Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.
I often say to myself that this (#31, Spring 84) is among my 10 favorite singles from the 80s, but until recently I hadn’t bothered to think much about what the other 9 might be. This is how I’d fill it out today; might be different if I did it some other time. In chronological order:
Ah! Leah!–Donnie Iris
Do You Believe in Love–Huey Lewis and the News
Someday, Someway–Marshall Crenshaw
Back on the Chain Gang–Pretenders
I Melt With You–Modern English
It’s My Life–Talk Talk
Coming Up Close–‘Til Tuesday
Don’t Dream It’s Over–Crowded House
I’m happy enough that No Doubt scored success with its cover, but seriously, it can’t compare to the original.