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This was the first hour of last Thursday nights 80's gig , was going really well until a bunch of feamale staff arrived in from a well know department store and farking ruined everything....... ''Can ya play something good ''

Skin Deep....Stranglers

And she was....Talking heads

I ran....Flock of seagulls

Feels like heaven.....Fiction Factory

Everybody wants to rule the world....T.F.Fears

Ghost town....The Specials

Planet earth....Duran Duran

E- MC....Big Audio dynamite

Town called Malice....The Jam

Brass in pocket....Pretenders

Torch..........Soft Cell

Einestien a go go........Landscape

The model....Kraftwrek

The chineese way .....Level 42

London calling.....The Clash

Slippery people.....Talking heads

Lets dance.....Bowie

Love action.....The human league

The intention was to get away from the usual predictable boring pop crap that is played everywhere else .

At least i got an hour to keep my sanity before ''Like a Virgin'' kicked in.

Any donations to tonights set is very welcome.

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First recommendation is a sign on the door saying 'No requests will be played, your taste is sh*t' icon_wink.gif

Good set list above

A few to think about are:

Blondie - Call Me

The Police - DOn't Stand so Close to me

Funkytown (who did that again?)

Madness - Baggy trousers

Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach

Adam & The Ants - Stand & Deliver (gotta love the Dandy Highwayman)

Violent Femmes - BLister in the Sun

Men at Work - Down Under

REM - Radio Free Europe

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Rattlesnakes

Prince - Lets Go Crazy

(see I managed to avoid mentioning The SMiths!)

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Loz, Funky Town was by Lipps Inc , still gets a reaction , even at a regular gig .

Going through a few tunes just before i go .

Aztec Camera ''Oblivious ''

Imagination....Belious Some

The Politics of dancing.....Reflex [ Superb ]

Walking on the moon...The police [ late 79 but what the hell]

Temptation....Heaven 17

Lean on me....Red Box

Like to get to know you well....Howard Jones

Big in Japan....Alphaville

Get the balance right.....Depeche Mode

Poison Arrow....A.B.C.

Here i go again...Whitesnake

Any Blondie is more than acceptable .

So , the first hour will be a joy , after that i'll just have to get drunk.

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Liam, its a late bar in Tallaght called Blu Bar. Lovely venue.

Started tonight at 10.00 , kicked off with early 90's , ABC, Soft Cell , Undertones ,

Clash , Big Country , Duran, Kagagooo,ets etc anything that was big from 79 up to 89 .

Was going brilliant until i had to get involved in the GIRLIE hits , which in all fairness got a massive reaction but a monkey could put that together. A couple of cd's piled with cheesy 80's hits and your away.

A typical example of what were dealing with here , a guy , table full of about 15 mates , asks for Erasure , no bother , then asks for Yazoo , again no bother , followed by Japan ''Quiet Life '' , to me thats a real 80's buzz . Great feedback until i get verbals from a group of women .

Its common knowledge that females dictate the flow of music at any venue , its the way of the Club scene really , if the chics leave , your f***ed.

Decent night overall , and i got to play ''Ant music '' and nobody noticed .

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Some great stuff there Ian. And Whitesnake!

I look forward to going to the Blu Bar again.

Heres a few more 80s toons for you to maybe throw in:

Jane Wieldin - Rush Hour (MY ALL TIME FAV POP SONG!)

The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene

Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday

INXS - Burn For You

The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You

OMD - If You Leave

The Psychedelic Furs - The Ghost In You

Scarlet Fantastic - No Memory

Japan - Life In Tokyo

The Icicle Works - Love Is A Wonderful Colour

The Cure - Lets Go To Bed

Westworld - Sonic Boom Boy

Animotion - Obessesion

Depeche Mode - Everyrthing Counts


Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11 !!!!!!

