Various Artists

Sedated in the Eighties, Vol. 4

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An obvious contender with Living in Oblivion, Sedated in the Eighties wins this time out with a price-busting collection of B-sides, video-only oddities, and other bits of arcana. These cuts may not be the finest moments of these esoteric acts, but are definitely worth a listen and so much cooler than just another batch of songs you own, know by heart, and/or hear in car commercials. Sedated in the Eighties, Vol. 4 wisely assumes right off that its audience is hardcore. So relish the fact-filled liner notes and just push play: Blondie rips through a live assault on the Nerves' nugget "Hanging on the Telephone"; the bodacious Belinda Carlisle croons behind the Smithereens; Dream Academy covers the Smiths on a long lost Ferris Bueller deletion; Tears for Fears noodles (!); and the terrible Tubes let a surprise vocalist detail dreams of owning a "Satellite" TV. Score this disc before it too goes out of print.

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