1. Blue Monday by New Order
Blue Monday came out in 1982 and peaked at no. 2 in the New Zealand charts for two weeks. It is believed to be about drug addiction and the line "How does it feel? To treat me like you do" was written under the influence of LSD, but when approached for their insight on this they said there wasn't "a great deal to tell behind the lyrics". It is also the best-selling 12-inch single of all time in Britain.*
2. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
How Soon Is Now came out in 1984 and charted at no.24 in the UK. It was named after a question posed in Marjorie Rosen's feminist film study, Popcorn Venus which was one of Morrissey's favourite books. How Soon Is Now was written by The Smiths guitarist Jimmy Marr and is about Morrissey's crippling shyness.*
3. I Love My Leather Jacket by The Chills
I Love My Leather Jacket came out in 1986 and charted at no. 4 in New Zealand. This song was written in memory of band member, Martyn Bull, who died of leukaemia, whose leather jacket was gifted to Martin Phillipps. Phillipps still owns the famous leather jacket to this day.
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart came out in 1980 and charted at no. 1 in New Zealand. It was the last song to come out from Joy Division with lead singer Ian Curtis singing before he died. The song reflects on Curtis' failing marriage.*
5.The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen
The Killing Moon came out in 1984 and charted at no. 12 in New Zealand. The song was inspired by David Bowie with lead singer Ian McCulloch saying "I played David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' backwards, then started messing around with the chords," and that "by the time I'd finished, it sounded nothing like 'Space Oddity.'"*
6. Making Plans For Nigel by XTC
Making Plans For Nigel was released in 1979 but still made it to our list, and we can't exclude an awesome song like this. It was written by bassist Colin Moulding who said that the song "all boils down to the same thing - parental domination", which is clear in the lyrics.*
7. A Forest by The Cure
A Forest was recorded in 1979 but released in 1980 and charted at 38 in New Zealand. It tells a vague story of the pursuit of a girl in a forest, which ends in loss and was the first Cure single to be released on the 12-inch single record format.*
8. Just Like Honey by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Just Like Honey was released in 1985 and was ranked number 2 among the "Tracks of the Year" for 1985 by NME magazine. This song is about cocaine addiction was The Jesus and Mary Chain's first big hit.*
9. Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes
Blister In The Sun was released in 1983 and has been popular for many years. It's about the strung-out feeling that comes from drug abuse and was a favourite on American college radio in the '80s. The album gradually sold over one million copies.*
10. Beatnik by The Clean
Beatnik was released in 1982 and charted at no. 4 in New Zealand. I couldn't find many facts on this song but one thing I know for sure is that we love it at The Garage, and so do you.
*Facts from Songfacts.
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