The music that defined the 1980s has been assembled into Rhino's forthcoming compilation "Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)." Due July 2, the seven-disc set boasts 142 tracks in chronol
The music that defined the 1980s has been assembled into Rhino's forthcoming compilation "Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)." Due July 2, the seven-disc set boasts 142 tracks in chronological order, running the gamut of music styles that dominated the airwaves during the decade -- rock, new wave, heavy metal, pop, hip hop, and R&B.
According to the label, "Like, Omigod!" will feature 49 No. 1 hits from the era, as well as a host of top-10 tracks. Two long out-of-print songs -- Martin Briley's "The Salt in My Tears" and Franke & the Knockouts' "Sweetheart" -- are also included in the box, which carries a suggested retail price of $99.98.
Also featured are several of the novelty hits of the '80s including Bob & Doug McKenzie's "Take Off," Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl" (featuring daughter Moon Unit), Buckner & Garcia's "Pac-Man Fever," comedian Billy Crystal's "You Look Marvelous," and making its compact disc debut, the Afternoon Delights' "General Hospi-tale."
A limited edition of 25,000 copies of the collection will be housed in an 8" x 10" box with a sculpted rubber cover stamped with colorful "new wave" designs. The accompanying 90-page book features essays by noted pop culture historian Dan Epstein and Jamie Malanowski (former editor of Spy magazine), top-5 lists of '80s movies, trends, and television shows, a timeline of significant cultural events, as well as a plenty of pictures of pop culture icons.
Described as a "salute to the decade defined by excess and tackiness," "Like, Omigod!" continues in the vein of Rhino's past critically-acclaimed decade-oriented boxed sets: "Beg, Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box Of '60s Soul," "Have a Nice Decade: The '70s Pop Culture Box," and "Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience."