Sunday, July 3, 2022

K's 1979 SPECIAL VA - The 150 Best Singles of 1979 (2022 Super Deluxe Edition) (8 x CD's)

K's  1979 SPECIAL          VA - The 150 Best Singles of 1979 (2022 Super Deluxe Edition) (8 x CD's)

As a follow up to the recent "Revolt into Style 1979" here is my own compilation of the 150 best singles of 1979.

I've said for years that for me 1979 was the best year in music as so many styles came together at the same time: Punk, New Wave, Mod, Ska, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Disco, Rap and Electronic.  It was such an exciting time for music. In fact, more singles were sold in the UK in 1979 than any other year before or since, and you can see by the wealth of classics featured in this compilation, just how amazing the variety of music was.

Hope you enjoy my selections.

Enjoy!

K

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Track lists


CD1

01 Elvis Costello & the Attractions Accidents Will Happen 3:01

02 ABBA Angeleyes 4:22

03 Pink Floyd Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2) (7" Single Version) 3:06

04 Tubeway Army Are 'Friends' Electric? 5:25

05 Willie Williams Armagideon Time 5:09

06 Gang of Four At Home He's a Tourist 3:31

07 The Ruts Babylon's Burning (7" Single Version) 2:29

08 The Jags Back of My Hand (7" Single Version) 3:22

09 Donna Summer Bad Girls (7" Single Edit) 3:54

10 The Dickies Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song) 1:54

11 Motörhead Bomber 3:40

12 The Cure Boys Don't Cry 2:42

13 David Bowie Boys Keep Swinging 3:18

14 Dead Kennedys California Über Alles 3:03

15 Gary Numan Cars 3:56

16 ABBA Chiquitita 5:26

17 Rickie Lee Jones Chuck E.'s in Love 3:29

18 Squeeze Cool for Cats 3:15

19 Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2:44

20 Nick Lowe Cruel to Be Kind 3:29


CD2

21 Roxy Music Dance Away 3:46

22 Dexys Midnight Runners Dance Stance (7" Single Version) 3:40

23 Public Image Limited Death Disco (7" Single Edit) 4:17

24 Graham Parker & the Rumour Discovering Japan 3:32

25 ABBA Does Your Mother Know 3:15

26 Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (12" Single Version) 6:04

27 Queen Don't Stop Me Now 3:30

28 Blondie Dreaming 3:06

29 Sniff 'n' the Tears Driver's Seat (7" Single Edit) 3:39

30 The Stranglers Duchess 2:28

31 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Electricity 3:33

32 The Jam The Eton Rifles (7" Single Version) 3:29

33 Buzzcocks Everybody's Happy Nowadays 3:14

34 The Raincoats Fairytale in the Supermarket 2:59

35 Cockney Rejects Flares n' Slippers 1:36

36 The Special A.K.A. Gangsters 2:48

37 The Clash Gates of the West 3:25

38 The Undertones Get Over You 2:44

39 ABBA Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) 4:51

40 Dave Edmunds Girls Talk 3:25


CD3

41 Chic Good Times (12" Single Version) 8:10

42 Stiff Little Fingers Gotta Gettaway (Rigid Digits 7" Single Version) 3:35

43 Sister Sledge He's the Greatest Dancer (12" Single Version) 6:15

44 Blondie Heart of Glass (12" Disco Version) 5:50

45 The Undertones Here Comes the Summer (7" Single Version) 1:45

46 Sham 69 Hersham Boys (7" Single Edit) 3:23

47 AC/DC Highway to Hell 3:29

48 Wreckless Eric Hit and Miss Judy 4:37

49 Ian Dury & the Blockheads Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick 3:44

50 Toto Hold the Line 3:55

51 Donna Summer Hot Stuff (12" Single Version) 6:44

52 The Passions Hunted 3:31

53 The Boomtown Rats I Don't Like Mondays (7" Single Edit) 3:45

54 The Clash I Fought the Law 2:43

55 Gang of Four I Found That Essence Rare 3:14

56 The Shapes I Saw Batman (In the Launderette) 2:39

57 The Rubinoos I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend 3:19


CD4

58 Cheap Trick I Want You to Want Me (Live at Budokan) (7" Single Version) 3:41

59 Chic I Want Your Love (12" Single Version) 6:54

60 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive (7" Single Version) 3:15

