Now That’s What I Call Music 9

We move into 1987 with Now 9. Things in the pop world were starting to take a down turn – the quality on this compilation, I think, bears that out.

Obviously there’s some good stuff, but the amount of filler has definitely increased.  And here’s me thinking that having an extra partner on board the project would make the choice of good stuff that little bit wider.  That said, it’s got Europe’s Perfect Poodle Pop Power Splurge The Final Countdown so I suppose it can’t be all that bad*.

Again, the CD release was a single disc only, so only half of the tracks chosen for the vinyl / cassette release were included.

Now 9 (vinyl and audio cassette) listing:

Side 1

Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
Mental As Anything – Live It Up
Simply Red – The Right Thing
Erasure – Sometimes
Robbie Nevil – C’est La Vie
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love

Side 2

Boy George – Everything I Own
UB40 – Rat in Mi Kitchen
Gap Band – Big Fun
5 Star – Stay Out Of My Life
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Bananarama – A Trick of the Night
Berlin – Take My Breath Away

Side 3

Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
Ben E. King – Stand by Me
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth
The Communards – So Cold the Night
Steve Silk Hurley – Jack Your Body
Taffy – I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio)
Nick Kamen – Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
A-Ha – Manhattan Skyline

Side 4

Westworld – Sonic Boom Boy
Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
Genesis – Land of Confusion
Europe – The Final Countdown
Gary Moore – Over the Hills and Far Away
Ward Brothers – Cross That Bridge
The Pretenders – Hymn to Her

Now 9 (CD) listing:

Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
Mental As Anything – Live It Up
Simply Red – The Right Thing
Robbie Nevil – C’est La Vie
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
Boy George – Everything I Own
UB40 – Rat in Mi Kitchen
5 Star – Stay Out Of My Life
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth
Genesis – Land of Confusion
The Pretenders – Hymn to Her

*Note, this is deliberately ambiguous. Whether or not I liked The Final Countdown is a matter of confusion for me even now, all these years later.

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