This week Fred Hystere celebrates the 80s! However, there will be no whipping it good as you come on Eileen while she runs so far away. Instead, I’ll be sharing a few of MY favorite 80s songs. Finishing up the week is my favorite 80s song of all-time, Voices Carry, by ‘Til Tuesday.
I’m sure many of you are scratching your heads and wondering why Voices Carry is my favorite 80s song of all-time. Those that know me well, know that I’m a huge fan of all things Aimee Mann. I consider her, along with PJ Harvey and a few others, one of the greatest songwriters of my generation. For some reason her underrated, deceptively versatile, low voice has always spoken to me. I’ve always been able to understand what she’s saying; both from an annunciation and lyrical point of view.
It’s really funny how you become introduced to music and artists that you end up falling in love with. I can guarantee you that Aimee probably never imagined that Voices Carry would act as a gateway towards the type of profoundly special songwriter that she’s become. The song was my introduction to Aimee’s music when I saw the video in the early 90s after it was featured on some on one of VH1’s specials on 80s music. While the song is more 80s new wave-y than anything she’s ever released as a solo artist, I’ve always maintained it to be my favorite song from that decade; for sentimental reasons.
If nothing else, for me Voices Carry represents the growth that artists go through and the growth that we all go through as individuals. I will forever love this song for introducing me to Aimee’s music and hopefully you like it too. Check out the video below.