The first track in tonight’s 80’s at 8 was Heartbreak Beat by the Psychedelic Furs. It was the lead single from their “Midnight to Midnight” album. Heartbreak Beat reached # 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.Heartbreak Beat was the only Psychedelic Furs track to land in the top 40. One of the things that sets “Heartbreak Beat” apart from other ’80s rock anthems is its sophisticated production. The song was produced by Chris Kimsey, who had previously worked with the Rolling Stones and had a reputation for creating rich, layered soundscapes. “Heartbreak Beat” is no exception, with its swirling synths, soaring guitar riffs, and driving percussion all combining to create a sonic landscape that perfectly captures the song’s emotional intensity. “Heartbreak Beat” is a perfect example of the Psychedelic Furs’ sound and style. With its blend of rock, punk, and new wave influences, the band created a sound that was both classic and cutting-edge. The music video for “Heartbreak Beat” is also a classic of the era. Directed by British filmmaker Tim Pope, the video was shot in black and white and features the band performing the song on a neon-lit stage, with surreal images and psychedelic effects projected onto the backdrop. The video perfectly captures the song’s mix of raw emotion and futuristic cool, and remains a favorite of fans to this day. You can watch the music video for Heartbreak Beat by The Psychedelic Furs below:
The second track in tonight’s 80’s at 8 was Catch my Fall by Billy Idol. It was the fourth release from his 1983 double platinum album Rebel Yell. Catch My Fall reached #24 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.One of the things that sets “Catch My Fall” apart from other ’80s ballads is its raw, emotional intensity. Idol’s vocals are filled with a sense of urgency and desperation, as he pleads for someone to rescue him from his own loneliness and despair. The song’s production is also top-notch, with a mix of guitars, keyboards, and percussion that perfectly capture the song’s mix of hard rock and new wave.