Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the ’80s, Vol. 5

1994: Rhino R2 71698

  1. I Want Candy

    Bow Wow Wow

  2. I Know What Boys Like

    The Waitresses

  3. Kids In America

    Kim Wilde

  4. Love Plus One

    Haircut One Hundred

  5. Someday, Someway

    Marshall Crenshaw

  6. Hold On To Something

    Great Buildings

  7. Town Called Malice

    The Jam

  8. 867-5309

    Tommy Tutone

  9. Vacation


  10. Valley Girl

    Frank & Moon Zappa

  11. I Ran (So Far Away)

    A Flock of Seagulls

  12. Sex Dwarf

    Soft Cell

  13. I Love a Man In a Uniform

    Gang of Four

  14. The Art of Parties


  15. Homosapien

    Pete Shelley

  16. Mickey

    Toni Basil

I’ll have to address this collection’s tracks individually, some day, to really address why its tracks are (in my estimation) either worthy or not of inclusion and of such classification, but I do want to note that there’s one not-like-the-others track here: “867-5309.” That one is an informative inclusion in that it gives you a sense of how mainstream/classic rock and roll was sometimes responding to New Wave and other early-1980s innovations. In this case it’s a straight-up rock delivery of a lyric that presents a downright creepy scenario…and that’s the kind of edginess that made stuff work so well back then.