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Nothing gets lost

Club Nouveau – Lean on me

“Lean on me” sounds immediately familiar when we hear it for the first time. It was not so uncommon, in late 80s, to see some group coming out with a cover of a more or less famous song of the 50s or the 60s,

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Sooner or later

Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered dreams

“Shattered dreams” seems a song out of time. It seemed quite common in the 80s that singers or bands got less success than they actually deserved. It happened simply because they arrived too early, and their music was in advance versus common feeling.

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Love is strange

Depeche Mode – Strangelove

“Strangelove” is one of the most famous hits of Depeche Mode. They released it in april 1987, as the first single released from the album “Music for the masses”. I don’t know if this was the most successful album of their career overall. I mean,

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Space travelers

Europe – Carrie

“Carrie” talks once again about space and astronauts. Maybe Europe really wanted to be space travelers. After all, their whole album is about this: the countdown, the excitement for the departure in “Rock the night”, and even the moment of fear and upset in the crying farewells of this song.

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A quiet guy

The Cure – Why can’t I be you?

“Why cant I be you” is one of the most popular songs by The Cure and Robert Smith. I said it. In 1987 the Cure were at the top of their pop phase, and some say in the full of their maturity phase.

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So Lazy and so Lady

Caroline Loeb – C’est la ouate

“Cest la ouate” is a piece of art. And born and grown in the world of art, in the wide sense. Caroline Loeb has been and still is a bit of everything in her life: scene designer, actress, director, writer. Always teasing with her texts,

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The President’s Days

“Meet El presidente” reminds of important political figures, of course. A President is always some sort of mythological figure. May be the President of the United States or of a great Republic, the President of a football team or the President of a big society. The President is the President.

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A box full of surprise

Living in a box – Living in a box

“Living in a box” is the story of the song and of a group. In 1985 three musicians sign with a major and create a new group. They don’t really have a name for this group.

They compose a song,

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Good things come in threes!

Bon Jovi – Wanted dead or alive

“Wanted dead or alive” really marks a sort of milestone in the history of rock and of the 80s. Actually, before april 1987, it never happened that a hard rock album had three singles in the top ten of the Billboard charts.

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