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About Xanthe Bearman

Busy mum of 3! I first went on air at Phoenix FM back in February 2006 co-presenting a weekend show. When the station went live, I presented a daily show called "The Bear At Lunchtime". Having taken time out to start my own business, I am delighted to be back with a weekly 80's show every Tuesday 6-8pm.

20 June 2017

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Birthdays This week
1981 – Antony Costa, singer-songwriter from Blue
1983 – Mark Selby, snooker player
1983 – Aidan Turner, Irish actor – Poldark
1984 – Duffy, Welsh singer-songwriter and actress

20-6-17


Songs Played

XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Blancmange – Living on the Ceiling
Eurythmics – There Must Be an Angel
Squeeze – Labelled With Love
The Passions – I’m In Love With a German Film Star
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
Blondie – Rapture
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Tears For Fears – Shout
Depeche Mode – People are People
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
Amazulu – Montego Bay
The Whispers – And the Beat Goes On
Queen – Breakthru
Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down
Inner City – Good Life
The Jerico – Big Area
Sting – Englishman In New York
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Power Of Love
The Jam – Going Underground
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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Here Come the Girls SHOW TWO

Xanthe Bearman presents the second show in her series celebrating female led pop tunes from 1963 – 2015 including #1’s from Cher, Spice Girls and Little Mix.

SONGS PLAYED
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World – Joss Stone
You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Diana Ross and the Supremes
Anyone Who Had A Heart – Cilla Black
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves – Cher
The Man With the Golden Gun – Lulu
Hopelessly Devoted to You – Olivia Newton-John
Love in the First Degree – Bananarama
All Woman – Lisa Stansfield
Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
Never Ever – All Saints
Crush – Jenniger Paige
So What – Pink
Pack Up – Eliza Doolittle
Firework – Katy Perry
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Black Magic – Little Mix

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MAY 2017 DOUBLES

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It’s the last show of the month so I played DOUBLES – that’s two songs from each artist back to back.
30-5-17

SONGS PLAYED
Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene, It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
Jason Donovan – Sealed with a Kiss, Too Many Broken Hearts
Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting, Love in the First Degree
Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night, Time After Time
Shakatak – Down on the Street, Easier Said than Done
The Housemartins – Happy Hour, Think For A Minute
Ultravox – Hymn, Dancing With Tears in my Eyes
Billy Idol – Mony Mony, Hot in the City
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners, Modern Love
Michael Jackson – One Day On Your Life, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
Wet Wet Wet – Wishing I Was Lucky, Sweet Little Mystery
Wham – Wake me Up Before you Go Go, I’m Your Man
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Buffalo Soldier, Could You Be Loved
The Eurythmics – Missionary Man, Sweet Dreams are Made of This
Bee Gees – Stayin Alive, You Win Again
The Stranglers – Always the Sun, All Day and All Of the Night

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Here Come the Girls………

Xanthe Bearman presents a 1 hour show of all female songs including The Marvelettes debut single in 1961, to Madonna’s Borderline in 1984 which had Gwen Guthrie on backing vocals. Then Grammy Award winning KD Lang & Annie Lenox through to Gwen Stefani in 2006 and Adele in 2016.

SONGS PLAYED

Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes
Jimmy Mack – Martha and the Vandellas
Top Of The World – The Carpenters
Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
The Tide is High – Blondie
Borderline – Madonna
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
Constant Craving – K D Lang
No More I Love You’s – Annie Lennox
You Might Need Somebody – Shola Ama
C’est La Vie – B*Witched
The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani
Umbrella – Rihanna
Parachute – Cheryl
Poison – Rita Ora
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele

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PacMan, Pingu and the Monkees….

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NEWS THIS WEEK
1980 – Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man which became a social phenomenon. It sold a large amount of merchandise and also inspired, among other things, an animated television series and a top-ten hit single.

1986 – The stop-motion clay animated children’s comedy television series Pingu premieres on BBC1. The main character, Pingu frequently goes on adventures with his little sister, Pinga, and often gets into mischief with his best friend, Robby the Seal.

1986 – The Monkees held a press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City to officially announce that they would embark on a 100-plus city tour. The tour became one of the biggest grossing tours of the year.

23-5-17

SONGS PLAYED

Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
George Michael – Father Figure
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Kool and the Gang – Celebration
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Kane Gang – Respect Yourself
The Monkees – That was Then, This Is Now
Midge Ure – If I Was
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Van Halen – Jump
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Human League – Seconds
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams
Rose Royce – Carwash
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody
Level 42 – Something About you
David Bowie – Underground
Madness – House Of Fun
New Edition – Candy Girl
Duran Duran – The Reflex
The Teardrop Explodes – Reward
Five Star – System Addict
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
Bananarama – Nathan Jones

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Eurovision in the 80’s

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This Saturday sees the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest live from Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv. GR80’s celebrated by remembering some classic 80’s Eurovision tunes!

1982 Nicole with A Little Peace. Nicole performed her winning reprise not only in German, but English, French and Dutch as well, in what would prove to be a masterstroke considering the release of the single throughout Europe.

1984Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley sung by trio of brothers named Herrey’s. Fellow Swedish Eurovision participant Tommy Körberg famously dubbed them “the dancing deodorants” in the press, a derogatory nickname that stuck with them for the rest of their career.

Other 80’s winners include: Johnny Logan (who won twice for Ireland; with “What’s Another Year” in 1980, and “Hold Me Now” in 1987) and Bucks Fizz (“Making Your Mind Up“, United Kingdom 1981),

The French Canadian singer Céline Dion, who won the contest for Switzerland in 1988 with the song “Ne partez pas sans moi“, which subsequently helped launch her international career.

9-5-17

SONGS PLAYED

Black – Wonderful Life
Level 42 – The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)
Men at Work – Down Under
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Prince – Raspberry Beret
Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Queen – Play the Game
Aneka – Japanese Boy
ABC – Tears Are Not Enough
Status Quo – The Wanderer
Bananarama – Shy Boy
Sam Braown – Stop!
Michael Sembello – Maniac
Nicole – A Little Peace (1982)
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up (1981)
Herry’s – Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley (1984)
Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now (1987)
Celine Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi (1988)
Shakatak – Down on the Street
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Doctor and the Medics – Spirit in the Sky
Paul Hardcastle – 19
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Grace Jones – Private Life
Chris Rea – Road to Hell
The Specials – Too Much Too Young
Roachford – Cuddly Toy
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down

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2nd May Lots of duets!

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Lots of duets on the 2nd May show including Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes, and Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe!2-5-17


SONGS PLAYED

UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – Breakfast In Bed
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Family Man
ELO and Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu
Deacon Blue – Queen Of the New Year
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Poison – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn
Madonna – True Blue
Public Image Ltd – (This is Not A) Love Song
Alexander O’Neal – Saturday Love
ABBA – Super Trouper
Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe – Barcelona
Bobby Brown – On Our Own
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Enya – Orinoco Flow
SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me
Rolling Stones – Under Cover of the Night
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Junior – Mama Used to Say
Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams
George Michael – Kissing A Fool
David Bowie – Day In Day Out
Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno
Madness – Baggy Trousers.

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Xanthe Bearman’s Sixties Show

I had such fun presenting my special 70’s show recently, I dug deeper into my CD collection and found some fabulous 60’s tracks to share with you.

The 1960’s
The British Invasion is a term used mainly in the United States to describe the large number of rock and roll, beat and pop performers from the United Kingdom who became popular in the U.S.A. from 1964 to 1966. In 1964 CBS Evening News ran a story about The Beatles‘ United States arrival in which the correspondent said “The British Invasion this time goes by the code name Beatlemania”

After the national success of the Beatles, a number of Liverpool performers were able to follow them into the charts, including Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, and Cilla Black.

In the U.S The Detroit-based Motown label developed as a pop-influenced answer to soul music. The label would have numerous No. 1 Billboard hits throughout the decade. Motown acts included The Supremes, the Miracles, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas and Marvin Gaye

Cliff Richard was originally positioned as a rebellious rock and roll singer. With his backing group, The Shadows, he dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s to early 1960s and John Lennon once claimed that “before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music!

Elvis Presley was discharged from the army in March 1960 and went straight into films. Of Presley’s 27 films in the 1960s, 15 were accompanied by soundtrack albums and another 5 by soundtrack EPs. The music wasn’t great, but he still had 13 #1’s.

“Space Oddity” was David Bowie‘s first single to chart in the UK in July 1969. It reached the top five on its initial release and received the 1970 Ivor Novello Special Award for Originality. The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States’ Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later and would become the first manned moon landing another five days after that.
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SONGS PLAYED
Helen Shapiro – Walking Back to Happiness
The Four Tops – Reach Out, I’ll be There
Diana Ross and the Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
The Beatles – Please Please Me, She Loves You
Cilla Black – Anyone Who Had A Heart
Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice
Marvin Gaye – I Heard it Through the Grapevine
Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Please Don’t Tease
Jeff Beck– Hi Ho Silver Lining
Bobby Darin – Beyond the Sea
Stevie Wonder – Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday
Elvis Presley – Return to Sender, Good Luck Charm
David Bowie –Space Oddity
Rolling Stones – Get Off of my Cloud
Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man, Wishin’ & Hopin’

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APRIL DOUBLES

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As always on GR80’s, as it’s the last show of the month, I played DOUBLES. That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

25-4-17

SONGS PLAYED
Elton John – Passengers, Your Song
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive, You Give Love a Bad Name
Linx – You’re Lying, Intuition
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight, Against All Odds
Janet Jackson- When I Think of You,Nasty
Sant n Pepa – Push It, Expression
Mari Wilson – Just What I Always Wanted, Cry Me A River
Tanita Tikaram – Good Tradition, World Outside Your Window
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes, Puss N Boots
Yazoo – Only You, Nobodys Diary
Erasure – Sometimes, The Circus
Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away, You Might Need Somebody
Madonna – Crazy For You, Open Your Heart
Huey Lewis and the News – Hip to be Square, Back In Time
Madness – It Must Be Love, House of Fun

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18th April – Great 80’s Music!

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#1’s this week
1980 : The Detroit Spinners — Working My Way Back to You
1981 : Bucks Fizz — Making Your Mind Up
1982 : Bucks Fizz — My Camera Never Lies
1983 : David Bowie — Let’s Dance
1984 : Lionel Richie — Hello
1985 : USA for Africa — We Are the World
1986 : George Michael — A Different Corner
1987 : Ferry Aid — Let It Be
1988 : Pet Shop Boys — Heart
1989 : The Bangles — Eternal Flame

18-4-17

SONGS PLAYED

Five Star – Rain or Shine
Belinda Carlisle – Circle in the Sand
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Maria Vidal – Body Rock
Johnny Logan – Whats another Year
The Detroit Spinners-Working My Way Back to You
The Who – You Better You Bet
The Jackson 5 – Walk Right Now
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Marillion – Lavender
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
ABC – The Look of Love
Level 42 – Heaven in My Hands
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Buck Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
USA for Africa – We Are The World
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Boogie Box High – Jive Talkin
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It
Billy Idol – White Wedding

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Xanthe Bearman’s Seventies Show

As an Easter treat I thought I’d have a root around in my CD collection and play a bunch of 70’s tracks for you!

The 1970’s
Elton John became the decade’s biggest solo pop star, releasing diverse styles of music that ranged from ballads to arena rock. One of the most successful European groups of the decade was the quartet ABBA who first found fame when they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo.

One of the first events of the 1970s was the break-up of The Beatles in the spring of 1970. Heavy metal music gained a cult following led by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple and Progressive Rock reached its peak of popularity in the mid-1970s.

The film Grease, starring John Travolta as Danny, Olivia Newton-John as Sandy and Stockard Channing as Rizzo, was successful both critically and commercially. Its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year behind the soundtrack of another musical film Saturday Night Fever.

