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Now That's What I Call Music

It was bound to happen sooner or later...

The 'Now That's What I Call Music' range of CDs has been going since 1983 and has spawned 71 compilations of Chart Hits. I had a number of the very early ones on cassette and vinyl (the last I got I think was #16 back in the late 80's when I was DJing parties, school discos, weddings and other events that wanted cheesy music).

Anyway, some bright spark - not content with churning out more compilations of current chart toppers - has decided to start reissuing the original series too. Or atleast they've just released "Now That's What I Call Music" - the very first compilation from 1983 - and I can imagine if it goes well they've got #2, #3 and so forth lined up to generate some extra cash.

So, what was the line-up for the first ever compilation. Well, funnily enough I'll tell you:

Disc 1
  1. Phil Collins - You Can't Hurry Love
  2. Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know
  3. UB40 - Red Red Wine
  4. Limahl - Only For Love
  5. Heaven 17 - Temptation
  6. K.C. & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up
  7. Malcolm McClaren - Double Dutch
  8. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  9. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
  10. Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
  11. Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
  12. Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow
  13. Men At Work - Down Under
  14. Rock Steady Crew - Hey You (Rock Steady Crew)
  15. Rod Stewart - Baby Jane
  16. Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat

 Disc 2

  1. New Edition - Candy Girl
  2. Kajagoogoo - Big Apple
  3. Tina Turner - Let's Stay Together
  4. Human League - Fascination
  5. Howard Jones - New Song
  6. UB40 - Please Don't Make Me Cry
  7. Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack - Tonight I Celebrate My Love
  8. Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know
  9. Will Powers - Kissing With Confidence
  10. Genesis - That's All
  11. The Cure - The Love Cats
  12. Simple Minds - Waterfront
  13. Madness - The Sun And The Rain
  14. Culture Club - Victims
You can buy it on Play.com for £11.99.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 12th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. What else can you say?

I see that the pig is missing though...

Please tell me that someone else remembers the pig; my husband is looking at me like I've lost it entirely.
Jan. 12th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Having just checked out the http://www.nowmusic.com/website it seems the 'Pig' didn;t debut until Now That's What I Call Music 3.

Follow the link and click on thr 1984 button to see the cover images and then show them to the hubby. I'm sure he'll understand and maybe even make you a cup of tea...:p
Jan. 12th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yes the Pigging Great value did indeed come later...
Jan. 12th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
He half-laughed sympathetically and carried on blowing up Super Mutants and big robots in Fallout 3.
Jan. 12th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough Mrs_crater owns that on vinyl! :)

IS that tracey Ullman I see on the cover?!
Jan. 12th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
**IS that tracey Ullman I see on the cover?!**

Yep. In the 'O'.
Jan. 12th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that they were also released on video and laserdisc - I used to have the laserdisc of the first one but I think I must have sold it because when I wanted to see one of the videos a couple of years ago I couldn't find it.
Jan. 12th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
LOVED it... and owned a copy of the first 5 or 6 once... no I never got them when they first came out- snagged them when I was a DJ for the collection...

Lost them years later!

Great album...

Jan. 12th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmm....never bought one, but I have a few of those tracks - 'Moonlight Shadow' is favourite, but I loathe, hate and detest 'The Love Cats'. I've also got that Genesis track - but annoying not the Human League one, which isn't on ANY of their albums, not even as a bonus track.
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Scarily, aside I guess from the fact that I own this on vinyl (along with the next 7 or 8) and could tell you exactly where they were in my house, I own the 3"? sized CD single of Moonlight Shadow although it must have been a re-release I guess.
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon


*bursts into song*

Karma karma karma karma karma chameleoooooon
You come and goooooo
You come and goooooo-ooooooo

*dances around the room*
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Jan. 13th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
You're getting old
Jan. 13th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Now That's NOT What I Call Music. No, really, there's only about a third of that compilation that I would willingly listen to and that's gone up since it's original release only due to the slight pangs of nostalgia. The collection really never left an impression on me, I must admit, but then as wide as my musical tastes may be they very rarely cross into chart music except by happenstance.
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