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Gary Numan / Cars

Although Gary Numan’s iconic synth-pop hit, Cars, was released in the summer of 1979, it would display enough staying power to become one of the biggest international hits of 1980. From his Lp, The Pleasure Principle, it remains a touchstone of the decade of excess, to this day.

Numan has continued to record over the years, and in 2021, released the album Intruder, on the BMG label.

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‘Til Tuesday / Love In A Vacuum

Released as a single by ‘Til Tuesday in 1985, Love In A Vacuum. From their Epic Records’ Lp, Voices Carry. Though not a huge charting song (it reached #88), it has since become a classic of the new wave era.

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OMD / Enola Gay

Released as a single in 1980, from OMD’s Organisation Lp, Enola Gay. Initially, the band was unsatisfied with the track, though they agreed with their record label that it might have the potential to be a pop hit. Today, many fans consider it to be one of their best songs.

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Devo / Girl U Want

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When In Rome / The Promise

Released as a single in September of 1987, The Promise, by When In Rome. From their self-titled Lp, it would quickly become an international hit, charting in the US, Europe and Australia.

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Thompson Twins / The Gap

From The Thompson Twins‘ 1984 Lp, Into The Gap. Although it broke the top 100 in several countries, The Gap was not issued as a single in The U.K.

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ABC / When Smokey Sings

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Spandau Ballet / To Cut A Long Story Short

Released by Spandau Ballet in November of 1980, as both a 7″ and 12″ single, To Cut A Long Story Short would be the band’s first taste of chart success in The U.K., Ireland and New Zealand.

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Strawberry Switchblade / Jolene

Released by the band in 1985 as a single on Warner Bros. Records. This cover of the Dolly Parton tune would become one of the group’s most popular songs, and was added to the Japanese release of their only Lp, Strawberry Switchblade.

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A Flock Of Seagulls / Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)

Released as a single in October of 1982, A Flock Of SeagullsWishing (If I Had A Photograph of You). It would be the only hit song from the band’s sophomore release.