80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 03-03-09



Ed-FM from CFRC-FM started off his evening in a big way with a 13+ minute trilogy of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It only continued to get better from there. Highlights included a great John Foxx number, a Men’s Room cover of a BB Gabor song, and punk extraodinaires, Captain Sensible. Toss a smidgen of Art of Noise and The Tom Tom Club into the mix, and there was definitely something delicious for everyone.


Be sure to tune in to Ed and his red-hot 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/post-punk fans will not be disappointed.


CFRC-FM Playlist March 3, 2009


Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

ED-FM ~ Retrospect

80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck

If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and past this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/


  1. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The World Is My Oyster/Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
  2. 1000 Homo DJs – Apathy
  3. Streetband – Toast
  4. Michel Lemieux – Romantic Complications
  5. John Foxx – Your Dress
  6. The Box – Friends
  7. Monsoon – Tomorrow Never Knows
  8. The English Beat – Pato And Roger A Go Talk
  9. Das Kabinette – The Cabinet
  10. Men’s Room – Simulated Groove
  11. Boys Brigade – Saigon
  12. Numbers – Sideways Elevator
  13. Robert Hazard – Escalator Of Life
  14. Captain Sensible – The Russians Are Coming
  15. Art Of Noise – Close (to the edit)
  16. Gina X Performance – Strip Tease
  17. Mannshrek – Negerkub
  18. Chris & Cosey – Hazy Days
  19. Johnny Analog – Old Rhythm Rules
  20. Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood

6 thoughts on “80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 03-03-09

  1. hey Robert,

    I was in the same boat as I scrambled to identify some of them before Ed back-announced. 🙂 For me, the music lesson is the best part.



  2. I recently picked up John Foxx’s first album, Metamatic. Wow, is that good stuff. He was really ahead of the times on his solo albums and on the first three Ultravox albums. MissP as you really like Gary Numan, you should be checking into early John Foxx solo and Ultravox albums. There is some common ground there.



  3. Hey EMann,

    I have them! 🙂 In fact, I just had a conversation with Ed-FM last night in which I shared a “secret” with him – I adore the John Foxx Ultravox v. the Midge Ure Ultravox. I’ve always felt that I was in the minority because I hear such glowing accolades for Midge Ure. Foxx was a big influence on Gary Numan to go 100% electronic (“Cars” has no guitars in it at all – it’s all keyboards and drums). Foxx is brilliant and I’m so glad to hear you like Metamatic. I highly recommend his “The Garden,” “Sideways,” “In Mysterious Ways” and “The Golden Section” albums.



  4. I thought you had mentioned John Foxx previously, but I couldn’t recall. I picked up the first three Ultravox CDs a year or so ago. They had just come out as import reissues and at a decent US$ price. I had two of the three on vinyl and it had been a while since I heard them. Wow. Just amazing stuff. Metamatic hit me the same way. I found it on eMusic (additional John Foxx titles are available there). It was an album that was always on the bubble for purchase back in the ealry 1980s. Instead, I may have bought the Soft Boys, XTC, Joy Division, Comsat Angels, or something. Lots in the old vinyl collection.


  5. I did a short piece on John Foxx at the old blogging homestead. Thanks for your recommendation of his music and I hope other readers take you up on experiencing his music if they haven’t already.

    The groups you mention at the end are part of my list of “the joys of discovery” 25+ years after the fact. I somehow snoozed through the greatest and most progressive musical decade and am grateful for the opporunity for a do-over these past 10 years. Getting up to speed on 80’s New Wave and post-punk has been the most entertaining and gratifying research I’ve ever performed.

    All the best,


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