Playlist: Where I Was In… 1980?

So my this Friday blog post ends the 80’s were it started! Can I say something really smart to finish off this decade? I don’t know about that and maybe I should have break it up but I got to think of some stuff to say about the 70’s next, if I going backwards like did say I was going to do? I hardly remember the 80’s and less the 70’s but that’s when I was born, you know? Well after this post today, it’s only four posts/years to do until I’ve finished all the years from 1970 to 2001 which was the plan in the first place. Unless I do the 60’s and the rest of the 2000’s, what does everybody think about that, then?

Anyway the (Edit 27/3/21) now 75 tracks for 1980 I’ve picked are these ones…

  • Anne Cessna & Essendon Airport – Talking To Cleopatra
  • X  – I Don’t Wanna Go Out
  • Us Mob – Genocide
  • No Fixed Address – Black Man’s Rights
  • Surfside 6 – Cool In The Tube
  • The Riptides – Tomorrow Tears
  • The Flaming Hands – I Belong To Nobody
  • Sekret Sekret – New King Jack
  • Seems Twice – Non Plussed
  • Systematics – Mmmm
  • Whirlywirld – Red River
  • The Passengers – Face With No Name
  • The Fun Things – When The Birdman Fly
  • The Visitors – Brother John
  • Laughing Hands – Ledge
  • Agents – Suburbs Of The Heart
  • Ronnie & The Rhythm Boys – Hey Joe
  • Laughing Clowns – Holy Joe
  • The Numbers – Five Letter Word
  • The Birthday Party – Happy Birthday
  • The Go-Betweens – I Need Two Heads
  • The Sports – Strangers On A Train
  • Flowers (Icehouse) – Walls
  • Cold Chisel – Four Walls
  • The Angels – No Secrets
  • Australian Crawl – The Boys Light Up
  • INXS – Just Keep Walking
  • Split Enz – Shark Attack
  • AC/DC – Back In Black
  • Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu
  • The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
  • Grace Jones – Bullshit
  • Adam And The Ants – Antmusic
  • Iggy Pop – Loco Mosquito
  • The Fall – Totally Wired
  • The Cramps – I Was A Teenage Werewolf
  • Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
  • Joy Division – Decades
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Song
  • Bruce Springsteen – The River
  • Warren Zevon – Jungle Work
  • Dire Straits – Romeo & Juliet
  • Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  • Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
  • Kate Bush – Babooshka
  • Suicide – Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne
  • Ultravox – Vienna
  • The Monochrome Set – Love Zombies
  • Gang Of Four – Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time
  • Wipers – D7
  • Dicks – Hate The Police
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads – I Wanna Be Straight
  • Martha And The Muffins – Echo Beach
  • Prince – Head
  • General Echo – Drunken Master
  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Making Love To A Vampire With A Monkey On My Knee
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – There There My Dear
  • Peter Gabriel – Intruder
  • The Soft Boys – Vegetable Man
  • The Cure – A Forest
  • Echo And The Bunnymen – All That Jazz
  • Motörhead – Ace Of Spades
  • Killing Joke – The Wait
  • Judas Priest – Breaking The Law
  • Circle Jerks – Group Sex
  • Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
  • Iron Maiden – Prowler
  • The Undertones – There Goes Norman
  • The Jam – That’s Entertainment
  • Tom Waits – ‘Til The Money Runs Out
  • UB40 – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today
  • The Teardrop Explodes – Reward
  • The Specials – Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)
  • Steve Winwood – Second-Hand Woman
  • The Pretenders – Private Life
Do I even need to say it’s Carrie Fisher in The Empire Strikes Back today?

Cheers 🙂


  1. Yeah I reckon the 60s would be good too! Tbh I don’t know a heap about the 60s…but no doubt you’ll come up with the goods! And you’ll need some new years to do (unless you do round two of the years you’ve already done/keep adding to them!)! =)

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    1. Well, i did joke about them all to be 100 tracks! but some of the 90’s list are already 75 and late 80’s are 50 tracks which that was pretty easy to do!
      i could do the 2000’s, 60’s and i think even the 50’s toooo, just for the hell of it!

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      1. I need a month of Sundays to listen to all your playlists William!! =) I’m not complaining, mind; just as well I’m a teacher and am always on holidays (lol) so plenty of time to listen. Hmm, the 50s yeah? Yep why not; I just did quick google and there are actually some really great artists! So yes you shooouuullddddddd!! =)

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      2. So I’m listening to your 1995 playlist atm William and am stoked to see Mad Season’s ‘Long Gone Day’, one of my fave songs (and albums), yayyyyy! Cheers on this fine Sunday! =)

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      3. Oh yeah, i love that album! Even re-buy it, well the deluxe edition they released a few years back!
        So I’ve got to ask, if that’s your fave on it! What’s missing or you would have? and is there anything new to you too? Maybe you should answer these questions on the post? hope it help to make Sunday fine, it’s raining here!

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      4. SUCH a great album, what are your faves from it? Haha, of course, I’ll head over to your ’95 post to answer your Qs! =) PS Rain is sometimes good!

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    1. Well, i could very easy pick that song but i did want to focus on some fave non-singles for bands who pop-up a lot in these lists too! But I’ve been looking at release dates a lot and I Got You was put out in the very late 1979 as a single first so I could just throw in then but I’ve already got something by them! Amazing how quick they release stuff back then!

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  2. Hi William. A great list from a year I was really into the music. Sorry I didn’t catch it at the time – last May was crazy busy. I love lots of these songs.

    But the main reason I’m here today is that I remembered some 80s songs that I haven’t thought of for a while. They all fall into the category of wordy suburban social-comment sagas, loosely. Two are Australian and two are English:

    1. Suburbs of the Heart by James Griffen/The Agents (1983)

    2. BEASLEY STREET by JOHN COOPER CLARKE (1980) Probably the basis of the previous song

    3, Mug’s Game by Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs (1978)

    4. Solitary Confinement by the Members (1979)

    Do you know them?

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    1. So sorry it’s taken me a couple of days to reply, I’m only listen to them right now! I only know a little of JCC so all are new to me, thanks so much for sharing so far they’re all great wicked songs and i hope you don’t mind? I’m added the couple of Aussie songs already to my playlist! I will listen to English ones next, OK?
      Cheers again 🙂

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      1. The first one is the least known – I only ever had a copy taped off the radio (a big thing back then), and it disappeared from a share house with a lot of other tapes. I’m a big JCC fan – saw him in the 80s in Sydney. I love a good laugh. Cheers William.

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      2. Oh yeah, i was just saying video taping rage a couple of post ago as a teenage because they were no way i could buy any of the albums in the small tiny country town in the 90’s i grew-up in, anyways had to wait until trip to the big city to get my hands on the stuff! the local radio was pretty crap and it was before triple j when nation etc. so never did that but mixtapes on cassette tapes i did do a lot of them. JCC live in 80s would have been wicked cool. thanks again for sharing those songs!
        Cheers 🙂

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