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BlodwynPig

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80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« on: February 25, 2020, 09:14:49 AM »
Exhibit 1

Stephanie Mills - The Medicine Song

Fantastic tune, great bass-line and stunning video for 1984 - Janelle Monae should weep at that. In contrast, Jackson's Thriller is all pomp and circumstance.

Better Midlands

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2020, 12:51:03 PM »
Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie

Happy, happy mid eighties pop - no werewolves necessary.

Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2020, 12:54:51 PM »

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2020, 12:55:14 PM »
Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie

Happy, happy mid eighties pop - no werewolves necessary.

Good call.

Word Up, too, of course.

Presumably we're keeping this to genres adjacent to the jazzy pop/soul stylings of Peak Jacko, yeah?  Like, I'm gonna be a knob if I start nominating anything off of Master Of Puppets or Beneath The Remains.


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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2020, 01:40:34 PM »
Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie

Happy, happy mid eighties pop - no werewolves necessary.
This could easily have got away with being new in 1994

Dr Beat is a better song than Thriller.

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2020, 01:42:17 PM »
I prefer the demo of Thriller to Thriller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Eb7MYSPd4

It has every element but the cheese, which makes it a much drowsier, chilled out groove.

Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2020, 01:51:56 PM »
Isn't 'Thriller' a somewhat low bar? Production is great but it has no real soul in it. 'Don't Stop Til You Get Enough' would be a tougher threshold, up there with the greatest singles of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yURRmWtbTbo

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2020, 01:52:14 PM »
Inner City - Good Life is better than Thriller.

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2020, 01:58:26 PM »
FUCK!

Was just going to post Hear the Drummer Get Wicked, but then checked and saw it was 1990 :(

Okay, okay, how about this - from his own sister, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation?  Even she hardly ever does that song these days.

Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2020, 02:09:48 PM »
Thriller the song or the album? No one really rates the song anyway do they? What is this thread?

Better Midlands

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2020, 02:10:44 PM »
This could easily have got away with being new in 1994.

From the comments section


Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2020, 02:16:43 PM »
FUCK!

Was just going to post Hear the Drummer Get Wicked, but then checked and saw it was 1990 :(

Let's have it anyway:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IhDb4rzMbg

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2020, 02:18:09 PM »
Susan Fassbender - Twilight Cafe (1981) - Bass & Keyboard Noodles

The Passions - I'm in Love with a German Film Star
(1981) - inventing Six by Mansun 17 years earlier

Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2020, 03:55:31 PM »
Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday: https://youtu.be/S7ZNn8VrnBI

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2020, 04:08:37 PM »
'Thriller' is still a great song. A classic Temperton groove. Is it as good as 'Sweet Freedom', his song for Michael McDonald though? No it is not.

Neither is it as good as Baby Don't Stop Me by Leon Ware. That was co-written by another genius of the groove, Marcos Valle (who recorded his own excellent version in '81).

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2020, 04:19:16 PM »
This thread's as good as any to plug Mavis John's 'Use My Body' too. WHOA MAMA. Unbeatable.

Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2020, 04:21:45 PM »
'Thriller' is still a great song. A classic Temperton groove.

But surely if you're going to take a song from Thriller as a high point for other 80s songs to be judged against, you have to choose Billie Jean.
Because it's much much better. Than most other things. By anyone else. Ever.

Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2020, 06:44:52 PM »
'Love Wars' by Womack and Womack.


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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2020, 07:20:59 PM »
Duel by Propaganda. Was convinced for years this nearly got to number one when actually stalled at 19.

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2020, 07:34:59 PM »
Roachford - Cuddly Toy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gNrOdmXkKo
Easily the best bit in the film, especially the "There's no fog" moment.

BlodwynPig

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2020, 07:36:51 PM »
Should have been more specific...

Brundle-Fly

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2020, 08:10:12 PM »
Probably is mentioned at least twice a year on 6Music like all the other nominations on this thread.

Boops - Sly & Robbie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xpJWOrItk8

Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2020, 08:10:33 PM »
Probably is mentioned at least twice a year on 6Music like all the other nominations on this thread.

Boops - Sly & Robbie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xpJWOrItk8

Love Rhythm Killers.

Brundle-Fly

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2020, 08:11:27 PM »
Love Rhythm Killers.

It's fantastic, innit?

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2020, 09:30:41 PM »
The timing of this thread is apposite as I've spent the last 2 weeks in a 1980s UK warehouse research thing. There's a fantastic Noel Watson set from Delirium in 1986 on Mixcloud that is well worth checking out.

Carol Cool - Upside Down
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL5rc1rkre0

Key-Matic - Breakin' In Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JYoT7rt8ac

Unique 3 & The Mad Musician - The Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHdF9KdTlaQ

Sylvester - I Need You (One of my favs, there's a great Glenn Underground re-edit from the mid 90s as well)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GjyOdCFy-Y

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Better Midlands

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Re: 80s song that are far greater than Thriller but never mentioned
« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2020, 09:35:09 PM »
Probably is mentioned at least twice a year on 6Music like all the other nominations on this thread.

Boops - Sly & Robbie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xpJWOrItk8

Used to love this track - there's a great CJ Mackintosh remix full of breaks and scratches in a M|A|R|R|S style.

Their version of Don't Stop The Music on the b side was hot too

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