LOVE MY WAY

Artist: Psychedelic Furs

Genre: Post-punk

Notable lyrics:

They’d put us on a railroad
They’d dearly make us pay
For laughing in their faces and
Making it our way there’s
Emptiness behind their eyes
There’s dust want to steal us all and
Take us all apart
But not in

Love my way it’s a new road
I follow where my mind goes

The movie ‘Call Me By Your Name’ had a lot of good music to offer, including this gem. It’s also been my ringtone for a long time now. I’ll have to admit, that was a good call, pun intended.

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in London in February 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs were one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. ‘Their 1981 song “Pretty In Pink” was picked by director John Hughes as the title of his 1986 teen movie and the re-made version of the song became their biggest hit ’til then’. Released in 1982 as a part of their 3rd studio album, ‘Love My Way’ has become one of their most popular songs.

The 80’s were known for a lot of things, but mostly for the excellent records produced. The era, succeeding some of the biggest musical revolutions, had its way with the technology, paving a way to musical innovations, and the ‘British independent wave’. Basically, a whole lot of garage bands came into the open, and started putting out music of their own authenticity. This created another revolution, and gave rise to the ‘alternative’ genre that slowly spread to all parts of the world, until the punk-rock and grunge wave came into being in the 90’s.                                                                                While I never saw the glam of the aforementioned epoch the way it was probably meant to be seen, a few English bands of the time (The Smiths, The Cure, and so on) caught my attention, including this particular song of the band – after listening to it for the fourth time, that is.                                                                                                                                   Being one of the very few 20th century songs to use a xylophone in it, ‘Love My Way’ saw the forthcoming post-punk scene. Not so much punk, albeit, there’s definitely that congenital sultry charm to it; might be the eccentric video, or the bizarre costumes and make-up. Richard Butler’s carefree voice and Bowie-edge certainly accentuates that bit. Furthermore, the drums were a brilliant addition. With the xylophone and the drums blending in perfectly, the song surely was popular at Discos everywhere; probably still is, because this song is definitely worth the dance of a lifetime. The lyrics are obviously well-written; I mean, which 80’s “independent” band doesn’t have a quirky and intellectual lyricist? ‘In an interview with Creem in 1982, Richard Butler stated that the song was “basically addressed to people who are fucked up about their sexuality, and says ‘Don’t worry about it.’ It was originally written for gay people.”’ In that sense, it does sound like a proper escapade. And if 80’s music was famous for anything, it was for catering to the gay communities.

YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD)

Artist: Dead Or Alive

Genre: 80’s pop

Notable Lyrics:

If I, I get to know your name
Well if I, could trace your private number, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re lots of fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
I want some, want some

I set my sights on you
(And no one else will do)
And I, I’ve got to have my way now, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re havin’ fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out, here I come

You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round
Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round
Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round

I, I got to be your friend now, baby
And I, would like to move in just a little bit closer

If there were 2 words to sum the 80’s up, they’d be ‘fabulous’ and ‘interesting’.

Not to be confused with Florida’s track ‘you spin me right round’ (which is just a remixed version of this song), this classic tune was made famous by the hit Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore film ‘the wedding singer’. The song has further been used in several movies and T.V. shows. The band, ‘Dead or Alive’, was an English band which was formed in the high-rise of 80’s pop music. The front-man, Pete Burns, was mainly known for his eccentric outfits and his effeminate dancing style.

The 80’s had its fair share of ‘songs meant for a crush’, and this one’s quite popular in that sphere. Being one of their more popular songs, the song speaks about the desires one has for the ‘objects of their affection’ and the feelings thereby ensured. It’s an authentic 80’s tune with grooves and funk in all the right places. The 80’s style of experimenting with music videos is also quite apparent, with Burns dancing his way through your heart (and into your pants. kidding. or not.).

The song might not be desirable to everyone, owing to the coarse singing and the aged beats, but that’s therein lies the entire charm of the song. The drums, the disco themed costumes, the big hair and the shrill tunes, all form essential parts of a typical 80’s song. What’s also endearing is the blatant lyrics and Pete’s glamour, paving way for more ‘fabulousness’ than what’s usual. Be what may, this song rightfully has earned its position on the list of ‘best of 80’s’, and I’ll stand by it.