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  1. Top 100 Best Dance Songs From The 80s Ever!!!


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    Head on over to BestPlaylists.com to check out this excellent list of the 100 Best Dance Songs From The 80s. It’s an awesome list. You can download them as well. Click the link below you won’t be disappointed. Screen capture above.

    Top 100 Best Dance Songs From The 80s Ever!!!

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  2. RuPaul Covers Depeche Mode With People Are People


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    Since Depeche Mode came out with an amazing collection of remixes called Depeche Mode – Remixes 2: 81-11 I just had to share another Depeche Mode cover here and figured this remake of People Are People by RuPaul for the Depeche Mode 80s classic that got me introduced to the band was the one to put up. People are People is one of the rare songs that still sounds good today. Although People Are People is one of their more poppier songs I still love it and always seek out any remixes or remakes of this song. Unfortunately though I have not heard of any official remixes from Depeche Mode themselves and it’s rarely covered too. I hope when Depeche Mode release Remixes 3 they will actually finally remix this song as it deserves it! Yes?

    But then again there’s this pretty darn good club/house remake by RuPaul! RuPaul you say? Well I guess she’s been making music since the mid 90s! This came out in 2005 but I somehow missed it when it came out but later discovered it somehow when I was searching for People Are People. The People Are People (Giuseppe D’s Rutroactive Club Mix) by RuPaul even contains samples of the machine sound effects from the original Depeche Mode version of People Are People. So I give RuPaul some credit for doing this. The original Depeche Mode versions of People Are People is still very special place in my heart. I was a very young teen and discovered this greatest new band Depeche Mode that produced this awesome electronic/synth pop dance music and since then I’ve been hooked on to the sounds of Depeche Mode. But I’m always looking for new versions of old songs and this just does it for me. The original version of People Are People is available on People Are People the album from Depeche Mode and also on Some Great Reward as well as their countless Greatest Hits albums. RuPaul’s version is off of People Are People the single with countless remixes of People Are People, on RuPaul Red Hot and RuPaul ReWorked. Check them out when you get a moment and discover new music!

    Check them out below.

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    People Are People by Depeche Mode
    People Are People (Giuseppe D’s Rutroactive Club Mix) by RuPaul

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    Posted in 2005, Album, Single.

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  3. Behind The Wheel by Playgroup Covers Depeche Mode


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    Since Depeche Mode came out with an excellent 3CD remix collection of songs remixed called Depeche Mode Remixes 2 Collection 1981 – 2011 I wanted to do several posts in the coming days related to other covers or remixes or tracks that sample Depeche Mode’s excellent catalog of electronic synth pop/rock tracks. Since Depeche Mode is one of favorite bands going back to the early 80s I always look for any remixes, covers or anyone sampling their music.

    Playgroup did a pretty nice reinterpretation of Behind The Wheel here almost 10 years ago now during the height of the Electroclash movement along with bands like Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Fischespooner and Ladytron. Behind The Wheel by Playgroup is very similar in sound to the original Depeche Mode version from their Music For The Masses album it just sounds hip and more sonically fresher than from what was on Music For The Masses. Although I love the remixes on Depeche Mode’s Behind The Wheel Maxi Single as there are multiple versions and remixes of both Behind The Wheel and Route 66. The version missing on the Behind The Wheel single is the Behind The Wheel/Route 66 mash-up that I’ve come to love over the years. If you can get your hands on that it’s awesome!

    Depeche Mode Remixes 2 Collection 1981 – 2011 also contains a new remix of Behind The Wheel by Vince Clarke the once member of Depeche Mode who left Depeche Mode to start Yaz and Erasure.

    Other versions of Depeche Mode’s Behind The Wheel you might like are Behind The Wheel by Maxence Cyrin which completely reinvents Behind The Wheel as a classical piano piece. Worth it highly not only for Behind The Wheel but Maxence Cyrin’s Modern Rhapsodies album also contains classical piano reinterpretations of other well known dance tracks remade in classical piano format. This is not cheesy stuff trust me they are good. Classical Piano versions of Smokebelch by Sabres Of Paradise, Windowlicker by Aphex Twin, Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack, Go by MobyL.F.O. by L.F.O and many more dance cuts reinterpreted by Maxence Cyrin.

