New Wave, Synth-pop
disc 1 was pulled off the market due to licensing reasons
01 Puppets, The - The Way of Life (Dance Mix) (5:52)
02 Scary Thieves - The Waiting Game (Extended Version) (6:15)
03 Kirsty MacColl - A New England (Extended Version) (7:47)
04 Jon St. James - The Girl Who Seduced the World (5:44)
05 Mood, The - I Don't Need Your Love (Remix) (6:00)
06 Passion Puppets - Like Dust (Extended Version) (5:52)
07 Europa Lula - Our Love Has Just Begun (Extended Remix) (5:53)
08 B-Movie - Nowhere Girl (Extended Version) (6:32)
09 Thomas Leer - Heartbeat (Extended Mix) (8:54)
10 Puppets, The - The Way of Life (Edit '91) (6:22)
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"Generally, I don't like compilations because you always get the same well-known tracks. But this "Hardest Hits" sery is excellent and the vol. 5 is , in my opinion, the best one. I didn't know most of the tracks and I actually like them all very much now. Great if you are a 80's music fanatic & want to hear something new from radio playlists."
01 Johnny Warman - Screaming Jets (5:18)
Featuring - Peter Gabriel
02 Scary Thieves - Tell Me Girl (6:29)
03 Boys Brigade - The Passion Of Love (3:40)
04 Jona Lewie - (You'll Always Find Me In The) Kitchen At Parties (3:03)
05 Re-Flex - The Politics Of Dancing (6:47)
06 Trio - Da Da Da (3:20)
07 Cetu Javu - Situations (5:30)
08 Naked Eyes - Always Something There To Remind Me (6:15)
09 Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag (6:00)
10 Big Supreme, The - Don't Walk (6:29)
11 West End Dance Project, The - 92 In The Shade (5:31)
12 Abecedarians - Smiling Monarchs (6:35)
13 Normal, The - Warm Leatherette (3:23)
14 Sharpe & Numan - Change Your Mind (8:24)
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"This is an awesome collection, featuring very hard to find singles by The Big Supreme (Don't Walk) and Cetu Javu (Situations) and The Normal (Warm Leatherette).
A bonus is Gary Numan's "Change Your Mind" (an extended remix!)"
01 Voice Of America - Story of Love (Extended Version) (5:39)
02 Chameleons, The - Swamp Thing (5:56)
03 Lotus Eaters, The - The First Picture of You (5:27)
04 Comsat Angels, The - You Move Me (One Good Reason) (5:37)
05 Jackie Leven - Love is Shining Down on Me (6:09)
06 Fiction Factory - Feels Like Heaven (3:31)
07 Nick Heyward - Goodbye Yesterday (Extended Version) (6:26)
08 Steve Harley - Heartbeat Like Thunder (Extended Remix) (5:45)
09 Lords Of The New Church - Dance with Me (Extended Version) (5:50)
10 Glamour Cult - Tokyo Streets (4:42)
11 Hawaiian Pups, The - Baby Judy (5:05)
12 Vicious Pink - Cccan't You See (Extended Version) (8:11)
13 MCL (Micro Chip League) - New York (Dance Floor Cut) (5:07)
14 Night Moves - Transdance (4:57)
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"If you want a cd that has rare songs on it, buy this one. There are songs on this cd that you will think you are hearing for the first time but, you will hear a song and say or think "wow, I've heard this before and I love this song". The tracks I like on the cd are; track #4, You Move Me (One Good Reason) by The Comsat Angels, track #9, Dance With Me (Extended Version) by Lords of the New Church, track #13, New York (Dance Floor Cut) by Micro Chip League, and track #14, Transdance by Night Moves. All of these songs are pretty much extended versions, and are all from the 80's. I also purchased Volumes 4 and 5 but do not have Volume 2 (limited availability), Volume 1 for some reason is not produced anymore, would love to have volumes 1 and 2 (Oh well, tomorrow's another day). The prices are very nice for this collection so go ahead and splurge and buy the three volumes that are available, you also might want to think about buying a similar collection called 'Classic Alternatives', containing more hard to find and rare alternative (and extended dance/alternative) songs. Happy Listening."
