Monday, May 3, 2010

The Bill Campbell 40Nil '80s Birthday Party Mix

I've gotta confess when Mrs. Unknown told me that my 40th birthday party would have an '80s theme, I was thrown for a loop. I kept thinking, "But honey, I hate the '80s." Now, a '70s mix. I could do one of those with my eyes and probably my ears closed. But the '80s ...

Well, every time I think of the '80s, I always flash back to the painful dictatorship Phil Collins and Rod Stewart exercised over MTV, Friday Night Videos, and every other video forum I was too young to realize was rotting my frontal lobe.

However, the '80s did actually have a lot of good music, and the nerd within with its obsessive-compulsive proclivities troubled over how to include a lot of it.

There was the R&B that floundered in post-disco disco, electrofunk, and ended in New Jack Swing. Post-punk was totally schizoid, including punk, reggae, disco, hip-hop, and New Wave. Rock recoiled from the arena- and soft-rock '70s with heavy metal, the hair bands (which I hate--with Motley Crue's Shout at the Devil and Van Halen's 1984 being notable exceptions) and thrash/speed metal (which I kinda liked). The nascent hip-hop movement started with disco went into electrofunk then went with minimalist T La Rock/Rick Rubin beats, and ended with jacking all those James Brown beats.

So yes, the '80s actually were quite dynamic and were much more than all those horrible synths, electronic handclaps, and obligatory cheesy guitar and/or sax solos that we remember. But how to include it all? And how can I be kiddie-friendly?

The other challenge for Multiculti Me with coming up with an '80s mix was how to deal with what happened Thursday, July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park. That was when a whole bunch of angry, white folks held Disco Demolition Night and destroyed all those beautiful disco records on the baseball diamond.

Seemingly overnight, radio stations changed their formats and became more segregated than they had been in decades. MTV refused to play black videos and only reluctantly relaxed that policy with Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" (ironic, ain't it?). And still, for most of the decade, they'd only play Michael, Prince, Whitney, and Janet. It wasn't until 1988, with their launching Yo! MTV Raps did MTV really become integrated.

So, I had to throw up my hands in surrender, realizing that one's definition of The '80s would pretty much depend on your race. But what can ya do?

So, here it is, The Bill Campbell 40Nil '80s Birthday Party Mix. It's not by any means all-inclusive (I simply could not honor those horrible, horrible hair bands) and would not be most people's idea of an '80s mix. But hey, I don't have a lot of '80s music in my collection, I had to celebrate my own diversity (forcing folks to drink either Red Stripe or Rolling Rock), and yes, I did include a couple of '70s songs, but WTF, it was my birthday, wasn't it?

On that note, I wholeheartedly thank all yall who made the day special. Thanks to all the people who came to the party, all the emails, surprise phone calls, and FB birthday wishes. Thanks to JET for taking over the grill duties (I needed help, I hadn't barbecued in over a decade), to Mz. Canal and Johnny Walker for helping with the prep and cooking. Yall are the greatest!!!

All your efforts and well-wishing makes me think these 40s might not be so bad after all.

Enjoy the music!!!

Fela Kuti Zombie

Max Romeo and The Upsetters Chase the Devil

Bob Marley and The Wailers We and Dem

UB40 Sardonicus

Fine Young Cannibals Johnny Come Home

David Bowie Ashes to Ashes

U2 Seconds

Strafe Set It Off

Laid Back White Horse (AUTHOR'S NOTE: Forgot about the profanity in this one)

Michael Jackson Wanna Be Starting Something

EPMD You Gots to Chill

Queen Latifah Wrath of My Madness

Tom Tom Club Genius of Love

Prince and The Revolution Kiss (Extended Version)

Indeep Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Cherelle I Didn't Mean to Turn You On

Devo Whip It

New Order Blue Monday

Paul Young Come Back and Stay (12" Extended Remix)

Level 42 Something About You

The Police Message in a Bottle

Tenor Saw Ring the Alarm

Barrington Levy Here I Come (Broader Than Broadway)

Joel Ski Love Do the Pee Wee Herman

Full Force Alice, I Want You Just for Me

Taanja Gardner Heartbeat (Party Version)

Eurythmics Here Comes the Rain Again

Depeche Mode People Are People

The Clash Rock the Casbah

Joe Jackson One More Time

Kate Bush Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)

