Longbored Surfer

2010.03.16 G2 20100319

G2 20100319 - Front (Short)I hate 80's Music, or at least that's what I thought, and what I've offended countless people by saying in the past. If you're a regular reader of my ramblings, you're familiar with my G2 series of mixes I make for Maria. Among the various mixes, I've tackled the 60's and 70's on their own mix, with the latter being one of the current kings of the hill as a double disc album. So, it's with a humble heart that I apologize to all of those people who I have offended with this mistaken odious proclamation. I'm sorry, I just wasn't giving the 80's enough credit, and the statement was too broad. I just hate Tears for Fears, The Cure, and that general style of 80's New Wave (as well as some of the overly synthesized or strong-beat) music. Now that I've probably offended the same fans of the 80's all over again, let's get on with this mix.

When I originally came up with a tentative song list for this album, it contained enough music to fill more than 3 CD's - a new record, and one that I couldn't convince myself to make. I've never had a great connection with 80's music. For the most part, during that decade my parents were listening to other music, or my siblings weren't listening to this music until the end of the decade. We were busy playing outside. I have very few memories associated with the original release of most of these songs, and consequently I have very little affinity for it. For you fans of 80's music that are still reading (and everyone else, as well), I should make it clear that what I set out to make isn't a "Best Of" mix for the 80's. You'll read through the track list, and say “You picked that song by them? Oh, you clearly could have picked a better one!” I know there is better music out there, but in general I was aiming for a mix that says emphatically, “Maria, I love you.” With that in mind (and knowing there will be a few exceptions to that rule), let's get on to the track listing:

Disc 1
01Mony MonyBilly Idol5:01
02Invisible TouchGenesis3:28
03Never Gonna Give You UpRick Astley3:32
04Walking On SunshineKatrina & The Waves3:36
05Always On My MindPet Shop Boys4:01
06Please Don't GoK C & The Sunshine Band3:50
07Just The Two Of UsGrover Washington Jr. feat. Bill Withers3:57
08KokomoThe Beach Boys3:38
09An American DreamThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band3:36
10Biggest Part Of MeAmbrosia5:27
11LongerDan Fogelberg3:15
12No More Lonely NightsPaul McCartney4:53
13Somebody's BabyJackson Browne4:23
14Any Day NowRonnie Milsap3:42
15PersonallyKarla Bonoff3:39
16You AreLionel Richie4:07
17I Just Called To Say I Love YouStevie Wonder4:22
18Girl You Know It's TrueMilli Vanilli3:57
19Break My StrideMatthew Wilder3:00
20How Will I KnowWhitney Houston4:37
Disc 2
01Tainted LoveSoft Cell2:40
02La BambaLos Lobos2:52
03Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)Donna Summer4:19
04Don't You Want MeThe Human League3:57
05The PromiseWhen In Rome3:40
06I'm Your ManWham4:06
07Stuck With YouHuey Lewis And The News4:27
08I Can Dream About YouDan Hartman3:38
09Steal AwayRobbie Dupree3:30
10The Sweetest TabooSade4:39
11The Lady In RedChris De Burgh4:18
12Sea Of LoveThe Honeydrippers3:04
13CryingDon McLean3:43
14Can't Stay Away From YouGloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine3:59
15Eternal FlameThe Bangles3:58
16The Way You Make Me FeelMichael Jackson4:58
17She Drives Me CrazyFine Young Cannibals3:36
18You Make My DreamsDaryl Hall And John Oates3:11
19Simply IrresistibleRobert Palmer4:15
20You Can't Hurry LovePhil Collins2:53
21Bust A MoveYoung MC4:24

G2 20100319 - Back Both discs are unusually full, at 1:19:57 each (without any gaps between songs). That's just 3 seconds to spare on an 80 minute CD. As usual, some of this is just really sappy, and you may not love the songs, and may not like what I've picked… but you didn't make the mix - I did. Put your mix where your mouth is. I don't have much to say about the artwork this time around. I aimed for a generic 80's style, but it's not one that I'm very good at. No gradients (causing/using stripes instead), bold colors, simple hand-drawn illustrations. In general, I had a t-shirt in mind when making the cover, and a certain destination in mind as well. I am, in no way, saying the great typeface of Futura is 80's-ish, but it worked well for my purposes. As usual, I hope you enjoy some aspect of it, or that it inspires you, in some way, to make your own mix, and continue to attach memories to the plethora of good music out there.

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