    Or you might dig this industrial version of Behind The Wheel by OB1. It’s not industrial rock in no means it’s reminding me of bands from the late 80s/early 90s bands like Front 242 or Frontline Assembly which I quite dig as Depeche Mode’s music lends itself very well to the industrial sound. So I recommend this single by OB1 for their version of Behind The Wheel.

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    Behind The Wheel by Depeche Mode
    Behind The Wheel by Playgroup

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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  4. Sweet Dreams (Avicii Swede Dreams Mix) by Avicii Covers Eurythmics


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    I love my remakes and this one is a really nice one by Avicii covering the Eurythmics classic 80s song Sweet Dreams! It’s definitely a bouncy, upbeat housed up club version of the Eurythmics synth pop classic. I love how the robotic vocodered vocals come in and with the big beats it’s really nice and grooving. I’ve heard many remakes and remixes in the past of the Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) but I have to say this version by Avicii is the best one I’ve heard so far.

    If you like Sweet Dreams by Avicii then you should check out more by Avicii. His sound is totally now and perfect club music. Avicii is from Sweden and he’s remixed loads of acts like Dizzee Rascal, Robyn, Tim Berg, Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar and many more. Check his other remixes as I’m sure you will dig!

    Check out a lounge version of Sweet Dreams by Senor Coconut here. Even electro godless Miss Kittin has covered Sweet Dreams! Emily Browning even sang a version for the SuckerPunch soundtrack that just came out a couple of months ago. It’s cool! It’s more dreamy, operatic and cinematic you know perfect for a movie!

    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics
    Sweet Dreams (Avicii Swede Dreams Mix) by Avicii

    The single To Sweet Dreams also contains:

    Sweet Dreams (Avicii Sweeder Dreams Mix) by Avicii
    Sweet Dreams (Avicii Swede Dub Mix) by Avicii
    Sweet Dreams (Avicii Swede Radio Mix) by Avicii

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    Posted in 2010, Single.

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  5. DMX Krew Covers Soft Cell With Seedy Films


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    Seedy Films along with Tainted Love, Sex Dwarf, Bedsitter and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye are excellent songs off of the now classic early 80s release Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret by Soft Cell. Soft Cell’s version is the perfect cut as part of the Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album. It’s got a very sleazy, minimal sound and it’s dark and perfectly seedy as the title suggests. The album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the soundtrack for the dark seedy underworld of downtown life. Unfortunately most folks know of Soft Cell for their cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul classic song Tainted Love. But anyone who’s a fan of Tainted Love should check out the album the song comes off of as it’s highly recommended by me!

    I was lucky enough to hear this new remake cover version of Seedy Films by DMX Krew about 10 years ago. The song has been given the new upbeat electro pop treatment and the darkness has been stripped that’s on the Soft Cell version. Whereas the Soft Cell version is perfect off their classic album this remake by DMX Krew works perfectly on it’s own. I still enjoy this remake by DMX Krew and listen to it every so often. If you haven’t heard of it then it’s time you should enjoy it too. Links below!

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    Seedy Films by Soft Cell
    Seedy Films by DMX Krew

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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  6. Tubular Bells/Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls (Regan’s House Medley) by Book Of Love


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    14+ Minutes of electronic synth dance pop pleasure! This Book Of Love classic takes on their own cover of the Mike Oldfield classic Tubular Bells and mashes it with their own song Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls into an 80s classic underground synth dance bomb. Boy this version is so good! Boy not their hit Boy even though that is a classic as Book Of Love were one of the most underrated acts in the late 80s. I heard their music on Live 105 numerous times and that is how I discovered this excellent New York act. They were signed to Sire records along with Depeche Mode of course and Erasure, Madonna and The Ramones and more!

