Various Artists

New Wave Hits of the '70s & '80s

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New Wave Hits of the '70s & '80s is a three-disc box set from Sony that combines staples of the new wave era -- the kind that have appeared on dozens of other compilations -- with songs that are either lesser-known or even completely unknown to the average music fan. The set doesn't lean in any one direction, so it'd be most useful to the adventurous types who don't already have the basics (such as Altered Images' "Happy Birthday," Romeo Void's "Never Say Never," Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way") covered here. It casts a pretty wide net, ranging from underground favorites like the Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet" to "lite FM" drivel like the Hooters' "And We Danced."

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