Essential ’80s: 1980-1984

Essential ’80s: 1980-1984

Essential ’80s: 1985-1989

Various Artists


Oh sure, I know. You’re all sitting out there chuckling to yourselves, claiming not even one miserable song from the entire decade is worth listening to today. Well, fess up, Bunkie. I happen to know that every single one of you smug assholes has at least one secret song from the ’80s that you like. Don’t try to deny it; I’ve got your number.

I’m willing to bet my old lawnmower that one of these songs would find its way onto your stereo if nobody was around. “Bette Davis Eyes” happens to be one of my all-time favorite songs, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Okay, so it hasn’t aged well, but I still like it. John Waite’s “Missing You” is a great tune, and so is “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister.

These two CDs, each containing 14 radio hits from the 1980s, are a legitimate collection of well-known, representative songs from that rather forgettable decade. Admittedly, there are some cuts I wouldn’t play if my life depended on it, but my list of yea and nay songs would probably be totally different from yours. And that’s what makes rock and roll so special!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Violinist Gregory Harrington
    Violinist Gregory Harrington

    Renowned violinist Gregory Harrington unveils how he chose elegant covers on his new album Without You.

  • Sparks

    A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (BMG). Review by Generoso Fierro.

  • Lucifer Star Machine
    Lucifer Star Machine

    Devil’s Breath (Sign Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Let My Daughter Go
    Let My Daughter Go

    The latest from Creston Mapes, “Let My Daughter Go” delivers everything his dedicated disciples have come to expect – inspiring heroes and despicable villains, along with plenty of action and non-stop tension.

  • Iron City Houserockers
    Iron City Houserockers

    Have a Good Time, But Get Out Alive (Cleveland International). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Carleen Williams
    Carleen Williams

    “Home Stretch”. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Dennis and Lois
    Dennis and Lois

    Music superfans Lois and Dennis have been attending concerts and befriending musicians since the ’70s. The couple shares their obsessive music fandom with the rest of the world in this quirky, charming documentary.

  • COVID Diary #3
    COVID Diary #3

    Forced isolation, too much coffee and a stack of records result in a batch of attention deficit record reviews.

  • Beach Slang
    Beach Slang

    The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (Bridge Nine Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Monks Road Social
    Monks Road Social

    Humanism (Monk’s Road Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives