Last week I got the limited edition of the new Nouvelle Vague - Bande a Part, which continues their bossa nova treatments of eighties new wave from their previous Nouvelle Vague - Nouvelle Vague. The earlier album gave the bossa treatment to songs like Depeche Mode – Just Can't Get Enough and XTC – Making Plans for Nigel (based on the idea that bossa nova means 'new wave'). This time, they also go beyond bossa to include a 30's music hall take on Billy Idol – Dancing with Myself (think Squirrel Nut Zippers) and a reggae version of Siouxsie and the Banshees – Israel.
As it happens, I also picked up this month's issue of Q Magazine- the 80s Issue. The free CD has 15 modern covers of 80s classics. Most of them are pretty crap, but The Futureheads – Let's Dance is pretty good and Placebo – Running Up That Hill (which I already had) is fabulous.
While none of these cover versions really outshine the originals, they have at least prompted me to go back and listen to these classics with renewed interest, and even discover a couple of hidden gems I didn't yet have in my collection. So, without further ado, here are my top 10 rediscovered lost eighties classics:
1. Lords of the New Church – Dance With Me
2. Killing Joke – Psyche
3. Echo & The Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here
4. The Wake – O Pamela
5. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Upside Down
6. Blancmange – Waves
7. The Sound – I Can't Escape Myself
8. The Psychedelic Furs – Heaven
9. Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk To Fuck
10. Tuxedomoon – In a Manner of Speaking