I’m always on the hunt for new music to play on my Future Flashbacks shows, and that includes now wave takes on classic new wave tracks from the 80s. There are plenty spread across the modern wave terrain, but I’ve found many concentrated on tribute albums, cover compilations, and even entire cover version albums by single artists and bands. Here’s a list of some of the major albums from which I’ve plucked tracks to play on my show. Simply click on the cover art to be taken to the track listing. Know of any other goodies? Shoot me a message about them! I’ll add to the list as I discover more.
ARTIST SPECIFIC COVER COMPILATIONS
JUST LIKE HEAVEN – A TRIBUTE TO THE CURE
GOTH ELECTRO TRIBUTE TO DEPECHE MODE
AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK: GREEK TRIBUTE TO DEPECHE MODE
MAKING PATTERNS RHYME: A TRIBUTE TO DURAN DURAN
THE FIXX – AN ELECTRONIC TRIBUTE
TRUE FAITH: A TRIBUTE TO NEW ORDER
HERESY – A TRIBUTE TO RATIONAL YOUTH
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE – A TRIBUTE TO THE SMITHS
NOBODY’S DIARY – A TRIBUTE TO YAZOO
THE MANY FACES OF SERIES
This series covers various genres of music, with plenty of new wave and alternative artists in the mix, including The Smiths, The Police, Depeche Mode, Ramones, Iggy Pop, Joy Division, David Bowie, The Cure, and more. They are all 3-disc collections that include a variety of artist related tracks, including solo projects by members of the bands, rare tracks, live stuff, cover versions, music that inspired the bands, and more. Note that most of these releases are comprised of previously released tribute albums with some new material included. For instance, both The Smiths and The Cure releases include the tribute albums listed above plus more content.
GENERAL 80s COVER COMPILATIONS
UNDO – BACK TO 80s
SKY HIGH SOUNDTRACK
An entire movie soundtrack of 80s covers!
ATOMIC BLONDE SOUNDTRACK
A mix of original new wave hits and covers.
SOUNDS OF THE 80s
2 volumes of covers, each with 2 CDs!
COVER ALBUMS BY SPECIFIC ARTISTS
BLANCMANGE – HAPPY FAMILIES TOO…
Blancmange remakes their own album!
BRONSKI BEAT – THE AGE OF REASON
Bronksi Beat remakes their album The Age of Consent and the EP Hundreds & Thousands.
BROTHERTIGER PLAYS: TEARS FOR FEARS SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR
Brothertiger totally remakes the hit album from Tears for Fears.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN– THE STARS, THE OCEANS & THE MOON
The band covers all its own biggest tracks.
ELECTRIC SIX – MIMICRY AND MEMORIES / YOU’RE WELCOME
Special collections from Electric Six consisting of cover versions fans wanted to hear.
PETER GABRIEL – SCRATCH MY BACK AND I’LL SCRATCH YOURS
On this 2-disc set, Peter Gabriel covers other artist’s songs on one disc, while the other consists of artists covering his songs!
BILLY IDOL– REVITALIZED
An updated version of Vital Idol with all new remixes.
INERTIA – KLONED
This electronic rock band covers plenty of new wave classics on this album.
INFORMATION SOCIETY – ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE
The 80s electronic band covers songs by many of their 80s peers.
LILLIES AND REMAINS – RE/COMPOSITION
This alternative band does an album of covers from mostly alternative bands, including the likes of Depeche Mode, Suicide, Killing Joke, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, and Gang of Four.
MARSHEAUX – A BROKEN FRAME
The female electronic duo, no strangers to covering 80s new wave, does a complete cover version of Depeche Mode’s second album.
MOVING UNITS – COLLISION WITH JOY DIVISION
Moving Units does an entire album of Joy Division songs.
PARRALOX – the HOLIDAY SERIES
This synthpop band has always recorded a mix of originals and covers of 80s classics, but they’ve now made it a tradition to end the year with a “Holiday” collection of covers for fans.
POWERMAN 5000 – COPIES, CLONES & REPLICANTS
The hardcore electronic rock band covers some 80s classics.
REAL LIFE – SEND ME AN ANGEL: 80s SYNTH ESSENTIALS
Real Life takes on many new wave classics on this collection of covers.
DUNCAN SHEIK – COVERS EIGHTIES REMIXED
After Duncan Sheik released a collection of mellow covers of 80s songs, this follow-up remix CD gave most of the songs the new wave touch they lacked.
WEST END GIRLS – GOES PETSHOPPING
A female duo covers all the Pet Shop Boys classics.
KIM WILDE – SNAPSHOTS
Kim Wilde takes on many 80s classics on this collection.
CLAN OF XYMOX – KINDRED SPIRITS
Dark synth wave band digs deeper rather than go with the most obvious covers on this collection.