Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bride of Son of 30 Songs from the 80s: Day 3 (1-10)

10 - "Country Death Song" - Violent Femmes

This song is scary. Also closest thing to 'traditional' American music on any of these lists.

9 - "Robert DeNiros Waiting (Talking Italian)" - Bananrama

This song is also scary, if you know the storyline.

8 - "The Message" - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

A far better 'slice of life' look at a poor Black community than 'gangsta' rappers have ever managed to present. If memory serves, this is another Night Flight introduction.

7 - "Safety Dance" - Men Without Hats

But not the extended version, which begins with spelling the word 'safety'. The version used as a single (and in the video) is better.

6 - "Institutionalized" - Suicidal Tendencies

Hasn't everyone had days where they could identify with these lyrics?

I'm not crazy
You're the one who's crazy
You're driving me crazy

5 - "Genius of Love" - Tom Tom Club

From this point on, all songs are ones that I am surprised I haven't mentioned until now. No commentary - you need to run out and hear these songs RIGHT NOW.

4 - "Because the Night" - Patti Smith

3 - "Melt WithYou" - Modern English

2 - "I Don't Like Mondays" - Boomtown Rats

1 - "Poison Arrow" - ABC

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