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Old 16-01-2013, 13:11
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Heres my personal take on 1986, my 8th= fav year for music since 1960, which for me personally was the last great year until 2003!

for me it produced some great classy pop, heres my top 12, all of which i count as 'all time favs'.

1 Wham! - Edge of heaven.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLKFsWi-N24
being a huge 60's fan, i was always destined to like this 60's esque track. fantastic production.

2 Talk Talk - Lifes what you make it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXsmyLtpxlA
this is what i call class.

3 Belouis some - Imagination
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tA2P23rtfg
coming late in the new wave/new romantic era, surely one of the 80's best tracks? borrows heavily from the human leagues phil oakey doesnt he!

4 Its Immaterial - Driving away from home (jims tune)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uwtzINMDCQ
underrated indie band with what proves to be their only hit. another track with a heavy 60's production feel to it.

5 George Michael - A different corner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-ATryIdFuM
a fantastic slushy ballad! superb singing too.

6 Latin Quarter - Radio Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF79sN_8g3E
"Their sound mixed elements of pop, rock, reggae and folk with largely political based lyrics" (wiki). not surprisingly they are another act that had little chart success.

7 Bucks Fizz - New Begining (mamba seyra)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLiVpjeOX2A
their last top ten, having ditched the twee early material they actually had several great pop songs. another one that has great production.

8 Genesis - Land of confusion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlBIa8z_Mts
lol, great vid, dispite a track with a serious message love the way they utilise spitting images puppetry. (how many characters do you recognise?lol)

9 Madonna - Open your heart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snsTmi9N9Gs
simply madonnas best track imho. and boy, didnt she look better then, before all the cosmetic enhancements!

10 Cameo - Word up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grUko3UAk28
funk/r&b at its best, a classic.

11 Five Star - Find the time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTO3L0fYPSY
manufactured pop at its best? well i like the harmonies and the melody.

12 Madonna - Borderline
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn4g28fisz0
charted in 86 upon re-release, critically accaimed, another great piece of pop from the queen of pop.

other tracks that made 86 great (imho)

13. Fine Young Canibals - Suspicious minds
14. Mr Mister - Broken wings
15. Mel and Kim - Showing out (get fresh at the weekend)
16. Big Audio Dynamite - E=mc2
17. Sly Foxx - Lets go all the way
18. Stranglers - Always the sun
19. Erasure - Sometimes
20. Oran 'juice' Jones - The rain
21. A-Ha - The sun always shines on tv
22. Paul Hardcastle - Dont waste my time
23. SOS Band - The finest
24. Madonna - Live to tell
25. Furniture - Brilliant mind
26. Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The way it is
27. Madonna - Papa dont preach
28. Modern Talking - Brother louie

looks like madonna was my fav artist from this year, note as well a S/A/W track in there!
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Old 16-01-2013, 13:53
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Agree agree agree. Rob, this is becoming a habit! 1986 was an amazing year for music (although I think there were plenty of great ones afterwards too).

I have to say I am surprised at some of your entries here, even though I agree with pretty much all of them.

Bucks Fizz? I have to say they are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, and I think it's safe to say they upped the game considerably with this song. (It's a shame the rest of the album was so dreadful).

Five Star? Haha, rob I salute you for having the courage to admit this. To be honest, their horrible styling aside, they did turn out some great pop songs and this definitely is one of them.

Land of Confusion by Genesis I simply love and it was made all the better by that frankly amazing and bonkers video.

You and I will never agree on the subject of S/A/W for as long as we live, but it's easier to see why you like this Mel & Kim song. I remember thinking it had a completely edgy and memorable sound at the time. Even though I personally remained a fan (and still remain a fan) I can understand how, by 1989/1990, a lot of people thought the sound had been watered down and had grown intolerant of it, moving on to other things (probably edgier, harder house and acid, which I also really enjoyed).

