Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 17: Disco & Wave

Valida (Instagram)
Dance music with an edge from the 1980s and a few new ones with that same vibe. The songs by Fickle Friends (intro of 'When love breaks down') and Ice Choir (vocals) sound like eighties icons Prefab Sprout. The one by by Valida is also influenced by the sound of the 1980s:

“‘Stars’ is about letting go,” Valida says. “We’ve built too many walls to protect us from experiencing each other. Maybe it’s the L.A. way of life of constantly being in a car going through life behind a window. I know a lot of people who can use the extra push in going after their dreams, myself included. I wanted to create a world where love conquers self-doubt.” “Stars” is her first original since 2012, and for the native of Bosnia it represented a challenge. “One time I said to a friend that I could not write a happy song even if I tried,” she says, “but I remember adding ‘Well, maybe if I tried really hard …’” Mission accomplished. The ’80s-influenced pop anthem, co-produced by Timalayo and Joseph August Luisi (who drums for Kauf), serves as a breezy mood elevator, the kind of happy pill that’s an antidote (if only temporary) to fretting over national and international affairs, succumbing to the malaise of big-city life and obsessing over perceived personal shortcomings. (Source: Buzzbands.la)

Pop veterans Graham Gouldman, who used to be a member of 10cc and ‘lonely boy’ Andrew Gold tried to reach a new audience in the mid-eighties, when they recorded three electronic pop albums. ‘Bridge to your heart' was their biggest hit, back in 1987.

I like 'Let's go all the way' by Sly Fox (released on Capitol Records) a lot! In my opinion the best song of 1986. When released, it was a top 10 hit in the US, peaking at number seven, after reaching number three in the UK Singles Chart earlier in the year. AllMusic notes that "the song's oddball mix of hip-hop, Latin pop, disco, and new wave, crossed radio formats, from R&B to Top-40 to 'Rock of the ‘80s' stations ruled by the Smiths and the Cure." On the strength of the single's multiformat success, the band's album hit the Top 40 in two formats as well, peaking at number 31 on the Top 200 Albums chart and at number 34 on the Top R&B Albums chart.

Enjoy 'Disco & Wave', a brand new episode of Eddy's Eighties Grooves!

Tracklist:

Loose Ends – Nights Of Pleasure [The Nick Martinelli Mix] (1986)
Valida – Stars (2016)
Nacht Und Nebel ‎– Beats Of Love (1983)
The Lotus Eaters ‎– The First Picture Of You (1983)
Ice Choir – Unprepared (2016)
Fickle Friends – Brooklyn (2016)
The Quick – The Rhythm Of The Jungle (1982)
Thompson Twins ‎– In The Name Of Love '88 [Extended Remix] (1988)
Wendy & Lisa – Are You My Baby? (1989)
Prince ‎– Delirious (1982)
Logg – Dancing Into The Stars (1981)
Jaki Graham ‎– Round And Around (1985)
Chemise – She Can't Love You (1982)
Sly Fox – Let’s Go All The Way (1985)
Marie Malloy ‎– I Surrender (1987)
Scritti Politti – Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) (1983)
Wax ‎– Bridge To Your Heart [The Unabridged Version] (1987)
Daryl Hall & John Oates ‎– Method Of Modern Love (1985)

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