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Simple Minds – This is your land

Simple Minds released “This is your land” about in mid-April 1989. This was the second hit out of the great album “Street fighting years”, after the leading track “Belfast child“. From the very title, the song is an anthem to the planet care,

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A scary 80s lullaby

The Cure – Lullaby

The Cure released “Lullaby” in April 1989, about one month before the release of their new album “Disintegration”. This album is overall dark and upsetting. That was probably not a good period for the band. Members quarreled and fought with each other, some had alcohol problems,

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A song to remember

Duran Duran – Do you believe in shame

Duran Duran released “Do you believe in shame” as a single in mid April 1989. In fact, they were about to start a new tour. The song is clearly sad and introspective. In fact, it is dedicated to three missed friends who had a role in Simon,

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Flashback from the past

Simply Red – If you don’t know me by now

When Simply Red released “If you don’t know me by now” in March 1989, it really sounded like a great flashback from the past. First, because it’s really a cover. The original version goes back to 1972. Actually this was quite common with Simply Red and Mick Hucknall,

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The American dream

Holly Johnson – Americanos

“Americanos” really features the most classical american dream, seen through Holly Johnson’s eyes. In early 1989 he released “Blast”, his first solo album. His first hit, “Love train” obtained good success, but few weeks later he released this song, which probably remains his greatest solo success of the 80s.

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Real talent scout

Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield – People hold on

“People hold on” reminds us of Coldcut. Do you remember them? Well, I think… probably. Two British deejay and producers, making songs and album. They leveraged almost anknown singers for their songs. But often these songs became very successful, and the unknown voices became stars.

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Alone on the train

Holly Johnson – Love train

“Love train” marked, in early 1989, the debut of Holly Johnson as a solo artist. You heard well: Holly Johnson, the glamorous frontman of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. In the best period of the 80s, between 1984 and 1985, they became one of the most iconic groups of British pop with their greatest hit “

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Years of change

Simple Minds – Belfast Child

“Belfast child” marked the return, between January and February 1989, of the great Simple Minds on international scene. More than three years had passed since their last studio album, “Once upon a time”. This song was a sort of bridge to the new album “Street fighting years”,

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An album with two sides

Rick Astley – Hold me in your arms

Rick Astley released “Hold me in your arms” at the end of January 1989. He launched it as the third single from his album with the same title.
Rick started a transition. He realized that the previous album was clearly an project of Stock Aitken and Waterman’s.

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