Motors

Airport

Composed by Andy McMaster

Song Review by

The Motors' biggest hit and the song for which they're most remembered -- their mid-'90s career retrospective CD was named for it -- "Airport" is a spooky slice of new wave-influenced power pop, complete with a haunting synth melody and a dreamily foreboding chorus. The lyrics cover a topic familiar to anyone in a long-distance relationship, that feeling of melancholy that washes over anyone who has to say goodbye to a loved one in the strangely emotion-free confines of an airport. Singer/songwriter Andy McMaster sets the lyrics to a suitably mopey melody, and the arrangement features some nicely 10cc-like Big Pop touches, like the half-spoken delivery of the title line by the backing vocalists in the choruses. Although The Motors somewhat halfheartedly put on a trendy new wave persona, "Airport" is a classic old-school pop single unencumbered by such trend-hopping.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Approved by the Motors 1978 Virgin 4:38
D.I.Y.: Teenage Kicks: UK Pop (1976-79) 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 4:13
Dance Expolsion, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Polydor 4:29
Airport: The Motors' Greatest Hits 1995 Virgin
The Very Best of UK Punk [#2] 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 4:13
The Very Best of UK Punk [#1] 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 4:13
Teenage Kicks: 46 Classic Punk & New Wave Tracks 1995
Various Artists
PolyGram 4:25
No Image 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Fantastic 70's 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:26
Double Shot: New Wave 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:12
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 4:30
Decades: Story of the 60's, 70's & 80's [EMI] 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:31
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:30
Complete Punk Collection: Cash from Chaos 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:34
The Very Best of 1970s 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:36
Going Underground [Disky] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:34
One Hit Wonders [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Power Pop Anthems 2005
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 4:31
Extended Seventies: The Dawning of the 12 Inch Era 2006
Various Artists
Optimum 4:30
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Barking Mad
Soft Rock Ballads [EMI] 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
101 Jukebox Classics 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:32
Pure: 70s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:30
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 4:30
Top of the Pops: Seventies 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution
Top of the Pops: Punk & New Wave 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:30
The Ultimate Punk & New Wave Hits 2010
Various Artists
EMI 4:36
Going Underground 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:28
100 Hits: Super 70s 2011
Various Artists
Demon / EMI Music Distribution 4:29
100 Essential Tracks: Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:28
Essential: Car Classics
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:28
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:26
Lust for Life: The Music That Changed a Generation
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 6:44
Massive Hits! Punk Rock
Various Artists
EMI 4:31
Massive Hits! Seventies
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:32
New Wave Sound
Various Artists
Virgin
Original Hits: 70s Pop
Various Artists
EMI Gold
Ultime 80
Various Artists
EMI 4:27
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