By the way, I'd add Kim Wilde's cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" to that list, plus Jaki Graham's "Set Me Free". I don't know why, but I just I really really love that Jaki Graham song.
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Old 16-01-2013, 14:15
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Agree agree agree. Rob, this is becoming a habit! 1986 was an amazing year for music (although I think there were plenty of great ones afterwards too).

I have to say I am surprised at some of your entries here, even though I agree with pretty much all of them.

Bucks Fizz? I have to say they are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, and I think it's safe to say they upped the game considerably with this song. (It's a shame the rest of the album was so dreadful).

Five Star? Haha, rob I salute you for having the courage to admit this. To be honest, their horrible styling aside, they did turn out some great pop songs and this definitely is one of them.

Land of Confusion by Genesis I simply love and it was made all the better by that frankly amazing and bonkers video.

You and I will never agree on the subject of S/A/W for as long as we live, but it's easier to see why you like this Mel & Kim song. I remember thinking it had a completely edgy and memorable sound at the time. Even though I personally remained a fan (and still remain a fan) I can understand how, by 1989/1990, a lot of people thought the sound had been watered down and had grown intolerant of it, moving on to other things (probably edgier, harder house and acid, which I also really enjoyed).

By the way, I'd add Kim Wilde's cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" to that list, plus Jaki Graham's "Set Me Free". I don't know why, but I just I really really love that Jaki Graham song.
well im not trying to be cool, if i like a track, i like it regardless of who it is or what genre, imho bucks fizz are a great pop act and so is that five star track, lol.

i think youre right about s/a/w, by then they had become abit of a joke which overshadowed their earlier better material.

i liked most of kim wildes material, but wasnt fond of her take on 'you keep me hanging on', probably because i like the original so much more.

yeah jaki graham was ok, another of watermans acts wasnt she...
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Old 16-01-2013, 14:46
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I love Modern Talking - Brother Louie
Madonna - Border line / papa Don't Preach
Five Star - Rain or shine & systen addict
The Jets - Crush on You
Aha
Fine Young Cannibals
etc etc

i was 13 in 1986 so it has a very special place in my heart.
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Old 16-01-2013, 16:10
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I like all the songs mentioned already, but here are a few more of my faves.

Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love
Simply Red - Holding Back The Years
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
The Bangles - Manic Monday
The Housemartins - Happy Monday
Pet Shop Boys - Opportunites
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Old 16-01-2013, 16:26
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yeah jaki graham was ok, another of watermans acts wasnt she...
Jaki was signed to Cherry Red records,nothing to do with S.A.W.
Princess,another black female UK artist who had a handful of tunes from 1985 to 1987 was one of S.A.Ws artists.
'Keep on loving you' was Princesses biggest hit from 1986.

Here's my Top 12 from that wonderful year ;

1. Depeche Mode - A Question Of Time
2. Hollywood Beyond - The Colour Of Money
3. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
4. Oran Juice Jones - The Rain
5. Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love ?
6. Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
7. Human League - Human
8. Anita Baker - Sweet Love
9. Alexander O Neal - If You Were Here Tonight
10. Hipsway - The Honeythief
11. It Bites - Calling All The Heroes
12. Level 42 - Lessons In Love
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:12
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simply put
THE BEST YEAR IN MUSIC for me!!!

