"The best of seers is he who guesses well."
MUSIC REVIEW: "YOUNG AT HEART"
by Michael Noyce
The great thing about holidays is being able to stay up until
everyone in the house is stirring for the next day and having all
day to make up for it. Unlike being at college when you do the
same thing but make for it in lectures instead of a cosy bed. A
desk and notepaper it no substitute for a good old pillow.
A few weeks ago I was working on the computer in the early hours
and had the TV on in the background (I work much better with a
little background noise.) when my attention was violently
wrenched from the monitor to the TV. The reason was not that some
gorgeous woman was about to get her kit off and have sex with her
male co-star, which is almost obligatory on late night TV, but
the great music.
At university my friends and I liked to go to 70s/80s discos and
bop the night away until we were too tired (or pissed) to do it
any more. I think 80s music was much better than the terrible
thousand-beats-per-minute-techo-rave-shit we have to suffer
today, until Pop's recent fight back. Perhaps this explains the
sudden surge in 80s albums appearing in high street record
stores. It was this music that was emanating from the TV.
It was an advert for an 80s compilation album. "Great!" I
thought "I'll buy that tomorrow." Alas it was of those albums
"not available in any shop" and would have to order it over the
phone. A slight problem being the phone number had disappeared
before I could write it down. A couple of days later, when I'd
finally managed catch the ad again and get the number, I ordered
it and eagerly awaited for it to arrive.
Three weeks later, just when where-the-fuck-is-it syndrome was
starting to develop, it arrived. The poor old Jiffy bag was
unceremoniously ripped open and its innards pulled out.
"Young at Heart" comes on six, yes, six CDs! Each CD has 15
songs lasting approximately 60 minutes, making a total playing
time of 5 hours 49 minutes and 51 seconds and at just under
£40.00 is excellent value for money. Each CD inlay contains a few
lines of notes about each song and/or artist which I found quite
A couple of friends and I spent quite a few hours listening to
the songs reminiscing about our teenage years and eventful nights
in the discos as the music bought memories flooding back.
Everyone seemed to have their favourites. Here's a list of my
"Young at Heart" - The Bluebells
"Come on Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners
"Heart of Glass" - Blondie
"Really Saying Something" - Bananarama
"The Look of Love" - ABC
"Video Killed The Radio Star" - The Buggles
"Vienna" - Ultravox
"My Sharona" - The knack
"Turning Japanese" - The Vapors
"Eton Rifles" - The Jam
"Brass in Pocket" - The Pretenders
"I Don't Like Mondays" - Boomtown Rats
"Shout" - Tears For Fears
"Ships in the Night" - Be Bop De Luxe
"Down Under" - Men At Work
"Fields of Fire" - Big Country
"Goldern Brown" - The Stranglers
"Japanese Boy" - Aneka
"Happy Birthday" - Altered Images
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper
"99 Luftballons" - Nena
(Original German version of "99 Red Ballons".)
"Stand and Deliver" - Adam & The Ants
"Boxer Beat" - Jo Boxers
"On my Radio" - Selector
"Can Can" - Bad Manners
"Kids in America" - Kim Wilde
"Gold" - Spandau Ballet
"Somewhere in my Heart" - Aztec Camera
"If I Was" - Midge Ure
"I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" - Nik Kershaw
"Breakout" - Swing Out Sister
"Too Good to be Forgotten" - Amazulu
"Love Changes (Everything)" - Climie Fisher
"Thorn in my Side" - Eurythmics
"Gloria" - Laura Branigan
"The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" - Timbuk 3
"Bamboleo" - Gipsy Kings
"I Want Your Love" - Transvision Vamp
"Manic Monday" - The Bangles
"I Think We're Alone Now" - Tiffany
"You're History" - Shakespears Sister
"The Twist" - Fat Boys with Chubby Checker
There are few songs missing that I would've liked to have been
included. Perhaps they will be included in another compilation.
Generally, the choice of songs is very good with one or two
exceptions, but that's a matter of personal opinion. An excellent
compilation in terms of music and value for money.
"Young at Heart" can be ordered in the UK by phoning Sounds
Direct on 0990 262626 with all major credit cards or by writing
to the following address:
PO Box 2
For more information contact their customer services department
on 0181 957 5055 any time between 9am - 5pm (GMT) Monday to
Friday or try their web page at www.soundsdirect.co.uk.
A word about the use of apostrophes. "It is not necessary after
numbers given in the form of figures, or words not normally
plural are made so: in the late 70s...", so says the "Collins Gem
Dictionary of English Usage". Another good example is people
writing CD's when it should be CDs. I know my written English
isn't perfect but it's one of those things that really annoys me.
End of lecture.
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