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Various Artists “First Generation: Virgin 25 Years”


Disc: 1

  1. Tubular Bells (Excerpt) - Mike Oldfield
  2. Don't You Want Me - Human League
  3. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
  4. Making Plans For Nigle - XTC
  5. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  6. Pretty Vacant - The Sex Pistols
  7. Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins
  8. Somedays - Neneh Cherry
  9. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
  10. Red Red Wine - UB40
  11. Died In Your Arms, (I Just) - Cutting Crew
  12. Straight Up - Paula Abdul Listen Now
  13. The Passenger - Iggy Pop

Disc: 2

  1. Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
  2. Tommorrow People - Ziggy Marley
  3. I Got 5 On It - Luniz/Michael Marshall
  4. Boombastic - Shaggy
  5. Protection - Massive Attack
  6. Close To You - Maxi Priest
  7. Wannabe - Spice Girls
  8. Return To Innocence - Enigma
  9. Low - Cracker
  10. Between You And Me - DC Talk
  11. Ground On Down - Ben Harper
  12. Block Rockin Beats - The Chemical Brothers

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Most people think of Virgin Records as the multinational recording conglomerate that has proven to be one of the giants of the industry in the 1990s. Indeed, that is true. However, like a lot of big dinosaurs, they got their start as one of the most feisty independents of their time. Virgin XXV Years collects a lot of label material that reflects their irreverence and eclecticism, as well as their excellent commercial instincts.

The label got off to a roaring start in the mid-'70s with Mike Oldfield's gigantic hit "Tubular Bells," and somehow the connection with controversial (and very successful) film it was included in, The Exorcist, was a taste of things to come. Along with visionary signings such as the Sex Pistols (their track, "Pretty Vacant," is not as scary as when it came out, but just as good), Phil Collins, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Abdul and such hip late-'90s acts as Cracker and Massive Attack, Virgin Records has continued to stay one step ahead of the game, and this collection shows you where it all began, as well as where it's going.

“Straight Up” written, arranged and produced by Elliot Wolff.  Recorded by Paula Abdul.

“Straight Up”  was # 1 on Billboard Charts for three weeks and was a Top 40 hit for 14 weeks in 1989.

Elliot Wolff was the recipient of the 1989 ASCAP Song of the Year award for the hit song “Straight Up” recorded by Paula Abdul.

Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl" was one of Virgin Records best-selling albums of all time, so it would only make sense that “Straight Up”, Paula’s most celebrated hit song,  would appear on the “25 Years” compilation.



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