GR80’s 17 Sept. Kiss without the Makeup!

1983 – The members of Kiss show their faces without their makeup for the first time on MTV, simultaneous with the release of their album Lick It Up. The album was certified platinum in December 1990 and Kerrang! listed it #3 on its list of the best hard rock albums in 1983. The album marked a turnaround in the band’s flagging fortunes during the previous several years and successfully introduced them to a new generation of fans, as well as marking the beginning of the “unmasked” era that would last for the next decade.

1984 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, and The Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for “You Might Think”


Michael Jackson – The Way you Make Me Feel
Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again
Starship – We Built This City
Living In A Box – Blow the House Down
Elton John – Nikita
Paul Abdul – Opposites Attract
Paul McCartney – Waterfalls
Bryan Ferry – Slave to Love
Paul Simon – Graceland
KC and the Sunshine Band – Give It Up
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Howard Jones – Like to Get To Know you Well
The Police – Every Breath You Take
The Cure – The Love Cats
Kiss – Crazy, Crazy Nights
AC/DC – Heatseaker
Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming
UB 40 – Red Red Wine
Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Doctor and the Medics – Spirit in the Sky
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Kim Wilde – Another Step Closer to You
The Cars – You Might Think
Chaka Khan – This is My Night
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music

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About Xanthe Bearman

I'm a busy mum of three teenagers! I started working as a TV presenter in 2004 and in 2006 I joined Phoenix FM as a co-presenter. When the station went full time in March 2007, I presented the lunchtime show "The Bear at Lunchtime". I really enjoyed the show but when my own business (singing and dancing with pre-school children and babies) got too busy, I had to stand down. I was brought up in the 80s and LOVE the music of that decade so was delighted when I was asked to rejoin Phoenix FM in June 2014 to present a new weekly 80s show. I've been lucky enough to interview Mike Stock (Stock, Aitken & Waterman), Denise Pearson (Five Star) and Andy Bell (Erasure). I really enjoy choosing the tracks I'm going to play each week, there is a memory attached to nearly every one!