Dream in the dream with me: the best of English New Pop

I’m not sure Simple Minds nis best anything, especially after 1984, but the sun-rising-over-the-face-of-the-ocean opening of “New Gold Dream” heralds a brief golden age better than the rest of these selections. If New Pop crossed over in America at all, credit a rise in MTV subscriptions in 1982 and 1983 before hubris ended things. Note the number of times “ghost” appears as noun and adjective – these acts knew.

1. Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
2. Human League – Open Your Heart
3. Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)
4. Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
5. Imagination – Just an Illusion
6. Gary Numan – We Are Glass
7. Adam and the Ants – Stand and Deliver
8. Spandau Ballet – To Cut a Long Story Short
9. Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
10. The Specials – Ghost Town
11. Talk Talk – Talk Talk
12. ABC – The Look of Love (Part 1)
13. Duran Duran – Planet Earth
14. Visage – The Anvil
15. Eurythmics – Love is a Stranger
16. Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
17. The Jam – Ghosts
18. Japan – Ghosts
19. A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)
20. Haircut 100 – Favorite shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
21. Tears For Fears – Mad World
22. Ultravox – Passing Strangers
23. The Beat – Stand Down Margaret
24. David Bowie – Modern Love
25. Roxy Music – Same Old Scene
26. Orange Juice – Rip It Up and Start Again
27. Magazine – Shot by Both Sides
28. Gang of Four – Damaged Goods
29. New Order – Ceremony
30. Bow Wow Wow – C-30, C-60, C-90 Go!
31. Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
32. Pete Shelley – Homo Sapien
33. Scritti Politti – Jacques Derrida
34. Heaven 17 – Penthouse and Pavement
35. Dollar – Give Me Back My Heart
36. Grace Jones – Pull Up to the Bumper
37. PiL – Public Image
38. The Raincoats – Fairytale in the Supermarket
39. Bananarama – Shy Boy
40. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes

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