I’m a child of the eighties and proud of it. Musically, it was a funny old decade with some serious songs but also many bizarre ones as well. I think of the eighties as a colourful, fun decade of dominant cheesy pop but with some timeless masterpieces not far behind the chart toppers. Over the next ten days I will attempt to disclose what are for me the ten greatest songs of the eighties. It’s always hard to compile a list of this nature and my opinion is likely to change in the near future, but for now here are my golden ten.
I am indebted to www.songmeanings.net and to all those that have contributed to some very interesting discussions about all the songs featured here. It’s important that everyone finds their own meaning in any song but some of the opinions I heard were certainly eye openers for me. I intend to share my own thoughts on these songs and how, after all these years, they still have a profound impact on my life.
Depeche Mode: Just Can’t Get Enough (1981)
Released in the UK in September 1981, Depeche Mode’s catchy love song only peaked at no.8 in the charts but is among the most well-known in their catalogue. It was covered by The Saturdays in 2009, though I wish to add no more to that statement as I want this to be a pleasant blog! Penned by Vince Clarke (also of Yazoo and Erasure fame), it is a simple but uplifting song about being in love and never tiring of the feeling.
The music video certainly raises a smile with some outrageous hairdos, leather jackets and trousers and some peculiar dance moves, though it’s unfair for me to criticise given my body’s unfamiliarity with rhythm. Seeing Vince Clarke with so much hair is unusual. I’m too used to him near bald in Erasure, but whatever his hairstyle, Clarke deserves a huge round of applause for writing this song. I find the images of the group with tables full of drinks another appropriate example of not being able to get enough, which those of us who have nursed hangovers will be all too aware.Until two years ago I don’t think I would have put this in my top ten 80s songs, but things quickly change. The night Mrs B and I got together, “Just Can’t Get Enough” was playing in the background and it instantly became one of our songs. Thanks to Singstar on the PS3, we’ve attempted to sing this one at home but I don’t fare so well if the on-screen feedback is anything to go by! “Just Can’t Get Enough” holds so much significance for us both that we used it as one of three songs at our wedding. I can honestly tell you, it is quite a moment having Dave Gahan sing you out of the registry office and for that reason, corny as it may be, Depeche Mode deserve a place in this top ten.
Top Ten so far
10) Depeche Mode: Just Can’t Get Enough (1981)
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