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SONGS PLAYED
Free – All Right Now
Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden
Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
Elton John – Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom
Captain & Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together
Abba – Waterloo, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Dr Hook – Better Love Next Time
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music
The Osmonds – Crazy Horses
The Beatles – Let It Be
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water
Steve Millar Band – The Joker
The Carpenters – Jambalaya (on the Bayou)
Showaddywaddy – Under the Moon Of Love
Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall
Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive
The Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
T Rex – Get It On
David Bowie – The Jean Genie
The Clash – London Calling
Sex Pistols – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (Live)
Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
Blondie – Heart of Glass
Grease – You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights

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1985 – Madonna’s First Tour

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1985:
Madonna begins her very first tour, The Virgin Tour (named after her Like a Virgin album) in Seattle, Washington. While the tour was going on, the American lingerie industry reported that their turnover was suddenly up by 40 percent and that Madonna’s image was responsible for this underwear revival!

11-4-17

SONGS PLAYED
Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything
Red Box – Lean On Me
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Wham! – Edge of Heaven
Barry White – Sho You Right
Gary Newman – We Are Glass
Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire
Blondie – Atomic
Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Somethings Gotta Hold of my Heart
Ultravox – Vienna
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Madonna – Like a Virgin
Bryan Adams – Somebody
China Crisis – Christian
Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
Tanita Tikeram – Twist In My Sobriety
Lionel Richie – Hello
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Level 42 – Lessons In Love
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be This Way

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AC/DC and Alice Cooper on GR80’s!

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NEWS THIS WEEK
1980 – Brian Johnson is made the new lead singer of AC/DC following the death of their second lead singer Bon Scott. Later in the year, the band released their album, Back in Black, which was made as a tribute to Bon Scott. The album launched them to new heights of success and became their all-time best-seller.

1988 – Alice Cooper almost died on stage when one of the props, the Gallows, malfunctioned. A safety rope broke during the stunt where he pretended to hang himself.

4-4-17


SONGS PLAYED

Blondie – Call Me
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Spandau Ballet – Lifeline
AC/DC – Heatseeker
Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Evelyn Thomas – High Energy
The Cars – You Might Think
Wham! – Club Tropicana
Belouis Some – Imagination
New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Ottawan – Hands Up (Give me Your Heart)
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Alice Cooper – Poison
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
Phil Collins and Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Matt Bianco – Get Out of your Lazy Bed
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music (remix Nile Rogers)
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
Deacon Blue – Wages Day
Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble
Tears for Fears – Mad World
Hue and Cry – Labour of Love
a-ha – Cry Wolf
Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth

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MARCH DOUBLES!

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NEWS THIS WEEK
1981
Bucks Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest with “Making Your Mind Up”. The group was formed in January 1981 specifically for the contest and comprised four vocalists: Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston. The group went on to have a successful career with three No.1 singles in the UK.

28-3-17

SONGS PLAYED

Duran Duran – Girls On Film, Skin Trade
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin, Suburbia
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up, Run For Your Life
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me, Mirror Man
Michael Jackson – Bad, Dirty Diana
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day, Saving All My Love for You
Bryan Adams – It’s Only Love, Summer Of ’69
Tina Turner – Private Dancer, Better Be Good To Me
Madness – One Better Day, Our House
Sheena Easton- Modern Girl, Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Prince – 1999, Alphabet St.
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out, Love Resurrection
Talking Heads- And She Was, Road To Nowhere
Queen – A Kind of Magic, Flash, Its a Miracle

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1982 – Iron Maiden release The Number of the Beast…

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1982
– Iron Maiden release their #1 album “The Number of the Beast”, the critically acclaimed yet controversial album which is often hailed as Iron Maiden’s greatest. Christians in the United States went out and bought Iron Maiden’s albums and burned them in protest to what they thought were Satanic lyrics.

21-3-17

SONGS PLAYED
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Go West – Don’t Look Down
Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This
Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
SOS Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Malcolm McClaren – Buffalo Gals
Shakin Stevens – Green Door
Randy Crawford – You Might Need Somebody
Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears
Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Propaganda – Duel
Alexander O’Neal – Fake
Kim Wilde – Kids In America
David Bowie – This Is Not America
Kirsty MacColl – A New England
Roachford – Cuddly Toy
Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
The Specials – Too Much Too Young
Beautiful South – You Keep it All In

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14 March Gr80’s

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Twenty-six GREAT 80’s tunes for you this week, including some classics from Spandau Ballet, Wham!, Duran Duran and Culture Club.

14-3-17

SONGS PLAYED
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat
Bon Jovi – Livin on a Prayer
Tears for Fears – The Way You Are
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place On Earth
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
The Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
The Four Tops – Loco in Acapulco
a-ha – The Living Daylights
Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin Who?
Spandau Ballet – Through the Barricades
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately?
Duran Duran – Rio
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Eurythmics – Sisters are Doing It For Themselves
Average White Band – Lets Go Round Again
Yes – Changes
Wham! – Everything She Wants
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday

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7 March GR80’s

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Some music that I haven’t heard for ages on this weeks 80’s show!

7-3-17

SONGS PLAYED
Five Star – System Addict
Simply Red – Moneys Too Tight
Whitney Houston – So Emotional
Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster
David Bowie – Underground
Tom Robinson – War Baby
Level 42 – Something About You
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Sade – Smooth Operator
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams
Human League – Seconds
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Blondie – Rapture
The Jacksons – Walk Right Now
Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (so Far Away)
The Damned – Eloise
Ashford & Simpson – Solid
Midge Ure – If I Was
Orange Juice – Rip It Up

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FEBRUARY DOUBLES

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On the last show of the month, I play DOUBLES, that’s two songs from each artist back to back!

28-2-17

SONGS PLAYED
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money), Heart
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man, Uptown Girl
Blancmange – Living on the Ceiling, Don’t Tell Me
U2 – New Year’s Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay, Everytime You Go Away
Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Englishman In New York
George Benson – Give Me The Night, Never Give Up on a Good Thing
XTC – Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me), Senses Working Overtime
Then Jerico – The Motive, Big Area
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach, Who’s That Girl
UB40 – Red Red Wine, Sing Our Own Song
Adam Ant – Stand and Deliver, Apollo 9
Depeche Mode – People are People, Master and Servant
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror

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Feb 21st Great 80’s Music!

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1982 – Singer singwriter & four time Grammy Award winner Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Giraldo, on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

1983 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller album hits #1 on the charts. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year. In just over a year, it became—and currently remains—the world’s best-selling album, with estimated sales surpassing 65 million copies.

21-2-17


SONGS PLAYED

Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
Black – Wonderful Life
The Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drum
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Teardrop Explodes – Reward
Pat Benetar – Love is a Battlefield
Sam Brown – Stop!
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Wham! – Bad Boys
Doctor and the Medics – Spirit in the Sky
Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart
Queen – Play the Game
Odyssey – Use it Up and Wear it Out
Madness – Embarrasment
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
Shakatak – Down on the Street
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Michael Sembello – Maniac
Jam – A Town Called Malice
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
Genesis – Invisible Touch
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
Mai Tai – History
Prince – Raspberry Beret
ABC – When Smokey Sings
Steve Winwood – Valerie
INXS – Need You Tonight

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GR80’s Valentines Show

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There are lots of 80’s love songs to choose from, I hope you enjoyed my selection!

NEWS THIS WEEK
1980 – Lou Reed married British designer Sylvia Morales in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The marriage lasted 10 years. Lou Reed was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades.

1981 – Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career. He has produced eight studio albums, one live album and 34 singles to date.

1984 – Elton John married studio engineer Renate Blauel but divorced 4 years later. He has been in a happy relationship with his now husband David Furnish since 1993.

14-2-17

SONGS PLAYED
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (for my love)
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You
Taylor Dayne – Tell It to My Heart
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
Madness – It Must Be Love
Holly Johnson – Love Train
Bananarma – Love In the First Degree
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Squeeze – Labelled With Love
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Elton John – Blues Eyes
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Diana Ross – Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
ABC – The Look of Love
Dione Warwick – Heartbreaker
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Somethings gotta hold of my heart
Hue & Cry – Labour of Love
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
Alison Moyet – Is This Love
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power Of Love
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Erasure – Chains of Love
Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover

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January 2017 – Playing DOUBLES

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On the last show of the month, I play DOUBLES, that’s two songs from each artist back to back!

31-1-17

SONGS PLAYED
Kate Bush – Babooshka, Running Up That Hill
Bryan Ferry – Slave To Love, Is Your Love Strong Enough
KC & the Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go, Give It Up
Hot Chocolate – It Started With a Kiss, I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I)
Elton John – I’m Still Standing, Passengers
David Bowie – Blue Jean, Ashes to Ashes
Bananarama – Cruel Summer, Venus
Erasure – Ship of Fools, Who Needs Love (Like That)
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, Suddenly
Bee Gees – Stayin Alive, You Win Again
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Cars and Girls
Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian, Manic Monday
The Stranglers – Always the Sun, All day and all of the night
Kim Wilde – Another Step (Closer to You), Boys

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1983 – drivers ordered to belt up!

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1983 – British drivers ordered to belt up.
Drivers and front seat passengers had to start wearing seatbelts under a new law which came into force this week in 1983. Figures showed 90% of front-seat passengers began routinely wearing seat belts after it became compulsory. In 1991 it became compulsory for adults to belt up in the back seat.

24-1-17

Lots of new songs this week including Marillion – Lavender, and The Whispers – And the Beat Goes On

SONGS PLAYED
Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy
The Nolans – I’m In the Mood For Dancing
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Queen – Breakthru
Imagination – Music and Lights
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
The Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You
Tom Robinson – War Baby
Spandau Ballet – Through the Barricades
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Aswad – Give a Little Love
Sade – The Sweetest Taboo
Marillion – Lavender
The Who – You Better You Bet
Randy Crawford – You Might Need Somebody
The Damned – Eloise
David Bowie – Underground
Madonna – Express Yourself
Rose Royce – Is it Love You’re After
Men At Work – Down Under
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
Evelyn Thomas – High Energy
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
The Whispers – And the Beat Goes On
Blancmange – Don’t Tell Me
Madness – One Better Day

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1980 – Spizzenergi is #1 in the first Indie Chart

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1980 – The first UK Indie Chart is published in Record Week, with Punk band Spizzenergi’s “Where’s Captain Kirk” topping the singles chart, and Adam and the Ants’ Dirk Wears White Sox topping the album chart. To be included in the indie chart, a record had to be distributed independently of the corporate framework of the major record companies; the genre of music was irrelevant.

17-1-15

SONGS PLAYED
Coldcut feat Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On
T’Pau – Heart and Soul
Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor
Galaxy – What Do I Do
Blondie – The Tide Is High
The Specials – Too Much Too Young
Queen – One Vision
B-52s – Rock Lobster
Eurythmics- Would I Lie To You
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
James Brown – Living In America
Robbie Nevil – C’est La Vie
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
Bananarama – I Want You Back
Jaki Graham – Step Right Up
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue
Wham! – Edge of Heaven
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
John Mellencamp – Jack and Diane
David Bowie – China Girl
Madonna – Material Girl
ABC – The Look of Love
Madness – Our House
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
The Beautiful South – You Keep it All In

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1984: BBC bans ‘Relax’ – goes on to sell over 2 millions copies!

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1984: BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time. The single eventually sold a reported 2 million copies in the UK alone, making it the seventh best-selling single in the UK Singles Chart’s history. The ban became an embarrassment for the BBC, especially given that UK commercial radio and television stations were still playing the song. Later in 1984 the ban was lifted and “Relax” featured on both the Christmas Day edition of Top of the Pops and Radio 1’s rundown of the best-selling singles of the year. The song won Best British Single at the 1985 Brit Awards.
10-1-17

SONGS PLAYED

Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract
The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
The Jam – Going Underground
A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)
Elton John – Blues Eyes
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
Donna Summer – Dinner with Gershwin
Culture Club – Church of the Poison Mind
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Jimmy Nail – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
Belouis Some – Imagination
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
Nenah Cherry – Buffalo Stance
Wet Wet Wet – Angel Eyes
Mike and the Mechanics – The Living Years
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (part 2)
Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
The Teadrop Explodes – Reward
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
Fice Star – Rain or Shine
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
The Specials – Ghost Town
Paul Young – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Red Box – Lean on Me (Ah-li-ayo)
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana

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First show of 2017

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I played lots of happy, upbeat tunes tonight to bring cheer into your New Year!

