I love the 80s.
I was born in the 70s but the 80s shaped me. I watched Dallas with my Mom, had a Cabbage Patch Kid and my first cassette purchase was the soundtrack to Purple Rain. (I got in trouble for singing Darlin’ Nicki on the playground).
When something is such a part of our formative years we may resist the urge to taint it by “bringing it back”. But, like the new version of Dallas on TNT, sometimes a revamped 80s tune can actually be pretty awesome. Maybe even better than the original. I’ve got some 80s covers for you this month. I would tell you who does the new version but I would rather you impress me by naming the original artist (sans Google!). Enjoy your retro workout!
- Summer Of ’69by Bowling for Soup: Obviously wasn’t thinking about that turn of the century thing.
- I Want You To Want Meby Letters to Cleo: I have such wonderful memories to both versions of this song. I saw Letters to Cleo live in the early 90s – in my checkered shirtwaist mini and platform Mary Janes. Oh grunge….
- Total Eclipse of the Heartby Nicki French: I love the original video. Still not sure where the white horse came from.
- Kids In Americaby Cascada: The original was not the version by the Muffs in the movie Clueless. It goes back farther than that!
- Hold Me Nowby Lasgo: I’m discovering all sorts of new artists. Not the original one, I got that one.
- Don’t You Want Meby Alcazar: Pure pop in both cases.
- Abracadabraby Sugar Ray: The video by the original artist almost killed their career.
- Dancing With Myselfby The Donnas: These ladies can do no wrong. I like this version better than the original.
- Tainted Loveby Marilyn Manson: The band has done many covers; this is one of my favorites.
- Lovesongby Adele: Stretch and melt into her voice.