    Tubular Bells and Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls is off of Book Of Love’s excellent 1988 album Lullaby and it was such a great idea to mash up the two tracks together for this excellent 12″ version. This version just goes on and on going in and out of each of the two songs with added horror sounding special effects to remind you of where the original Mike Oldfield version came from the film The Exorcist.

    If you don’t know anything about Book Of Love you’ve probably heard of their music in a film or two. One of their songs Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) was featured in the film and soundtrack to Planes, Trains And Automobiles. Later Sunny Day was featured in The Silence Of The Lambs. Unfortunately though Book Of Love did not last too long. In the early 90s they released two no very successful albums Candy Carol and LoveBubble then they vanished into thin air until their greatest hits were released in 2001 with a collection of new remixes of their first hit song, Boy! 5 years later Boy was remixed again by DJ Irene for the Future Retro compilation of excellent remixes of 80s hits!. It’s rare but I prefer the original when it comes to Boy but the remixes are certainly fun to hear.

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    Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
    Tubular Bells by Book Of Love
    Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls by Book Of Love
    Tubular Bells/Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls [Regan's House Medley] by Book Of Love

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    Posted in 1988, Album, Single.

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  7. Way Back Home (Club Version Featuring Duane Harden) by Bag Raiders


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    I first heard the Bag Raiders Way Back Home track just a couple of weeks ago but it wasn’t the original version sung by the band members that I heard it was the club version with Duane Harden. I immediately fell in love with it and had to check out more versions. I had known about Bag Raiders but after I heard Way Back Home I came to love Bag Raiders more. The original version of Way Back Home is very reminiscent of gothic sounding synth pop from the 80s it totally reminds of a song from that era. The Duane Harden version is upbeat, bouncy and reminds of piano house from the mid 90s! It’s awesome!

    Those of you that don’t know Duane Harden well if you know this little song that dates back to 1998 called U Don’t Know Me by Armand Van Helden featuring Duane Harden then you’ll know Duane Harden. He’s done countless other songs since then, mostly house, deep house and soulful house but this collaboration with Bag Raiders is one of the most unique things he’s done to date in my opinion. I love it!

    And the track listing for the Bag Raiders self titled album is as follows. Loads of tasty new wavy synth pop and dance treats that are seriouisly worth owning if you are at all into bands like Empire Of The Sun or Cut Copy and the like then you will certainly love these songs. Preview each track below and make sure you check out Shooting Stars as it’s one of my faves next to Way Back Home! There are some really cool remixes of Shooting Stars that should be noted as well.

    1. “Castles in the Air”
    2. “Sunlight”
    3. “Shooting Stars”
    4. “So Demanding”
    5. “Gone Away”
    6. “Prelude”
    7. “Not Over”
    8. “Snake Charmer”
    9. “Always”
    10. “Golden Wings”
    11. “Way Back Home”
    12. “Heartbeat”

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    Way Back Home by Bag Raiders
    Way Back Home (Club Version Feat. Duane Harden) by Bag Raiders

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    Posted in 2010, Album, Single.

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  8. Kon Kan Samples Nancy Sinatra-Led Zeppelin With Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking)


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    The year was 1989 and I was so into music then as I have always been. The music that I was listening to was whatever was being fed to me on Live 105 here in San Francisco. They had a pretty eclectic mix of modern rock, punk, goth and synth pop/dance with a little bit of euro dance thrown in and the beginning sounds of the electronic dance music movement like acid and some house whatever you want to call it. Kon Kan was a regular on Live 105 and their hit I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden) was on the radio all the time. It was actually a fairly big hit for Kon Kan and not only it was on the modern rock stations it was on the top pop radio stations as well. Well Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking) was the second release from their self titled album and was a fairly bit hit for them. At the time I knew that it sampled Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots (Are Made For Walking) but I did not know it also sampled Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. Ok I was not a fan of Zeppelin back then but I have learned to appreciate them since then.

    Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking) is classic original track utilizing samples from other recordings. It was such a big deal for them they won many awards in their country, Canada. The album Kon Kan is chock full of 80s synth pop classics. Barry Harris is the one man member of Kon Kan who later in the mid 90s started the band Outta Control and in the late 90s was in an act called Thunderpuss who were known for their excellent remixes of major label recording artists like Whitney Houston, Cher, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and many many more as well as original productions on their own like the Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag single.

    Check out Nancy Sinatra, Led Zeppelin and Kon Kan below and feel free to comment about the excellent way Kon Kan has sampled those two great classic songs!

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    These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra
    Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
    Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking) by Kon Kan

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    Posted in 1989, Album.

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  9. Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius


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    Corey Hart’s Sunglasses At Night is the perfect pop song to be featured in shows like Miami Vice or games like the GTA – Vice City. It’s the perfect synth pop song bordering on cheesyness with a very pastel Miami or LA coolness to it. It’s classic! Well it was perfectly reproduced or remade here by Tiga & Zyntherius. First released in 2002 then remixed and rereleased last year with tons of great new versions or remixes of the Tiga & Zyntherius version of the Corey Hart classic 80s song Sunglasses At Night.

    Tiga put himself on the map with the first release of Sunglasses At Night back in 2002. He was part of that electroclash movement and still continues to produce nice electro/dance music that I still listen to and occasionally remixing someone like Cabaret Voltaire or Miike Snow. The second half, Zyntherius is actually Jori Hulkkonen who’s music I also love too. So this combo of the two of them made for a nice collab and release of the Corey Hart classic synth pop track back in 2002. It was so good I suppose it deserved an extra round of remixes 8 years later. The first release included one great remix Naughty’s 42 Da Floor Remix which was nice and of course the original is great.

    Last year the remixes were by Alter Ego, DIM, Black Devil Disco Club, Popof and Konrad Black. A great package with pretty nice lengthy remixes of the Tiga & Zyntherius version of Sunglasses At Night. Below is the entire list and worth checking out as there are some really nice remixes from really cool acts. Check them out below!

    Sunglasses At Night (Original 12″ Version) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Instrumental) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Konrad Black Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Popof Remix 1) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Black Devil Dub) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (DIM Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Popof Remix 2) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius

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    Sunglasses At Night (Extended Version) by Corey Hart
    Sunglasses At Night (Original 12″ Version) by Tiga & Zyntharius
    Sunglasses At Night (Naughty’s 42 Da Floor Mix) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius

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    Posted in 2002, 2010, Single.

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  10. Just What I Needed by W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes)


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    Just What I Needed is the classic 80s song by the band The Cars! This is a fun remake by the all girl group Whatever It Takes – W.I. T. The Larry Tee produced electro synth pop group’s first single release Ooh I Like It was a fun cut similar in style and sound to 80s acts like The Flirts, Stacey Q and even acts like Company B and the like. Later when their album came out I discovered the fun little remake of Just What I Needed. This music is bubblegum, cute and very pop inflected sound. I think Larry Tee was very influenced by those types of bands and sounds to produce a fun album.

    The band is no longer now but this sound is still now so go check out the cuts by Whatever It Takes. In addition to The Cars cover Just What I Needed and Ooh, I Like It . Then there’s an Arthur Baker remixed cut Hold Me, Touch Me (with even a Blackstrobe Remix out there somewhere), I Surrender and finally their theme song Whatever It Takes. Overall a great fun poppy album worth hearing and owning for sure. The softer poppier side of Glass Candy, Ladytron and Adult!

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    Just What I Needed by The Cars
    Just What I Needed by WIT

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    Posted in 2003, Album.

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  11. Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker Remix) by Hurts


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    I love a good Arthur Baker Remix and that’s just what this is. Wonderful Life by Hurts, the band that sounds like they stepped off of the 80s synth pop days is remixed by Arthur Baker here with a very electro 80s synth sound. It’s got a very freestyle, electro feel to it and it’s been on my iPhone for quite sometime now. It kind of reminds me of the Planet Rock or Looking For The Beat beats from those two songs.

