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Late 80s indie song ID

I've been searching for various songs I used to have on tape from UK Radio 1's John Peel show in the late 80s (roughly 87-90). One in particular is proving a bit tricky. On the tape inlay I labelled it Imaginary Girlfriend by Mighty Mighty, but if that's true I haven't been able to turn it up on Google, so that could be completely wrong. I don't have the tape anymore so I can't upload a sample. More half-remembered details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by crocomancer on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me identify this song based on the melody

What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas?
posted by flod logic on Mar 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Remix the 80s and 90s for me!

I'm looking for songs that mix 80s and/or 90s pop with other genres. My favorite example of this is Orbital's Halcyon - And On And On Live that samples Bon Jovi's You Give Love A Bad Name and Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Any other genre is fine but electronic genres are preferred. Thanks!
posted by aceyprime on Mar 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find more 80s soundtrack theme songs ABOUT their parent films.

Help me remember music videos from that magical era when bands would record theme songs for (often horror) movies that were actually lyrically about the movies themselves and the artist would sometimes appear in the video and the video would be a story video and...well you know. Think Ramones' "Pet Sematary" or Dokken's "Dream Warriors" [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Feb 19, 2014 - 59 answers

Give me some nostalgia alternative classics radio!

Where can I listen to some classic alternative music (or whatever the genre is called) online? [more inside]
posted by aarondesk on Jan 9, 2014 - 11 answers

You're the one, the one I see

My friend has been trying to identify this song for over 20 years. It's from the early to mid 80's. It came unlabeled on a mix tape. Google lyrics searches come up empty. SoundHound/Shazam fail. [more inside]
posted by irontech on Dec 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Tense but catchy '80s-esque synth-pop

Help me discover more music with that semi-creepy, edgy, yet also catchy and melodic (i.e. not too experimental) quality of certain '80s pop/new wave/prog artists. Looking for kind of the same feel of "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" by Genesis or "What I See" by Planet P Project (and props to MeFi for pointing me at the latter). Instrumentals OK, but again, must be catchy.
posted by Z. Aurelius Fraught on Aug 31, 2013 - 25 answers

Please name this song!

I'm trying to find this song. It is from 3'30" until 4'05". I can't make out the lyrics very well. Maybe 'Turn it up' or 'Turn me on'. I recognise it and it's driving me around the bend. Anyone? Thanks
posted by ClanvidHorse on Jan 7, 2013 - 4 answers

The Wombats sound like......?

Just heard this song by the Wombats. I reminds me very strongly of another song or type of sound. Can you help me identify where I've heard a song (or sound) like this? It seems very strongly eighties to me, but I can't put my finger on it.
posted by Spyder's Game on Sep 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Dudes being dudes in music videos

MusicVideoFilter: Please help me on my quest to compile a definitive list of really cheesy 1980s music videos of a particular type. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Aug 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Nonsmoking 80s dancing in Asheville, NC?

Is there a regular dance night in or around Asheville, NC, that includes '80s music but is nonsmoking? [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Jul 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Tell Me What I Want To Hear. (In the car on the way to work.)

Another Tell-Me-What-Music-To-Listen-To Question! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Jul 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Please help me ID this early-80s music video!

Please help me ID this early-80s music video! [more inside]
posted by Legomancer on May 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Rockists who tried synth-pop?

Which artists had an uncharacteristic attempt at synthpop/electronica in the 70s/80s? [more inside]
posted by meech on Apr 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Who did this cover of Al Green's Rhymes?

