the song to a different, equally good place (Springsteen, “Dancing in the Dark”, “Born in the USA”; Don Henley, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”). Thanks for doing all the hard work while we sit back and listen!

  • Anonymous

    I tried to comment last week but my Internet hiccuped and I got sidetracked ’til now. Keep bringing the retro-dancey goodness and you’ll be competing with Bottom Feeders as my favorite ‘dose feature (just like White Label Wednesdays of yore). To reciprocate, I invite you to download any file labeled “Classic Club Hour” (or “Duran Duran Special”) here: http://mediafire.com/soundawake

  • Mary in Dallas

    Great tunes, Kelly — I’m lovin’ this trip down memory lane! Unfortunately, I lost all my 12-inch LPs in a move during the late ’80s; I had “Love & Pride” by King, “Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles, and many, many more … I’ll look forward to this every week!

  • Mary in Dallas

    Great tunes, Kelly — I’m lovin’ this trip down memory lane! Unfortunately, I lost all my 12-inch LPs in a move during the late ’80s; I had “Love & Pride” by King, “Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles, and many, many more … I’ll look forward to this every week!

  • Mary in Dallas

    Great tunes, Kelly — I’m lovin’ this trip down memory lane! Unfortunately, I lost all my 12-inch LPs in a move during the late ’80s; I had “Love & Pride” by King, “Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles, and many, many more … I’ll look forward to this every week!