A while back, I mentioned that the famous video of "Take on Me" (possibly the first music video I ever saw, and certainly one of my favorites) had been briefly available at the iTunes Store, but had then been taken down.
As you can see by following the link above, it's now back. Catchy tune, cute guys, falling into the world of a comic book--what more could you want in an '80s pop video?
I also just discovered that another long-awaited piece has finally shown up at the iTunes Store. For some time now, they've had Nena's 2003 album 20 Jahre, featuring modern performances of a bunch of her songs. The presence of this album duped a lot of people into buying the version of "99 Luftballons" (the catchiest song about global nuclear war that I know of) that it includes. But now, finally, you can get the real thing: the original "99 Luftballons" (German) and "99 Red Balloons" (English), along with the rest of the 99 Luftballons album. Pop nostalgia at its finest. Very satisfying to finally have this. I ended up buying the whole album, 'cause there are a bunch of other kinda catchy light '80s pop tunes on it.
Speaking of German pop songs that made it big in America, the iTunes Store has had the German version of Peter Schilling's "Major Tom" for some time, but sadly still hasn't acquired the English version. There's a '94 EP with various remixes, but that's not the same.
I continue to find it remarkable how much '80s pop culture got into my head, given how hard I tried to avoid it at the time.