Electric 80s

Hmmm. There seem to be a lot of 80s compilations these days. This is obviously part of a sinister campaign to make me feel old[1], but it’s not all bad.

This is typical of the newer kind of 80s compilation. Rather than all of the usual hits, it includes some less obvious, and in some cases almost forgotten tracks, and where possible the 12″ extended versions[2]. I was particularly pleased to find Brilliant Mind by Furniture, one of those 80s songs that I always loved, but that didn’t have much commercial success[4]. Other gems include In Love With a German Film Star by The Passions, one of the numerous long versions of Moments In Love by Art of Noise and Dr Mabuse by Propaganda. With 46 tracks, there’s something to appeal to most people who remember the 80s, or just like some older music occasionally. There are also a few things to appal :laugh: , such as a quite unnecessarily extended version of Planet Earth by Duran Duran, but that’s the price you pay for compilations.

I hadn’t actually planned to mention this here, until I was reminded of the slight problem I had with it. I tried to buy it in my local Tesco’s a few weeks ago. Took it to the checkout with my other shopping, but when it was scanned, I was told they couldn’t sell it, as there was a “problem” requiring it to be withdrawn from sale. The shop assistant was baffled, and couldn’t understand why it hadn’t been removed from the shelves if there was an actual problem. I thought at first that it might have been pulled for legal reasons (failure to get proper clearance for one or more tracks, something like that… ), but I had no trouble buying it in another shop later that day.

I forgot all about that until today, when I was reading the latest stories at snopes.com[5]. And there it was. Apparently, some less observant members of staff in some shops had been scanning the big barcode on the front of the CD, rather than the real barcode on the back. As it happened, the barcode on the design was recognised as a different item altogether at a lower price :duh:

That also explains why new stock of the compilation now in some shops has a black cover with the barcode design printed in white…

[1] “What?? That was over 20 years ago?” and the like :eek2:
[2] Historical note for young readers[3]: before downloading, and even before CDs, singles were released on vinyl. Originally, these were 7″, then someone decided that it would be fun to make them bigger and the 12″ single was born. To fill all that extra vinyl, remixing began. Now these days, remixing is a highly developed art, and can add a lot to a track. In those days, most extended versions either had a longer instrumental intro or a very pointless looped bit at the end. Quite ghastly, but it was quite popular at the time.
[3] Other than the DJing type, that is :wave:
[4] As far as I can recall, anyway
[5] First place to go if you hear an unlikely (or even likely) story and want to find out if it’s true