Musical question: back in the 80s I heard a cover of Al Green's Rhymes. It was a snarkier, Gen Xy, punkish version. Very distinctive vocals, kind of raspy and whiny. I don't remember the music behind it much which makes me think it was minimalistic. I want to say the singer's name was Chris something? Who did this version? I have faith some mefite well versed in obscure music will come to my aid. Thanks!
posted by Jandoe on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Raisins Singing "Lean on Me"

Does anyone know where my sister could get an mp3 of a cover version of "Lean on Me" from "The California Raisins Sing the Hit Songs" (1987). We had it on a tape as kids and she's making a nostalgia CD. Can't find it in itunes or amazon... Local libraries don't have it, CD is expensive. I tried a bit of filetype:mp3 searching and didn't turn up much...
posted by mgogol on Dec 12, 2011 - 3 answers

The phone rang every night at the same time . . .

Please help me find out the name of this song and who performed it. I'm pretty sure it was 1985 when I heard this song on the radio. It was kind of an oddball novelty song that used a lot of sounds like ticking and ringing clocks. [more inside]
posted by arkham_inmate_0801 on Nov 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Who is this?

Any idea who this singer is, or any info on this song? [more inside]
posted by jennhi on Sep 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Where's Martha Quinn when you need her?

Can you ID this early 80s music video based on ridiculously few details? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Sep 9, 2011 - 10 answers

[musictaste filter] Can you help me fill out my playlist?

I've got a short 80's centric playlist started with Somebody's baby, She's a beauty, and Jessie's girl. Can you help me think of more songs like this with the same feel, sound? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Aug 30, 2011 - 29 answers

The force is not with me in remembering this video.

Looking for an 80s progressive rock video featuring Darth Vader [more inside]
posted by quibx on Apr 6, 2011 - 1 answer

modern songs that sound like 80s songs?

Help me assemble a mixtape of contemporary songs that sound like 80s songs, won't you? [more inside]
posted by Shadowkeeper on Feb 21, 2011 - 62 answers

Where can I find a community of video makers?

Where can I find a community of amateur video makers who might be interested in doing a music video for my band? [more inside]
posted by locussst on Dec 14, 2010 - 8 answers

What is this sad 80s song that I love?

A song. From the 80s. Almost no information. Go! [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Aug 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Channeling Larry Levan.

Seeking somewhat obscure '80s dance songs that are in the vein of Sheila-E and Exposé in terms of '80s sound, beat, female vocals and danceability. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Aug 17, 2010 - 19 answers

Iconic yacht rock movies and tv

What movies and TV shows do you associate with the genre of yacht rock? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 12, 2010 - 20 answers

Unsung Heros of the 70s/80s

Who are the unsung heroes of the 70s and 80s? i.e. recommend some good non-mainstream bands from then. [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo on Jun 21, 2010 - 83 answers

I want you so bad it's my only wish

Need help with identifying a half-sample of some eighties female vocalist, as echoed in a BEP single. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Apr 25, 2010 - 4 answers

What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs?

What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs (think Farfisa or Vox)?
posted by MaryDellamorte on Mar 19, 2010 - 17 answers

What one single most typifies 80s popular music production style?

What one single most typifies 80s popular music production style? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Mar 3, 2010 - 74 answers

Give me some "vintage music that still sounds fresh" tips

I want to listen to luscious old (pre 90s) music that sounds fresh and as if it could have been recorded and released today (in terms of production values, instrumentation, orchestration, etc.) Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Jan 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Modern VL-Tone?

What's the modern equivalent of a Casio VL-Tone? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Oct 17, 2009 - 3 answers

The More You Know

I am looking for music that evokes the spirit of nostalgic, 70s-80s-era, variety show, Saturday morning cartoon, vintage game show-style aesthetics, like The Go! Team or...umm -- well, anything that sounds like TG!T really, then.
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Sep 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward!

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward for the finder! [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Sep 14, 2009 - 29 answers

What was this musical cups game I played in the 80s?

