The London Ear #353 – The Excellent 80s

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The London Ear with Nessy // Show 353

I was really looking forward to sharing this with you. This is the music that really got me into wanting to learn and know more music and play it all the time. This was the music that I listened to so intently when I should have been studying in secondary school. This is when I started understanding that how instruments blended together, how you could manipulate where and how sounds came about. That might sound a bit dramatic but this is the era that made me fall in love with music.

I remember hearing a lot of these songs on pirate radio in Ireland in the 1980s. I remember hearing Dave Fanning and Gerry Ryan at night on RTE 2FM, introducing me to new sounds. I listened to that much music I wasn’t pigeon holed into just one genre or style. Every piece of music I found had been created for a reason, the lyrics, the melody, the bassline, the snare sound. And the more I noticed, the more I fell in love with the art of music.

Today, I’m delighted to share an hour of this music, an hour isn’t enough but it’s a glimpse into my teenage world.

The London Ear Playlist – August 21 21

Here’s what I played on this week’s episode of The London Ear.

1. The Smiths: Panic
2. Blondie: Rapture
3. REM Orange Crush 4. David Bowie: China Girl
5. The Eurythimics: Sweet Dreams 6. Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart
7. Altered Images: I Could Be Happy 8. Fiction Factory: Feels Like Heaven
9. Echo & The Bunnymen: The Killing Moon
10. The Cult: She Sells Sanctuary
11. The Thompson Twins: Hold Me Now
12. Westworld: Sonic Boom Boy
13. Big Audio Dynamite: E=MC2
14. XTC: Senses Working Overtime

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