80s 12" Teaser

The sort of Hi Tech Hi-Fi and graphic a go go system used to pump up the volume for most of my 80s 12″ s.

Following on from last weeks Purple Nasties post, I’ve clipped and compiled twelve snippets from retro electro eighties tracks – 12″ versions have been used where available – so, just how many can you pick out?

80s 12″ Teaser

Post your answers in the comments – and I’ll do marks out of twelve in the replies.
One clue – none of these tracks are post 1984

And is there anything more all out early eighties than this


20 Responses to “80s 12" Teaser”

  1. Roman Empress Says:

    Gosh, top idea for a game, I recognise blue monday in there and the one after sounds a bit Prince-like. Is there Axel F in there too? This too hard! And I bet I’m way-off.
    Dad used to have a stereo just like that one.

  2. I think I’m mixing up two clips.

    Big Country
    You Spin Me Round
    Blue Monday
    Axel F
    Get into the Groove (wait, was that pre-1984?)

  3. bleecher Says:

    wat no echo n the bunnymen????

  4. rockmother Says:

    Well I’m liking that rather fabulous hifi! And I’ve got various scribbles on a piece of paper here but I couldn’t work out where some tracks ended and others started! Anyway – my scribbles are:

    Human League
    New Order
    Japan – Quiet Life

    Sad isn’t it?

    There is an old school electro one in there towards the end – I may have to have another listen.

  5. Planet Mondo Says:

    RE and Nanker

    In the tradition of Eurovision – you’ve both scored ‘Nul point’

    Alhough I would have had to clip a couple of points off your score RE for the phrase ‘Dad used to have a stereo just like that’!!!
    *Cringes shoulders at the thought of being tarred with the ‘old and gnarly’ brush*

    Bleech – there’s no Echo in this comp.

    RM – you’ve got 1 out of 12, that’s a good point about the start/end so I’ve tweaked with extra gaps

  6. Cocktails Says:

    None, absolutely none. I have no hope as this is nowhere near my specialist topic – ‘shoegazing classics of the early 90s’.

    When you’ve flushed out the early 80s 12″ experts out there though, I think you should post ’em in full. I’d love to have a listen.

  7. Hmmm. Not sure about this; lots of stuff that sounds familiar.

    But I think I’ve got these:

    Night Train – Visage
    Poison Arrow – ABC
    Situation – Yazoo.
    Quiet Life – Japan

    The blue monday sounding one is tricky, there’s another New Order track that uses the same bass line, and there’s a cure tune I think that does..but I don’t know. The rest, I’ll probably kick myself!

  8. I’m quita ashamed to say I consider this my era and I’ve only got half of them. Here goes:
    The Freeze – Spandau Ballet
    I Travel – Simple Minds
    Blue Monday – New Order
    The Look of Love – ABC
    Situation – Yazoo
    Quiet Life – Japan

  9. Ah yes. That goodbye is Look of Love. thanks Mick for pointing out the error of my ways. I was singing the right song in my head…just typed incorrectly!

    Of course it’s up to PM to decide if it’s right or if I’m a right tit…:)

  10. I’ve just listened again and No 2 is Night Train by Visage.

  11. Planet Mondo Says:

    Mick top marks so far 6 out of 12 (including Night Train)

    Simon I’ll give you the ABC track well done 4 out of 12.

    The rest are fairly tough, but I reckon you’ll kick yourselves about number 10

  12. Axe Victim Says:

    Never mind the music, how on earth did you manage to get a photograph of the inside of my father in law’s living room?

  13. Roman Empress Says:

    Any Yello? (She clutches at straws)

  14. Planet Mondo Says:

    AV – wait until you see some pics from the 9 catalogues on 1 DVD, I picked up on the ‘bay recently (for just 5 earth pounds)

    RE – There’s no Yello either, the others may be tougher as they’re club hits than chart hits from that time.

  15. I Am Not The Beatles Says:

    Hello Mr Mondo, thank you for your belief that I would know what the living hell was going on here but… I draw a complete blank.

    I couldn’t even afford a 7″ at the time so your bloody posh 12″s were well out of my league – and my suspicion is it’s all a little bit too early in the 80’s for me.

    Still, there is an upside – it probably means I’m younger than you.

    He Hee!


  16. Hey Mondo,

    Bleedin tough! I recognise most of em, but cant get many. THe only snaeky one I got was the New Order one…. which ISNT new order i believe!!

    sounds like Divine’s Love Reaction ta me!

  17. That ‘Blue Monday’ snippet didn’t sound right to me but I figured it must be a mix I hadn’t heard. I’m convinced Piley’s right and it’s not New Order. One other sounded a bit like Fad Gadget but I’m sure if it was I would know it.

  18. Planet Mondo Says:

    You can go off people you know 😉 now where’s that delete comments button then.

    P and Mick answers will be here tomorrow and where possible links to the tracks..

  19. The Culture Hunter Says:

    The Blue Monday bitthat Divine ripped off sounds like the Blue Monday Bside called The Beach.

    That my bit useless info today

    Great Blog

  20. Planet Mondo Says:

    Thanks CH don’t forget to pop back for more obscurities and hidden nuggets

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