Top 100 Hits from Early January 1986 to Late December 1986

1 The Communards Don't Leave Me This Way
2 Diana Ross Chain Reaction
3 Boris Gardiner I Want To Wake Up With You
4 Billy Ocean When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)
5 Berlin Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From 'Top Gun')
6 Chris De Burgh The Lady In Red
7 Madonna Papa Don't Preach
8 Doctor & The Medics Spirit In The Sky
9 Sinitta So Macho / Cruising
10 Falco Rock Me Amadeus
11 Cliff Richard & The Young Ones Living Doll
12 Europe The Final Countdown
13 George Michael A Different Corner
14 Nick Berry Every Loser Wins
15 A-ha The Sun Always Shines On TV
16 Jermaine Stewart We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
17 Wham! The Edge Of Heaven
18 Spitting Image The Chicken Song
19 Madonna True Blue
20 Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald On My Own
21 Nu Shooz I Can't Wait
22 The Bangles Walk Like An Egyptian
23 Kim Wilde You Keep Me Hangin' On
24 Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
25 Five Star Rain Or Shine
26 Pet Shop Boys West End Girls
27 Status Quo In The Army Now
28 Level 42 Lessons In Love
29 Simply Red Holding Back The Years
30 Sly Fox Let's Go All The Way
31 Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman All I Ask Of You
32 Erasure Sometimes
33 Owen Paul My Favourite Waste Of Time
34 The Bangles Manic Monday
35 Mel & Kim Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)
36 Bon Jovi Livin' On A Prayer
37 Dire Straits Walk Of Life
38 Queen A Kind Of Magic
39 The Housemartins Happy Hour
40 The Housemartins Caravan Of Love
41 Peter Cetera Glory Of Love
42 Sam Cooke Wonderful World
43 Cameo Word Up
44 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite
45 Samantha Fox Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
46 Madonna Borderline
47 Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al
48 Robert Palmer Addicted To Love
49 Swing Out Sister Breakout
50 Nana Mouskouri Only Love
51 Madonna Live To Tell
52 Rod Stewart Every Beat Of My Heart
53 Amazulu Too Good To Be Forgotten
54 Janet Jackson What Have You Done For Me Lately?
55 Su Pollard Starting Together
56 Five Star System Addict
57 The Real Thing You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix 76 / 86)
58 Cutting Crew (I Just) Died In Your Arms
59 Stan Ridgway Camouflage
60 Gwen Guthrie Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
61 Whitney Houston How Will I Know
62 David Bowie Absolute Beginners
63 Eurythmics Thorn In My Side
64 The Damned Eloise
65 The Real Thing Can't Get By Without You (The Second Decade Remix)
66 Bananarama Venus
67 Jim Diamond Hi Ho Silver
68 Whitney Houston Saving All My Love For You
69 Modern Talking Brother Louie
70 Five Star Can't Wait Another Minute
71 Sigue Sigue Sputnik Love Missile F1-11
72 Oran 'Juice' Jones The Rain
73 Mr Mister Broken Wings
74 A-ha Hunting High And Low
75 Bronski Beat Hit That Perfect Beat
76 Survivor Burning Heart
77 Cherelle With Alexander O'Neal Saturday Love
78 Nick Kamen Each Time You Break My Heart
79 Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk Love Can't Turn Around
80 Atlantic Starr Secret Lovers
81 Van Halen Why Can't This Be Love
82 James Brown Living In America
83 Jaki Graham Set Me Free
84 Anita Dobson & The Simon May Orchestra Anyone Can Fall In Love
85 Red Box For America
86 UB40 Sing Our Own Song
87 Run-DMC / Aerosmith Walk This Way
88 Debbie Harry French Kissin' In The USA
89 It Bites Calling All The Heroes
90 Whitney Houston The Greatest Love Of All
91 Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
92 Huey Lewis & The News Power Of Love / Do You Believe In Love
93 Hollywood Beyond What's The Colour Of Money
94 Bucks Fizz New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)
95 Lionel Richie Dancing On The Ceiling
96 Pet Shop Boys Suburbia
97 Huey Lewis & The News Stuck With You
98 Feargal Sharkey You Little Thief
99 Spandau Ballet Through The Barricades
100 Madonna Open Your Heart

all but ONE i can pretty much reel off in some way or another

yes, even THOSE ONES
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:15
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The smiths- the queen is dead album
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:18
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Pet Shop Boys and Madonna ruled.
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:26
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Jaki was signed to Cherry Red records,nothing to do with S.A.W.
Princess,another black female UK artist who had a handful of tunes from 1985 to 1987 was one of S.A.Ws artists.
'Keep on loving you' was Princesses biggest hit from 1986.
ahhh yes, i stand corrected, things in some areas are getting cloudy now!

