Now That’s What I Call Music 8

Aha! Another CD release. These things must have been getting popular!

Furthermore, PolyGram had decided to join the party now, so the choice of hits to include got just that little bit wider.

As with the experiment with Now 4, Now 8‘s CD release did not feature the full 32 tracks available on the vinyl / tape version.  The 17 tracks which did make it were handpicked from the original 32.  So, what CD buyers lacked in terms of quantity they more than made up for in quality.  E.g. the truly execrable Jermaine Stewart track We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off and the frankly EVEN worse* Every Loser Wins from Nick Berry were omitted.

Now 8 (vinyl and audio cassette) listing:

Side 1

Duran Duran – Notorious
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
Run D.M.C. – Walk This Way
Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – (Forever) Live and Die
Genesis – In Too Deep

Side 2

Cameo – Word Up!
Grace Jones – I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)
Mel & Kim – Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off
Jaki Graham – Step Right Up
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done for Me Lately
The Human League – Human
Boris Gardiner – I Want to Wake Up with You

Side 3

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
The Housemartins – Think for a Minute
Madness – (Waiting For) The Ghost Train
Status Quo – In the Army Now
Huey Lewis and the News – Stuck with You
Big Country – One Great Thing
Billy Bragg – Greetings to the New Brunette
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms

Side 4

Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
It Bites – Calling All the Heroes
Doctor & The Medics with Roy Wood- Waterloo
Debbie Harry – French Kissin’ in the USA
Robert Palmer – I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On
Paul Hardcastle – The Wizard
Gwen Guthrie – (They Long to Be) Close to You
Nick Berry – Every Loser Wins

Now 8 (CD) Listing:

Duran Duran – Notorious
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
Run DMC – Walk This Way
Cameo – Word Up
Grace Jones – I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)
Mel & Kim – Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)
Jaki Graham – Step Right Up
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
It Bites – Calling All the Heroes
Doctor & The Medics with Roy Wood – Waterloo
Debbie Harry – French Kissin’ in the USA
Huey Lewis and the News – Stuck with You
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
Madness – (Waiting For) The Ghost Train
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – (Forever) Live and Die
Genesis – In Too Deep

*I think that you did get the impression that Mr Stewart’s effort was in some way tongue in cheek.  Nick Berry was deadly serious…

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