“Saved by Zero” by The Fixx – Music Review

Smooth aftertaste. “Saved by Zero” is the 1983 single off The Fixx’s album Reach the Beach. I actually have this album on vinyl, and it’s quite enjoyable. There’s a few other songs I’ll probably get to at some point in future reviews. “Saved by Zero” is a very eerie-toned minimalist piece. The phrase “Saved by Zero”…

“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell Music Review

Synthy synthy synth synth I swear, this is one of those 80s songs that everyone names when naming 80s songs, which is weird since the song was written in the 60s. Soft Cell took the song to the mainstream in the UK in ’81, and the US in ’82, and brought with it the trend…

“One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head – Music Review

What even is this song? “One Night in Bangkok” is the weirdest song ever rapped by Murray Head in 1984. It was part of the musical Chess. The song is about chess. In Bangkok. Go figure. The beat of the song is good, and has been remixed and sampled quite a bit. The lyrics are also…

“Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat – Music Review

It’s Buffalo Pride week, so I thought I’d cover an 80s song with some LGBTQ substance to it. “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat is a song about a gay boy running away from his small town home. Just to put into perspective, this song not only was a gay anthem during the rise of the…

“Africa” by Toto – Music Review

Let’s write a love song about a NatGeo documentary! This week we’re reviewing Toto’s 1982 elementary school geography exam “Africa.” This is not a song, this is what happens when a group flips to Africa in an encyclopedia. I’m not kidding: this song was apparently written after watching a documentary and making a song about…

“In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins – Music Review

Buh duh. buh duh. buh duh buh duh BUH DUH BAM. “In The Air Tonight” is Phil Collin’s 1981 debut single. This song is incredibly minimal. Very minimal instrumentation. There’s really only some drum and Collin’s voice. The lyrics are also fairly minimal. Then, when you think you’re bored with the song, you get hit…

“Overkill” by Men at Work – Music Review

It’s really sad, but peppy? Men at Work’s 1983 song “Overkill” is depressing. There’s very few songs that musically can actually make me melancholic. This is one of those songs. The song is a bit of everything you’d expect from the era. It has a beachy, almost ska guitar, and lots of sax. The song…

“Out of Touch” by Hall & Oates – Music Review

Oh look, an earworm! Daryl Hall and John Oates’ 1984 hit “Out of Touch” is one of those songs that works. It’s not overproduced, it’s not loud, it’s just existing. Of course, it’s almost jingly, and it bores itself into your head. You will find yourself humming it at the most random times. The almost…

“Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears -Music Review

Shopping mall music. SHOPPING. MALL. MUSIC. This week we’re reviewing Tears for Fears’ 1985 song “Head over Heels”. If there was a song that played over the speaker system at every mall in the 1980s, it was this song. It was also apparently in Donnie Darko, which I’ve never seen, so I’m not tainted by that. The…