This series is based on a book that my Dad bought me called NOW! That’s What I Call Music book! It’s a book that talks about every NOW! Album from the first on 28th November 1983 to NOW 91 which was released on 27th July 2015.
This isn’t a sponsored series but I’ve found the book on Amazon and I’ll put a link to that at the bottom of the post in case you want to buy the book and read along with me!
In this post, I’m going to be talking about the very first edition of the NOW! That’s What I Call Music collection the album titled ‘NOW! That’s What I Call Music!’ also known as NOW 1!
NOW That’s What I Call Music! Have a Spotify page and on that page, they’ve compiled playlists of the NOW Albums! I’m not sure why the NOW! Albums aren’t available on Spotify like other compilations are, my guess is copyright / licensing issues, but there’s a playlist for each album so it really isn’t a problem!
I’ll put the playlist for the original NOW! That’s What I Call Music album here, it features all the songs from the album that are available on Spotify.
When the album was first released it debuted at Number Seven on the UK Album chart and climbed to Number One two weeks later where it remained top for 5 non-consecutive weeks.
It was Number One from the week ending 17th December 1983 until 14th January 1984 when it was dethroned by Paul Young No Parlez before it reclaimed its title on 21st January 1984 to be dethroned once again a week later by Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
Clearly the zombies from Thriller killed the album off because it was never seen in the Number One spot again, although it did reach Number Three when it was rereleased in 2009!
I was about to write that this album is pure 1980s but duh that’s when it was released so of course it was pure 1980s! This album is full of songs that if you asked me to make a playlist of songs that represents the 1980s sound for me, pretty much all of these songs would be in that playlist!
Let’s take a look at the NOW 1 track list!
Record 1 – Side 1
- You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins
- Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran
- Red Red Wine – UB40
- Only For Love – Limahl
- Temptation – Heaven 17
- Give It Up – KC and the Sunshine Band
- Double Dutch – Malcolm McLaren
- Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Record 1 – Side 2
- Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
- The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
- Too Shy – Kajagoogoo
- Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield
- Down Under – Men At Work
- (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew – Rock Steady Crew
- Baby Jane – Rod Stewart
- Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) – Paul Young
- Candy Girl – New Edition
- Big Apple – Kajagoogoo
- Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner
- (Keep Feeling) Fascination – The Human League
- New Song – Howard Jones
- Please Don’t Make Me Cry – UB40
- Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
Record 2 – Side 2
- They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman
- Kissing With Confidence – Will Powers
- That’s All – Genesis
- The Lovecats – The Cure
- Water Front – Simple Minds
- The Sun And The Rain – Madness
- Victims – Culture Club
Culture Club, Kajagoogoo and UB40 all feature twice on this album, must have been a fantastic year for them!
I was smiling to myself as I typed the track list up wondering how many of my readers read Peabo Bryson’s name and instantly thought of “PB PB Who’s Peabo Bryson…” he’s so much more than just a lyric in a Nicki Minaj rhyme! He’s won Grammys and was featured on the first ever NOW! That’s What I Call Music!
My favourite tracks from each side are:
Record 1 – Side 1: Red Red Wine – UB40
Record 1 – Side 2: The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
Record 2 – Side 1: Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner
Record 2 – Side 2: The Lovecats – The Cure
This really is a great album though and I highly recommend that you all give it a listen!
I’m not intending on infringing any copyright laws with this series, nor is this series in anyway sponsored by the Now That’s What I Call Music franchise or any of its associates, I just want to share my love of the Now Albums and take a look back at an integral part of the history of modern music!
If you’d like to buy the book so that you can read it with me then here’s a link to where you can purchase the book on Amazon, I’m also not sponsored by Amazon nor is this in any way an affiliate link, I’ve just chosen to share the Amazon link because I know that Amazon is Worldwide and you, my readers, come from all over the world.
Click here to view the book in Amazon.
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