This is the quintessential mix tape from my teen years. Yes, I was teen in the 80's when we all thought the world would end with Reagan pushing a button so there's a certain undercurrent of despair and lack of care for a tomorrow that won't come to the music.
I can't take credit for this mix. A female friend made it and gave copies to everybody in my circle of friends. Originally created on a 90 minute tape, she "remastered" it onto CD for everyone when collecting mp3s became big in the late 90's.
I think it has a bit of a "dark" John Hughes movie vibe to it.
Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
The Alarm - The Stand
Lords of the New Church - Open Your Eyes
Oingo Boingo - Not My Slave
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love
Love and Rockets - No New Tale to Tell
Smithereens - Blood and Roses
Planet P - Why Me
PIL - Order of Death
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
The Cure - Let's Go to Bed
Concrete Blonde - Still in Hollywood
Duran Duran - Planet Earth
Shriekback - Nemesis
The Vapors - Turning Japanese
The Church - Under the Milky Way
And yep, I still pop it in every few months for a listen.