As the Seventies faded into the Eighties, Top of the Pops approached its 1000th episode, MTV launched in America, and kids across Britain were falling in love with pop music away from the TV, through a small little box called a Walkman. Through their headphones came new, strange sounds: mechanical, but organic and alive. The synthesiser was the sound of tomorrow, today, and it was thrilling.
The fifth in a series of 8 simultaneously released sets celebrating the most iconic British pop show of all time takes a journey back in time to a time of goths, stadium rockers, the acid house revolution and funky dreads. Marking the period 1985-1989 this 3-CD collection includes Simple Minds, The Cure, Soul II Soul, Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Simply Red and many more.
An album which changed the way soundtrack albums were created was released this week in 1984, with the movie released the next day. Two million copies of this album were sold within a year of release, which is no surprise, given that it contained such hits as 's and 's and 's Another notable aspect of the recording is the small-print admission "Contains additional songs that are not in the film." In other words, this is more of a compilation than a soundtrack album per se. It didn't bother anybody, though.