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Alternative 80s

Offering up the best in New Wave, Goth, Post-Punk and Ska from the 80's, including rare and hard to find music you forgot you've missed!

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Episode #203 - Confusing Incidental Series Number 203

Another month, more lock down, and more music. Continuing in our series of art disguised as noise, we bring you another podcast of music and frivolity. Enjoy! Track Listing:1) House Phone - Kraftwerk 2) Love, In Itself - Depeche mode 3) Mechanical Man - Devo 4) In Babylon - The Vapors 5) Uh Oh (Here I Go Again) - The Rings 6) Betty David Eyes (Extended Mix) - Kim Carnes 7) To Be a Lover (Mother Of mercy Mix) - Billy Idol 8) On Any Other Day - The Police 9) Too Bad On Your Birthday - Joan Jett 10) Unhappy Birthday - The Smiths 11) Happy Birthday (Dance Mix) - Altered Images 12) Love Train (Ride The A Train Mix) - Holly Johnson 13) We're desperate Los Angeles Punk Legends - X 14) Possessed To Skate - Suicidal Tendencies 15) Punch Out At Malibu - Surf Punks 16) The World is My Oyster (Trapped) - Frankie Goes To Hollywood 17) More To Lose - Seona Dancing 18) Castles In Spain - The Armoury Show 19) Tubular Bells Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls (Regan's House Medley) - The Book Of Love '20) Dizzy - Throwing Muses 21) Da'ale Da'ale (You Are My Angel [New Boat Dance] - Ofra Haza

1hr 31mins

17 May 2020

Rank #1

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Episode #211 - Christmas 2020

Snowfall, Christmas trees, and the annual Alt80s Christmas podcast - it's all here! Track Listing:1.) Hey Santa - UK Subs 2.) There Ain't No Sanity Clause - The Damned 3.) Christmas Was A Friend Of Mine - Fay Lovsky 4.) We Three Kings - Blondie 5.) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - X 6.) Listen, The Snow Is Falling - Galaxy 500 7.) Candy Carol (Sugar Lips Caroling) - Book Of Love 8.) X'Mas Time (Sure Doesn't Feel Like) - Mighty Might Bosstones 9.) I Believe In Father Christmas - U2 10.) Insanity Over Christmas - Madness 11.) Home For Christmas - Kate Bush 12.) Peace In Our Time - Elvis Costello 13.) Blue Christmas - Dead Or Alive 14.) Ghost Reindeer In The Sky - R.E.M. 15.) Il Est Ne (Mistletunes Christmas Song) - Tom Tom Club 16.) Stille Nacht - Nina Hagen 17.) Jingle Bells (Santa Club Mix) - Yello 18.) One Christmas Catalogue - Captain Sensible 19.) Mary Xmess - Sun 60 20.) Holier Than Thou (The First) - FGTH 21.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Pretenders 22.) Holier Than Thou (The Second) - FGTH 23.) Feast Of Lights - They Might Be Giants 24.) Snow - Cocteau Twins 25.) Do they Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

1hr 35mins

20 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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Episode #208 - Halloween 2020

Welcome to the Alt80s Funhouse! Slip inside and feast your ears on this years selection. Step this way, everyone is welcome.Track listing: 1) Ghost Highway - Mazzy Star 2) The Cardinal Sin Dead Can Dance 3) Stigmata - Ministry 4) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Specimen 5) Crucify Me [12" Version] - Moev 6) Witchcraft [Extended] - Book Of Love 7) All Cats Are Grey - The Cure 8) Disorder - Joy Division 9) Lights - The Sisters Of Mercy 10) Roll Call - Peter Murphy 11) The Devil Lives In My Husband's Body - Pulsallama 12) Nightmare On My Street [12" Version] - DJ Jazzy Jeff And the Fresh Prince 13) Are You Ready For Freddy - Fat Boys 14) Horror Movies - Bollock Brothers 15) Tender Surrender - Freur 16) A Daisy Chain 4 Satan - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult 17) Halloween [Peel Sessions] - Siouxsie And the Banshees 18) Halloween [Extended] - Ministry

1hr 33mins

25 Oct 2020

Rank #3

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Episode #207 - Halloween 2019 revisited

