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Some groups have put out greatest hits/best of's when they only have one good song .I just listened to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark-Best of OMD and there was one good song on it !Maybe there were a couple others I could bear to listen to again but 16 songs and 75% of them suck.

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Some groups have put out greatest hits/best of's when they only have one good song .I just listened to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark-Best of OMD and there was one good song on it !Maybe there were a couple others I could bear to listen to again but 16 songs and 75% of them suck.

 

If you lived in the UK, you'd probably think differently - OMD were MASSIVE here in the 80s. I get the impression they were more of a 'cult' band in the US (a bit like, say, The Smiths.)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestral_Manoeuvres_in_the_Dark

 

I liked a handful of their songs (mainly the stuff from from 1980/81, like 'Enola Gay' and 'Joan Of Arc' ... although 'If You Leave' from the 'Pretty In Pink' soundtrack is a pretty good pop song.) I always preferred the 'darker' synth stuff, like Gary Numan and Japan ....

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^^^^ Oh,you'd be surprised.My next one is Oingo Boingo-Best of Boingo.Another band that I heard the song Weird Science from the movie with the same name.17 songs on the CD and that is the best one.Most of the other songs suck.

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There are far too many bands out there with 'Greatest Hits' or 'Best Of' collections to their name (some have several - how the hell does THAT work, unless your band happens to be Queen?)

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Big difference between "Best Of" and "Greatest Hits."

 

Yeah, you'd like to think so ... some bands/labels seem to think the terms are interchangeable ...

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I've always regarded greatest hits releases as something aimed straight at people with a very limited scope based squarely on the, "if I didn't hear it on the radio, it isn't any good" mentality. You know - those who think radio airplay is the ONLY measuring stick of a song and artist's worth. You know - people, who insist Disco Duck is a quality song because it was a hit on the radio. You know - grinning simpletons, who keep the suits and ties at record companies rolling in dough. You know - stupid, fucking, goddamn idiots with no mind of their own. It takes an intelligent person to listen to entire studio albums and decide what they like or don't like. It takes a mindless sheep to allow record companies and radio stations to tell them what they should like, and then preach that mentality as gospel truth.

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