Friday, January 6, 2006

Smash Hits of the 80s

As I was embarking upon an editing marathon yesterday, just me, layouts, and Napster, I realized once again that the 1980s, which just happens to be the decade in which I was a teen, had the best music of all time. Funny how that works.

I thought it would be fun (and by "fun" I mean "dull") to have these songs vie against one another for my attention. Tough choices have to be made here. Choose the better song from each pairing below, and see how many you can get right! Oh, and impeach Bush.

"West End Girls" or "What Have I Done To Deserve This?"
"Let Me Go" or "Love Plus One"
"Radio Free Europe" or "New Year's Day"
"Perfect Kiss" or "People Are People"
"Tainted Love" or "Hungry Like The Wolf"
"Dance Hall Days" or "Alive And Kicking"
"Alive and Kicking" or "Change"
"Only You" or "Glittering Prize"
"Europa and the Pirate Twins" or "She Blinded Me With Science"
"Love My Way" or "I Melt With You"
"Rock The Kasbah" or "Der Kommissar"
"Don't You Want Me?" or "Look of Love"
"Sledgehammer" or "Tenderness"
"When Doves Cry" or "How Soon Is Now?"
"The Walk" or "The Cutter"

15 comments:

regis said...

"Europa and the Pirate Twins" or "She Blinded Me With Science"

neither! "Leipzig", which was from the edition of of "golden age of wireless" that didn't have "she blinded me with science"

failing that, "one of our submarines (is missing)"

Joshua Trupin said...

Little-known fact: The working title of "One Of Our Submarines" was "One Of Our Hoagies."

metamerist said...

Submarines, how can it not be submarines?

metamerist said...

Damn, can't resist playing.

West End Girls, Love Plus One, Radio Free..., Perfect Kiss, Hungry..., Alive And Kicking x 2, Only You, She Blinded Me..., I Melt With You, Rock The Casbah, Look of Love, Tenderness, How Soon Is Now?...

I'm hung up on Cure vs. Echo.

And whatever happened to that great but obscure band "The Equestrian Cliff Divers"?

:-)

Peter Taylor said...

"What Have I Done To Deserve This?"
"Let Me Go"
"Radio Free Europe"
"People Are People"
"Hungry Like The Wolf"
"Dance Hall Days"
"Change"
"Only You"
"She Blinded Me With Science"
"Love My Way"

Now, you've really offended me. HOW DARE YOU.
"Rock The Kasbah" or "Der Kommissar"

"Don't You Want Me?"
"Tenderness"

OH MY GOD. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I COULDN'T BE MORE OFFENDED.
"When Doves Cry" or "How Soon Is Now?"

"The Walk" or "The Cutter" - TIE

Peter Taylor said...

More:

"A Kick In The Eye" or "Muscoviet Mosquito"
"Everywhere That I'm Not" or "Love Kills"
"Smothered Hope" or "Sensoria"
"Suedehead" or "The Beat(en) Generation"
"Masterhit" or "Trans Europe Express"
"Join In The Chant" or "Head Like A Hole"
"Hang the Judge" or "The Queen Is Dead"
"Mind at the End of the Tether" or "Meander"
"Television" or "Don't Believe The Hype"

Jon said...

I was expecting a bunch of Hip songs from Peter.

Peter Taylor said...

"Last American Exit" or "New Orleans Is Sinking"?

Joshua Trupin said...

More for Peter:

"Pretty Girls Make Graves" or "867-5309"?
"This Charming Man" or "Ghostbusters"?
"Miserable Lie" or "Mickey"?
"Hand In Glove" or "Mr. Roboto"?
"Sweet And Tender Hooligan" or "Bette Davis Eyes"?
"The Queen Is Dead" or "Sussudio"?

Jessica Trupin said...

Oh my god, people. Don't you have anything better to do, like, JAB OUT YOUR EYES?

I'm going to go watch one of Bridget's goldfish breath its last breath.

Kerri said...

"What Have I Done To Deserve This?"
"Let Me Go"
"Radio Free Europe"
"Perfect Kiss"
"Hungry Like The Wolf"
"Alive And Kicking"
"Alive and Kicking"
"Only You"
"Europa and the Pirate Twins"
"Love My Way"
"Rock The Kasbah"
"Look of Love"
"Tenderness"
"How Soon Is Now?"
"The Walk"


now... what do I win?!?!

Jon said...

New Orleans Is Sinking, of course. It's closest to Josh's heart.

BertBoy said...

Anyone who would choose "She Blinded Me with Science" over "Europa and the Pirate Twins" deserves a horrible death.

Just sayin.

Kelli said...

"What Have I Done To Deserve This?"
"Love Plus One"
"New Year's Day"
"People Are People"
"Tainted Love"
"Alive And Kicking"
"Change"
"Only You"
"She Blinded Me With Science"
"Love My Way"
"Rock The Kasbah"
NEITHER
"Tenderness"
"When Doves Cry"
"The Cutter"

Andrew Parsons said...

"West End Girls"
"Let Me Go"
"New Year's Day"
"People Are People"
"Hungry Like The Wolf"
"Alive And Kicking"
"Change"
"Glittering Prize"
"She Blinded Me With Science"
"Love My Way"
"Rock The Kasbah"
"Look of Love"
"Sledgehammer"
"When Doves Cry"
"The Walk"

and the bonus questions
"Pretty Girls Make Graves" or "867-5309"? not sure
"Ghostbusters"?
"Mickey"?
"Hand In Glove"?
"Bette Davis Eyes"?
"Sussudio"?

Josh, if you really are getting an 80's kick, you should track down SingStar 80's for PlayStation 2. It is the fourth game in the SingStar range and has an awesome songlist of all 80's music that you can sing along to and find out just how bad you are at karaoke.

Also, Buzz for PlayStation 2 is an awesome music trivia game that allows you play in a gameshow environment complete with buzzer controllers and can restrict the questions to older songs.

Oh wait - you Yankees don't get awesomeness like that do you? SCEA thinks that Americans aren't interested in music games while they sell like hotcakes everywhere else in the world.