David Bowie, George Michael, The Clash, Nena, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and A Flock Of Seagulls of course need no introduction, and they all contribute absolutely killer songs here. Rubbing shoulders with these A-listers are lesser known acts such as Re-Flex, whose track "The Politics of Dancing" was a minor hit in the UK and is a pure '80s synth-pop banger from start to finish. After The Fire went from playing uninspired prog rock to recording the should-have-been classic "Der Kommissar," full of funky guitar licks and a chorus so hook-laden it should be illegal. "Voices Carry" by American new wave band 'Til Tuesday features Aimee Mann on vocals and is an all-timer everyone needs on vinyl.
The record is rounded out by a series of covers of classic '80s tracks. Industrial noise pop band HEALTH offering a fresh take on New Order's "Blue Monday" which turns the cold original into a sublime slice of melodic mayhem that breaks down into into electro shoegaze before going full dance floor to finish. LEX recording artists Kaleida supply a moody ethereal version of Nena's "99 Luftballons." And finally composer Tyler Bates teams up with Marilyn Manson for a cover of Ministry's "Stigmata," which sounds like Manson going back to his Spooky Kids roots, and is urgent as all hell.