Bush Tetras Can't Be Funky

Prince and The Revolution When Doves Cry

Rick James Superfreak

Falco Rock Me Amadeus

Herbie Hancock Rockit

Whodini Five Minutes of Funk

Salt 'n Pepa Push It

Public Enemy Rebel without a Pause

LL Cool J Jack the Ripper

Beastie Boys Shake Your Rump

Liquid Liquid Cavern

The Cure Boys Don't Cry

Elvis Costello Everyday I Write the Book

Eurythmics Who's That Girl

Imagination Just an Illusion

Newcleus Jam On It

Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus (Extended Remix)

Beat Box Boys Yum Yum Eat 'Em Up

Michael Jackson PYT (Pretty Young Thing)

Steely Dan Hey Nineteen

Madonna Holiday

Pet Shop Boys West End Girls

Slave Just a Touch

Patrice Rushen Forget Me Not

Prince She's Always in My Hair

Simple Minds Don't You Forget about Me

ESG Moody

U2 Bullet the Blue Sky

Run-DMC Rock Box

Eric B. and Rakim I Ain't No Joke

Public Enemy Fight the Power

MC Lyte Paper Thin

LL Cool J Going Back to Cali

Musical Youth Pass the Dutchie

Bob Marley and The Wailers Forever Loving Jah

Elvis Costello Watching the Detectives

Terence Trent D'Arby Wishing Well

Nu Shooz I Can't Wait

Freeez I.O.U.

Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy

Grace Jones Pull up to the Bumper

Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax

David Bowie Let's Dance

Prince and The Revolution Girls and Boys

Jody Watley Still a Thrill

Pointer Sisters Automatic

Roxanne Shante Bite This

Stetsasonic Sally

Jungle Brothers Beeds on a String

Eric B. and Rakim Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness)

Alexander O'Neal Criticize

ABC Poison Arrow

Michael Jackson Starlight (Demo--AUTHOR'S NOTE: The song that would eventually become "Thriller")

Donna Summer I Feel Love

The Whispers And the Beat Goes On

Inner City Good Life

Run-DMC Peter Piper

Kid 'N Play Do This My Way

Cash Money and Marvelous Ugly People Be Quiet

The Fearless Four Rockin' It

Soul Sonic Force Planet Rock

Joe Jackson Steppin' Out

AHA Take On Me

Altered Images Happy Birthday

Billy Idol Dancing with Myself

U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday

The Police Spirits in the Material World

Dawn Penn You Don't Love Me

Bob Marley and The Wailers Work

Just-Ice Going Way Back

Steady B Serious (Remix w/KRS-One)

Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded

Loose Ends Stay a Little While, Child

Junior Mama Used to Say


Alisande said...

You did manage to get a good mix. Congratulations :) Your statement, though, "...realizing that one's definition of The '80s would pretty much depend on your race" should probably include: if you lived in the U.S. Things stayed good in The 80s north of the line.

boukman70 said...

You know us "Americans," Alisande. We are USA-centric. :)

SagaciousHillbilly said...

I'd like to hear some of the tunes Damian would put together in a mix.

boukman70 said...

Well, some who've read the book and know me would say that the playlist would be exactly the same. However, I think there'd have definitely been more Kate Bush and, without little kiddies hanging round, more profanity-laden hip-hop. But you never know.

julian said...

The music was very cool (as expected) and thank god for not playing any songs from Canada's prime minister during the eighties, Bryan Adams (I would of had to cut you like a knife!!!). Jaden and I had a great time hangin with you and the fam at your new pad! It also comforts me to know that your new hoes will be residing in such a hip place.

boukman70 said...

Yeah, thanks for coming out, Julian. I can see my mom making me work those two hoes mercilessly when she's down here for Memorial Day. I guess I'll be using the Booyakah to nurse my poor back.

And oh yeah, check out Mr. Chop's "For Pete's Sake," if you haven't already. A jazz tribute to Pete Rock beats. Pretty good. I think you'll like it.

Pearl, LJ & Moody said...

Bill I like your site wish I had more time to spend with it.
My nice remind me of you when she mentioned she and Steven Barnes were on a panel together at the writers conference in Philly last week.
So I dug out your information you passed to me in the polling place parking lot last month.
It's my kind of site will be exploring more as time permits for now it's in my book-marks.
W. Moody

Mark Base said...

Brilliant post - as usual.

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You have a fan in Sweden, mate.

All the best,
Mark Base
(A "Swedish" contributor to your "healthcare project" - bloody well done with that, my friend.)

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