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Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 8

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Following the brief dip of Vol. 7, Vol. 8 of Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's would have automatically seemed like a great listen, even if it wasn't as good as it is. However, a fortunate string of events made this one of the greatest collections of the series. It works because there's not just a bunch of big new wave hits, but because the cult favorites and miscellany filling out the rest of the collection are excellent as well. This, after all, is a disc that boasts Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen," one of the greatest singles of all time, plus Greg Kihn's tense "Jeopardy," Wall of Voodoo's wonderfully geeky "Mexican Radio," the Tubes' arena rock new wave "She's a Beauty," and Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science," along with such lesser-known favorites as Heaven 17's "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing," Thompson Twins' "Lies," Oxo's "Whirly Girl," Mental as Anything's "If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?," the Bluebells' lovely "Cath," Missing Persons' "Walking in L.A.," and Rachel Sweet's "Voo Doo." That might not be the kind of lineup that attracts a lot of listeners, since there aren't too many blockbusters, but it does result in a very, very entertaining listen, one of the better volumes of the series. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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