NEWS THIS WEEK
1987 – Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established in 1983, by the Atlantic Records founder and chairman to recognize and archive the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures, who have each had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.

3-1-17

SONGS PLAYED

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Average White Band – Lets Go Round Again
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Duran Duran – Rio
Eurythmics – Sisters are Doing It For Themselves
Aretha Franklin- Who’s Zoomin Who?
George Duke – Shine On
Irene Cara – Fame
a-ha – The Living Daylights
Yazz – The Only Way Is Up
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
Lionel Richie- Dancing On the Ceiling
Sister Sledge – Frankie
David Bowie – Lets Dance
Janet Jackson – Nasty
Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Madonna – La Isla Bonita
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Wet Wet Wet – Wishing I was Lucky
Fuzzbox – Pink Sunshine
Matt Bianco – Get Out of Your Lazy Bed
George Michael – Monkey
Prince – 1999
Roachford – Cuddly Toy
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Kool and the Gang – Celebration

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Gr80’s after Christmas – George Michael tribute

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What a shock to hear the sad news that George Michael had passed away on Christmas Day. I make no apologies for the fact that this show was VERY George Michael/Wham! heavy.

27-12-16

SONGS PLAYED
Wham! – Bad Boys, Club Topicana
George Michael – Faith, Father Figure
Spandau Ballet – True
George Michael – Monkey
Wham! – Everything She Wants
Prince – Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret
David Bowie – Loving the Alien, Fashion
George Michael – Look at Your Hands
Boogie Box High – Jive Talkin
George Michael – Hand to Mouth, Kissing a Fool
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day
Michael Jackson – One Day In Your Life
Wham! – Edge of Heaven, I’m Your Man
Eric Clapton – Behind the Mask
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place on Earth
T’Pau – China in your Hand
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting for Me
George Michael – A Different Corner
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

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GR80’s on Christmas Day!

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A special ALL CHRISTMAS Gr80’s show!

Mistletoe and Wine was Cliff Richard’s 99th single, and was his 12th #1, spending four weeks at the top in Dec 1988?
Pipes of Peace by Paul McCartney didn’t actually make any reference to Christmas but it’s accompanying video depicted the 1914 Christmas Day truce between British and German soldiers on the Western front.
Walking In the Air got to #5 in 1985. Aled Jones didn’t sing on The Snowman film, that was Peter Auty!
25-12-16

SONGS PLAYED
Roy Wood and Wizzard – I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday
Madonna – Santa Baby
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
Wham! – Last Christmas
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
David Essex – A Winters Tale
Bryan Adams – Christmas Time
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas
Boney M – Marys Boy Child
Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Kate Bush – December will be Magic Again
Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland
Mel Smith & Kim Wilde – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
John Lennon – So This is Christmas
Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear
Aled Jones – Walking In the Air
Alexander ONeal – The Christmas Song
Flying Pickets – Only You
Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry
Bing Crosby/David Bowie – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
John Mellencamp – I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
Stevie Nicks – Silent Night
Abba – Happy New Year
Bon Jovi – I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas

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The show before Christmas

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Only 5 days until Christmas Day so I played lots of 80’s Christmas tunes, as well as some that were just hits in December.

People Celebrating their birthday this week include
1984 – Georgia Moffett, actress – married to David Tennant
1985 – Harry Judd, drummer and songwriter (McFly)
1987 – Jorgie Porter, Hollyoaks actress

20-12-16

SONGS PLAYED
Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
Bucks Fizz – Land of Make Believe
The Muppets- Rockin Robin
Queen – Under Pressure (feat. David Bowie)
Flying Pickets – Only You
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Abba – Super Trouper
The Jacksons & Mick Jagger – State of Shock
Alexander O’Neal – The Christmas Song
UB40 & Chrissis Hynde – Breakfast In Bed
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
Linda Ronstadt – I Don’t Know Much
Bryan Adams – CHRISTMAS TIME
David Essex – A Winters Tale
Elton John – I Guess Thats Why they Call it the Blues
U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Proclaimers – Letter From America
Level 42 – Running In The Family
John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine
The Damned – Eloise
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear
The Eurythmics- Winter Wonderland
Shakin Stevens – Merry Xmas Everybody

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The 80’s early Christmas show

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Yes, I got a cheeky 2nd show this week so I packed it full of Christmas cheer – 80’s style of course!

8-12-16

SONGS PLAYED

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Human League – Don’t You Want Me
David Essex – A Winters Tale
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You
Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus – We All Stand Together
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
John Lennon – So This is Christmas
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Slade – Merry Christmas Everyone
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Mel Smith and Kim Wilde – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Alexander O’Neal – The Christmas Song
Wet Wet Wet – Angel Eyes
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine
Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
The Muppets – Rockin Robin
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Madonna – Santa Baby
The Pretenders- 2000 Miles
Eurythmics- Winter Wonderland
Wham! – Last Christmas
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
Roy Wood and Wizzard -I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

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Looking back to 1983

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NEWS this week in 1983
The House of Lords voted in favour of allowing cameras to broadcast live discussions from its chamber. MPs continued to block moves to televise the House of Commons’ debates fearing politicians might play up to the cameras and bring the House into disrepute. The Commons had been debating the wisdom of letting the cameras in for 20 years before finally taking the plunge in November 1989.

Michael Jackson’s 14-minute music video for Thriller was premiered on MTV. Voted as the most influential pop music video of all time,Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture, and was named a watershed moment for the music industry for its unprecedented merging of film-making and music.

6-12-16

SONGS PLAYED

Abba – The Winner Takes It All
Texas – Everyday Now
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
Mel and Kim – FLM
John Lennon – Imagine
Madness – Grey Day
Heaven 17 – Come Live With Me
Men at Work – Down Under
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Mel Smith and Kim Wilde – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Bucks Fizz – Land of Make Believe
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Duran Duran – Notorious
Eurythmics- Thorn In My Side
Jam – Beat Surrender
Flying Pickets – Only You
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
Matt Bianco – Yeh Yeh
Madonna – Express Yourself
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
a-ha – Take On Me
Erasure – Chains of Love
INXS – New Sensation
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love

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Gr80’s on 8th November

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Album releases this week in the 80’s included:

1984 – Bryan Adams “Reckless”, spawning multiple hit singles including Run To You and Summer of 69. The album achieved diamond certification in Canada and made the Top 10 album chart in the UK.

1986 – Kim Wilde released her fifth studio album “Another Step” which contained her comeback worldwide hit “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and “Another Step (Closer to You)” . A short review in Just Seventeen described Kim as “The girl who was Madonna before Madonna ever thought about making records”.

8-11-16
SONGS PLAYED
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Tanita Tikaram – Twist in my Sobriety
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Sister Sledge – Lost In Music
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Prefab Sprout – Cars and Girls
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
Sting – Englishman in New York
Bryan Ferry – Slave to Love
Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
KC and the Sunshine Band – Give it Up
Erasure – Ship of Fools
Bryan Adams – Run To You
Spandau Ballet – True
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do With It
UB40 – Sing Our Own Song
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Name and Number
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love
Inner City – Big Fun
Kim Wilde – Another Step (Closer to You)
Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste of Time
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire

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GR80’s news: This week in 1982 Countdown on Ch4 began!

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NEWS THIS WEEK…

1982 – The fourth terrestrial television channel, Channel 4, began broadcasting, the first programme broadcast being the game show Countdown, hosted by Richard Whiteley. There have now been over 6,000 episodes broadcast in 73 series, making it one of the longest-running game shows in the world.

1-11-16

SONGS PLAYED

Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Level 42 – Running In The Family
The Damned – Eloise
The Specials – Too Much Too Young
The Pretenders – Brass in Pocket
Toni Basil – Mickey
David Bowie – Day In Day Out
ABC – The Look of Love
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
The Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Air Supply – All Out of Love
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Eltravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Madonna – Material Girl
Amazulu – Too Good to be Forgotten
The Stranglers- Always the Sun
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Enya – Orinoco Flow
Bruce Hornsby and The Range – The Way It Is
T’Pau – Heart and Soul
Climie Fisher – Love Changes (Everything)
Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl
The Beautiful South – You Keep it All In

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OCTOBER DOUBLES!!

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It’s the last show of October, so I’m playing DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back!

This week in 1986 – The Housemartins released their album London 0 Hull 4. It was their first album and contains the singles “Flag Day”, “Sheep”, “Happy Hour” and “Think for a Minute”. Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) was on bass & vocals. The title refers to the band’s home town of Kingston upon Hull and is in the format of a sports result. It also refers to Paul Heaton’s assertion that The Housemartins were only the fourth best band in Hull. In other words, Hull had four great bands, compared to none from London.

25-10-16

SONGS PLAYED
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Surrender, With a Little Help From My Friends
Stevie Wonder – Lately, Master Blaster (Jammin’)
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out, Weak in the Presence of Beauty
Prince – 1999, U Got the Look
The Housemartins – Happy Hour, Think for a Minute
Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, Nathan Jones
Wham! – I’m Your Man, Club Tropicana
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car, When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
Duran Duran – The Reflex, Skin Trade
Kane Gang – Closest Thing to Heaven, Respect Yourself
Adam and the Ants – Young Parisians, Goody Two Shoes
Queen – Play the Game, It’s a Hard Life
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,,Karma Chameleon
Madness – Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy, More than This

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1988 – Jaguar unveils its new XJ220

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1988 – Jaguar unveils its new Jaguar XJ220 supercar at the Motor Show. It is set go into production in 1990, costing £350,000 and being the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 220 mph. A total of just 271 cars were produced by the time production ended, each with a retail price of £470,000 in 1992.

18-10-16

SONGS PLAYED
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Human League – Seconds
Imagination – Just an Illusion
Spandau Ballet – Lifeline
Adam nad the Ants- Stand and Deliver
Blondie – Atomic
Yazoo – Don’t Go
Mel and Kim – Showing Out
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Thomson Twins – You Take Me Up
Amazulu – Montego Bay
Erasure – Sometimes
Huey Lewis and the News – Stuck With You
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
ABC – When Smokey Sings
Holly Johnson – Love Train
Deacon Blue – Wages Day
Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Go West – Don’t Look Down
Inner City – Good Life
Rose Royce – Car Wash
Nick Berry – Every Loser Wins
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Joe Fagin – That’s Living Alright
Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief

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GR80’s on 4th October

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1987 – Electronic data gathering completely replaced the old sales diary technique in compiling the UK singles and albums chart. The publication day of new charts was moved from Tuesday to Sunday.

4-10-16

SONGS PLAYED

The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
Eurythmics – Sisters Are Doing To Themselves
Go West – We Close Our Eyes
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
Fairground Attraction – Perfect
Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
The Passions – I’m In Love With a German Film Star
Original Broadway cast of Cats – The Rum Tum Tugger
Earth, Wind & Fire – Lets Groove
Europe – The Final Countdown
King – Love & Pride
Donna Summer – Dinner with Gershwin
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O.
New Kids on the Block – Hangin Tough
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes
Culture Club – Church of the Poison Mind
Tears For Fears – Change
Adam Ant – Prince Charming
M-A-R-R-S – Pump Up The Volume
U2 – Desire
John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
Queen – Breakthru
Galaxy – What Do I Do
Paul Young – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Elton John – Blues Eyes
The Jam – Going Underground

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September Doubles!

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It’s the last show of September, so I’m playing DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back!

NEWS THIS WEEK
1981: Thames Television airs the first episode of Cosgrove Hall Films’ children’s animated series Danger Mouse with the lead character voiced by David Jason. Danger Mouse worked as a secret agent. The show was a parody of British spy fiction, particularly the Danger Man series and James Bond. By 1983, Danger Mouse viewing figures hit an all-time high. The original show finished in 1992, but had a reboot in 2015 with Alexander Armstrong taking over the main role.

