For Gen Xers, ’80s top 40 was vibrant, often goofy and full of joy. The New Wave portion featured plenty of dance-worthy classics that have passed the test of time. Thank goodness for package deals such as the Human Regeneration Tour, featuring Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Human League, Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes.
Those acts together compiled about 20 top 40 hits. Access talked to Carlisle, Martin Fry of ABC and Phil Oakey of the Human League.
Lead singer the Go-Go’s, solo artist, now lives in France
Hits included: “Mad About You,” “Heaven Is a Place on Earth,” “Leave a Light On.”
Atlanta memory: “We used to love visiting this restaurant called Pittypat’s Porch. We ate there every time we came.”
Latest album: “I have no desire to make a pop album. But I wanted to make a French standards album. I always had a little chanteuse in me. It actually ended up sounding half-decent. It was a labor of love but did pretty well worldwide.”
On why she became a judge on MTV’s show on rock singers’ kids, “Rock the Cradle”: “I was in Los Angeles to get my license renewed. I was sitting next to Carol Burnett. Someone called and said they needed a judge on this show. I loved the premise and had a blast.”
Upside/downside of France: “The toilets are filthy. But the food is amazing. They have tomatoes that taste like tomatoes.”
Her favorite Human League song: “Don’t You Want Me.” “It’s a classic. It’s fresh every time you listen to it. Same with ‘Tainted Love’ or ‘Come on Eileen.’”
Lead singer of ABC