Monday, February 9, 2015

An '80's Mixtape List, in Honor of Eleanor and Park

Here's what you need to know about Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  It's a young adult novel set in the 1980's.  You will meet two bright, creative high school kids who find each other:  the bold and defiant Eleanor, who comes from a deeply troubled family, and the sweet and sensitive Park, who comes from a loving Korean-American family.  You will glimpse first love again from this book, with all the messy feelings and complications that come with it.  You will remember the 1980's.  You will think of mixtapes and the music of your own youth.

With all of this said, I made a mixtape list from my 1980's years: 

  1. "Someday, Someway" (Marshall Crenshaw)
  2. "Every Day I Write the Book" (Elvis Costello)
  3. "Swan Swan H" (REM)
  4. "Hounds of Love" (Kate Bush) 
  5. Behind the Wall of Sleep" (The Smithereens)
  6. "Tenderness" (General Public)
  7. "True" (Spandau Ballet)
  8. "Raspberry Beret" (Prince)
  9. "You Spin Me Round" (Dead or Alive)
  10. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order)
  11. "Tainted Love" (Soft Cell)
  12. "Tempted" (Squeeze)
  13. "Oh L'Amour" (Erasure)
  14. "Here Comes the Rain Again" (Eurythmics)
  15. "When U Were Mine" (Cyndi Lauper)
  16. "Desperate But Not Serious" (Adam Ant)
  17. "Let's Dance" (David Bowie)
  18. "Under the Milky Way" (The Church)
  19. "Time Clock of the Heart" (Culture Club)
  20. "I Melt With You" (Modern English)
I would love to hear from you in the comments - thoughts on Eleanor and Park, thoughts about '80's music, about mixtapes ...