Totally tubular compilations of 80s music!

by professor.knowsitall@evpl on Thursday, October 16 2008, 1:57pm. Viewed 1,456 times.

While searching for a particular 80s song over the weekend (cough...Mr. Mister...cough), I remembered two bodacious box sets in our collection.

Like, Omigod! box setLike, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)

This set features 7 CDs (an incredible selection of 142 songs) along with a 90-page book chock-full of 80s goodness!  Taken from Rhino's website...

"Reagan, junk bonds, shoulder pads -- there's a lot about the '80s that doesn't bear repeating. But thankfully the music does. From Devo's new wave weirdness to Twisted Sister's mental metal to Run D.M.C.'s rocked-out rap, Rhino's latest behemoth box brings you the songs that have outlived the hairstyles."

I award this collection bonus points for including "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band (played it in H.S. Pep Band!), "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler, and "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley (foundation of the infamous rickroll).  For the full tracklist, along with samples to listen to, check out Rhino's website.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrackGrand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack

The Grand Theft Auto videogames are known for, besides their controversial content, having awesome soundtracks.  In each game, a handful of radio stations are available to listen to in vehicles you "acquire"; these radio stations feature genre-specific playlists, interspersed with banter from a DJ and commercials, just like in real-life.

2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, set during the 80s, features gnarly music exclusive to that era.  The soundtrack is a 7 CD box set, with each disc dedicated to one of the game's 7 music radio stations.  We circulate each disc separately, so pick and choose which to check out.

  1. V-Rock with DJ Lazlow: Rock/metal, featuring Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Twisted Sister.
  2. Wave 103 with DJ Adam First: New Wave/Synth, featuring Tears for Fears, A Flock of Seagulls, Corey Hart.
  3. Emotion 98.3 with DJ Fernando: Love songs/power ballads, featuring Toto, Cutting Crew, Foreigner, Mr. Mister.
  4. Flash FM with DJ Toni: Pop music, featuring Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, INXS.
  5. Wildstyle Pirate Radio with DJ Mr. Magic: Hip-hop, featuring Herbie Hancock, Zapp and Roger, Run D.M.C.
  6. Fever 105 with DJ Oliver "Ladykiller" Biscuit: Disco/soul/R&B, featuring the Pointer Sisters, Teena Marie, Rick James, Kool & the Gang.
  7. Espantoso with DJ Pepe: Latin jazz/salsa, featuring Deodato, Tito Puente.


If you're a fan of 80s music (and if not, WHY NOT?!?), I'd recommend checking out both of these rad collections.  Like, totally!!!

More Info

  • Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)
    • EVPL Catalog: View availability at EVPL libraries.
    • View the full tracklist and listen to samples.
    • Buy it at Amazon and support our Public Library Friends.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Soundtrack
    • EVPL Catalog: View availability at EVPL libraries.
    • Official website.  Find out more about the fictional DJs.
    • Buy it at Amazon and support our Public Library Friends.

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WashinMyGoat wrote
on Thursday, October 16 2008, 2:41pm

"Left of the Dial," also compiled by Rhino, is another great set of 80's music in the EVPL catalog.  It's comprised of more obscure "post-punk" music that didn't receive a ton of radio play but was very influential to modern indie rock.  There are some real gems in there, and it's a great place to realize the 80's was not just cheesy pop music to be listened to ironically.

Bufkinite@evpl wrote
on Thursday, October 16 2008, 8:18pm

The first one sounds very interesting; I'll be checking it out for sure. "Centerfold" I remember well, but prefer the 70's Geils band, especially "Whammer Jammer" as more solidly rocking.

on Friday, October 17 2008, 10:15am

@WashinMyGoat: Wow, you are correct.  Thanks for the recommendation...I've placed it on hold!  That's really more my taste of music, but the 80s cheese still holds a place in my heart.

@Bufkinite@evpl: Haven't heard any of J. Geils Band's earlier stuff, so I'll have to check em out.  I like Centerfold because we played it in pep band, and the music video is rediculous!

kiya@evpl wrote
on Friday, October 17 2008, 3:39pm

If the 80's aren't your decade, there is also "Have a Nice Decade: the '70s pop culture box" and "Whatever: the '90s pop and culture box."