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New Order ? Blue Monday

The Who ? Eminence Front

Talking Heads ? Crosseyed and Painless

Talking Heads ? Once In A Lifetime

Haircut 100 ? Evil Smokestacking Baby

The Eurythmics ? Sweet Dreams

Level 42 ? Starchild

Dexys Midnight Runners ? Tell Me When My Light Turns Green

The Clash ? Rock the Casbah

The Clash ? The Magnificent Seven

The The - Giant

The Brother Johnson ? Stomp

Change ? The Glow of Love

Diana Ross ? Upside Down

Eddie Grant ? Do You Feel My Love

Yarbrough and Peoples ? Don?t Stop the Music

Carl Carlton ? Shes a Bad Mama Jama

Kid Creole and the Coconuts ? Me No Pop I

Kid Creole and the Coconuts ? Im A Wonderful Thing Baby

Marvin Gaye ? Inner City Blues

Joe Smooth ? Promised Land

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a few more.....

Aerosmith - Love In An Elevator

Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love

Bad Manners - Special Brew

Bangles - Manic Monday / Walk Like An Egyptian

Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

The Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom / Hands Off - She's Mine

Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield / We Belong

Big Country - In A Big Country / Look Away

Black - Wonderful Life

Bodysnatchers - Let's Do Rock Steady

Graham Bonnet - Night Games

David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes / China Girl

James Brown - The Payback Mix / I'm Real

Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill

Cars - Drive

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Chicago - You're The Inspiration

Clash - Rock The Casbah / Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis

Elvis Costello - A Good Year For The Roses / I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

Randy Crawford - Almaz

Terence Trent D'Arby - Sign Your Name

Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid

Steve Earle - Copperhead Road / The Devil's Right Hand

Dave Edmunds - Almost Saturday Night

Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love

Fleetwood Mac - Big Love

Fun Boy Three - Our Lips Are Sealed / The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

J.Geils Band - Centerfold

Go-Go's - We Got The Beat

Eddy Grant - Do You Feel My Love / Electric Avenue

Half Pint - Greetings

George Harrison - All Those Years Ago / Got My Mind Set On You

Debbie Harry - French Kissin' In The USA

Human League - Don't You Want Me / Fascination

Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

Joe Jackson - It's Different For Girls

Jam - Town Called Malice

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock'n'Roll

Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It

Kraftwerk - The Model

John Lennon - Woman / (Just Like) Starting Over

Madness - Embarrassment / Shut Up

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Buffalo Soldier / Could You Be Loved / One Love

Meat Loaf & Cher - Dead Ringer For Love

John Cougar Mellancamp - Jack And Diane

Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra

Gary Moore & Phil Lynott - Out In The Fields

Phyllis Nelson - Move Closer

Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

Gary Numan - Cars

Sinead O'Connor - Sacrifice / Nothing Compares 2U

Roy Orbison - You Got It

Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love / I Didn't Mean To Turn You On

Teddy Pendergrass - Love TKO

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down

Robert Plant - Big Log

Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God / The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn

Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand

Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me

Pretenders - I Go To Sleep / Talk Of The Town

Prince - Little Red Corvette / Purple Rain

Queen - I Want To Break Free

Rainbow - Can't Happen Here / I Surrender

Rainmakers - Let My People Go Go

Ramones - Baby I Love You

Chris Rea - The Road To Hell

REM - The One I Love

REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You

Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River

Rolling Stones - Start Me Up

Kevin Rowland & Dexy's Midnight Runners - The Celtic Soul Brothers

Shakespear's Sister - You're History

Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart

Michelle Shocked - Anchorage

Labi Siffre - (Something Inside) So Strong

Simply Red - Holding Back The Years

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Dear Prudence

Slade - Run Runaway

Smiths - Sheila Take A Bow / This Charming Man

Specials - Ghost Town

Special AKA - Too Much Too Young

Bruce Springsteen - Fire / Dancing In The Dark

Squeeze - Another Nail In My Heart / Black Coffee In Bed

Stiff Little Fingers - Gotta Getaway

Stranglers - Strange Little Girl / Always The Sun / Golden Brown

Talking Heads - And She Was / Psycho Killer

Thin Lizzy - Killer On The Loose

Peter Tosh - Mama Africa / Maga Dog

T'Pau - Heart And Soul / China In Your Hand

Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love

Tina Turner - Private Dancer

Twinkle Brothers - Never Get Burn

UB40 - Please Don't Make Me Cry / Red Red Wine

Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

Undertones - It's Going To Happen / My Perfect Cousin

U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love) / With Or Without You