27-9-16

SONGS PLAYED
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Circle in the Sand
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll, When Love Breaks Down
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Letter From America
Bryan Adams -Run To You, It’s Only Love
ABBA – Super Trouper, One Of Us
Duran Duran – Wild Boys, Girls On Film
Human League – Open Your Heart, Love Action (I Believe In Love)
Princess – Say I’m Your Number One, I’ll Keep On Loving You
Whitney Houston – Didn’t We Almost Have It All, So Emotional
Madonna – Borderline, Cherish
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Every Breath You Take
Madness – Embarrassment, Wings Of A Dove
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love, The Way You Are
Level 42 – Something About You, Lessons in Love 

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20 Sept: GR80’s duets

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Just for a change I thought I’d play all duets this evening!

20-9-16

SONGS PLAYED

ELO & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory
Meat Loaf & Cher – Dead Ringer for Love
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
The Fun Boy Three & Bananrama – It Aint What you do it the Way that you Do it
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Family Man
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
Phil Collins & Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
Philip Oakey & Georgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams
The Jackson & Mick Jagger – State of Shock
Rockwell ft. Michael Jackson – Somebody’s Watching Me
David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street
Bronski Beat & Marc Almond – I Feel Love /Johnny Remember Me
Dire Straits ft. Sting – Money for Nothing
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner – It’s Only Love
Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – On My Own
Run DMC ft. Aerosmith – Walk this Way
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warner – (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life
Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe – Barcelona
Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done to Deserve This
Prince ft. Sheena Easton – U Got the Look
UB40 ft. Chrissie Hynde – Breakfast In Bed
Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville – I Don’t Know Much
Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Somethings Gotta Hold Of My Heart
Jason Donovan & Kylie Minogue – Especially For You

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13 Sept, co-hosted by Grace Perry

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This week GR80’s was co-hosted by trainee music journalist Grace Perry – and what a fantastic job she did (NB: Can I keep my job please Station Manager PG….?!!)

NEWS THIS WEEK
1983: The first of 10 ARMS Charity Concerts was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The subsequent 9 concerts were held in America. The charitable rock concerts were in support of Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis and featured a star-studded line-up of musicians, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts.

1984: The first annual MTV Video Music Awards were held in New York City. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at the Radio City Music Hall. Herbie Hancock won the most awards, and The Cars took the highest prize of Video Of The Year for “You Might Think”. Madonna got the most attention with her controversial performance of her hit single “Like a Virgin” when she rolled around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters!

13-9-16

SONGS PLAYED
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
Rufas & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (for my love)
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives
David Bowie – Fashion
Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract
Madness – Our House
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All the Luck
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Eric Clapton – Behind the Mask
Steve Winwood – Valerie
The Cars – You Might Think
Madonna – Like A Virgin
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
Blondie – Rapture
Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
Prince – Raspberry Beret
Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World

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New TV shows launched this week 1981 & 1986..

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News this Week
1981 – First episode of TV sitcom Only Fools and Horses broadcast on BBC One. Seven series were originally broadcast from 1981 to 1991, with nine sporadic Christmas specials until its end in 2003. The show is credited with the popularisation of several words and phrases used by Del Boy regularly, particularly “Plonker”, “Cushty” and “Lovely jubbly”. Critically and popularly acclaimed, the series received numerous awards, including recognition from BAFTA, the National Television Awards and the Royal Television Society

1986 – First episode of medical drama serial Casualty airs on BBC One The 1000th episode of Casualty aired on 25 June 2016, The 30th Anniversary episode of Casualty aired on 27 August 2016

6-9-16

SONGS PLAYED
Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
Grace Jones – Private Life
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Steve Winwood – Valerie
The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Madonna – La Isla Bonita
The Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Janet Jackson – Nasty
Michael Sembello – Maniac
The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong
a-ha – Cry Wolf
Terence Trent D’arby – Wishing Well
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Pet Shop Boys – ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat
The Jam – Start!
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Black Box – Ride On Time
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
Bananarama – Shy Boy
Elton John – Passengers
The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill

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August Doubles!

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On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two from each artist back-to-back.

News This Week
1982 – The first “Us Festival” was held in California with The Police, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads and The B-52’s among the many performers. The two festivals (the next in 1983) were created to encourage the 1980s to be more community-oriented and combine technology with rock music.

30-8-16

SONGS PLAYED
Duran Duran – All She Wants Is, Is There Something I Should Know
Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting, Love In the First Degree
Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine To Five), Modern Girl
Genesis – Invisible Touch, and of Confusion
George Michael – Faith, Monkey
Adam Ant – Antmusic, Apollo 9
Human League – Mirror Man, Human
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money), Heart
Swing Out Sister – Breakout, Surrender
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire, Angel of Harlem
The Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl, Missionary Man
ABC – Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow
David Bowie – Modern Love, Dancing in the Street
Howard Jones – New Song, Like to Get to Know You Well
The Jam – Start!, Town Called Malice

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New Essex band “THE GOLD” interview

The Gold are a brand new Essex based band who met through school and have jammed together for years. They took over a year to write their first album and came into the Phoenix FM studio to tell Xanthe Bearman all about it.

The Gold are:
Joe (vocal)
Tom (synth)
Josh (bass)
Louie (drums)
Dan T (guitar,synth)
Danny (guitar)

Their debut single ‘Scream’ is being streamed on VEVO with it’s official release at the end of September.

More info from : The Gold on Facebook

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1980 – the first Monsters of Rock festival

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1980 – The first Monsters of Rock heavy metal festival was held at Donington Park in England. Rainbow headlined, and Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine also performed. The Monsters of Rock festival is now held all over the world, last year in Argentina and this year Germany hosted with band Rainbow headlining again!

16-8-16

SONGS PLAYED
Mel & Kim – FLM
INXS – New Sensation
Genesis – In Too Deep
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Rainbow – All Night Long
UB40 – Food for Thought
Sade – Your Love is King
The Eurythmics – Thorn In My Side
Kim Wilde – Boys
Madness -Grey Day
Ultravox – All Stood Still
Paul Simon – Graceland
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
The Style Council – Shout to the Top
Matt Bianco – Yeh Yeh
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Erasure – Chains of Love
Abba – The Winner Takes It All
Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Yazz – The Only Way is Up
Texas – Everyday Now
Madonna – Express Yourself
Duran Duran – Notorious
Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
Men at Work – Down Under
Heaven 17 – Come Live With Me
a-ha – Take On Me

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Xanthe chats to Paul Cattermole

Xanthe Bearman went to meet her old musical theatre chum Paul Cattermole at The Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this week. He’d just come off stage as Eddie in the Rocky Horror Show and they had a chat over a glass of wine!

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The Rocky Horror show will be at The Cliffs Pavilion until Saturday 20th August. For more information about the tour visit rockyhorror.co.uk/tour-dates

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2nd August, first plays on GR80’s

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Lots of songs that I haven’t played before on GR80’s tonight. For example, Valerie from Steve Winwood, Private Life from Grace Jones and History from Mai Tai. See the full list below.

2-8-16

SONGS PLAYED

Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat
Belouis Some – Imagination
Kool and the Gang – Cherish
T’Pau – Heart and Soul
Grace Jones – Private Life
Gary Newman – We Are Glass
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Steve Winwood – Valerie
The Jacksons and Mick Jagger – State of Shock
Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
Elton John – Passengers
Mai Tai – History
David Bowie – This Is Not America
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
The Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Roachford – Cuddly Toy
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
Bananarama – Shy Boy
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Shakatak – Down on the Street
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Michael Sembello – Maniac

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JULY DOUBLES

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On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two from each artist back-to-back.

26-7-16

SONGS PLAYED

Bananarama – Venus, I Want You Back
George Michael – Father Figure, A Different Corner
The Bangles – Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian
Kate Bush – Babooshka, Running Up That Hill
Ultravox – Vienna, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Chaka Khan – It’s My Party, I Feel For You
The Stranglers – Golden Brown, Always the Sun
Elton John – Sad Songs (Say So Much), I’m Still Standing
Eurythmics – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back), Would I Lie To You
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up, Together Forever (Lover’s Leap)
David Bowie – Blue Jean, Day In Day Out
Hot Chocolate – It Started With a Kiss, I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I)
Spandau Ballet – True , Through the Barricades
Blondie – Call Me, The Tide Is High

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GR80’s on 12th July

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NEWS THIS WEEK

1980 – Alexandra Palace in London was gutted by fire during a Jazz Festival. The fire started under the organ and quickly spread destroying half the building. The outer walls survived and the eastern parts, including the theatre and the BBC television studios and aerial mast, were saved. Some of the damage to the palace was repaired immediately but Haringey council overspent on the restoration, creating a £30 million deficit. It was then reopened to the public in 1988 under a new management team.

1985 – Live Aid pop concerts in London and Philadelphia raise over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously in London’s Wembley Stadium and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Pennsylvania.
On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as the Soviet Union, Japan, Austria, Australia and West Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast

12-7-16

SONGS PLAYED

a-ha – Cry Wolf
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue
Donna Summer – Dinner with Gershwin
INXS – Need You Tonight
Odyssey – Use it Up and Wear it Out
Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O.
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Tears for Fears – Mad World
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Geaorge Benson – Never Give Up on a Good Thing
Prefab Sprout – Cars and Girls
Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World
Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
Nik Kershaw – Don Quixote
Olivia Newton John – Xanadu
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Kane Gang – Respect Yourself
Bananarama – Nathan Jones
Meat Loaf & Cher – Dead Ringer For Love
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
The Jam – Going Underground

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Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

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This week I played songs from U.S. artists as a nod to the 4th July – Independence Day of the United States.

5-7-16

SONGS PLAYED

Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Irene Cara – Fame
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
Robbie Nevil – C’est La Vie
Guns n Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
Madonna – Crazy For You
Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent
S.o.s. Band – Just Be Good to Me
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Janet Jackson – Nasty
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Prince – Raspberry Beret
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (for my love)
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child
Beach Boys – Kokomo
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative

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June Doubles

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BIRTHS
1980 – Jenny Jones, English snowboarder – the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in a snow event after winning bronze in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
1982 – Andy Knowles, musician (Franz Ferdinand)
1983 – Cheryl (previously Cheryl Cole) singer, X Factor judge

28-6-16

SONGS PLAYED
Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’), Lately
Taylor Dayne – Tell It to My Heart, With Every Beat of My Heart
Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down, The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Wrapped Around Your Finger
Level 42 – Lessons in Love, Heaven in My Hands
Wham! – I’m Your Man, Edge of Heaven
Malcolm McClaren – Buffalo Gals, Double Dutch
Alexander O’Neal – Saturday Love, Criticize
Madonna – Borderline, Material Girl
Belle Stars – The Clapping Song, Sign of the Times
Duran Duran – Rio, Wild Boys
Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight, It’s Only Love
Galaxy – Dancing Tight (feat. Phil Fearon), What Do I Do
The Specials – Ghost Town, Too Much Too Young

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21 June 2016

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NEWS THIS WEEK in 1984
This week Bob Marley’s compilation album Legend was at #1. The album holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine. Combining its chart life on the Billboard 200 and the Top Pop Catalog Albums charts, Legend has had a chart run of 992 non-consecutive weeks, surpassed only by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon at 1574 week

21-6-16

SONGS PLAYED
Shakatak – Down on the Street
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Glass Tiger – Don’t Forget About Me (When I’m Gone)
Five Star – Rain or Shine
Run DMC – Walk This Way
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
Soft Cell – Torch
Sam Brown – Stop
Natalie Cole – Miss You Like Crazy
Level 42 – Running In The Family
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Family Man
Rolling Stones – Harlem Shuffle
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
Womack and Womack – Teardrops
Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved
David Bowie – Fashion
Ottawan – Hands Up (Give me Your Heart)
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
Matt Bianco – Get Out of your Lazy Bed
The Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
a-ha – The Living Daylights

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1982 – Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue.

