When MTV didn't suck

This past week, for some reason, the Nick Lowe hit Cruel to be Kind got in my head and stuck there.
So today, after two and a half years, I finally got myself an iTunes Music Store account and grabbed some singles from Back When MTV Didn't Suck, a historical era even older than Back When MTV Actually Played Videos Once In A While.

The list so far includes a couple Flock of Seagulls tunes, Graham Parker's "Don't Bother with the Local Girls", the song (from Back When MTV Couldn't Even Get Any Advertisers) "Ghost Town" (anybody remember the name of the band?), Aldo Nova's "Fantasty", "Once in a Lifetime" by the Talking Heads (I can't believe I didn't like that song at first; I guess it becomes more relevant in your 20s and 30s than when you've just turned 10), "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" by Split Enz (though I saw a Wiggles version of it, too), and "Rainbow in the Dark" by Dio.

I'm anxious for more suggestions; use the comments thread.


Mike said...

You can always play the "which 80's band did a cover of that song..."

Songs include:
"Always On My Mind"
"Ring of Fire"
"Go West"

Don't forget "Video Killed the Radio Star" or "Mexican Radio"...

(though, Mexican Radio is up there on the covers, too (Celtic Frost and El Vez do covers)) The original band name is slipping my mind right now...

Jennifer said...

Ghost Town is by the Specials (featuring Rico).

I recommend checking out the CD Box Set Like Omigod! The 80s because it has excellent suggestions from the one-hit-wonder files & you can sample.

Dexy's Midnight Runners' Come On Eileen is always a nostalgic trip for me, as is anything by The Human League.

Mike said...

Mexican Radio = Wall of Voodo

Funny how ITMS doesn't have Wall of Voodo's version, but they have the covers...

(Stupid record companies...Now they want to up the price at ITMS and take a portion of Apple's iPod profits...greedy mofos)

Robert said...

Pet Shop Boys did always on my mind in the late 80's

Don't forget Elvis Costello "Club Land" and "Peace Love & Understanding"