    The song is quite strong and it hints at bands like Depeche Mode and New Order but is truly original. If you like anything by the bands I mentioned above or anything electronic synth pop then you will love Hurts. Wonderful Life is off of the Hurts debut album Happiness which also contains the hits Better Than Love and Stay. Not available in The States currently, God only knows why but get the import CD Happiness here as it’s highly recommended by me!


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    Wonderful Life by Hurts
    Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker Remix Edit) by Hurts

    Posted in 2010, Single.

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  12. Animal (DJ’s From Mars Extended Remix) by Neon Trees


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    I’m sure you’ve heard of this song Animal by Neon Trees from somewhere already as it’s been everywhere but have you heard of this remix by DJ’s From Mars? It’s even better than the original I kid you not. Screw the guitar and take the upbeat energetic electro club beats. Ok just kidding the original is good but you know me I love my remixed music!

    I don’t know who DJ’s From Mars are but they sure did a great job remixing this cut and it’s certainly ready for the clubs. The original is from the Neon Trees Habits CD but no official remix package is available anywhere so not sure why? Found this remix on a compilation that was sent and I figured it was worth putting up. You like?


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    Animal by Neon Trees
    Animal (DJ’s From Mars Extended) by Neon Trees

    Posted in 2010, Single.

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  13. Liberating Soul (FM Attack remix) by Tesla Boy


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    Tesla Boy is your favorite new 80s band from today! Their music sounds like it comes from the 80s but with very modern production values you know made for today. If you are at all into anything 80s inspired including synth pop dance, italo-disco, 80s disco dance then Tesla Boy is your ticket to great new music discovery! Even their name is very 80s sounding! Remember the song Tesla Girls by OMD? Ok I wont mention the hideous 80s metal band Tesla (oops I just did) but you get the point!

    The Tesla Boy album Modern Thrills kicks the 80s sound right off with an excellent synth classic song called Electric Lady. Then it gets better and better with cuts like Synthetic Prince, Minsk-2, Dark Street, Fire and Thinking Of You so I highly recommend you check Modern Thrills out. Liberating Soul is the first single off of Tesla Boy’s Modern Thrills album. It’s fun synth, pop classicness! Great 80s sounding vocals even.I can’t pinpoint which 80s synth pop band they sound like but they really do. Maybe you know? The remix for Liberating Soul by FM Attack adds a certain, laidback spaceyness to it with the trademark spacey FM Attack sound. Being a big fan of FM Attack I always seek out new remixes they do. I especially love the remix they did for the Edwin Van Cleef song Overtaken. If you haven’t heard of it check it out here.


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    Liberating Soul by Tesla Boy
    Liberating Soul (FM Attack remix) by Tesla Boy

    Posted in 2010, Album, Single.

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  14. Don’t Cry Tonight (12” Version) by Savage


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    Don’t Cry Tonight is the forgotten 80s guilty pleasure that I recently discovered again after checking out Back To Mine by Pet Shop Boys compilation see image below. If you haven’t heard this double album by Pet Shop Boys from the Back To Mine series you need to hear it now. It’s got all great classic tracks inspired by the boys from Pet Shop Boys. One disc of tracks by Neil and other disc of track by Chris. Don’t Cry Tonight is off of Chris’s disc. Since then I have not been able to stop listening to Don’t Cry Tonight by Savage. The song originally was released in 1983 and was one of those tracks that kick started the Italo-Disco sound that I have come to love since then. Ok I’ve fallen out of love then have come back to love again as the sound is pretty original. Don’t Cry Tonight sounds like the soundtrack to one of those 80s B movies about space and aliens taking over earth or could even be the soundtrack to Blade Runner or other similar type films. It’s got a very futuristic sound but not really upbeat either as it’s mellow, pretty laidback, very synthy and when you listen to it you can imagine driving through dark tunnels. Love it! It’s the perfect track to listen to at night when everyone is asleep and you can’t and are driving through lone streets. Beautiful and melancholy vocals by Roberto Zanetti.