61 Notsensibles I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher 3:38

62 The Korgis If I Had You 3:56

63 Skids Into the Valley 3:17

64 Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out with Him? 3:35

65 The Ruts Jah War (12" Single Version) 6:56

66 The Undertones Jimmy Jimmy 2:45

67 The Cure Jumping Someone Else's Train 2:59

68 The Cars Just What I Needed 3:43

69 Pretenders Kid 3:04

70 Tours Language School 2:10

71 Wreckless Eric Let's Go to the Pictures 3:09

72 XTC Life Begins at the Hop 3:47

73 Graham Parker & the Rumour Local Girls 3:40

74 Supertramp The Logical Song 4:10

75 The Clash London Calling 3:20

76 Dollar Love's Got a Hold On Me 3:32

77 Lene Lovich Lucky Number 2:48


CD5

78 XTC Making Plans for Nigel 4:12

79 Skids Masquerade 2:45

80 Graham Parker & the Rumour Mercury Poisoning 3:10

81 The Police Message in a Bottle 4:51

82 Dr. Feelgood Milk and Alcohol 2:48

83 Purple Hearts Millions Like Us 3:07

84 Delta 5 Mind Your Own Business 3:13

85 The Flying Lizards Money (That's What I Want) 2:29

86 The Knack My Sharona (7" Single Edit) 4:01

87 The Monks Nice Legs Shame About Her Face 1:59

88 The Chords Now It's Gone (7" Single Version) 3:08

89 Sparks The Number One Song in Heaven (7" Single Version) 3:50

90 Elvis Costello & the Attractions Oliver's Army 2:59

91 The Selecter On My Radio 3:07

92 Madness One Step Beyond (7" Single Version) 2:20

93 Wire Outdoor Miner (7" Single Version) 2:52

94 Motörhead Overkill (7" Single Edit) 3:17

95 Echo & the Bunnymen The Pictures on My Wall (Zoo 7" Single Version) 2:51

96 Siouxsie & the Banshees Playground Twist 2:59

97 M Pop Muzik (12" Full Length Disco Mix) 4:55

98 The Tubes Prime Time 3:19

99 Madness The Prince (2 Tone 7" Single Version) 2:29


CD6

100 The Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight (12" Long Single Version) 7:07

101 Ian Dury & the Blockheads Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3 4:45

102 Anita Ward Ring My Bell 3:33

103 Ramones Rock 'n' Roll High School (Ed Stasium 7" Mix) 2:19

104 The Records Rock and Roll Love Letter 3:39

105 The B-52's Rock Lobster (7" Single Version) 4:54

106 The Fall Rowche Rumble (Step-Forward 7" Single Version) 4:01

107 The Specials Rudy, A Message to You 2:52

108 Lene Lovich Say When 2:49

109 The Regents 7 Teen 3:22

110 Janet Kay Silly Games (7" Single Version) 3:40

111 Sex Pistols Silly Thing (Steve Jones Vocal, 7" Single Version) 2:47

112 Rainbow Since You Been Gone 3:14

113 The Teardrop Explodes Sleeping Gas (Zoo 7" Single Version) 4:40

114 The Damned Smash It Up (7" Single Version) 2:51

115 The Members The Sound of the Suburbs (7" Single Version) 3:16

116 Sheila & B. Devotion Spacer (12" Full Length Disco Version) 6:13

117 Siouxsie & the Banshees The Staircase (Mystery) 3:14


CD7

118 Pretenders Stop Your Sobbing 2:38

119 The Jam Strange Town 3:50

120 The Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford Street Life (12" Full Length U.S. Disco Mix) 7:49

121 Dire Straits Sultans of Swing 5:48

122 Blondie Sunday Girl (7" Single Version) 3:05

123 The Beat Tears of a Clown 2:42

124 Kirsty MacColl They Don't Know 3:02

125 Secret Affair Time for Action 2:44

126 Lori and the Chameleons Touch 4:19

127 Bee Gees Tragedy 5:02

128 Joy Division Transmission 3:34

129 Killing Joke Turn to Red 3:57

130 The Slits Typical Girls 4:00

131 Blondie Union City Blue 3:20

132 Squeeze Up the Junction 3:12

133 The Buggles Video Killed the Radio Star (7" Single Version) 3:25

134 ABBA Voulez-Vouz 5:08


CD8

135 The Police Walking on the Moon 5:02

136 Linton Kwesi Johnson Want Fi Go Rave (12" Single Version) 7:20

137 Sister Sledge We Are Family (12" Single Version) 8:08

138 The Jam When You're Young 3:13

139 Spizzenergi Where's Captain Kirk? 2:17

140 The Revillos Where's the Boy for Me? 2:03

141 Mo-Dettes White Mice 3:38

142 The Sports Who Listens to the Radio? 3:15

143 Dollar Who Were You With in the Moonlight 4:06

144 Buzzcocks Why Can't I Touch It? 6:37

145 Fischer-Z The Worker (7" Single Remix) 3:32