Suzanne Vega - Luka

Jane Wiedlin - Rush Hour

Stevie Winwood - Higher Love

Stevie Wonder - I Ain't Gonna Stand For It / Master Blaster

XTC - Senses Working Overtime

Yellowman & Fathead - Bam Bam

ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin' / Sharp Dressed Man

The 80's was never my favourite time for music, so I'm really surprised that I found so many songs I liked from that era in my collection.

I apologise for the length of the list, but I've drastically cut the list short as it is icon_rolleyes.gif

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Bowie 'Ashes to Ashes' is an all time masterpiece of music - for me utterly timeless.

I confess to being a Bowie obsessive and so selecting my favourite Bowie track is no trvial matter! However for a long long time it has been 'Ashes to Ashes'

All sounds a bit melancholy I know (remembr I am also a massive Smiths fan) but the first time I heard the

I?ve never done good things

I?ve never done bad things

I never did anything out of the blue

part of the song I must have been about 12 and like a sad kid on a wet Tuesday I moved the needle on the record back time and time again to listen to it umpteen times over.


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Jesus Bluebeard , youve just given me next weeks set icon_lol.gif Nice.

Tonight went a bit like this , remember this is before the handbag heads came in .

Started at 9.00 , busy enough and a few BIG 80's drinkers sitting around.

Cars and Girls ...Prefab Sprout [ A little gem ]

Old Town....Phil Lynott [ Superb ]

Never can say goodbye ....Communards [ 1 Of the best covers ever]

Somewhere in my heart....Aztec Camera

One step beyond....Madness

Living on the celing.....Blamange

Girls on film....Duran Duran

Lean on me......Red Box

Its a miracle.....Culture Club

Rip it up....Orange juice

Are friends electric....Tubeway Army

Sexy Girl....Glen Frey

Modern love......Classic 80's Bowie

De do do do ....The Police

I dont wanna be a hero....Johnny hates Jazz

Hold me now...Thompson Twins

Golden Brown...Stranglers

Two Tribes.....Frankie

Real gone kid.....Deacon Blue

What mekes it work is the fact im not depending on keeping a dancefloor busy so its random hits without the pressure of making a certain section of the crowd in a party buzz and getting complaints such as ''We cant dance to that crap.

Great requests coming all night , unusual some of them but thats the gig and our intention is to try play music not associated with a club.

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A set list straight from the Oliver collection:

The four to the floor Motown-esque section...

Got to Have You Back - The Undertones

Would I lie to you - Eurythmics

Mirror Man - Human League

Fascination - Heaven 17

Church of the Poisoned Mind - Culture Club

I'm Your Man - Wham

Do the Boxerbeat - The Joboxers

The paisley shirt indie interlude...

I want everything - The Godfathers

Happy Head - The Mighty Lemon Drops

Happy House - Siouxsie and the Banshees

Wish away - The Wonderstuff

Whole of the Moon - The Waterboys

Hand in Glove - The Smiths

Asylums in Jerusalem - Scritti Polittti

Cold Metal - Iggy Pop

Rip it up - Orange Juice

Temptation - New Order

The River - King Trigger (remember that...'rolling down the river in my dugout canoe'?)

Beat Surrender - The Jam

The dance your socks off section...

Let's Dance - Bowie

A night to remember - Shalamar

Two tribes - Frankie

The Message - Grandmaster Flash

Buffalo girls - Malcolm McClaren

Fight for your right to party - Beastie Boys

Walk this way - Run DMC

Slippery people - talking heads

Snogging section

Zoom - fat Larry's Band

True - Spandau Ballet (can't believe I've put that in!)

She make's my day - Robert Palmer

Southern states finale

Let my people go go - The Rainmakers

Battleship chains - the Georgia Satellites

Looking for Lewis and Clark - The Long Riders


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