    Don’t Cry Tonight is on the album Tonight from 1984 but unavailable for download anywhere. iTunes does have a Greatest Hits album from 1994 which includes several 1994 remixes of Don’t Cry Tonight which don’t come close to the original whatsoever. There is one remix which I have below also called Grand Mix. Check it out it sounds like you are listening to a Milli Vanilli song with the Don’t Cry Tonight lyrics. Fun but not that great of a remix. The Greatest Hits album does contain the song Only You also some remakes by Depeche Mode Strangelove and I Just Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew.

    Enjoy both below.


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    Don’t Cry Tongiht (12” Version) by Savage
    Don’t Cry Tonight (Grand Mix) by Savage

    Posted in 1983, Album.

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  15. Live For Today by Cicero & Sylvia Mason-James


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    The Crying Game soundtrack was mostly known for the song The Crying Game by Boy George. It was a whole more about that album that most folks don’t know. The album was produced by the Pet Shop Boys and included other great songs which included a remake of the Shannon 80s hit Let The Music Play by Carroll Thompson and of course two awesome versions of a little known act called Cicero with their song Live For Today sung by Sylvia Mason-James. Absolutely love the vocals by Sylvia here.

    If you like Pet Shop Boys or anything synth pop from the late 80s and early 90s then you will certainly love this song by Cicero. I think they are definitely worth discovering as not much is known about Cicero. In the early 90s Cicero released an album called Future Boy but it failed to chart anywhere. Still though this song Live For Today produced by Pet Shop Boys is quite strong.

    The Orchestral version is the more synthed up version whereas the Gospel version is more laidback and sort of trip-hoppy. Check them out below.


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    Live For Today (Orchestral) by Cicero
    Live For Today (Gospel) by Cicero

    Posted in 1992, Compilation, Single.

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  16. Forever Young (Bill Hamel Album Remix) by Alphaville


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    Future Retro is an album certainly worth owning. It has some of the best songs from the 1980s remixed to todays tastes. Mostly club and electronic remixes of well known tracks such as Situation by Yaz, Need You Tonight by Inxs, The Walk by The Cure and many many more cuts. I wanted to post Forever Young today since it’s almost 2011 and I figured a remix of Forever Young by Hamel off of Future Retro would be best!

    The remix is excellent and any purists will still dig this remix of Forever Young by the German synth pop band, Alphaville from the 80s. Gosh I love this song and it will always remind me of high school in the 80s! Enjoy!

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    Forever Young (Extended Versions) by Alphaville
    Forever Young (Bill Hamel Album Remix) by Alphaville

    Posted in 2006, Compilation.

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  17. Walking On A Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix) by Empire Of The Sun


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    I have to say Empire Of The Sun’s album Walking On A Dream has been one of my favorite albums of the last couple of years. Their songs are very similar to songs I listened to in my teens in the 80s. The entire album is full of really cool crossover pop/dance/synth songs I listen to over and over.

    I was happy to discover a really cool remix of Walking On A Dream too. This Treasure Fingers Remix is right on with quality. I sometimes love some songs too much in their original form that for some odd reason the remix just doesn’t work but it does here. This doesn’t happen too often as I love remixes but sometimes a song is perfect in it’s original form and a remix just doesn’t do justice.

    This remix package comes with a couple of other remixes as well including A Neon Neon remix of Walking On A Dream and a Losers Remix of Standing On The Shore. Well worth owning. And if you haven’t even heard of the full length album Walking On A Dream by Empire Of The Sun then you must not be alive so check it out too as it’s got a bunch of cool 80s influenced synth pop!

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    Walking on A Dream by Empire Of The Sun
    Walking on A Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix) by Empire Of The Sun

    Posted in 2009, Single.

