Now That’s What I Call Music 8 to be reissued as a two-CD set

The 1986 compilation is released on CD for the first time

Now That's What I Call Music 8 2CD set
Now That’s What I Call Music 8

1986 ‘various artists’ compilation Now That’s What I Call Music 8 will be issued as a two-CD set for the first time later this month.

Issued in November 1986, just three months after number seven, Now 8 was a massive seller, going quadruple platinum in the UK and reaching number one in the charts. They actually all reached number one (except for Now 4) until the rules were changed to exclude compilations from the ‘main’ album chart (Now 13 was the last chart-topper, fact fans).

Now 8 contained “32 top chart hits” (a 17-track CD was also released) and is a decent compilation, starting particularly strongly with Duran Duran‘s transatlantic top ten hit ‘Notorious’ and the remix of Pet Shop Boys ‘Suburbia’ –  the fourth, and final single from ‘Please’.

Other popular hits of the day include Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush‘s ‘Don’t Give Up’ (Gabriel’s second consecutive appearance on a ‘Now’), Run DMC‘s ‘Walk This Way’, the Communards‘ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, Swing Out Sister‘s ‘Breakout’, Steve Winwood‘s ‘Higher Love’, Cameo‘s ‘Word Up’, The Cutting Crew‘s ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ and Robert Palmer‘s ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’.

I’d argue that this set is the last compilation in the series that still feels (more or less) like classic, high-quality, diverse ‘Eighties’ pop music. Subsequent sets still have their moments, of course, but as dance music (Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, M/A/R/R/S etc.) and Stock-Aitken-Waterman productions creep in, the tone shifts and perhaps some ‘magic’ is lost.

There’s no confirmation, yet, as to how faithful the reissue will be to the original 32-track collection (the lack of attention to detail around mixes and random omissions has been well documented) but if ‘they’ are going to have licensing issues, then let’s hope we lose Nick Berry this time (with his Eastenders-promoted) ‘Every Loser Wins’, rather than, say, David Bowie!

Now That’s What I Call Music 8 will be reissued as a two-CD set on 26 March 2021.

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Various Artists

Now 8 / Various


Original track listing. Reissue not confirmed.

  1. Notorious
    Duran Duran
  2. Suburbia
    Pet Shop Boys
  3. Walk This Way
    Run DMC
  4. Don’t Leave Me This Way
    The Communards
  5. Breakout
    Swing Out Sister
  6. Higher Love
    Steve Winwood
  7. (Forever) Live And Die
    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  8. In Too Deep
  9. Word Up
  10. I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You)
    Grace Jones
  11. Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)
    Mel & Kim
  12. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
    Jermaine Stewart
  13. Step Right Up
    Jaki Graham
  14. What Have You Done For Me Lately
    Janet Jackson
  15. Human
    The Human League
  16. I Wanna Wake Up With You
    Boris Gardiner
  17. Don’t Give Up
    Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
  18. Think For A Minute
    The Housemartins
  19. (Waiting For The) Ghost Train
  20. In The Army Now
    Status Quo
  21. Stuck With You
    Huey Lewis & The News
  22. One Great Thing
    Big Country
  23. Greetings To The New Brunette
    Billy Bragg
  24. (I Just) Died In Your Arms
    Cutting Crew
  25. You Keep Me Hanging On
    Kim Wilde
  26. Calling All The Heroes
    It Bites
  27. Waterloo
    Doctor & The Medics
  28. French Kissin’ In The USA
    Deborah Harry
  29. I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
    Robert Palmer
  30. The Wizard
    Paul Hardcastle
  31. (They Long To Be) Close To You
    Gwen Guthrie
  32. Every Loser Wins
    Nick Berry

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