Get ready for Radio 2’s Sound of the 80s compilationBy Editor
Great news! Now you will know all the tunes at the union’s 80s night
Well Radio 2 and Warner Music have come together to bring about a brand new compilation, 'Sound of the 80s' which will feature hot current talent like Ed Sheeran,Kylie Minogue, Olly murs, London Grammar and R&B croon sensation Sam Smith.
All the songs appearing on the 37-track strong album have been recorded in a studio, and haven't been released before.
Ed Sheeran - Atlantic City: Taking on Springsteen is something that most artists these days are weary of, and rightly so; he's not called the boss because he makes terrible music. However, the flamed-haired wonder knows his way around a melody and of course an acoustic guitar.
Chrissie Hynde - Every Day Is Like Sunday: Just because The Pretenders frontwoman was making music in the decade in question doesn't mean she can't offer her take on a singer of the era. Bringing out an emotion akin to the original Morrissey version, there's something touching about this rendition. And she doesn't even do it in a funny voice.
Boyzone -The Whole of the Moon: This could be perhaps the most oddball choice of cover for Louis Walsh's first love, but somehow the lads pull it off. Ronan obviously leads the way, but the other ones ( I think one of them is called Keith?) hold their own.
Passenger - Romeo & Juliet: The ultimate dad band, The Dire Straits, don't really attract young artists when doing a cover, but Passenger went for it and it works. They make you realise how good Mark Knopfler is at songwriter. Let's hope a German tech-house artist does some kind of rework of Walk of Life.
There are of course many other interesting interpretations of some eighties classics. Speaking about her passion for the decade Kylie Minogue said: "I have always loved 'Bette Davis Eyes', by Kim Carnes. It marks a point in time for me as a young teenager in Australia, crazy about pop music. What a thrill to cover this amazing and seminal song."
Sara Cox, who has a live lounge of her own with the 80s twist, will be playing some of the tracks over the coming weeks.
Full tracklisting as follows:
1. Sam Smith- How Will I Know (Whitney Houston)
2. Ed Sheeran -Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen)
3. The Script- Drive (The Cars)
4. Christina Perri- If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)
5. Passenger- Romeo & Juliet (Dire Straits)
6. Birdy-Lucky Star (Madonna)
7. Rumer -Arthur’s Theme (The Best That I Can Do) (Christopher Cross)
8. Chrissie Hynde-Every Day Is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
9. Dido- Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat)
10. Katie Melua -Wonderful Life (Black)
11. Amy MacDonald- Waiting For A Star To Fall (Boy Meets Girl)
12. Caro Emerald -Walk Like An Egyptian (The Bangles)
13. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott -Caravan of Love (Isley Jasper Isley/ The Housemartins)
14. The Shires- Islands In the Stream(Kenny Rodgers & Dolly Parton)
15. Train -Holding Back the Years (Simply Red)
16. Level 42-Need You Tonight (INXS)
17. Kaiser Chiefs-Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
18. Manic Street Preachers -Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones)
1. Olly Murs-Let’s Groove (Earth Wind & Fire)
2. Kylie Minogue- Bette Davis Eyes ( Kim Carnes)
3. Dolly Parton Feat Richie Sambora Lay Your Hands On Me ( Bon Jovi)
4. James Blunt- I Guess That’s Why they Call It the Blues (Elton John)
5. London Grammar-Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
6. Will Young- Teardrops (Womack & Womack)
7. Shane Filan-True Colours (Cyndi Lauper)
8. Texas- Don’t Talk To Me About Love (Altered Images)
9. Millers Daughter- Head Over Heels (Tears For Fears)
10. The Pierces- Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)
11. Ward Thomas -Man In The Mirror( Michael Jackson)
12. Boyzone -The Whole of the Moon (The Waterboys)
13. Kian Egan- Run To You (Bryan Adams)
14. Jermain Jackman- I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
15. Si Cranstoun -Tell Her About It (Billy Joel)
16. Overtones -Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!)
17. Lisa Stansfield -You’re the Best Thing (The Style Council)
18. Gabrielle Aplin-That’s All (Genesis)
19. Sophie Ellis-Bextor-True Faith (New Order)