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Various Artists: Smash Hits 1981

Track List

>Ghost Town - The Specials
>Kids In America - Kim Wilde
>Girls On Film - Duran Duran
>Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) - Spandau Ballet
>Mirror Mirror - Dollar
>You Might Need Somebody - Randy Crawford
>Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross
>Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
>Ceremony - New Order
>A Promise - Echo & the Bunnymen
>Is Vic There? - Department S
>Get Tough - Kleeer
>All American Girls - Sister Sledge
>Too Nice To Talk To - The Beat
>O Superman - Laurie Anderson
>Hold Me - BA Robertson/Maggie Bell
>I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
>Intuition - Linx
>Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey - Modern Romance
>Can Can - Bad Manners

Album Notes

The 1981 volume of Rhino U.K.'s tie-in with Smash Hits magazine indicates the level of artist duplication that would run throughout the series, a side effect of using material that is strictly within the domain of Warner distribution. Therefore, there's definitely a skewed view of the '80s taking place here, but it doesn't mean the series is without value. Dollar, the English Beat, Sister Sledge, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Bad Manners make repeat appearances, and the disc is a typical mixed bag of post-disco R&B, adult contemporary, and cutting-edge post-punk and new wave. If anything, this is the only place you will hear Kleeer's "Get Ready" and Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love a Rainy Night" back to back. ~ Andy Kellman


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