5 Songs That I Liked As A Teenager And I Foolishly Thought Gave Me Street Cred Because My Friends Had Never Heard Of Them
Money (That's What I Want) by the Flying Lizards, 1979. Melodic with just the right amount of cacophony, and the greatest deadpan vocals ever.
Lucky Number by Lena Lovich, 1979. Fab electronica overlaid with Lena's kooky vocals and eccentric stylings. (New Toy was excellent also.)
Love My Way by The Psychedelic Furs, 1981. Gravely vocals, a wonderful melody line and lush production values made into a track that manages to be tender, sad and a little angry.
Ever So Lonely by Monsoon feat. Sheila Chandra, 1982. Pre the 'World Music' pop phenomena Monsoon brought a fabulous mix of Indian rythms and instruments mixed with Western pop. Ever So Lonely was covered a couple of years ago, with most of the charm of the original being lost.
Guilty by Classix Nouveaux, 1982. New Romanticism meets Electronica, with a health mix of proto-Goth styling. Many years later lead singer Sal Solo went on to lead a Christian rock band.