The 1980s, especially the early part of the decade, changed music, and fashion, and television. If you wanted your MTV, you could beginning in 1981. The videos shown by MTV (when MTV actually showed videos) would change the musical landscape.
Thankfully, the network also gave people the capability of seeing a lot of bands that their local radio stations might not be playing yet. Sure, MTV seems like a wasteland now. But in the early 1980s, it was needed.
There was a great abundance of wonderful music in the decade. So much wonderful music, in fact, that many songs may be overlooked now. Here are three songs that you should be playing on your streaming devices this week.
Three songs from the 1980s that you need to hear this week
Psychedelic Furs - "Here Come Cowboys"
From the band's 1984 album, Mirror Moves, which featured other excellent tracks like "Heaven" and "The Ghost in You," "Here Come Cowboys" might get a little lost on your playlist because it didn't chart well as a single and it gets overshadowed by other Psychedelic Furs tunes like "Love My Way." But "Here Come Cowboys" is an earworm that is simply too fun not to love.
The quirky verses lead into a blooming chorus with lyrics that seem to have nothing to do with the rest of the song. No matter, you'll be singing this for the next week. Play it on holidays to confuse friends and family.
David Bowie - "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
A fairly straightforward rock song about a woman going mad? If you are looking for a song like that then this banger from David Bowie's 1980 album with the same title as the song is the one for you. The production is tinny and perfect for the track.
Robert Fripp plays lead guitar on the tune and is a fantastic fit. George Murray's bass thumps. Bowie, in Cockney accent, bounces and seems somewhat sinister.
Madness - "It Must Be Love"
This track was originally put out in 1971 by Labi Siffre but Madness made it completely their own. The song starts with a simple piano riff until eventually being fleshed out by the entire band. It's a bittersweet ska song that you'll be dancing alone to in your room for decades.
The video is a bit fittingly odd as well. Guitarist Chris Foreman appears at the onset of the video warning viewers not to attempt the stunt that is yet to come, and then the video features killer whales, band members playing under the surface of the water, singing over a grave, and musicians playing in a white room. It's weird. But it's also amazing.