Times Of Our Lives: 1986 – Dial A Hit, Man!

OK, the briefest of possible posts tonight but 1986 is here.

A distinctly forgetable music year, genuinely. It was the year of acronym: BAD, REM, ACR – fine albums one and all. Indie stalwarts The Fall were on fine for while the Wedding Present built toward an outstanding debut album. The Style Council rescued Absolute Beginners soundtrack but can’t stop it being a risible film.

It was genuinely was.

There are 80 tracks here but frankly only half-a-dozen albums of note. Thankfully Elvis Costello gave us two of the finest.

My apologies for the brevity but time is precious tonight. Enjoy.

If the playlist doesn’t work for some reason, click here to listen in your browser.

Title Artist
Ghosts of Cable Street The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Word Up! Cameo
Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent Gwen Guthrie
C’mon Every Beatbox Big Audio Dynamite
Sheep The Housemartins
Brilliant Mistake Elvis Costello
Strangers When We Meet The Smithereens
Brilliant Mind Furniture
Paradise New Order
Bootsy A Certain Ratio
Kicks Flamin’ Groovies
Dear God XTC
Running Water Martin Stephenson And The Daintees
Let My People Go-Go The Rainmakers
Cuyahoga R.E.M.
TNK (Tomorrow Never Knows) Phil Manzanera
Thru the Flowers The Primitives
Get It On The Woodentops
Help Save the Youth of America Billy Bragg
This Damn Nation The Godfathers
Digging Your Scene The Blow Monkeys
World Where You Live Crowded House
Rat In Mi Kitchen UB40
All You Gotta Do Is Say The Prisoners
Terry Waite Sez The Fall
Soul Soldier Throwing Muses
Cities In Dust Siouxsie and the Banshees
Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head Elvis Costello & The Attractions
These Days R.E.M.
Long Gone Long The Rainmakers
Broken Promise New Order
Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel
Boat To Bolivia Martin Stephenson And The Daintees
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul XTC
Behind The Wall Of Sleep The Smithereens
Candyman Siouxsie and the Banshees
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
I Don’t Know For Sure Hüsker Dü
Rise Public Image Ltd.
Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House
The Marriage Billy Bragg
Parted from You The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Sleep Of The Just Elvis Costello
And Then She Smiles A Certain Ratio
Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough) Steve Earle
Deceiving Eye The Prisoners
It Can Be Done the redskins
Good Thing The Woodentops
America (She Can’t Say No) Throwing Muses
Levi Stubbs’ Tears Billy Bragg
Tokyo Storm Warning Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Beyond the Pale Big Audio Dynamite
Sweetest Chill Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Meeting Place XTC
We Love The Moon Royal Family and the Poor
Freaky Dancin’ Happy Mondays
The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game Anna Domino
A Gentle Sound – Original Demo The Railway Children
Let It Go The Bangles
Don’t Leave Me Behind Everything But The Girl
Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely Hüsker Dü
Once More The Wedding Present
Into The Groove(y) Ciccone Youth
If She Knew What She Wants The Bangles
Some Candy Talking The Jesus and Mary Chain
Promised Land The Prisoners
Have You Ever Had It Blue The Style Council
Honey Are You Straight Or Are You Blind Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Velocity Girl Primal Scream
This Boy Can Wait The Wedding Present
I Could Be In Heaven The Flatmates
I Was A Teenage Armchair Honved Fan Half Man Half Biscuit
Shirt of Blue The Men They Couldn’t Hang
The Honeythief Hipsway
Guitar Town Steve Earle
Eisenhower Blues Elvis Costello
Higher Love Steve Winwood
Walking The Bluebeat The Blow Monkeys
I’ll Be Your Shelter (Just Like A Shelter) The Housemartins
Dial a Hitman Big Audio Dynamite
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