People who know me well know that I have quite an eclectic taste in music. Here’s some of the songs that have attracted me over the years:
Color Theory – “Everything I Thought I Had to Be”: A gem from the underground synthpop scene, and I really like the message in this song. “Everything I Thought I Had to Be” is from Color Theory’s 2001 album, Life’s Fairytale.
The Cure – “Fascination Street”: While this may not have been a big mainstream hit, I heard it a lot on my local pop station back in 1989. It stood out compared to the other songs being played on the radio at the time, but I loved it. “Fascination Street” is from The Cure’s 1989 album, Disintegration.
Duran Duran – “Too Much Information”: The third single from their 1993 self-titled album, which has also become known as “The Wedding Album” over the years. I really appreciate the theme of this song, which is attacking the media.
The Echoing Green – “The Story of Our Lives”: This is a slice of synthpop heaven. The song starts out slowly, but as it goes, it gains in intensity; at its climax, a soaring soprano vocal provided by Jenna London takes the song to “the next level”; the listener literally gets chills down their spine when Jenna’s vocal enters the mix. “The Story of Our Lives” is from The Echoing Green’s 2003 album, The Winter of Our Discontent.
Erasure – “Brother and Sister”: From their 1989 album, Wild! I call this “the single that should have been,” because it was a very “pop friendly” song; in fact, it was more “pop friendly” than some of the actual singles released from the album.
Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”: The song that broke the doors open for Information Society in the mainstream back in 1988. It’s from their self-titled album, and it includes some samples from Star Trek.
Madonna – “Live to Tell”: The song appeared on her 1986 album, True Blue. This was a powerful ballad, and it was a different thing for her to record at that time. It’s a song that moved me back then, and I still feel it’s one of the best ballads of her career.
New Order – “True Faith”: This was the first song I ever heard by New Order, back when it was a single in 1987. There was something about it that grabbed me at the time, and it’s a song I still enjoy immensely today.
P.M. Dawn – “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”: The first song I ever heard from this hip-hop duo, and it samples Spandau Ballet’s “True.” It was a song that stood out on the radio, and caught the listener’s attention. The song comes from their 1991 debut album, Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience.
Pet Shop Boys – “It’s A Sin”: The lead-off single from their second album, Actually. It was another one of those that just caught my attention when I heard it on the radio, and it remains a favorite today.
Peter Schilling – “The Different Story (World of Lust and Crime)”: I heard my local top 40 radio station playing this in early 1989. It was different from a lot of what was out on pop radio at the time, so that’s probably why it grabbed my attention.
Survivor – “The Search is Over”: From their 1984 album, Vital Signs. There’s just something about the simplicity of this ballad that grabbed me at the time. Even at almost thirty years later, I still have an appreciation for this song.
U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”: From the band’s 1987 album, The Joshuia Tree. This is one of the first songs I remember hearing from U2, and it remains one my favorite songs by the band today.
When In Rome – “The Promise”: I heard my local Top 40 station playing this song in late 1988/early 1989. I absolutely fell in love with the song at the time, and it’s a song that I have continued to enjoy over the years.