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Old 26-09-2013, 23:27
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Thanks to the strip club in GTA V, I've just discovered this song for the first time;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3j2NYZ8FKs

Can't believe I've never heard this 80's classic before now
It sounds rather timeless. I see Madonna even sampled the synth hook for her song "Jump"
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Old 26-09-2013, 23:30
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Where have you been? Its ace! Left to My Own Devices is even better!
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Old 26-09-2013, 23:33
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Thanks to the strip club in GTA V, I've just discovered this song for the first time;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3j2NYZ8FKs

Can't believe I've never heard this 80's classic before now
It sounds rather timeless. I see Madonna even sampled the synth hook for her song "Jump"
I was the same with 'I Ran' by A Flock of Seagulls.

How I missed it the first time around I'll never know.
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Old 26-09-2013, 23:38
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One of my favourite songs ever. Despite not being born at the time
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Old 26-09-2013, 23:39
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Where have you been? Its ace! Left to My Own Devices is even better!
and I'm someone who loves my 80's music
I wonder what other classics I haven't heard yet?!
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Old 26-09-2013, 23:41
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and I'm someone who loves my 80's music
I wonder what other classics I haven't heard yet?!
I Ran?

What about 'Under the Milky Way' by The Church?

Both songs I missed out on in the 80s
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Old 27-09-2013, 00:04
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What about 'Under the Milky Way' by The Church?
For some reason that did better in the US than in the UK. Hit #2 in the US, #90 in the UK.

There were a bunch of those. Here are a few 80s hits by English bands that did better in the US than in the UK:

Cutting Crew - Died in Your Arms (US #1, UK #4)
General Public - Tenderness (US #27, UK #95)
Talk Talk - It's My Life (US #31, UK #46)

and a few german/austrian hits:
Peter Schilling - Major Tom (US #14, UK #42)
Falco - Der Kommissar (US #5, UK #47)
Nena - 99 Luftballons (US #2. German version didn't chart in the UK).
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Old 27-09-2013, 00:07
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For some reason that did better in the US than in the UK. Hit #2 in the US, #90 in the UK.
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I'm not sure why I only found the song after hearing it in the film 'Donnie Darko'.

I either didn't hear it in the 80s or heard it once or twice and for some reason dismissed it.

But as soon as I heard it in the film I loved it.
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Old 27-09-2013, 08:08
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I think 'West End Girls' is number one on my list of "Great Songs by Artists I Don't Really Like".
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Old 27-09-2013, 08:58
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Great song
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Old 27-09-2013, 09:54
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and I'm someone who loves my 80's music
I wonder what other classics I haven't heard yet?!
Familiar with these?
Blue Monday - New Order
Vienna - Ultravox
19 - Paul Hardcastle
Golden Brown - The Stranglers

Couple of less obvious ones, but classics nonetheless (IMO):
Hey Matthew - Karel Fialka
Camouflage - Stan Ridgeway
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Old 27-09-2013, 11:15
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Thanks to the strip club in GTA V, I've just discovered this song for the first time;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3j2NYZ8FKs

Can't believe I've never heard this 80's classic before now
It sounds rather timeless. I see Madonna even sampled the synth hook for her song "Jump"
Yes its an amazing song certainly a classic.

I love pet shop boys one of my fave ever bands
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Old 27-09-2013, 11:25
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I love PSB and think they have made loads of great music, my faves change all the time. I'm currently into their new album Electric, Bolshy is my fave track at the moment.
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Old 27-09-2013, 11:28
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Thanks to the strip club in GTA V, I've just discovered this song for the first time;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3j2NYZ8FKs

Can't believe I've never heard this 80's classic before now
It sounds rather timeless. I see Madonna even sampled the synth hook for her song "Jump"
She certainly did, Jump is one of my fave songs off Confessions, the other being Forbidden Love.
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Old 27-09-2013, 16:40
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How can any one only just have heard of West end girls now in 2013 ???!!!!.its always been around one way or another on Tv , radio etc . I liked Go west , and the streets have no name . Then there was se a Vida , .... In fact there are too many to mention . Remember in the 80s Scritti Pollitti , look them up if you are too lung to know them , and Curiosity killed the cat !,.
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Old 27-09-2013, 19:03
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I don't like that this seems to be seen as the Stand out track from them like there some kind of one hit wonder , as a new fan the standard of their music on pop art is incredible
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Old 27-09-2013, 19:25
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It's featured in GTA V so it's getting a but of a renaissance but it's fantastic and PSB are a great band. Their 80's stuff is absolutely amazing and they have produced many classics
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Old 27-09-2013, 20:50
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I bought West End Girls on 12" Another classic by the Pet Shop Boys that people tend not to remember is Opportunities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyeWRd7ZEBs
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Old 27-09-2013, 20:52
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I am old enough to remember it from the first time round. Loved it then, love it now. I also really like the video. If I remember rightly...I am sure East 17 covered it some years later. Not a bad cover but the original surpasses it.
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Old 27-09-2013, 20:58
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I am old enough to remember it from the first time round. Loved it then, love it now. I also really like the video. If I remember rightly...I am sure East 17 covered it some years later. Not a bad cover but the original surpasses it.
Yes, they did and Neil and Chris didn't like it, as far as I know
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Old 27-09-2013, 22:54
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Yes, they did and Neil and Chris didn't like it, as far as I know
They asked Chris about it in an interview and he said he liked the acapella version !!!
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Old 27-09-2013, 23:42
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Great tune
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Old 28-09-2013, 02:14
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HUGE fan of it at the time, such a surprising song AND christmas number one too!
they had some massive hits - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Shop_Boys_discography

OPPORTUNITIES and SUBURBIA are also big favs of mine
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Old 28-09-2013, 08:41
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HUGE fan of it at the time, such a surprising song AND christmas number one too!
they had some massive hits - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Shop_Boys_discography

OPPORTUNITIES and SUBURBIA are also big favs of mine
No it wasnt. Xmas 1985 the number 1 was Shakin Stevens.
They were xmas number 1 in 1987 with a different song
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Old 28-09-2013, 08:51
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Can't believe I've never heard this 80's classic before now
Check out the follow up, (once you get past the annoying advert), which was also rather good, but doesn't get played nearly as much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHaA1beOwrY
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