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 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   BrianM   (Member)

I don't know if there's been a similar thread before, but I thought this would be a fun running thread. Post your favorite 80s pop-flavored soundtracks here. (i.e. not symphonic favorites like Williams/Horner/Etc.)
I'll start it off with "Electric Dreams." Is it possible no one has yet posted on this soundtrack?
If you're a child of the 80s like me, this is a gem of Giorgio Moroder/Thompson Twins/80s pop. The Duel, Madeline's Theme, and Together in Electric Dreams are espectially great examples of fun synthpop. It also reminds me of a young, hot Virginia Madsen. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

We've had a few threads about this over the years. There is a handful of 80's pop soundtrack fans here, including yours truly. I don't feel like listing all my favs right now, but anything by Moroder, Faltermeyer and Hammer is ace in my book. And Silvestri's 80's synth efforts. And Tangerine Dream. And several others in roughly the same style.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

To Live and Die in LA comes to mind.
A pretty good film, score and some pretty great songs too.

Wang Chung !

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   ANDREW   (Member)

To Live and Die in LA is a top album and is in my top 5 crime films list.

Another great pop album is THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS...main title song is a beaut and Sometime the Good Guys Finish first is just as enjoyable.

The other one that springs to mind is RUNNING SCARED....fantastic collection of bouncy songs.

I seriously miss the 80s....but teenage years will do that to you!!!

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

just watched (again) TRUE COLORS, the John Cusack & James Spader betrayed-through-politics friendship 1991 movie scored by Trevor Jones, and has a great main theme with sax, synths and drums, and also some string passages througout.... Sadly unreleased, I presume.

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I, too, had a thing for Electric Dreams (and Virginia Madsen).

And I still kind of love all the songs on Better Off Dead.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 9:40 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

"Risky Business"!!!

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 9:58 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Breaking Glass (1980).
And I never tire of the O'Connor/Magoogan performance of "Will You?".

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 11:06 PM   
 By:   BrianM   (Member)

"Bright Lights, Big City" although it's really just a collection of pop songs. There's at least one unknown gem in there -- Ice Cream Days by Jennifer Hall.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 11:06 PM   
 By:   BrianM   (Member)

"Bright Lights, Big City" although it's really just a collection of pop songs. There's at least one unknown gem in there -- Ice Cream Days by Jennifer Hall.

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   gandalf   (Member)

Oh my, youth...
My favourite music from 80s, song by Limahl, score by Moroder and Doldinger.
So German, so 80s, so brilliant.
Of course that's "Die unendliche Geschichte",... he he I meant "The NeverEnding Story" (1984), right in the middle of 80s.
Two most cheesy composers yet so brilliant.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

-No Mercy (Alan Silvestri) (I L-O-V-E the main theme!!!)
-Labyrinth (Trevor Jones)
-Terminator (Brad Fiedel)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Okay, so I see some need for clarification now.

Are we talking about soundtracks that consist of pre-existing songs, or those that are made up of songs specifically created for the movie? (Or even combinations of the two?)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

To Live and Die in LA comes to mind.
A pretty good film, score and some pretty great songs too.

Wang Chung !



Excellent film and score. Watched the Blu Ray again recently and the music serves the picture so well. The title song is splendid, and the other vocal songs are pretty darned good. A good selection of songs and score on this one.

Can't think of many other 80's pop flavored soundtracks that really work for me - if you're talking about pop song soundtrack albums. Back then it felt like too many pop soundtracks were just generic mish mash affairs, pop songs crammed into the film with little thought aside from record sales. St Elmo's Fire, etc... blah. razz

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 9:49 PM   
 By:   BrianM   (Member)

Okay, so I see some need for clarification now.

Are we talking about soundtracks that consist of pre-existing songs, or those that are made up of songs specifically created for the movie? (Or even combinations of the two?)


Originally I meant original soundtracks that captured the flavor of 80s music, without necessarily being just a collection of pop hits. But everyone including myself has posted soundtracks which are just that, so I don't think it matters too much.
I thought the original pieces would be more interesting because the music is typically more obscure than 80s hits you hear on the radio.
OK, another favorite -- The Keep by Tangerine Dream. Someone has the whole soundtrack (ripped from the DVD I imagine) on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VPKs1Io7A0

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

"Fame" (1980)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

"Sixteen Candles" (1984)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

"Brimstone & Treacle" (1982)




The 4 that I've mentioned a huge favorites of mine. It's a damn shame that "Sixteen Candles" was never given a CD edition (with more of the music).
I can't count how many times I've seen all of them in the theater back then. Great stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   BrianM   (Member)

"Brimstone & Treacle" (1982)




The 4 that I've mentioned a huge favorites of mine. It's a damn shame that "Sixteen Candles" was never given a CD edition (with more of the music).
I can't count how many times I've seen all of them in the theater back then. Great stuff.

Never seen or heard that one.
Gotta plug Ladyhawke again, although it only partly fits this category.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2014 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Too many to mention...

 
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