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SONGS TO REMEMBER: Talking Heads - "Once In A Lifetime"

SONGS TO REMEMBER: Talking Heads - "Once In A Lifetime"

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: The Specials - "A Message To You Rudy"

SONGS TO REMEMBER: The Specials - "A Message To You Rudy"

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: Cabaret Voltaire - "Crackdown"

From the 1985 "Gasoline in Your Eye" tape.

Cabaret Voltaire were a British music group from Sheffield, England.

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: The Clash - "Should I stay or should I go" and "Clampdown", Live at US Festival 1983

The Clash came to a rather sad ending in May 1983. The group had every reason to be on the top of the world by this point: their previous LP, Combat Rock, was an enormous hit and their singles "Rock the Casbah" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go" were all over radio and MTV. But drummer Topper Headon was kicked out of the group for drug abuse in 1982, and Mick Jones and Joe Strummer were barely speaking.
They took a six-month break after the Combat Rock tour ended in November 1982, but a $500,000 offer from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to headline New Wave Day of the US Festival proved impossible to turn down. To warm up for the huge festival, the group went on a four-date tour of Texas and Arizona. Founding drummer Terry Chimes (who rejoined the band in 1982 after Headon got the boot) was once again out of the group by this point, so they took out an ad in Melody Maker and recruited 23-year-old Pete Howard.

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: Talking Heads - "This Must Be The Place" (Official Video)

From the album Speaking In Tongues

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LIVE: The Pogues - "Rainy Night in Soho", L'Olympia, 11/09/2012

"Rainy Night in Soho" by The Pogues - L'Olympia - 11/09/2012.

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS - "Echo Beach", Live on Rockstage, 1980

Martha and the Muffins live at Nottingham Theatre Royal 1980. Rockstage Track: Echo Beach.

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: The Clash - "The Call Up"

The Clash single The Call Up was released this week in 1980. Taken from the Sandinista! album, The Call Up tackled the issue of military conscription in light of the growing fear surrounding the Cold War.

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: Felt: "The Day The Rain Came Down"

Felt were a 1980s British alternative rock band led by Lawrence, whose surname was never listed in any credits or press; the band's name was inspired by Tom Verlaine's emphasis of the word "felt" in the Television song "Venus".

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: Pale Fountains - "Thank You"

SONGS TO REMEMBER: Pale Fountains’ “Thank You” single came out November 6, 1982. Here’s the original video.

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: The Feelies (with R.E.M. Peter Buck) - "See No Evil"

Performing Television's See No Evil at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA. March 7, 1987

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: "This Must Be the Place" by Talking Heads

SONGS TO REMEMBER: "This Must Be the Place" by Talking Heads, from the movie Stop Making Sense directed by Jonathan Demme, 1984.

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