Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Heaven 17 - Temptation

Remember the Eighties? Do you? Yeah! Great weren't they? Thatcher? Yeah! She was great! The Iron Lady? How about the Falklands War? Yeah! Remember those mass graves full of British soldiers? Yuppies? Oh Yeah! They were great! Weren't they? Yeah! The Yuppies. No queueing up outside soup kitchens for them. The Yuppies. No standing on picket lines for them. No standing around waiting to hurl abuse at strike-breaking miners for them. Not the Yuppies. No. They were all down at Annabel's. Strutting their stuff to Duran Duran. Remember them? The Duranies? Remember them on their big yacht? Remember the Spans? Yeah? Spandau Ballet? The Spans? Wham? Culture Club? The Thompson Twins? Kershaw? Jones? The Eighties. Yeah!

Walk into the nearest HMV and seek out the compilation section. Pick up the latest Sony/BMG release that has pulled together all the greatest hits of the 80's and have a quick read through the tracklisting. They're all there. Along with the likes of Kajagoogoo, Tiffany, Bros. The list is endless. But what you won't see, are the bands who made the 80's one of the greatest decades for music. No REM. No Echo and the Bunnymen. No New Order. No Husker Du. No Happy Mondays. No Stone Roses. Where are The Fall, The Wonderstuff, The Smiths? What about The Blue Aeroplanes, A Guy Called Gerald, De La Soul? All these artists, and many many more, made records that have stood the test of time, and for any discerning music fan, defined the decade more than Curiosity Killed the fucking Cat ever did.

Like Manchester and Liverpool, the city of Sheffield produced some of the greatest bands from this period. Pulp, The Human League, ABC, Cabaret Voltaire and Heaven 17, who with 'Temptation' made one of the greatest pop songs of all time.

Heaven 17 - Temptation (live on later)

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