Friday, 20 July 2018

You Can Dance if You Want To

The nation's media has been swamped lately by the news that the Now That's What I Call Music series of compilation albums has reached its 100th edition!

It seems like only yesterday [actually, it was 1983!] since the first telly adverts arrived, announcing "an unmissable collection of today's hits". Everyone used to get them as birthday or Xmas prezzies! My first, a gatefold double vinyl LP, was NTWICM #5 (as pictured above).

But what was on the very first NOW! compilation? Here's the track-list...

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


17: Candy Girl - New Edition
18: Big Apple - Kajagoogoo
19: Let's Stay Together - Tina Turner
20: (Keep Feeling) Fascination - The Human League
21: New Song - Howard Jones
22: Please Don't Make Me Cry - UB40
23: Tonight, I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
24: They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman
25: Kissing With Confidence - Will Powers
26: That's All - Genesis
27: The Lovecats - The Cure
28: Waterfront - Simple Minds
29: The Sun And The Rain - Madness
30: Victims - Culture Club

And from it? My choice, among the cornucopia of delights, is an eminently suitable choon for our traditional end-of-week bop.

Here's Montreal's finest, worldwide one-hit-wonders - it's Men Without Hats!

Thank Disco Now That's What I Call Music it's Friday!

Have a good one...


  1. Now! 100??? Where does time go? My first was Now! 13, with tape 1 being the most played (I only really liked Jane Wiedlin's "Rush Hour" on tape 2).

    1. You mean you weren't a fan of "We Call It Acieed" nor the Wee Papa Girl Rappers? I am surprised. Jx


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