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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Now 80's Hits' (EMI)
Artist - Various

Well, as the title plainly reveals, 2011 now sees another string to its ever-popular compilation series (based on the same concept from the UK) brought to the fore re: the NOW brand of music releases.

And this time it's a spectacular collection of '80s hits courtesy of some of the biggest bands (and catchiest singles) from an era that (THANK GOD) just won't be forgotten or go away!

A #1 hit from 1987, '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life' from Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (from the massive hit film Dirty Dancing) is first up, with Cyndi Lauper's classic 'Time After Time (Clean Album Version)' backing it up. Men At Work's 1983 hit 'Down Under' (which still has a great music video to this day!) is followed by Kenny Loggins' uber-classic 'Footloose,' before the en mass pop-dance monster Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax' is loving upon us!

Duran Duran's 1986 #2 hit 'Notorious' is next, with Naked Eyes' infectious 'Always Something There To Remind Me' and Billy Idol's #1 from 1987, 'Mony Mony' following. Bubbly threesome Bananarama and their cover of 'Venus' is backed by the always-beautiful Kim Wilde and her own version of 'You Keep Me Hanging On.'

'Take Me Home Tonight / Be My Baby' from Eddie Money is next, with the brilliant, then-journeyman musician John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band's 'On the Dark Side' - from the soundtrack of the hit 1983 movie Eddie and the Cruisers. Another cult classic is next in the form of Billy Vera & The Beaters' 'At This Moment' - a song, as witnessed by my good self, that Michael Buble covered on his tour last year - and then come both 'Open Arms' (Journey) and the #7 chart hit from INXS in 1988, 'Never Tear Us Apart.'

The powerhaus disc comes to a close with the powerhaus ballad from Phil Collins, 'Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)' (from the movie of the same name - although, did you know its original title was to be 'How Can You Just Sit There?'), then 'Heat Of The Moment' (Asia), and finally Crowded House's 1987 #2 hit, 'Don't Dream It's Over.'