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  18. Work For Love (Extended Version) by Ministry – The Best Song Never Remade!


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    One of my favorite songs ever from the 1980s is Ministry’s classic new wave synth pop track Work For Love. Gosh the direction they went is completely mind boggling but whatever. I didn’t at all mind them when they went in the industrial direction in the late 80s but after that it was complete punk/speed metal chaos craziness that I didn’t enjoy as much. The album that put them on the map for me is With Sympathy a classic 80s synth pop new wave dance album which includes this song Work For Love and of course Effigy (I’m Not An).

    I would love to see one day a great reinterpretation or remix or even a new track that samples this classic 80s cut. Recently Work For Love (Dub Version) was featured on Fabric 43 – the mix CD by Metro Area which was good to hear just after Share The Night (Breakdown Mix) by World Premiere and before Move To The Groove (Instrumental) by Disco Four. It was an awesome mix by Metro Area that I highly recommend and Ministry fit perfectly in the mix. Below is the Extended Version of Work For Love. Those of you that don’t know Ministry’s dance stuff you’ll surely by caught off guard because it’s nothing like really late 80s early to mid 90s stuff they released on Sire/Reprise and Warners label. With Sympathy was released by Arista Records! Enjoy!

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    Work For Love (Extended Version) by Ministry

    Posted in 1983, Album.

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  19. State Farm (Madhouse Mix) by Yaz


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    One of the best remixes ever!!!!!!!!!! And this one goes back to 1991 and it still sounds fresh today. Remixed by Dakeyne! Whatever happened to Dakeyne??? So full of energy with a full on vocal remix from Alison Moyet belting out in her trademark singing style. It’s awesome. Almost as classic as Situation the original version. For the longest time I only had the edit version of this awesome remix. Leaving stupid decisions to record execs is pretty bad. They had this edit version on a 1991 Situation remix single and I didn’t know why they had just released the single with a edited version. It was quite dumb for Warners to do that. Finally it’s given the full release treatment it deserves. And as I mentioned earlier it’s sounding as fresh as it did back in 1991. This comes off of Yaz’s Reconnected EP that came out last year. Or wait late 2008! This is worth it if you are a fan of Yaz, Alison Moyet, 80s music, dance music and or remixes. Go get it now!

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    State Farm by Yaz
    State Farm (Madhouse Mix) by Yaz

    The rest of the Reconnected EP is certainly worth owning. Click the album artwork below and download the rest. Here’s the full track list:

    Situation (Hercules And Love Affair Remix)
    Goodbye 70′s (Black Light Odyssey Remix)
    Ode To Boy (Das Shadow Re-work)
    Winter Kills (Electronic Periodic’s Sub / Piano Mix)
    Bad Connection (Subway Collective Broadband Remix)
    State Farm (Madhouse Mix)


    Posted in 2008, Single.

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  20. I’m Not Scared by Eighth Wonder & Pet Shop Boys


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    I’m Not Scared was produced and recorded for Patsy Kensit’s band Eighth Wonder but it became such a hit for Eighth Wonder the Pet Shop Boys decided to record it themselves as well and release it on their dance album Introspective in a complete orchestral/dance version. Their both the same song but sound completely different where the Eight Wonder version is more pop dance with touches of Hi-NRG and the Pet Shop Boys version being dramatic Hi-NRG. Both great versions. The versions below are the Disco Version of Eighth Wonder’s I’m Not Scared (the original version off their Fearless album) and the Introspective version from the Pet Shop Boys.

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    I’m Not Scared (Disco Mix) by Eighth Wonder
    I’m Not Scared by Pet Shop Boys

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    Posted in 1988, Album, Single.

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  21. Shiny Toy Guns Cover Peter Schilling With Major Tom (Coming Home)


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    Here’s a pretty darn cool remake of one of my favorite songs from the late 80s! I used to hear this on Live 105 all the time when it became a hit and was a fan of Peter Schilling’s album A Different Story so I was happy to have heard that there was a darn cool remake for this song. Cool of a remake to make it into a Lincoln commercial. Well Lincoln I don’t really care about but the Shiny Toy Guns version is certainly bringing back memories of the late 80s. What do you think of the two versions?

