Hi all there, this is my very first mixtape. It's been inspired by my everlasting love for 80s movies, tv series and music. I hope you'll enjoy it!

I'm going to post a list of the songs, and after that a little explanation for each song.

PS: sorry if there aren't all the explanation yet, but I'll update the article as soon as possible :)

  • Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth
  • There is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
  • Waterfall - Stone Roses
  • Ceremony - New Order (cover)
  • Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
  • Just Like Heaven - The Cure
  • The Killing Moon - Echo And The Bunnymen
  • Under The Milky Way - The Church
  • Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
  • Africa - Toto
  • Don't you Forget About Me - Simple Minds
  • Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
  • Should I stay or Should I go - The Clash
  • Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
  • Age of Consent - New Order_
  • Let's Dance - David Bowie
  • Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears
  • Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
  • Weird Science - Oingo Boingo

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Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth (1988)

Last year I read Kim Gordon's autobiography "Girl In a Band". She's the singer and guitar player of the band, and also a damn badass. I literally mean it, her life is amazing and I totally recommend this book.
After the soft beginning, the guitar riff of this song blows you away, and I love that.

There is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths (1986)

Let's face it, we all loved this movie scene from "500 Days of Summer"

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel are too cute to be real

Waterfall - Stone Roses (1989)

This song fills me with joy and serenity, I find it very relaxing and its lyrics is pure poetry.

Stands on shifting sands
The scales held in her hands
The wind it just whips her away
And fills up her brigantine sails

Ceremony - New Order (cover) (1981)

This song was written by Joy Division and was also the debut single of New Order. New Order, in fact, originated after the suicide of Ian Curtis, singer of Joy Division, and included all the other former band members.
Every time I hear this song it somehow acquires a holy connotation to me.


Just Like Heaven (1987) // Boys Don't Cry (1980)

My sister loves The Cure and she made me know this band. I really think that their look, style and music deeply influenced the 80s.

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Despite the crazy hairstyle and makeup, I like the fact that they do not present themselves as clowns or wild people (such as KISS). Their lyrics are about love, sadness, fear, loneliness...they show how fragile one can feel and they deeply analyze these emotions.


Never Tear Us Apart - INXS (1987)
The Killing Moon - Echo And The Bunnymen (1984)
Under The Milky Way - The Church (1988)

I found these songs all watching Donnie Darko, one of the greatest movies about high school, time travel and 80s, according to me. I know, Back To The Future is awesome, but here we're talking about a very different atmosphere, and a deeper message.
Plus, Jena Malone and siblings Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal fit perfectly in their roles.

I also adore "Love will Tear Us Apart", by Joy Division, but I didn't want to include too many songs from the OST, which you can find entirely here --> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246578/soundtrack

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Africa - Toto (1982)

I heard this one in Scrubs and the scene of JD getting a bubble bath with a pink towel wrapped around his head literally killed me. I laughed for days and since then this tune never got out of my head.

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There were also pink candles and rose petals

Don't you Forget About Me - Simple Minds (1985)

This song is the iconic opening (and closing) track of the movie "The Breakfast Club", which I recommend to all 80s lovers.

Five highschoolers detained for a morning get to know each other while trying to escape and have fun. They first define themselves as the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, the criminal but they'll have to find out who they really are.

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Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club

Rebel Yell - Billy Idol (1983)

PS: I think his voice is amazing


Should I stay or Should I go - The Clash (1982)

Bad Reputation - Joan Jett (1981)

Age of Consent - New Order_ (1983)