fair play!
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:34
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ive always considered 1986 to be the end of the punk/new wave/ new romantic era and the beginning of the house/rave/ pure pop (saw) that were popular in the second half of the decade. of course rock and indie transcended the whole decade, (and beyond)
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:39
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ahhh yes, i stand corrected, things in some areas are getting cloudy now!

fair play!
No worries,it was 27 years ago after all.

Mel & Kims 'Showin' Out' reminded me of Frantique 'Strut Your Funky Stuff (1979).
Remixer Ben Liebrand did a mash-up mix of the two songs called 'Struttin Out',it's available on a couple of download sites if you do an internet search.
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:50
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My favourite year! The year I started to discover music and fell in love with madonna and the bangles.
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:52
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Jaki was signed to Cherry Red records,nothing to do with S.A.W.
Princess,another black female UK artist who had a handful of tunes from 1985 to 1987 was one of S.A.Ws artists.
'Keep on loving you' was Princesses biggest hit from 1986.
Actually Princess' biggest hit was "Say I'm Your Number One" which got to Number 7 in 1985.

I'll Keep On Loving You made 16 in 1986.

Edit: my error, I misread your post. I'm reading it realllllllly slllooooowwwwwly now to understand it.
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Old 16-01-2013, 17:56
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Actually Princess' biggest hit was "Say I'm Your Number One" which got to Number 7 in 1985.

I'll Keep On Loving You made 16 in 1986.
i liked 'say im your number one', and 'after the love has gone', but as you say, both were 85.
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Old 16-01-2013, 18:10
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Jaki was signed to Cherry Red records,nothing to do with S.A.W.
Jaki was signed to EMI.
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Old 16-01-2013, 21:00
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The year Run DMC released their classic Raisin' Hell album.
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Old 16-01-2013, 22:01
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No one had mentioned Prince 1986 hit single 'Kiss' or his excellent album 'Parade' yet with other great songs such as 'Mountains', 'Girls and Boys' and Anotherloverholenyohead'. (The less said about the movie it was attached to the better! ) and of course there was still Sign 'O' The Times to look forward to in 87 for those fans back then!

Prince- Kiss-

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Old 16-01-2013, 22:17
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Ah yes, 1986. The Chicken Song by Spitting Image.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccM4wVgZN9o

One of the great classics
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Old 16-01-2013, 22:22
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Jaki was signed to EMI.
Correct.She was with EMI during her heyday.
Now she is one of Cherry Reds acts.
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Old 16-01-2013, 22:38
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ive always considered 1986 to be the end of the punk/new wave/ new romantic era and the beginning of the house/rave/ pure pop (saw) that were popular in the second half of the decade. of course rock and indie transcended the whole decade, (and beyond)
Certainly going by my record/cd collection, there was a marked drop around that point in the amount of music I purchased as I found less and less stuff that I liked.
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Old 16-01-2013, 22:49
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1986 was a good year for music.
Madonna - Borderline
Swing out sister - Breakout
Pepsi and shirlie - Its a Heartache
Phil collins - In too Deep
West End Girls - Pet shop Boys
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Old 16-01-2013, 23:51
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Old 16-01-2013, 23:53
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Correct.She was with EMI during her heyday.
Now she is one of Cherry Reds acts.

I was answering the question was she "another of watermans acts" and the answer was she was with EMI.
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Old 17-01-2013, 00:33
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Ah yes, 1986. The Chicken Song by Spitting Image.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccM4wVgZN9o

One of the great classics
Haha yes! Love that so much.

I have a playlist for 1986, which is sadly missing Peter Gabriel's So, as it is not on Spotify.

Favourite Years - 1986
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