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  • Any love for the eighties?

    My audience have almost exclusively been of more mature variety, therefore making it easy to choose a set list i.e. pretty much anything from the sixties.
    However the other night for the first time one table started shouting for something from the eighties, which feels really modern to me but of course was thirty to forty years ago. Luckily I had Rio by Duran Duran in my back pocket and at the closing chord rang out, so another table started shouting for similar. My follow up was Tainted Love and Take on Me which really went over well but then I was out.
    I think I have a hole in my repertoire about a decade long (have 70 s and 90s well covered).
    So anyone got any real crowd pleasers from the eighties?
    Cheers Steve

  • #2

    myself, I was off the entertainment grid and don't remember any of this stuff
    Last edited by pogo97; 10-03-2017, 07:52 AM.
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    • #3
      The New Wave & punk 'expansion' are my personal takeaway from the 80s; but there is plenty of major artist material. Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, Toto, Tears for Fears...that is just the 'T's...
      Eagles, Stray Cats, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Yes [reformulated..Owner of a Lonely Heart], Pat Benatar, Prince...tons of stuff there right off the top of my head...
      Some 'M's: Motels, Madonna, Men at Work, Michael Jackson
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      • #4
        Depends on the crowd, but the best are in bold. Crazy little thing called love is good because it's upbeat and well known. Sultans of Swing is good if you can play the riffs. Wicked Game if you can hit those high notes!

        Wind Beneath My Wings
        Caribbean Queen
        Shame on the Moon
        Still the Same
        I'm on Fire
        Pink Cadillac

        Lady in Red
        Wicked Game

        Sultans of Swing
        Walk of Life
        I guess that's why they call it the Blues
        One More Try
        Bad to the Bone
        Hurt So Good

        Stuck On You
        Taken In
        Against all odds
        Crazy little thing called love
        Addicted to Love
        Any Day Now
        I Just Called
        Stray Cat Strut
        Rock this Town
        Sharp Dressed Man



        • #5
          These pages have a lot of good and popular country songs listed. The first song on the first list, "Amarillo by Morning" is gorgeous. These are top notch singer's songs that *maybe* your audience would know.

          And remember: most 80s country sounds like 70s rock, with a southern drawl and an adult perspective.

          An aside: Steve, is there an English or British equivalent to our "country" music? My cousins-in-England sent us an album of "The Scrumpies" (along with "Waterloo sunset" and "See Emily Play") for Christmas. Would the Scrumpies be sorta like country to your mind?

          and there's always Wikipedia:
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          • #6
            Pogo, my crowd only tend to like songs they know, unless they are comedy songs, therefore something like Amarillo in the morning would be lost on them. To be fair I only heard it for the first time a few years ago when I was actually in Amarillo Tx.
            I have just listened to The Scrumps and blimey that's just terrible to my ears. Other than some specialist hobbyists, I don't think country music really caught on in the UK. I am sure if you asked the average Brit to name a county star, you are much more likely to get Dolly Parton than say Brad Paisley, that's not to disrespect either.
            Me and the missus are spending this Christmas in Nashville this year as we are country fans but we are the exceptions I think.
            I was hoping there maybe a solo act on here that actually regularly sang a song from the eighties that was a real crowd pleaser but thanks for the responses, I will carry on trying to find ones that will fit.
            Cheers Steve


            • #7
              It sounds like you need a couple of sing along songs from the eighties, or songs that most people know the words to. My post is song that I used to do from the 80s but my gig has changed to retirement homes. The one song the old folks like from the 80s is The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. Most people at least know the words to the chorus and can sing along. Was a big hit in the states, don't know about the UK.


              • #8
                Are you kidding me??? The 80ā€™s were THE Pinacle!! Production, great sounding records, movies, just life!!! Iā€™m building a time machine and going back there to stay!


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              • #9
                I have been known to whip out some acoustic versions of some Cars songs ( Drive, Just What I Needed) Men At Work ( Who Can It Be Now, It's A Mistake) Los Lobos (one Time One Night, Will the Wolf Survive, Evangeline) Whitney Houston (I Wanna Dance With Somebody) Prince (Purple Rain) etc.


                • #10
                  I started playing the Yacht Club / Country Club / Retirement Development / etc. market back in the mid 1980s.

                  All they wanted was standards from "The American Songbook"; Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and so on.

                  Then Elvis, The Coasters, Buddy Holly and company eased their way in. With protest from the big band folks, but they tended to be on their 'coda" and some were already hitting the final chord.

                  Enter the Beatles era, and very few Big Band people were left. I remember playing something for a couple and someone else said "Harry James is dead" (although I think the song was "Satin Doll")

                  Disco was next, followed by the 80s, and now even some requests for later than that.

                  Which is rather weird for me. Ever since I was a young musician, grey hair meant play Glenn Miller. Now I see grey hair and they are requesting Eric Clapton and I think, "What are these old people doing listening to our music'. Of course that lasts about as long as it takes to see my own reflection in a mirror

                  I do like some Huey Lewis and the News though!!!

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