Which Alternative 80's Song Are You?

The 80's was a pinnacle decade for varieties of Alternative music. From Punk to New Wave to Electronic to College Radio - it was all magical.

Shawn Eckert
Created By Shawn Eckert
On Mar 29, 2017

Choose one of these movies to watch Friday night.

What instrument did you play in Grade, Middle, High School or College?

You're going out Friday night with friends. Where do you go?

You have a chance to get U2 tickets for Chicago. However, they're $200 (right now, because you have to get them aftermarket), and you may have to stay overnight in Chicago ($$$). What say you?

Who is Michael Hutchence?

Who sang the college radio hit "A Girl Like You"?

It's Prom. What song do you hope the DJ plays?

Everyone's going to the reunion made up the way they looked back in the day. How do you look?

What do you listen to these days?

What do your kids listen to (or nieces and nephews)?

Erasure - Chains of Love

Erasure - Chains of Love

You love electronic beats and melodic, beautiful vocals. You're a hopeless Romantic like Andy Bell.

The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary

The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary

You love to rock, but mainstream roll didn't appeal. You're edgy and prob' loved a good party like Ian Astbury.

Depeche Mode - People Are People

Depeche Mode - People Are People

Your love of traditional electro had you listening to Dave, Martin and the boys from the get go. When this song hit, you either discovered them or loved them more. You prob still do.

R.E.M. - Orange Crush

R.E.M. - Orange Crush

You're rootsy and folksy, but the traditional Dylan stuff may not have been edgy enough, or too "old." Then you discovered Michael Stipe and R.E.M. The rest was history.

Ministry - Halloween

Ministry - Halloween

Traditional and soft electro was OK, but you needed something deeper, maybe darker, maybe more edgy. Then you heard Al Jourgensen and Ministry. Done deal. Afterwards, you may have fully joined the Industrial Movement.

Real Life - Send Me an Angel

Real Life - Send Me an Angel

Perhaps you liked a mix of electro and rockfish sentiments. You saw Real Ife one morning on MTV before school. It fit, much like the Psychedelic Furs.

Tears For Fears - Shout

Tears For Fears - Shout

You needed more rock than keyboards. In addition, you needed more edge. 'Shout' gave you everything you needed. It didn't hurt that "Songs From the Big Chair" was undoubtedly the best album of 1985. Period.

Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)

Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)

Maybe you got your dose of alt' music from a soundtrack like, oh say, "Breakfast Club" for instance.