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THIS WEEK in 1982: Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue. Angus Young of AC/DC is on the cover. Kerrang! was initially devoted to the new wave of British heavy metal and the rise of hard rock acts. In the early 2000s it became the best-selling British music newspaper

1983 – Grease 2, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer (in her feature film debut), is released. The film flopped at the box office. Pfeiffer was nominated for a 1983 Young Artist Award but the film was nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Awards for Worst Picture.

7-6-16

SONGS PLAYED
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit
David Grant – Watching You Watching Me
Michael Sembello – Maniac
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Genesis – Abacab
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
David Bowie – This Is Not America
Gary Numan – We Are Glass
Abba – The Winner Takes It All
Matha and the Muffins – Echo Beach
Double – The Captain Of Her Heart
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
Dee C Lee – See the Day
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Smokey Robinson – Being with you
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Stevie Wonder -Part Time Lover

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LIAM CROMBY live for CRISIS #LivingInTheWorldToday

Liam Cromby is the frontman of successful band We Are The Ocean. The band are back from touring and taking a well earned break, but Liam is using his time off to to raise money for a charity close to his heart – CRISIS.

Liam told me why he is so passionate about raising money for the homeless – he is also doing a skydive in July – and then sang his solo single live.

Hear the interview and live session here:

Over 2,500 people slept rough in London between January and March this year. To help Liam raise money, buy his single here: liamcromby.bandcamp.com and for more information about the charity go to www.crisis.org.uk

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Georgia sings her debut single The Girl LIVE – 10 June 2016

Georgia is a local singer-songwriter who originally studied musical theatre, and has a passion for Motown, Soul and Blues thanks to her parents music collection.

Last year Georgia came 2nd in Teenstar – the national singing competition. Since then she has been playing with her new band The Vintage Youth and getting a lot of positive interest from the music industry.

I chatted to Georgia about her upcoming debut album.

Listen to the interview and hear the live session here:

It was a real pleasure to meet Georgia and hearing her sing live was really special. For dates where she is playing live go to her website at www.georgia-ukartist.com

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MAY Doubles

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On the last show of the month I play doubles – that’s two songs from each artist back-to back!

24-5-16

SONGS PLAYED
Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days, Born To Run (LIVE)
Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble, Graceland
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music (remix Nile Rogers), Frankie
Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl, Straight Up
Rose Royce – Is it Love You’re After, Car Wash
Van Halen – Jump, Why Can’t This Be Love
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart, Holding Out For A Hero
George Michael – Faith, Monkey
Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Englishman In New York
UB40 – Red Red Wine, Sing Our Own Song
Erasure – Sometimes, Ship of Fools
Bryan Ferry – Is Your Love Strong Enough, Slave To Love
Tanita Tikaram – Twist in My Sobriety, World Outside Your Window
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down, You’re The Best Thing

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This week in 1985 – The Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms is released

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80’s NEWS THIS WEEK
1985 – The Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms is released; it becomes the first million selling compact disc. Brothers in Arms charted at number one worldwide, spending 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart. The album won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards
1983 – Wheel clamps are first used to combat illegal parking in London. In 2003 One British man became so annoyed at having his car clamped that he removed the clamp with an angle grinder. He subsequently received publicity as a self-styled “superhero” called “Angle-Grinder Man”, offering to remove clamps for free with his angle grinder.

10-5-16

SONGS PLAYED
The Pretenders – Brass in Pocket
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight
Sheena Easton -Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Dr Hook – Sexy Eyes
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Quarterflash – Harden My Heart
London Boys – London Nights
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Johnny Logan – Whats another Year
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Men at Work – Down Under
Kane Gang – Respect Yourself
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
INXS – Need You Tonight
Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Paul Hardcastle – 19
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Fairground Attraction – Perfect
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
Cher – Just Like Jesse James
Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again
Howard Jones – Like to Get to Know You Well
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
David Bowie – Loving The Alien

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EUROVISION Special!

The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest broadcast entertainment show. The three shows, Semi-Final 1, Semi-Final 2 and the Grand Final, reach more than 200 million people all over the world and are broadcast by nearly 50 countries.
This year 42 countries compete and over 1,500 accredited media are reporting from the event.

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, a non-contestant Global Superstar, Justin Timberlake, will enter the Eurovision stage in Stockholm. He will perform the #1 single, CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!

To hear the show again

SONGS PLAYED
2015 – Heroes
1961 – Are You Sure
1967 – Puppet on a String
1968 – Congratulations
1969 – Boom Band a Bang
1970 – All Kinds of Everything
1974 – Waterloo
1976 – Save Your Kisses for me
1980 – What’s Another Year?
1980 – Amsterdam
1981 – Making Your Mind Up
1982 – A Little Peace
1984 – Diggi-loo Diggi-Ley
1985 – La Det Swing
1987 – Hold Me Now
1988 – Ne partex pas sans moi
1992 – One Step Out of Time
1993 – In Your Eyes
1997 – Love Shine a Light
2000 – My Star
2000 – Fly on the Wings of Love
2006 – Hard Rock Hallelujah
2007 – Dancing Lasha Tumbai
2009 – Fairytale
2010 – Satellite
2013 – Alcohol Is Free
2014 – Moustache
2014 – Rise Like a Phoenix
2015 – Still in Love With You
2016 – Ghost
2016 – Say Yay!
2016 – Slow Down
2016 – You are the Only One
2016 – You’re Not Alone

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May 1988 – Students started sitting the new GCSE’s

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NEWS THIS WEEK in 1988: The first 16-year-olds sit the General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, replacing both the O-level and CSE. One of the main aims was to allow pupils to complete coursework during their two years of study, which was marked by their teachers and contributed to their final examination grade.

1982: “A Little Peace” became the 500th UK No.1 single. It was a song in German, written for the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 which was held in Harrogate. It was performed by 17-year-old German high-school student Nicole, resulting in Germany’s first win at the Eurovision Song Contest by a record margin of 61 points.

3-5-16

SONGS PLAYED
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
Level 42 – Lessons in Love
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
The Passions – I’m In Love With a German Film Star
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Gary Newman – Music for Chameleons
The Human League – Mirror Man
Galaxy – Dancing Tight (feat. Phil Fearon)
Tina Turner – Private Dancer
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Taylor Dayne – Tell It to My Heart
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Poison – Every Rose Has its Thorn
Queen – Breakthru
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O.
Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno
Duran Duran – The Reflex
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Talking Heads – And She Was
Alexander O’Neal – Criticize
Hue & Cry – Labour of Love
Roy Orbison – You Got It
The Jam – Going Underground

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APRIL DOUBLES!

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On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

THIS WEEK in 1986 – The city of Pripyat as well as the surrounding areas were evacuated due to Chernobyl disaster. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 by the time it was evacuated. Fascinating website www.pripyat.com

26-4-16

SONGS PLAYED
ABC – Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow
Prince – Little Red Corvette, 1999
Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart, Changes
Wltravox – We Came To Dance, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes, Apollo 9
Tears For Fears – The Way You Are, Shout
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out, Weak in the Presence of Beauty
Prince – Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret
The Jacksons – Can You Feel It, Walk Right Now
Mel & Kim – Showing Out, FLM
Blondie – Call Me, The Tide Is High
Madonna – La Isla Bonita, Holiday
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know, The Reflex
The Beautiful South – You Keep it All In, Song For Whoever

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1985 – 1989 only

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Last week I concentrated on the early 80’s, so this week I just played songs from 1985-1989.

The biggest British musical event of 1985 was the Live Aid concert in London’s Wembley Stadium on 13 July. Held to follow-up the previous year’s charity record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, the biggest selling single ever at the time, popular acts such as The Who, U2 and Queen performed in front of an estimated audience of 1.9 billion viewers.

The first number 1 single of 1986 was the breakthrough hit for London synthpop duo the Pet Shop Boys. Their song “West End Girls” had climbed the charts during late 1985 and reached number 1 for two weeks in January.

The teen-sensations of 1988, Bros, lost momentum and a band member in 1989, so a new boyband took their title and from the USA came New Kids on the Block and they soon became the latest pop sensations in Britain.

19-4-16

SONGS PLAYED
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
T’Pau – Heart and Soul
Terence Trent D’arby – Dance Little Sister
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Starship – We Built This City
Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Eurythmics – Missionary Man
Roachford – Cuddly Toy
Transvission Vamp – I Want Your Love
Bananarama – Love In the First Degree
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be this Way
Guns n Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
New Kids on the Block – Hangin Tough
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
Bon Jovi – Lay Your Hands On Me
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
Erasure – Ship of Fools
Sting – Englishman In New York
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Jimmy Nail – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
ABC – When Smokey Sings
Michael Jackson – Bad
Texas – Everyday Now
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Adeva – Warning!

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1980 – 1984 only

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I thought I’d stay in the early 80’s tonight, just for a change, so I only played tracks from 1980 – 1984.

The 1980s began with a varied list of artists reaching No. 1 in the singles chart. Kenny Rogers, The Jam, Detroit Spinners and Odyssey were among those who made #1. The year still had a 70’s feel with 1970s favourites ABBA and Blondie in the charts clocking up 5 #1 singles between them. David Bowie scored his second #1 in 1980 with ‘Ashes to Ashes’, while the death of John Lennon at the end of the year gave him his first chart . Kate Bush became the first British female artist to have a No.1 album, and The Police finished the year as the top selling act.

12-4-16

SONGS PLAYED

OMD – Messages
Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
David Bowie – Fashion
ABBA – One Of Us
Madness – Our House
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Thomson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Family Man
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
Odyssey – If You’re Lookin For A Way Out
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives
A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)
Culture Club – Church of the Poison Mind
Marilyn – Calling Your Name
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes
Billy Idol – Eyes Without a Face
Shakatak – Down on the Street
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Adam Ant – Friend or Foe
Toni Basil – Mickey
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Matt Bianco – Get Out of your Lazy Bed
ABC – The Look of Love

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1983 – when Richard Attenborough’s film won 8 Academy Awards

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80’s NEWS THIS WEEK

1983 – Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture. Richard Attenborough won for Best Director, and Ben Kingsley won for Best Actor. The film covers Gandhi’s life from a defining moment in 1893, as he is thrown off a South African train for being in a whites-only compartment, and concludes with his assassination and funeral in 1948.
Over 300,000 extras were used in the funeral scene, the most for any film according to Guinness World Records

1987 – Arsenal won the Football League Cup for the first time in their history with a 2-1 win over Liverpool, earning them their first major trophy since 1979. Charlie Nicholas scores both of Arsenal’s goals.
Liverpool are the most successful club in the history of the tournament with a total of eight wins.

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SONGS PLAYED

Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
UB40 – Food for Thought
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Shalamar – Over & Over
Debbie Harry – French Kissin’ in the USA
New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Cameo – Word Up
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract
It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Eurythmics – Thorn in my Side
Everything But The Girl – I Don’t Want to Talk About It
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Duran Duran – Notorious
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
a-ha – I’ve Been Losing You
Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World
Propaganda – Duel
Hot Chocolate – No Doubt About It
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
Gary Numan – We Are Glass
Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana

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MARCH DOUBLES!

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It’s the last show of the month so, as always, I played DOUBLES – two songs from each artist back to back!

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SONGS PLAYED

Level 42 – The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up), Running In The Family
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, How Soon Is Now
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire, Uptown Girl
Chris Rea – The Road To Hell, On The Beach
Five Star – System Addict, Can’t Wait Another Minute
Donna Summer – Dinner with Gershwin, She Works Hard For The Money
Salt n Pepa – Expression, Push It
Tears For Fears – Change, Sowing the Seeds Of Love
Janet Jackson – Nasty, Rhythm Nation
a-ha – Take On Me, Cry Wolf
The Style Council – You’re The Best Thing, Have You Ever Had It Blue
Go West – We Close Our Eyes, Don’t Look Down
The Polive – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Every Breath You Take
Depeche Mode – People are People, Get the Balance Right

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Mike Stock chats to Xanthe Bearman

Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman – better known as ‘Stock Aitken Waterman’ was a British songwriting and record producing trio who are considered to be one of the most successful song writing and producing partnerships of all time, scoring more than 100 UK top 40 hits, selling 40 million records.

Xanthe and Mike Stock

SAW were behind the launch of many careers in the 80s including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Mel & Kim.

I met with Mike Stock last week at his impressive recording studio for a cup of tea and a chat! I asked him how his involvement with Kylie Minogue’s recent Christmas song came about.

Huge thanks to Mike who is always so generous with his time, I had a great morning at his studio.

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This week in 1985 Neighbours was first broadcast!

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A big week for admirers of Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue and all things Neighbours as in this week in 1985 the first episode of the Australian TV show was broadcast. With the Ramsays, the Robinsons and the Clarkes – three families living in a small street, who are friends. Throughout its run, Neighbours has featured several guest appearances from celebrities playing themselves or characters. These include: Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys, and Clive James, Shane Warne, former Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton, Little Britain’s Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and singers Lily Allen and Paula Abdul.

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SONGS PLAYED
Adam and the Ants – Goody Two Shoes
Human League – Mirror Man
Blondie – Atomic
Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Texas – Everyday Now
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
David Bowie – Underground
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Yazoo – Don’t Go
Spandau Ballet – Chant No 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
Style Council – It Didn’t Matter
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Starship – We Built This City
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
George Harrison – I Got My Mind Set on You
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Boy George – Everything I Own
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Five Star – Rain or Shine
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Go West – We Close Our Eyes
Eurythmics – Missionary Man

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Celebrating Erasure

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This week I was lucky enough to interview Andy Bell of Erasure (click here to hear it again)

#1’s this week

1980 Blondie Atomic
1981 Roxy Music Jealous Guy
1982 Tight Fit The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1983 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
1984 Nena 99 Red Balloons
1985 Dead Or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
1986 Diana Ross Chain Reaction
1987 Boy George Everything I Own
1988 Kylie Minogue I Should Be So Lucky
1989 Jason Donovan Too Many Broken Hearts

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SONGS PLAYED
Erasure – Sometimes
Billy Idol – Eyes Without a Face
David Bowie – Loving The Alien
Prince – Raspberry Beret
The Communards – You Are My World
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
Adam Ant – Friend or Foe
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives
Bananarama – I Want You Back
Bryan Ferry – Slave To Love
Erasure – A Little Respect
Erasure – Who Needs Love (Like That)
Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
Erasure – Ship of Fools
Erasure – Chains of Love
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth
Flock of Saegulls – Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
ABC – When Smokey Sings
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Eurythmics – Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

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Andy Bell chats to Xanthe Bearman

I recently met with Andy Bell, lead singer of the band Erasure who came to fame in the 80’s with songs such as “Sometimes”, “Chains of Love” and “Ship of Fools”.

In 2014 Andy took a one man show to the Edinburgh Fringe – a production called “Torsten The Bareback Saint”. Now he is performing the follow-up “Torsten, The Beautiful Libertine” and has an accompanying album. The show is at Above The Stag Theatre, SW8 1RZ (by Vauxhall Underground Stn) from 2 – 27 MARCH 2016.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE:

Xanthe and Andy

Chatting

Andy was completely lovely, it was such a pleasure spending time with him and chatting over a cup of tea & a Latte!!

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80’s songs from the Movies

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In honour of the Oscars at the weekend, I thought I’d play songs from 80’s movies tonight!

COCKTAIL: Addicted To Love
Cocktail is a 1988 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Tom Cruise. Directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Heywood Gould, whose screenplay was based on his book of the same name.

ROCKY III – Eye of the Tiger
An 1982 American sports-drama film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film’s main theme “Eye of the Tiger”, was written by the group Survivor and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

FAME – Fame
The 1980 film follows a group of students through their studies at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Won the Academy Award for Best Original Song

FOOTLOOSE is a 1984 American musical drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow), dancing and rock music have been banned.

GHOSTBUSTERS: 1984. The film stars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City who start a ghost-catching business. Sigourney. It was nominated for two Oscars at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song (for the eponymous theme song), but lost to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Woman in Red respectively

St. Elmo’s Fire is a 1985 coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore among others, centers on a group of friends that have just graduated from Georgetown University.
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80’s Oscar Winners for
Best Film
1980: ORDINARY PEOPLE
1981: CHARIOTS OF FIRE
1982: GHANDI
1983: TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
1984: AMADEUS
1985: OUT OF AFRICA
1986: PLATOON
1987: THE LAST EMPEROR
1988: FAME
1989: DRIVING MISS DAISY

SONGS PLAYED
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
a-ha – The Living Daylights
Blondie – Call Me
Irene Cara – FAME
Queen – Flash
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
Genesis – In Too Deep
Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
Michael Sembello – Maniac
John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Bananarama- Cruel Summer
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Prince – Purple Rain
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power Of Love
David Bowie – This Is Not America
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Psychedic Furs – Pretty In Pink
Maria Vidal – Body Rock

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The last show of the month – already?

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How can it be the end of Feb already? Well, as it most definitely is, I’m playing DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

TV NEWS THIS WEEK
1989 – Den Watts, the hugely popular character played by Leslie Grantham in the BBC’s soap opera EastEnders, departs from the series (which he joined at its inception four years ago) as the character is presumably killed in an episode watched by over 20 million viewers.

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SONGS PLAYED

Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love, Simply Irresistible
Genesis – Land of Confusion, In Too Deep
Duran Duran – Union of the Snake, All She Wants Is
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls, Heart
Kim Wilde – You Came, Kids In America
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street, Eternal Flame
R.E.M. – The One I Love, Its the End of the World as we Know It
Billy Idol – Mony Mony, Hot in the City
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Wrapped Around Your Finger
Tina Turner – I Cant Stand The Rain, Private Dancer
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, Caribbean Queen
Queen – Its a Hard Life, Breakthru
ABBA – The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper
Madonna – La Isla Bonita, True Blue

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9 Feb – another ‘great’ gone.

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So sad to hear of the death of Maurice White aged 74 who was the singer, songwriter & producer of Earth, Wind & Fire – the most popular group in the history of American soul, funk and R&B. In the late 1970s they had five double platinum albums, and a multi-platinum “best-of” collection. Earth Wind & Fire had four Top 10 hits in Britain, including Let’s Groove in 1981.

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SONGS PLAYED
Adam and the Ants – Goody Two Shoes
Imagination – Just an Illusion
Earth, Wind & Fire – Lets Groove
Uther Vandross – Never Too Much
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Eurythmics – Right By Your Side
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Wax – Bridge to Your Heart
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Status Quo – The Wanderer
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off
Wham! – I’m Your Man
Fuzzbox – Pink Sunshine
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
a-ha – I’ve been Losing You
Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
David Bowie – Underground
Erasure – Sometimes
ABC – The Look of Love
Terence Trent D’Arby – Come Back and Stay
John Lennon – Woman
Kraftwerk – Model
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately

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February 2nd

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Some great songs on tonight’s show that I hadn’t heard for ages including Strawberry Switchblade’s “Since Yesterday” and Go West’s “Don’t Look Down”.
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SONGS PLAYED

Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
INXS – New Sensation
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
Level 42 – Running In The Family
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Toyah – I Want To Be Free
Robbie Nevill – C’est La Vie
Go West – Don’t Look Down
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Janet Jackson – Nasty
Five Star – System Addict
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
Hot Chocolate – I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I)
The Style Council – You’re The Best Thing
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough..
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – F I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Somethings gotta hold of my heart
Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
Howard Jones – What Is Love
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire
Fun Boy Three – Tunnel of Love
Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
Guns n Roses – Paradise City

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JANUARY 2016 – DOUBLES

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On the last show of the month I always play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

NEWS THIS WEEK

1983: British drivers ordered to belt up. Drivers and front seat passengers must wear seatbelts under a new law which came into force at midnight. Figures showed 90% of front-seat passengers began routinely wearing seat belts after it became compulsory. In 1991 it became compulsory for adults to belt up in the back seat.

1984 – Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium when the pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire. Pepsi made a $1.5million compensation payment, which Jackson donated to a Californian medical centre, who later named a burns treatment wing in his honour.

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SONGS PLAYED

Hall & Oates – Family Man. Maneater
The Housemartins – Happy Hour, Caravan of Love
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, How Soon Is Now
Bryan Ferry – Is Your Love Strong Enough?, Slave To Love
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives, High Life
Prince & the Revolution – Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You, Love Will Save the Day
Swing Out Sister – Breakout, Surrender
Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart, Labelled With Love
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV, The Living Daylights
Michael Jackson – Beat It, Leave Me Alone
David Bowie – Loving The Alien, This Is Not America
John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over, Nobody Told Me
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue, Walls Come Tumbling Down
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, We Came To Dance

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Gr80’s tribute to the great David Bowie

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On 11th January we woke to the news that the musical genius David Bowie had died . A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” after an “18-month battle with cancer”.

David Bowie was one of the most influential musicians of his time who released his first album, the World of David Bowie, in 1967.

In 1972 he released his 5th studio album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The album’s huge popularity and the accompanying tour, in which Bowie featured as the bisexual alien rock superstar Ziggy, brought him worldwide stardom.

In 1980 David Bowie released his 14th studio album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) and then in 1983, his best-selling album to date “Let’s Dance” which has sold at least 7 million copies worldwide.

Hits like China Girl and Modern Love, coupled with the spectacular Serious Moonlight world tour, introduced Bowie to a whole new generation. And his 1985 duet with Mick Jagger, “Dancin’ in the Street”, was a major factor in the success of the Band Aid project.

David Bowie went on to produce 12 more albums. He was an actor on stage and in films including Absolute Beginners, Labyrinth and The Last Temptation of Christ.

In a 2003 interview, Bowie said: “It’s a struggle to understand how I am no longer 20. I don’t know anybody else that this has ever happened to. Most people they get to 20 and then they stay 20. It didn’t happen for me though, I just went on and on and on and suddenly I’m 56! So I have to write from this unique perspective of somebody who never stopped being 20, but I went on. Isn’t that weird?”
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Tributes:
Gene Simmons, from rock band Kiss, was one of many musicians to cite Bowie’s influence on their careers. He tweeted: “David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie’s ‘Changes’ and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me.”

Midge Ure has labelled David Bowie “the guv’nor”. The former Ultravox singer and Live Aid co-founder said: “We are all still walking in his slipstream.”

Madonna tweeted: “I’m Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert I ever saw in Detroit! R.I.P.”

Marc Almond, the former frontman of Soft Cell, said “A lot of the lyrics on the album (Blackstar) now seem quite prophetic… it’s an enormous loss. David Bowie taught me more than my teachers did at school. He was a real world changer.”

The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original”

Queen drummer Roger Taylor said: “The cleverest and most interestingly brilliant man of our time. What a vacuum he leaves, and how he will be missed.”

Alison Moyet hailed Bowie as “our greatest, gone and here forever”. “A world’s heart breaks”

Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics “I feel stunned by the news. Our personal & collective inner landscape has shifted and we’re trying to come to terms with it”

Human League founder Martyn said “[Bowie] symbolised not only the glamour of popular music, but his career was really one of an artist rather than just a musician.”

Sir Paul McCartney posted a tribute on his website: “Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

SONGS PLAYED
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
David Bowie – Fashion
David Bowie – China Girl
David Bowie – Modern Love
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
David Bowie – Blue Jean
Midge Ure – No Regrets
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
Alison Moyet – Weak in the Presence of Beauty
David Bowie – Underground
Eurythmics – Right By Your Side
David Bowie – Loving The Alien
David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street
Madonna – Live To Tell
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
David Bowie – This Is Not America
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
David Bowie – Day In Day Out
Queen (feat. David Bowie) – Under Pressure
Madness – Grey Day
The Jam – Beat Surrender
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
The Human League – Open Your Heart
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
David Bowie – Let’s Dance

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GR80’s AT CHRISTMAS!