When I was little (think 80s), a neighborhood friend taught us a musical co-op game that was played with one plastic cup per person (maybe?), and at least 4 people (though it could go up much higher as long as the number were equal). [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on May 9, 2009 - 8 answers

80sFilter: Trying to find a late 80s song I think was titled "I V(W)ant To Be a Vampire"

80sFilter: Trying to find a late 80s song I think was titled "I V(W)ant To Be a Vampire" that was a parody of the Boys Don't Cry "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" [more inside]
posted by branwen on Feb 14, 2009 - 9 answers

Multiple Mystery Songs

Three songs I'm looking for - various degrees of difficulty... [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Jan 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for Song from 80s Music Video

I am trying to remember the name/artist of an 80s music video. In it, the guy wore a glowing (bluescreen/transparent) suit and stumbled across the nighttime countryside while singing mournfully and freaking people out. It was kind of creepy, at the end he dissipates in a glow like an alien/angel while the scowling townsfolk converge on him. British artist, possibly Ned or Nick something. Anyone able to help me find this?
posted by emjaybee on Jan 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Ribbit

Which song is this? A very very 80s hit song with a frog in the music video. Google gives me crazy frog! :(
posted by Skyanth on Jan 10, 2009 - 12 answers

Spare your wrath about 80s music, please, this is my childhood we're talking about.

I've been looking for an old CD my parents used to play when I was little, caled "here come the hits", but it doesn't seem to be anywhere visible. In fact, it seems to have dropped out of existence entirely; I can't even find a tracklisting on the internet so I can gather the songs from other sources. I know "shout" by tears for fears was one of the songs, and "black cars look better in the shade" and "one night in bangkok" are likely contenders. Can somebody help me find an official tracklist for this album of 80's one-hit-wonders so I can get some closure?
posted by tehloki on Nov 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Songs That Defined the 80s and 90s

I'm looking for 80s and 90s songs that defined the times. [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Oct 4, 2008 - 66 answers

Tragic 80s Musician?

A friend and I are trying to remember the name of an '80s musician whose career was cut short when he mysteriously disappeared / met with foul play while traveling in Europe. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Sep 29, 2008 - 17 answers

No one twisting his arm....

What bands sound like Game Theory? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Sep 17, 2008 - 9 answers

70's and 80's songs to play in a business.

What are some good 70's and 80's songs suitable for playing in a pharmacy? My father owns a family pharmacy and we have an iPod with nice 70's and 80's songs set to play for the customers. Can you tell me some that I can add to the playlist? Remember nice calm easy listening ones are best, and no dirty or bad songs about dying etc.. To get an idea of some of the songs I have here's a link to the playlist so far. Specific songs are great, but I will also take artists. Try not to give duplicates. If 10 people give 10 songs that's 100 new songs! Thanks!
posted by ptsampras14 on Aug 18, 2008 - 34 answers

Name that obscure music video

MusicvideoFilter: Animated mid to late 80s brazilian(?) music video on MTV, what was it? This has been bugging me for decades. There was a video shown on MTV for a while in the mid-to-late 80's that I'd love to see or hear again. I think the band was Brazilian, or at least latin. The video was animated colored drawings on a black background and did a lot of morphing from one thing to another. Can the hive mind mind put me on the right track?
posted by gofargogo on Feb 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me make a playlist of synth-heavy tracks...

Help me make a playlist of cheesy, synth-heavy tracks from the 80's & early 90's. [more inside]
posted by inactivist on Aug 28, 2007 - 48 answers

Why do people prefer music from their teenage years?

Why do people tend to gravitate more strongly towards music that was popular in their teen years? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 30, 2007 - 43 answers

80s emo ballad mix

Making an 80s emo ballad mix--what am i missing [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Jun 13, 2007 - 64 answers

What are some old-school rap or hip-hop songs that go against the gang/sex/drugs culture?

What are some old-school rap or hip-hop songs that go against the gang/sex/drugs culture? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Apr 16, 2007 - 49 answers

Are there Automatic samples any remixes anywhere?

Are there songs that contain samples of or are remixes of Automatic [youtube] by the Pointer Sisters?
posted by ejoey on Jan 29, 2007 - 1 answer

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