Category Archives: eighties

Retro-(Re)-Spect: Part Two

Ok so we’re back with another Retro-(Re)-Spect to fill the musical gaps between the last issue and the next. Today’s feature song is one that I’ve loved ever since I first heard it and has never gone stale. It’s quite possibly my favourite tune ever to emerge from the eighties and that’s a massive call as anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of everything eighties. It’s just hard to go past David Byrne’s musical genius, style and charisma during this live performance and the complexity of the song that comes together from the collaboration of such simple repetition by individual musical elements. It was also the title and feature song in a recent flick starring Sean Penn that came out a couple of months back, and it’s funny that one of the rants in the movie is Sean getting frustrated that everyone thinks the song is an original by the band “Arcade Fire”. I am equally as frustrated by this as Arcade Fire’s version is not even nearly as good as this live performance. So here it is, a bit of respect for the retro, given in retrospect. Taken from the DVD “Stop Making Sense”.

Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)


Retro-(Re)-spect: Part One

I figured since the top ten is only coming out once every two weeks that I’d need a little filler in between to keep people checking the page out. After all, content is key and I can’t keep sharing the same exact post on twitter two weeks in a row.┬áThis brings me to my new segment; Retro(Re)spect. In this particular post I will be paying tribute to my favourite songs on rotation from previous decades as close as the naughties and far back as the dawn of man.

Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence

Released in 1990 (when I was two years old!) as the second single on their seventh studio album “Violator“, Enjoy The Silence is one of those brooding, end of the eighties new wave numbers that gives a good wink and nod to the darker side of the British electric scene. For a while this was one of those tracks that I knew like the back of my hand but couldn’t ever put my finger on who wrote it or what it was called. Thank god for Shazam, as last week in Queenstown airport it was playing over the speaker and I managed to catch it.

There was seriously that much good music around before I was even born and this guarantees that I would’ve missed a fair bit of it. So if anyone has any links or suggestions on some epic classics that could be posted in this new segment, chuck us a comment.