1980 and All That – all 38 years

1980 and all that

A few months back I read Mark Radcliffe’s Reelin’ in the Years: The Soundtrack to a Northern Life. The premise was simple, The DJ, drummer and demi-Shirehorse offered a song for each year of his life and wrote about it.

Which gave me an idea. Or rather, I just stole it.

Why not do the same?

And so, over the last few months, that’s what I’ve done. Here, collected in a single page, are links to the tracks of my years. They are not necessarily what I feel are the best songs of the year in question (though some, undoubtedly are), but they are songs that have a particular resonance – a resonance that occurred at the time or emerged some time later.

So, here we go:

1980 – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ – Joy Division

1981 – ‘Wordy Rappinghood’ – Tom Tom Club

1982 – ‘Know Your Rights’ – The Clash

1983-84- ‘Karma Chameleon – Culture Club & ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ – Wham

1985 – ‘The Power of Love’ – Huey Lewis and the News

1986 – ‘Vicar in a Tutu’ – The Smiths

1987 – ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues

1988 – ‘Locomotion’ – Kylie Minogue

1989 – ‘Swing the Mood’ – Jive Bunny

1990 – ‘Kool Thing’ – Soni Youth

1991 – ‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’ – OMD

1992 – ‘Love is Blind’ – Pulp

1993 – ‘River of Dreams – Billy Joel

1994 – ‘The Book Lovers’ – The Divine Comedy

1995 – ‘Country House’  – Blur

1996 – ‘The Riverboat Song’ – Ocean Colour Scene

1997 – ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’ – Oasis

1998 – ‘If’ – The Bluetones

1999 – ‘As Good As It Gets’ – Gene

2000 – ‘The Ballad of Cable Hogue’ – Calexico

2001 – ‘Life Can Be So Cruel’ – Clearlake

2002 – ‘The Light Before We Land’ – The Delgados

2003 – ‘Apologies to Insect Life’ – British Sea Power

2004 – ‘Shit Off My Shoe’ – Earnest Cox

2005 – ‘Late’ – Ben Folds

2006 – ‘Numb’ – Pet Shop Boys

2007 – ‘Girls Who Play Guitars’ – Maxïmo Park

2008 – ‘Robots’ – Flight of the Conchords

2009 – ‘The Last of the Melting Snow’ – The Leisure Society

2010 – ‘We Sleep on Stones’ – Cherry Ghost

2011 – ‘Blackout’ – Anna Calvi

2012 – ‘Alien’ – The Singing Loins

2013 – ‘Royals’ – Lorde

2014 – ‘Digital Witness’ – St Vincent

2015 – ‘Lone Digger’ – Caravan Palace

2016 – ‘Black Crow’ – Beyond the Wizards Sleeve

2017 – ‘Adeline’ – Alt-J

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