All these sixteen singers were asked to choose their favourite eighties tune.
Christina Perri had chosen If I Could Turn Back Time by Iconic Cher
Birdy had chosen Lucky Star by Iconic Madonna
Rumer had chosen Arthur’s Theme by Christopher Cross
Iconic Chrissie Hynde had chosen Every Day Is Like Sunday by Morrissey
Dido had chosen Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
Katie Melua had chosen Wonderful Life by one hit wonder band Black
Amy MacDonald had chosen Waiting For A Star To Fall by another one hit wonder band Boy Meets Girl
Caro Emerald had chosen the classic Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangles
Legend Kylie Minogue had chosen the iconic Bette Davis Eyes by the great Kim Carnes
Iconic Dolly Parton (Feat Richie Sambora) had chosen Lay Your Hands by cult band Bon Jovi
London Grammar had chosen the beautiful Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Texas had chosen Don’t Talk To Me About Love by New Wave band Altered Images
The Pierces had chosen the legendary duet between Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, Don’t Give Up
Cult Lisa Stansfield had chosen You’re the Best Thing by The Style Council
Gabrielle Aplin had chosen That’s All by Genesis
Sophie Ellis-Bextor had chosen True Faith by cult band New Order
After their choice, they were challenged to sing the song and to record it. The same happened to other twenty one artists resulting in a brand new album, ‘Sounds of the 80s’, a unique collection celebrating music’s biggest, diverse and flamboyant decade recorded by some of today’s most popular contemporary acts. I have included my favourites on this list, being the most daring combination the one between Miss Kylie Minogue and Miss Kim Carnes. “Bette Davis Eyes” is one of my all time favourite tunes.
The entire double CD is simply fabulous and constitutes a continuous amazing discovery. It was great the idea of challenging stars that were already singing in the eighties and stars that had started recently.
Most of the original recordings sound better to me than the new ones, but still this is a truly interesting concept.