01 Assembly, The - Never, Never (5:51)
02 Sal Solo - San Damiano (Heart And Soul) (6:35)
03 Flying Lizards, The - Money (5:50)
04 Vicious Pink - Take Me Now (6:20)
05 Nails, The - 88 Lines About 44 Women (5:30)
06 Robert Hazard - Escalator Of Life (4:41)
07 Lotus Eaters, The - You Don't Need Someone New (Charleston Mix) (6:05)
08 Call, The - Everywhere I Go (4:18)
Featuring - Jim Kerr , Peter Gabriel
09 Furniture - Brilliant Mind (7:00)
10 Japan - Life In Tokyo (Disco Mix) (7:05)
11 Duran Duran - Planet Earth (Night Version) (6:20)
12 Hitlist - Into The Fire (Full Version) (5:44)
13 Heaven 17 - Let Me Go (6:23)
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"Finding this CD a few years ago was like finding a long lost friend. (Yes, I have lots of friends, but some are closer than others)... I played this entire cd in the car- (after buying it, and played Vicious Pink TWICE)- I closed my eyes- and suddenly I could see the red head in leopard-skin tights dancing in front of me. I was home, and didn't want to leave.... Songs like 88 lines about 44 women, Life in Tokyo, Everywhere I Go- aren't just music recordings, but (to many of us)- part of where we've been, and who we are. I used to laugh at the way my parents would stare off into space when certain songs came on the radio- now I find myself doing the same thing, (particularly when I'm playing this cd). The recordings on this disc are perfect, and many are extended 12" versions YOU WILL NOT FIND elsewhere. If you're trying (like many of us your age)to buy all of these rare dance cuts, do yourself a favor and buy this disc-..., before long these songs will be pushed out of the market by awful, unimaginative, pop/marketing swill, and you'll wish you had bought this disc when you could have..Trust Me..."
"Worth three or four times the price for "Take Me Now" alone. The rest is just icing. And tasty icing at that."
"This compilation will astonish you. The downside with this CD is that once you get a taste of bands like The Lotus Eaters, you will want more. And there your troubles will begin.
Much of this music is long out-of-print. And don't bother making inquiries at your local used record store, their ignorance will drain you. Instead, spend your hours surfing for used vinyl sites. And find constructive outlets for your frustration.
Just don't say I didn't warn you."
01 Endgames - First, Last for Everything (Club Version) (4:19)
02 Nick Heyward - Whistle Down the Wind (3:41)
03 Boys Brigade - Melody (3:58)
04 China Crisis - Working With Fire And Steel (Mix) (5:00)
05 Peter Godwin - Baby's In The Mountains (New York Mix) (6:49)
06 Comsat Angels, The - Day One (3:49)
07 Visage - Pleasure Boys (Dance Mix) (6:49)
08 Flying Pickets, The - Only You (3:23)
09 Freur - Doot Doot (Extended Mix) (6:00)
10 Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11 (Extended Version) (6:54)
11 Secession - Simon Says (6:10)
12 Thomas Leer - International (Global Mix) (7:07)
13 SSQ - Jet Town (3:40)
14 Elton Motello Jet Boy, Jet Girl (Club Mix) (7:00)
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"This CD series is super. If you really want to understand New Wave or simply love it, you can't get much better than this series or the Classic Alternatives Series offered by SPG.
So if you're like me, a New Romantic who cannot accept the past as dead, you'll cherish all of these tunes. Max Headroom couldn't be happier."
"All five entries in this series are compilations of songs that were popular on alternative radio and in clubs in Toronto in the 1980s. We liked to believe then that Toronto embodied the best elements of the NY and London new wave scenes --- and that we were generally so hip that it hurt --- but, in retrospect, I'll only note that many UK acts were using Toronto as their North American beachhead. (One summer I worked in a restaurant and had the opportunity to offer Flock of Seagulls coffee, though only their management ordered any.)
My affection for all of this music runs deep, but probably principally for personal reasons evoked by Boys Brigade (local heroes) in Melody: "There was a time, and there was a place, and there are memories. And there was a girl, such a beautiful girl. ..."
The music's good too, of course. Go ahead, buy it. At this price, how can you go wrong?"
A great collection of '80s Alternative music rolled up into a nice package. This collection compiles the previously released volumes 4, 5 and 6 of the Canadian label SPG's titles "Hardest Hits" and adds a bonus fourth disc to give the package an industrial/metal edge (something tells me that SPG had a few extra copies of "Moshpit Madness" lying around the warehouse). Though the mastering isn't the greatest, the track selection alone makes this an essential addition to your collection. As of this writing, this is the only place you can find Micrrochip League's seminal dance floor staple New York as well as tracks from The Comsat Angels, Freur, Peter Godwin, Secession, SSQ, The Hawaiing Pups, Vicious Pink and more!
Volume 3 -5 also released as Hardest Hits [BOX SET]
Odd name for this SPG series, but I assume they mean Hardest to find on CD hits...almost entirely made up of 12" versions this is a series that will help you get rid of a load of 12" singles-and introduce you to some new wave tracks you may have missed out on back in the 80s.
The label is the Toronto-based SPG Music Ltd., which is known for its compilation releases.