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Vox Pops Presents 1980s

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Warner UK's Vox Pops Presents 1980s pairs a CD of hits with a DVD of videos for those same singles, offering a nifty little aural and visual time capsule. As it happens, this particular time capsule leans very heavily on new wave and early MTV hits, including singles by Joy Division, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, Howard Jones, a-ha, Strawberry Switchblade, the Communards, and Aztec Camera. The set dabbles in bubblegum R&B with New Edition, slick dance-pop with Bananarama, yuppie soul with Simply Red, mature rock with Chris Rea, and post-U2 Irish soul-rock with Hothouse Flowers, enough variety to make this an engaging, interesting stroll through the past.

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