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The CHRISTMAS SHOW features TWO HOURS of GREAT 80’s CHRISTMAS SONGS!!

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Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Wham! – Last Christmas
Mel Smith & Kim Wilde – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine
Stevie Nicks – Silent Night
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York (featuring Kirsty MaColl)
Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear
Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
David Essex – A Winters Tale
Paul MaCartney – Pipes of Peace
John Lennon – So This Is Christmas
Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas
U2 – Christmas, Baby Please Come Home
Flying Pickets – Only You
Aled Jones – Walking In the Air
John Mellencamp – I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
Madonna – Santa Baby
The Muppets – Rockin Robin
Bryan Adams – Christmas Time
Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again
Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland
Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Alexander O’Neal – The Christmas Song
Roy Wood & Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
Abba – Happy New Year

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22 December – nearly Christmas….

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Much excitement at GR80’s tonight as its NEARLY CHRISTMAS DAY!! So I asked what your favourite toys in the 80’s were.

Miriam Scott said SIMON, Helen said Mr Frosty & Guess Who and Dom said his Radio Controlled Beach Buggy (which he then took apart and re-built)!

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SONGS PLAYED
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Level 42 – Lessons in Love
Prince – Little Red Corvette
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
Terence Trent D’Arby – Dance Little Sister
Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart
A-ha Take On Me
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule the World
Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear
R.E.M. – The One I Love
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Bananarama – Venus
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Boy George – Everything I Own
Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas
Kirsty M A New England
Fairground Attraction – Perfect
Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

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15th December, more 80’s Christmas tunes

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I sprinkled this weeks show with 80’s Christmas tunes. I especially liked Madonna’s Santa Baby from 1987 which was a cover of the 1953 song by Eartha Kitt.

NEWS THIS WEEK
1982: Renée and Renato had a #1 hit with “Save Your Love”. West Midlands-resident Italian-born Renato Pagliari auditioned for ITV’s talent show New Faces in 1975. He was teamed by songwriter, Johnny Edward with British singer Hilary Lester and the duo was renamed as Renée and Renato. They recorded the song, “Save Your Love”, which became the 1982 Christmas number one. Hilary Lester returned to private life after the fame died down, but Renato still sang, mainly on cruise ships and occasionally at his son’s restaurant.

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SONGS PLAYED
Prince – Raspberry Beret
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
Kane Gang – Respect Yourself
The Damned – Eloise
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives
Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O.
Tears For Fears – The Way You Are
OMD – Joan of Arc
George Michael – A Different Corner
Eurythmics – Right By Your Side
Madonna – Santa Baby
Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble
The Passions – I’m In Love With a German Film Star
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day
The Rolling Stones – Undercover of the Night
John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
Wet Wet Wet – Angel Eyes
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
Erasure – Stop
Alexander O’Neal – The Christmas Song
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Ashford & Simpson – Solid

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8 December – Remembering John Lennon

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NEWS THIS WEEK in 1980
John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City. In 1985, New York City dedicated an area of Central Park directly across from the Dakota as Strawberry Fields, where Lennon had frequently walked. In a symbolic show of unity, countries from around the world donated trees and the city of Naples, Italy, donated the Imagine mosaic centrepiece. Lennon was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

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SONGS PLAYED
Yazz – Stand Up For Your Love Rights
S’Express – Hey Music Lover
Climie Fisher – Love Changes (Everything)
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
John Lennon – So This is Christmas
Elton John – Nikita
The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Status Quo – The Wanderer
Hazell Dean – Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot
Mel & Kim – Heartache
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear
Galaxy – Dancing Tight (feat. Phil Fearon)
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
ABC – The Look of Love
The Jam – Beat Surrender
The Flying Pickets – Only You
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
Madonna – True Blue
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Alexander O’Neal – The Christmas Song
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)

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1st Dec, it’s nearly Christmas!!!

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The 1st of December says CHRISTMAS to me, so I played a couple of 80’s festive tracks. Well, three! They’ll be more as the month goes on, and I’ll have a special Christmas 80’s show too. LOVE IT!

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SONGS PLAYED
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car
Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
George Duke – Shine On
Fairground Attraction – Find My Love
The Style Council – You’re The Best Thing
Black – Wonderful Life
Squeeze – Labelled With Love
Bad Manners- Lip Up Fatty
London Boys – London Nights
O.M.D. – Messages
Coldcut feat Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On
Europe – The Final Countdown
Status Quo – Marguerita Time
Five Star – Rain or Shine
Mel Smith & Kim Wilde – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Duran Duran – Rio
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (for my love)
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Abba – Super Trouper
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Thomson Twins – You Take Me Up
Howard Jones – New Song
Bananrama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland

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It’s the last show of the month, so I play DOUBLES! That’s two tracks from each artist back-to-back.

1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller was released worldwide. It became the best-selling record album in history. Seven singles were released from the album, The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools — the videos for “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, and “Beat It” all received regular rotation on MTV.

24-11-15

SONGS PLAYED
Janet Jackson – Nasty, What Have You Done For Me Lately
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery, Temptation
Shalamar – Over and Over, A Night To Remember
The Bangles – Manic Monday, Eternal Flame
Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings, Under the Boardwalk
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet, Walk of Life
Elton John – I’m Still Standing, Nikita
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA, Born To Run (LIVE)
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Queen – Hammer To Fall
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda, Labour of Love
Michael Jackson – Thriller, Billie Jean
Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight, Holding Back the Years
Matt Bianco – Get Out of your Lazy Bed, Yeh Yeh
Madness – House of Fun, Our House

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This week in 1989, Now 16 was released on vinyl, cassette, CD & VHS!

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NOW 92 is released this week, but in 1989 we were excited to be buying NOW 16! AND we could get it on vinyl, audio cassette, Compact Disc and VHS tape. The CD contained 35 tracks, the last three being bonus tracks which were not on the vinyl release or the cassette release.
Now 16 is the only album in the series not to feature any singles which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

17-11-15

SONGS PLAYED
Terence Trent D’arby- Dance Little Sister
George Michael – Faith
Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days
A-ha – Take On Me
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Donna Allen – Serious
Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible
Bananarama – Venus
Chris Rea – On The Beach
King – Love & Pride
Eurythmics It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)
Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Salt n Pepa – Push It
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Adam & The Ants – Antmusic
Kirsty MacColl – A New England
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover
Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart
T-pau – China In Your Hand
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth
Boy George – Everything I Own
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll

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This week in ’85 – Ronald Reagan became President of the USA

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NEWS THIS WEEK
1980: The former Hollywood actor and Republican governor of California Ronald Reagan became the next president of the United States. He defeated Democrat Jimmy Carter in the US presidential elections by a huge majority. At the age of 69, Mr Reagan was America’s oldest president. His running mate, former head of the CIA George Bush, became his vice-president.

1985 – Garry Kasparov, 22, of the Soviet Union became the youngest World Chess Champion by beating Anatoly Karpov, also of the Soviet Union. Kasparov holds the record for the longest time as the No. 1 rated player in the world — from 1986 to 2005. In 2007 he wrote How Life Imitates Chess, an examination of the parallels between decision-making in chess and in the business world.

3-11-15

SONGS PLAYED
Fuzzbox – Pink Sunshine
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat
Ashford & Simpson – Solid
Freddie Mercury – Living On My Own
Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
Tears For Fears – Woman In Chains
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Surrender
Tanita Tikaram – Good Tradition
Sting – Englishman In New York
Temptations – Treat her like a lady
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes
The Damned – Eloise
Julian Copeland – World Shut Your Mouth
Abba – The Winner Takes It All
Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Enya – Orinoco Flow
Adam and the Ants – Goody Two Shoes
KC and the Sunshine Band – Give It Up
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Ultravox – All Stood Still
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

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OCTOBER DOUBLES

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On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

NEWS THIS WEEK in 1986
The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang. The effect of the Big Bang led to significant changes to the structure of the financial markets in London. The changes saw many of the old firms being taken over by large banks both foreign and domestic and would lead in the following years to further changes to the regulatory environment that would eventually lead to the creation of the Financial Services Authority

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the last stretch of the M25 motorway with a ceremony in the section between J22 and J23 (London Colney and South Mimms). The section from Potters Bar to the Dartford Tunnel was constructed between 1979 and 1982

27-10-15

SONGS PLAYED
R.E.M.- Its the End of the World as we Know It, The One I Love
Bananarama – Nathan Jones, I Want You Back
Erasure – Stop!, Sometimes
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking, Theme for Great Cities
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away), Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)
Adam Ant – Puss N Boots, Apollo 9
China Crisis – Christian, Wishful Thinking
Heaven 17 – Come Live With Me, Temptation
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science, Hyperactive
ABC – Ocean Blue, When Smokey Sings
Hot Chocolate – I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I), It Started With a Kiss
Madonna – Material Girl, Papa Don’t Preach
Culture Club – Its a Miracle, Move Away
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero, Private Dancer

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Back to the Future?

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It was all over the news this week that the 21st October was BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY! The day that Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travelled to in Back to the Future 2 in 1989. Fans of the 80’s blockbuster trilogy celebrated the movie milestone.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS
1980 – Claire Cooper, Hollyoaks Actress
1982 – Nicola Adams, first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.
1985 – Wayne Rooney, English footballer
1988 – Sarah Barrow, English diver who won the gold medal at the 2012 European Championships

20-10-15

SONGS PLAYED
Spandau Ballet – Lifeline
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
Chris Rea – The Road To Hell
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
The Human League – Open Your Heart
Talking Heads- Road To Nowhere
Level 42 – Running In The Family
T’Pau – Heart and Soul
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
Five Star – System Addict
Mel & Kim – KLM
Voice of the Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby
Odyssey – If You’re Lookin For A Way Out
Queen – Play the Game
David Bowie – China Girl
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Wham! – Freedom
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Propaganda – Duel
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild In the Country
Madonna – Express Yourself

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1989 – news from Russia regarding UFO landing…..

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NEWS THIS WEEK..
1989 – An official news agency in the Soviet Union reports the landing of a UFO in Voronezh. TASS published details of an alleged UFO landing in the city’s park and purported encounters with extraterrestrial beings reported by a number of children. A Russian scientist that was cited in initial TASS reports later told the Associated Press that he was misquoted, cautioning, “Don’t believe all you hear from TASS,” and a TASS correspondent admitted the possibility that some “make-believe” had been added to the TASS story!

6-10-15

SONGS PLAYED

Queen – Breakthru
New Kids on the Block – Hangin Tough
Matha and the Muffins – Echo Beach
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Kids form Fame – Hi-Fidelity
Amazulu – Too Good to be Forgotten
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot
S’Express – Hey Music Lover
Yazz – Stand Up For Your Love Rights
Hazel Dean – Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
ABC – The Look of Love
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Adam Ant – Prince Charming
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
Billie Idol – Mony Mony
Madonna – True Blue
Wham! Everything She Wants
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract
Roachford – Cuddly Toy

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September Doubles!

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On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

29-9-15

SONGS PLAYED

Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good, The Riddle
Eurythmics – There Must Be an Angel, Thorn In My Side
Maria McKee- Show Me Heaven, A Good Heart (LIVE)
Texas – Everyday Now, I Don’t Want A Lover
U2 – Angel of Harlem, The Unforgettable Fire
Kim Wilde – You Came, Kids In America
a-ha – I’ve been Losing You, The Living Daylights
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name, Lay Your Hands On Me
S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right), Just Be Good to Me
Wax – Bridge to Your Heart, American English
Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat, Smalltown Boy
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia, Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
Duran Duran – The Reflex, Notorious

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Bob Marley’s last concert – this week in 1980

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NEWS THIS WEEK
1980 – Bob Marley plays what would be his last concert in Pittsburgh. The only known photographs from the show were featured in Kevin Macdonald’s documentary film Marley.

