School Reunion The 80s (2004)
This is another DVD music video compilation from the pre-YouTube days, where this was the best chance to see videos in full and without DOGs. School Reunion The 80s was also released as a three CD compilation, although I’m not that sure how many volumes there were in this particular franchise. There are 26 videos featured, and as I like 80s pop music (and as I started school in the 80s), hopefully there would be plenty of highlights. Let’s find out…
Belinda Carlisle “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”: This was a chart-topper, and Belinda went on to have many more hits. I must admit it was a while before I discovered her time with The Go-Go’s. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”: A great one. This was remixed about a decade later to squeeze one more big hit out of a career. As you’ll see, this isn’t the only song that did this move. Bros “When Will I Be Famous”: I don’t know, but I’ll look forward to it.
Duran Duran “The Reflex”: It’s a tough choice to pick their best single, this has to be up there with them. Culture Club “Karma Chameleon”: Another one of the groups who took the early-80s chart by storm. Heaven 17 “Temptation”: One of my favourites on this, from the group featuring ex-The Human League members. They also did the “remix a decade later” trick. Kim Wilde “Kids In America”: The first hit for the second-generation pop star, who went on to have a very successful decade.
Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”: This compilation was released long before “Rockrolling”, so they weren’t doing that. Few tea boys have done better than he has. Erasure “Sometimes”: A group who couldn’t make a bad single at this time, you just have to sing along. Mel And Kim “Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)”: The only British female group to have a UK Number One single in the 80s. And if there was a Brit Award for Best Hair at the time, they would’ve won that too.
Baltimora “Tarzan Boy”: I always get this mixed up with “Imagination” by Belouis Some. Maybe they were one and the same. Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”: The big hit for the cherry wine enthusiast. T’Pau “China In Your Hand”: A chart-topping hit that was all over the place in the late-80s. Cutting Crew “(I Just) Died In Your Arms”: And this is one that I always get mixed up with that A Flock Of Seagulls song. Why do I do that.
Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”: Another big one, but a little too American rolled-up sleeves preposterousness rock for me. John Waite “Missing You”: And this one too, honestly. Go West “We Close Our Eyes”: The first success for this vest-wearing duo. Cliff Richard “Wired For Sound”: This was the first song played on a lot of local radio stations that launched around the time of its release. Genesis “Land Of Confusion”: The video famously features lots of Spitting Image characters.
Bangles “Walk Like A Egyptian”: Another American group who I have tried to get into more recently, little did they realise at this point that they would go on to have some chart-topping success, although this ultimately led to their split. UB40 Featuring Chrissie Hynde “I Got You Babe”: A cover of the Sonny And Cher song that was a big hit. Inner City “Good Life”: A great dance hit, and the third on this compilation to do the “remix a decade later” trick.
Soul II Soul “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)”: This is indeed very soulful. Paula Abdul “Opposites Attract”: I do like this one, which went on to win The Chart Show‘s Best Video Of The Year. But there’s just one problem. This was released in 1990. D’Oh! Diana Ross “Chain Reaction”: A big chart-topper, with some help from The Bee Gees. Katrina And The Waves “Walking On Sunshine”: They are still the most recent winners of the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK, as I imagine they will remain for a long time to come…