With a lot of previous episodes not around on some platforms, this is a perfect time to repost last year's Halloween episode. It's October, which of course brings us the annual Halloween podcast. Do you have what it takes to listen to the end?Track Listing1) Something In My House (Mortevicar Mix) - Dead Or Alive2) Bloodletting [The Vampire Song] - Concrete Blonde3) Full Moon Dirty Hearts - INXS with Chrissie Hynde4) Swamp Thing - The Chameleons5) I'm A Werewolf, Baby - The Tragically Hip6) Magic - Mick Smiley7) Weird Science [Extended Dance Mix] - Oingo Boingo8) Ghost Dancing - Simple Minds9) Spirits In The Material World - The Police10) Devil In My Car - B-52s11) Lucretia My Reflection - The Sisters Of Mercy12) Dead Souls - Joy Division13) Haunted When The Minutes Drag - Love And Rockets14) Everyday Is Halloween - Ministry15) Black Celebration [Black Tulip Mix] - Depeche Mode16) Killing Game - Skinny Puppy17) Nightmares [12" Extended Mix] - A Flock Of Seagulls18) Christine [Rare 12" Version] - John Carpenter

1hr 32mins

16 Oct 2020

Rank #4

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Episode #195 - Top 25 of 1989

It's the end of the year, and the end of yet another decade. Welcome to our annual top 25 countdown! This year we jump back 30 years to 1989 and enjoy the best of the best that year had to offer. Enjoy the countdown - we'll include everything except for the top 5 in the track listing...gotta leave some sort of surprise, right?Track List:25) Kingdom Of Rain - The The 24) Channel Z - B52s 23) Way Of The World - Max Q 22) The Last Of The Famous Int'l Playboys - Morrissey 21) Don't Crash The Car Tonight - Mary's Danish 20) Compulsion - Martin Gore 19) Fascination Street - The Cure 18) I'll Be You - The Replacements 17) Veronica - Elvis Costello 16) Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers 15) Between Something And Nothing - The Ocean Blue 14) Mayor Of Simpleton - XTC 13) Round And Round - New Order 12) Proud To Fall - Ian McCulloch 11) Last Cigarette - Dramarama 10) Here Comes Your Man - The Pixies 9) Stand - R.E.M. 8) Fire Woman - The Cult 7) So Alive - Love And Rockets 6) Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals 5) SSL - TFF 4) PJ - DM 3) EL - UT 2) LS - BFT 1) LS - C

2hr 9mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Episode #201 - No Covid, Just Great Music

Hello faithful, as well as new, listeners! What a turn we've takken since the last podcast. In light of that, we've gone upbeat and easy - no panicking here! We're leaving the Quarantunes and Epidemix behind and just escaped to some great tunes. Adjust your masks, relax, and let these tunes infect your soul.Track Listing:1) Something About You (U.S. Remix) - Level 42 2) I Could Be Happy (Martin Rushent Remix) - Altered Images 3) The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix) - Kate Bush 4) Sex Crime (1984) [Live] - The Eurythmics 5) Be Near Me (Munich Disco Mix) - ABC 6) Don't Forget My Number (Single Mix) - Milli Vanilli 7) My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor) - Dead Or Alive 8) Key To Her Ferrari - Thomas Dolby 9) Shake Your Rump - Beastie Boys 10) DS 21 - Jane Child 11) Doctor Detroit (Extended Mix) - Devo 12) Melody - Boys Brigade 13) Jack U Off - Prince 14) Talk Talk - It's My Life (Live at Montreux, 1986) 15) Doot Doot - Freur (Live at The Marque, 1984) 16) A Kissed Out Red Flatboat - Cocteau Twins 17) Welcome to The Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1hr 35mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Episode #202 - Is Gothic-y Even A Word?

It's the end of April, and many of us are still in lock down. While we here at Alt80s take this seriously, look at it this way - it's a great time to listen to all of our podcasts! We,re dipping into the dark wave side of things this episode. enjoy!1) Into The Light - Siouxsie and The Banshees 2) Sense Of Sin - Limbo 3) Restrained In A Moment (I Love You) - The Royal Family And The Poor 4) Sensoria (12" Mix) - Cabaret Voltaire 5) In Camera Obscura (Dance Mix) - Figures On A Beach 6) First, Last, And Always - Sisters Of Mercy 7) Revenge - Ministry 8) Charlotte Sometimes - The Cure 9) Black Celebration (Live) - Depeche Mode 10) Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix) - Killing Joke 11) Warlock (ed) - Skinny Puppy 12) Wasteland - The Mission 13) Red Light (Shine) - Dance Society 14) Spiritwalker - The Cult 15) Nervious Xions (Live) - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult 16) Worth Waiting For - Gene Loves Jezebel 17) Asleep - The Smiths 18) Spirit In The Sky - Nina Hagen

1hr 28mins

30 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Episode #198 - Better To Have Love And Lost...Or Is It?

Valentine's day is here once again, but we've taken a slightly different take on the holiday.1) I Hate Myself For Loving You - Joan Jett2) Now It's My Turn - Berlin3) Just Go Away - Blondie4) If You Leave - O.M.D.5) Is She really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson6) Don't You (Forget About Me)[Original 12" Version] - Simple Minds7) Every Breath You Take (Lost 12' Version) - The Police8) Heartache - Gene Loves Jezebel9) Missing You (Extended Version) - John Waite10) The One I Love - R.E.M.11) I Love You, Goodbye - Thomas Dolby12) Girl U Want - Devo13) Best Friend's Girl - The Cars14) Walk Away From Love - Yazoo15) See You - Depeche Mode16) Pack It Up - The Pretenders17) Always Something There To Remind Me (Extended Version) - Naked Eyes18) Tears - Missing Persons19) Louise - Human League20) In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel21) Out Of Touch (12" Version) - Hall and Oates

1hr 41mins

15 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Episode #199 - True One Hit Wonders and The Greatness You Missed

Welcome to March, avid listeners! Springtime here in the states, a time of awakening and renewal as winter attempts to hold areas in her icy grip to no avail. With that in mind, we're going to visit those true one hit wonders from the 80's. While some of these bands may have had a bit of a chart showing in their home countries after a smash hit, overall they never got past the winter of their chart success. It's a shame, because these bands still had a lot to offer, which we'll share in this podcast. Enjoy!Track Listing:1) Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven) - Dexy's Midnight Runners2) TV - Flying Lizards3) Mind Of A Toy4) News At Ten - The Vapors5) Anitina (The First Time I See Her Dance) - M.A.R.R.S.6) Runaway - Freur7) Babydoll - Laurie Anderson8) Hurt - Re-Flex9) Moonlight And Muzak - M10) Wonderland - Big Country11) Johnny Friendly - JoBoxers12) John Wayne Is Big Leggy - Haysi Fantayzee13) Six Months In A Leaky Boat - Split Enz14) High Time - Icicle Works15) Paint By Number Heart - Martha And The Muffins16) Pop Goes the World - Men Without Hats17) The Plastic Age - The Buggles18) You're The Only Love - Payola$19) Let It All Hang Out - The Nails20) Far Side Of Crazy - Wall Of Voodoo21) The Man With The Four-Way Hips - Tom Tom Club22) Milk From The Coconut - Toto Coelo

1hr 33mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Episode #200 - Luck Of The Irish Be With You!

Everyone is on lock down, so it's a great time to bring some cheer with a new podcast, poured into your lives with the care and love befitting a great pint. Raise a glass to all these fantastic Irish artists, be safe, and celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with us. Cheers! "May the Irish Hills caress you, may her lakes and rivers bless you, may the luck of the Irish enfold you, may the luck of Saint Patrick behold you."Track Listing:1) Lookin' After Number One - Boomtown Rats 2) Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live Aid 1985) - U2 3) Red Light - Into Paradise 4) Tell The Boys - Tuesday Blue 5) Looking Up - The Slowest Clock 6) Big Decision (Extended Version) - That Petrol Emotion 7) What Now - InTua Nua 8) Mr Twilight - Light A Big Fire 9) I Just Wanna - Blue In Heaven 10) Flags - Crimes Of Conscious 11) Orange And Red (Picasso Remix) - Guernica 12) Streams Of Whiskey - The Pogues 13) What Now - Something Happens 14) Never Saw You - The Stars Of Heaven 15) Years Later - Cactus World News 16) Alternative Ulster - Stiff Little Fingers 17) Mandinka - Sinead O'Connor 18) This Is The Seas (Live) - The Waterboys 19) Only Losers Take The Bus (12" Version) - The Fatima Mansions 20) Someone Like You - The Fountainhead 21) Baby Turns Blue - The Virgin Prunes 22) Call Me Blue (Blue Green Version) - A House

1hr 32mins

15 Mar 2020

Rank #10