    Prior to this song I hadn’t heard of Shiny Toy Guns much in fact not at all but because of this I had to go download their album Girls Le Disko. It’s certainly worth owning! Good enough is a live German version of the Peter Schilling song below.

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    Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling
    Major Tom (Coming Home) by Shiny Toy Guns

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    Posted in 2009, Album, Single.

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  22. Paris S’enflamme (French Version of Paris Is Burning) by Ladyhawke


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    Fun French version of Ladyhaweke’s Paris Is Burning. I love the original version of this song and really love the Cut Copy remix but here’s a fun version of Paris Is Burning sung in French by Ladyhawke. What do you think? Actually Phillipa “Pip” Brown does a pretty darn good version in French!

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    Paris Is Burning by Ladyhawke
    Paris S’enflamme by Ladyhawke

    Posted in 2009, Single.

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  23. Girl And The Sea (Cut Copy Remix) by The Presets


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    Girl And The Sea by the Presets from their Beams albums is such a mellow beautiful midtempo vocal track compared to the rest of the tracks on the Beam album. It’s one of those tracks that totally stands out from everything else and it’s the track you keep listening to. So when a remix comes along like this remix by Cut Copy it doesn’t really compare unfortunately. It’s a pretty darn good remix but if I had to choose between both versions I’d pick the original. What do you think?

    The remix is from The Presets Re-Sets album which is worth owning. Their are remixes by some awesome names like ascii.disko, Simian Mobile Disco, Digitalism and The Juan Maclean. So I highly recommend both the album Beams and Re-Sets for any electro, synth pop/dance lover. Listen to the tracks takes me back to when I was 15 years old in 1986! What a fun time!

    Check them out below.

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    Girl And The Sea by The Presets
    Girl And The Sea (Cut Copy Remix) by The Presets

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    Posted in 2005, Album.

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  24. In For The Kill (Lifelike Remix) by La Roux


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    Even though I’m digging the original version of In For The Kill I absolutely love this remix. The Lifelike Remix. They’ve kept all the vocals which I perfect so it’s like an extended dance remix with vocals. The original and the Lifelike Remix of In For The Kill are completely different and I first discovered La Roux by hearing the Lifelike Remix which I downloaded from Emusic from a Kitsune compilation. One of my favorite labels from France of all places release some of the best music out there. Worth checking out if you are at all into anything electro, synth pop/punk etc.

    What do you think of these two versions of In For The Kille? Which one is your favorite?

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    In For The Kill by La Roux
    In For The Kill (Lifelike Remix) by La Roux

    I wanted to embed the video here for In For The Kill but unfortunately the damn label Polydor (Universal Shite) has disabled that feature. Whatever!

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    Posted in 2009, Album, Single.

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  25. Chromeo Cover The Eagles With I Can’t Tell You Why


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    Here’s a synthy trademark Chromeo sounding mellow cover of the Eagles 70s soft rock/easy listening track I Can’t Tell You Why. Listening to the original gives me goosebumps as I have a love/hate relationship with this track. A good and bad time in my life. But the remake by Chromeo is quite fun and slightly quirky as they are known for producing. Check them out below. This cover is released as part of the DJ Kicks mix CD. It’s perfectly placed in the mix. The disc also contains some flashback 80s tracks by France Joli, Kano, Donna Allen and Leo Sayer. A great mix for anyone into synth dance pop with an 80s sound. Check out the fun promo film as well. It’s shot in the streets of Paris. You know what now that I think about this Chromeo cover at first listen it sounds like an 80s Hall & Oates track. Hmm?

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    I Can’t Tell You Why by The Eagles
    I Can’t Tell You Why by Chromeo

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    Posted in 2009, Album, Single.

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