The votes are in!

Last week, with a lovely €25 Golden Discs voucher on offer, I asked you to name the most underrated song of the 1980s.

The response once again provided an amazing playlist of overlooked gems. Thank you.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Higher Ground by The Feelies

Gonzo writes:

I’m not sure how this band aren’t more well known, so I could pick any of their songs, but I love this one.


All Her Favourite Fruit by Camper Van Beethoven

Liam writes:

I could also pick one of many many Camper Van Beethoven songs; they’re best remembered for “Take the Skinheads Bowling” but their image as a novelty band doesn’t do justice to their superb songwriting and eclectic instrumentation. This is from what turned out to be their last album (prior to a 21st century reunion)…


Keeping You In Mind by Mary Margaret O’Hara

Friscondo writes:

When I first listened to Mary Margaret O’Hara’s Miss America in 1988, I assumed I was listening to the first of what was going to be a long list of great recordings from the Canadian singer songwriter. Inexplicably she only made one more album, years later. Anyway, here’s my pick from a stone cold classic.

Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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24 thoughts on “Lost In The 80s

  1. Slightly Bemused

    Sometimes I wonder why I visit this site. The endless familial bickering, the great puns, the allusions to wonderful literature. What is a guy to do?

    And then there is this. The past few weeks have thrown up a wonderful barrage of great music, last one being no exception. To choose the best would drive any caddie into the rough, cause a stylist to make a castle cut, or perhaps make a pomeranian duck for cover.

    Well deserved, Friscondo, but I think Nick would agree there were many deserving entries. Thank you all for a wonderful musical weekend!

    I look forward to the next one :-)

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      very nicely said, definitely the most enjoyable threads by a country mile, most interesting, informative, fun, sometimes moving, good natured and troll free , roll on Friday :)

    2. Papi

      Yes indeedy. Also they make me think I’m cool again by having all the new music and pretending I found it. I think the wife sees through that by now though….

  2. Rosette of Sirius

    Well I’m very happy CvP made the top three. Best American ‘college’ band from the 80s imho.

  3. Andy Pipkin

    Totally agree Slightly!!
    An education in music, old and new. Like someone remarked, it’s like been down the pub on a Friday (remember those days) and having the discussion about music regardless of it’s genre!

    I too would like too thank everyone who makes Friday so much fun, and for Golden Discs for their continued support.

  4. yupyup

    3 great choices. Always an education. Love the competition. Long may it continue.

    (Excuse the cheekiness, but would love if it was ran a little earlier on a Friday though)

    1. Papi

      And the 90’s one ( I’m wise to how the system works) may have to be sectioned to genre/first half,second half. Given the (perceived) demographic and yokes fondness, that one could get out of hand.

      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        I second a ninety’s one, I’ll try remember anything except falling in love every five minutes, loving the world, how pretty the lights were and how soft my skin was in advance, I’ve got a week , I can do it

          1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            I’ve already got my 90’s one.
            If I don’t win this one, I’ll know Nick hates me.

          2. Janet, dreams of big guns

            christ how is it Friday already, get the hoover and the earphones out so, time to raise some hell ( dust )

          3. Papi

            I’ve had a think but it’s too vast, pick one and ignore that one? Or that one? What about this one?
            And so on and so forth.

            ’tis a tough auld life all the same…

      2. Slightly Bemused

        The 90s will be tough for me. That was the decade of travelling dangerously, and may resemble the not in English competition. But I look forward to it, rather than back. Good tunes make for a good weekend :-)

        1. Janet, dreams of big guns

          I’ll look forward to some new tunes so…I worked for a record lable late 90’s manning pop up raves I suppose you’d call them, I’ll TRY remember the tunes

  5. Junkface

    The Feelies were great! I love their album Crazy Rhythms. Two drummers, hyperactive tempos and guitar playing.

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