146 The Shapes Wot's for Lunch Mum? (Not Beans Again!) 1:32

147 Kate Bush Wow (7" Single Edit) 3:43

148 Village People Y.M.C.A. 3:44

149 Kirsty MacColl You Caught Me Out 3:24

150 The Undertones You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It!) 2:37

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16 comments:

  1. Thanks very much for this great collection......not only this one but every one you put up. They're all top shelf.

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    1. You're welcome, eelcat.
      And thank you for your kind works.
      Cheers.

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  2. I was 12 in 1979, and was consuming music anywhere I could hear it. This is a huge treasure trove of memories for me (most of which I still have here in various formats). Thanks as ever K and BB. Pure Gold!! Sleepy Px

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  3. thank you B.B loves this mate

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    1. Enjoy the music Aussie,
      Much more to come.
      Cheers.

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  4. K thanks again for the love and effort you put into these collections. I spend a lot of time looking for 60s music that I missed back then. I will listen to this collection for the music I missed in 79. I don't know how many I will keep, but the journey is half the fun. Hi BB

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    1. Hi lemonnflag.
      Every year we miss some music, and these sets help us to remember the creativity and enjoyment of music in each year. Well worth the Journey.
      Cheers.

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  5. The most fascinating thing I find about this very British 'best ever year' collection is it does not include any of the following:

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Status Quo, The Who, Genesis, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Cliff Richard (who had his first Number 1 in over a decade in 1979) and only just about includes David Bowie.

    So thanks for a very interesting selection and the introduction to two or three bands I was previously unaware of. Your posts are always thought provoking and entertaining.

    Lastly a shout for some worthy British candidates that you overlooked (no doubt there are others). Adam & The Ants - Xerox, Simple Minds - Chelsea Girl & Life In A Day, Back To Zero - Your Side Of Heaven, Lambrettas - Go Steady, (the latter two being far more representative of the Mod Revival than Secret Affair ever would be).

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    1. Hi Manny Kent.
      K comments as follows...
      John Lennon didn’t release a single in 1979. Ringo Starr didn’t release a single in 1979. The Rolling Stones didn’t release a single in 1979. Genesis didn’t release a single in 1979. The two Who 1979 singles were re-releases from 1972 and 1973.
      Yes, the others listed did release singles, but they really weren’t very good, and I didn’t think they warranted inclusion, as they weren’t their best efforts and either didn’t make the charts or had very low placings. With regards to your final comment these were not overlooked, but they are all pretty awful records! Definitely not the BEST of 1979 by a long shot! (K)
      Cheers

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  6. Fascinating, how many immortal hits in a period of just a year. And there were much more of them, like Manny Kent says.

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    1. Hi Stone Rose,
      Glad you like the set. As you say "how many immortal hits in a period of just a year."
      Cheers

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  7. soooooooooooo.......good.
    I think i have all these records in my collection!
    Cheers
    Stephen

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    1. Hi Stephen,
      When you see tracks from 1979 you see so much going on and more change on the way.
      Cheers.

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