80’s BIRTHDAYS

1980 – Victoria Pendleton, English cyclist
1982 – Billie Piper, actress and singer
1982 – Jon Richardson, English comedian and radio host
1987 – Tom Felton, actor best known as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter

22-9-15

SONGS PLAYED
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Hot Chocolate – No Doubt About It
Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Could You Be Loved
Talking Loud and Clear
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Soul II Soul – Feel Free
London Boys – London Nights
Big Country – Look Away
Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Earth Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove
Imagination – Just an Illusion
Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Adam Ant – Prince Charming
Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Prefab Sproub – Cars and Girls
Cars – Drive
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, the
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue
Toyah – I Want To Be Free
Men at Work – Down Under
Wet Wet Wet – With a Little Help From My Friends

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Fave TV shows of the 80’s – the listeners decide!

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This week I asked what your favourite TV shows were in the 80’s. It became obvious that most were childhood faves, so in no particular order here are some of the replies:
Andrea Mitchell loved Roobarb and Custard
Michael Fairbrother was a fan of Danger Mouse,
Dawn Raggio loved Alf and FAME
Nathan Astbury loved the Raggy Dolls (sad sack was his favourite!)
Stuart Kelman’s fave show was Captain Caveman

BIRTHDAYS this week
1980 – Frances Houghton, – an English professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team. She has been World Champion in the Quadruple scull on four occasions and won Silver Medals at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
1984 – Prince Harry of Wales

15-9-15

SONGS PLAYED

Eurythmics – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
King – Love & Pride
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power Of Love
Fairground Attraction – Find My Love
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
Debby Harry – French Kissin’ in the USA
a-ha – Cry Wolf
Adam and the Ants – Antmusic
Holly Johnson – Love Train
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
Billy Idol – Hot in the City
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
Black Box – Ride On Time
Michael Jackson – Bad
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute
INXS – New Sensation
The Jam – Shout to the Top

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The Marlborough Diamond in news from the 80’s

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In News this Week: 1980: The Marlborough diamond was stolen from a London jewellers in a bold £1m robbery. The stone – worth £400,000 – was part of a window display at the Graff jewellery shop in Knightsbridge.

The two robbers, armed with a revolver and a hand grenade, got away in less than a minute with a total of £1,429,000 worth of diamonds. No one was hurt during the raid, and customers on the other two floors of the three-storey shop were unaware of anything taking place. However, within 11 hours of the raid the thieves – Joseph Scalise and Arthur Rachel – both Chicago Mob gangsters were arrested as they stepped off a British Airways plane in Chicago.

The men were extradited to England where they were tried and imprisoned for nine years, but the Marlborough diamond has never been recovered.

8-8-15

SONGS PLAYED
Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
George Duke – Shine On
Kids from Fame – Hi-Fidelity
Bros – Drop the Boy
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Yazz – Stand Up For Your Love Rights
Propaganda – Duel
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Pointer Sisters – Jump (for my love)
Van Halen – Jump
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract
Thomson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
George Michael – Kissing A Fool
Adam Ant – Friend or Foe
Level 42 – Something About You
Alexander O’Neil – Fake
Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Roachford – Cuddly Toy
Billy Joel – The Longest Time
Madness – House Of Fun
The Jam – Shout to the Top

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August Doubles

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On the last show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back. Now technically, the show was on the 1st Sept, but as I was away last week, and 31st Aug was only yesterday, I thought I’d sneak my doubles show in!


NEWS THIS WEEK

1985 – A joint American–French expedition locates the wreckage of the RMS Titanic. Since its discovery, the wreck of Titanic has been revisited numerous times by explorers, scientists, filmmakers, tourists and salvagers, who have recovered thousands of items from the debris field for conservation and public display.

1983 Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash issue a press statement announcing that Mick Jones has been fired from the group.

1-9-15

SONGS PLAYED
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me A, The Boy in the Bubble
Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well, Dance Little Sister
Yazoo – Only You, Nobodys Diary
Culture Club – Victims, Move Away
Bananarama – Venus, Love In the First Degree
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home, Good Thing
Sheena Easton – Modern Girl, Morning Train (Nine To Five)
The Bangles – Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian
Madness – Baggy Trousers, Our House
The Stranglers – Always the Sun, Golden Brown
Madonna – Material Girl, True Blue
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody, I Feel For You
Freddie Mercury – Living On My Own, The Great Pretender
Midge Ure – If I Was, No Regrets
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It, We Don’t Need Another Hero

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This week in ’89……..

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As always, I featured news stories from this week in the 80’s.

In 1989 this week Radio Caroline, the offshore pirate station in the North Sea, was raided by British and Dutch governments. Part of the raid was broadcast live before officials disabled the transmitters. Dutch nationals were arrested and returned to the Netherlands, together with most of the broadcasting equipment

On 1 October 1989, Radio Caroline restarted broadcasting using makeshift equipment and low power. Over following months, Caroline’s signal quality improved as transmitting valves were donated and programming returned to normal.

Number 1’s this week in the 80’s were:
1980 David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
1981 Shakin’ Stevens – Green Door
1982 Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
1983 K C & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up
1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
1985 Madonna – Into The Groove
1986 Boris Gardiner – I Want To Wake Up With You
1987 Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
1988 Yazz & The Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up
1989 Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers – Swing The Mood

18-8-15

SONGS PLAYED
Madness – House of Fun
Level 42 – Running In The Family
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
The Human League – Love Action (I Believe In Love)
A-ha – Take On Me
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
Huey Lewis and the News – Hip To Be Square
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Eagles – I Can’t Tell You Why
Air Supply – All Out of Love
Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
Five Star – System Addict
The Rolling Stones -Undercover of the Night
Def Leppard – Animal
Wax – Bridge to Your Heart
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Yazz And The Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
The Jam – Town Called Malice
Ashford & Simpson – Solid
Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Imagination – Just an Illusion
Cher – Just Like Jesse James
Philip Oakey – Together in Electric Dreams

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New Tuesday show – same GR8 80’s music

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Here I am! Now on Tuesday’s, 6-8pm. Still playing the very best 80’s tunes and sharing some of the news events, trivia and your memories.

NEWS THIS WEEK
1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released. Pricing started at $1,565 (about £2,500 in today’s money) for a configuration with 16K RAM, Color Graphics Adapter, and no disk drives
The IBM PC was immediately successful. The press reported a rumor that more than 40,000 were ordered on the day of the announcement; one dealer reportedly received 22 $1,000 deposits from customers although he could not promise a delivery date!

1984 – “We begin bombing in five minutes” – United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio. Contrary to popular misconception, this microphone gaffe was not broadcast over the air.

11-8-15

SONGS PLAYED
The Style Council – Shout to the Top
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
Europe – The Final Countdown
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
INXS – New Sensation
Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Taylor Dayne – Tell It to My Heart
Debbie Harry – French Kissin’ in the USA
New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Mel and Kim – Showing Out
Blancmange – Don’t Tell Me
Big Audio Dynamite – E=Mc²
Eurythmics – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)
Adam and the Ants – Antmusic
Abba – The Winner Takes It All
KC and the Sunshine Band – Give It Up
Chris De Burgh – Lady in Red
Diana Ross – Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Heaven17 – Temptation
The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Simpky Red – Holding Back the Years
Duran Duran – Girls On Film

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July Doubles (last Thursday show!)

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The last show of the month so, as always, I played DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

Number 1’s This Week in the 80’s
1980 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out
1981 Shakin’ Stevens – Green Door
1982 Irene Cara – Fame
1983 Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat
1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
1985 Madonna – Into The Groove
1986 Chris de Burgh – The Lady In Red
1987 Los Lobos – La Bamba
1988 Glenn Medeiros – Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You
1989 Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers – Swing The Mood

30-7-15

SONGS PLAYED
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Every Breath You Take
Spandau Ballet – Gold, Chant No 1
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me, Mirror Man
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Church of the Poison Mind
Kim Wilde – Kids In America, You Came
Sade – Smooth Operator, Your Love is King
Elton John – I Guess Thats Why they Call it the Blues, Nikita
George Michael – Faith, Monkey
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love, Simply Irresistible
Howard Jones – What Is Love, Like to Get to Know You Well
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle, Wouldn’t It Be Good
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day, How Will I Know
Cameo – Back and Forth, Word Up
Suzanne Vega – Toms Diner, Luka

THE NEXT SHOW IS TUESDAY 11th AUGUST, 6-8pm – and every Tuesday from then on.

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The week of the 80’s weddings!

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NEWS THIS WEEK

1981 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Diana did not promise to “obey” Charles as part of the traditional vows. That word was eliminated at the couple’s request, which caused a sensation at the time. Diana’s wedding dress was valued at £9000 (£30,809 as of 2015), The dress was made of ivory silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls. It was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and had a 25-foot train of ivory taffeta and antique lace. Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform.

1981 – On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, more than 24 million viewers watched the wedding (which generated higher ratings for ITV than the wedding of Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer)

1986 –Prince Andrew, Duke of York married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey. Sarah made her way with her father Ronald from Clarence House in the Glass Coach, arriving at the church at 11.30. The 45-minute wedding ceremony was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the bridesmaids and page boys included Princess Anne’s children Peter and Zara Phillips, and Prince Charles’s eldest son Prince William.

23-7-15

SONGS PLAYED
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule the World
Level 42 – Something About You
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
George Duke – Shine On
Kraftwerk – Model
Odyssey – Use it Up and Wear it Out
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Sting – Englishman In New York
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
The Human League – Human
The Jam – Going Underground
Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
George Michael, Aretha Franklin -I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
Specials – Ghost Town
Madonna – Who’s That Girl
Chris Rea – Road to Hell (LIVE)
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Toni Basil – Mickey
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Van Halen – Jump
Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
The Housemartins – Happy Hour

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The Supreme Winner of the National Sausage Championship

I met Trevor Oliver recently to talk about his winning sausages. The popular butcher has been in Hutton, Brentwood for over 43 years, and has won many awards for his delicious sausages. There is even a ‘Sausage Menu’ which has over 60 varieties, plus some award winning burgers too!

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I really enjoyed my visit – it’s so lovely to see an independent shop still thriving in our community. Trevor is well liked by all his customers who come from far and wide to buy his produce. Long may it continue!

Olivers Butchers is at 212 Rayleigh Road, Hutton. www.oliversbutchers.co.uk

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Co-hosted by Student Media Journalist Grace Perry

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Lovely Grace Perry, who is studying to be a journalist (specialising in Media) joined me on the show, and she was good! Very good! Eek, I think she’ll be after my job in a couple of years!
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We had the usual News This Week in the 80’s, and #1’s from this week throughout the decade, and I was interested to hear that Grace has a real passion for 70’s and 80’s music.
16-7-15

SONGS PLAYED
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Wax – Bridge to Your Heart
Fine Young Canniballs – She Drives Me Crazy
Sex Pistols – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (LIVE)
Depeche Mode – People are People
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
The Jam – Town Called Malice
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Cher – Just Like Jesse James
Aerosmith and Run DMC – Walk This Way
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Shakatak – Down on the Street
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It
Irene Cara – Fame
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes
Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
Inner City – Good Life
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
Mel and Kim – FLM
Erasure – Stop!

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9 July – who was “Jumpman” and “Lady”?

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THIS WEEK in 1981: Donkey Kong, a video game created by Nintendo, was released. The game marked the debut of Nintendo’s future mascot, Mario. In the game, Mario (originally named “Jumpman“) must rescue a damsel in distress named Pauline (originally named Lady), from a giant ape named Donkey Kong. The hero and ape later became two of Nintendo’s most popular and recognizable characters.

#1’s this week

1980 Olivia Newton John & ELO – Xanadu
1981 Specials – Ghost Town
1982 Captain Sensible – Happy Talk
1983 Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
1985 Sister Sledge – Frankie
1986 Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
1987 Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
1988 Glenn Medeiros – Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You
1989 Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler – Back To Life

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SONGS PLAYED
Wham! – Club Tropicana
Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
INXS – New Sensation
Def Leppard – Love Bites
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off
Mel 7 Kim – Showing Out
Odyssey – If You’re Lookin For A Way Out
Sade – Your Love is King
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power Of Love
Taylor Dayne – Tell It to My Heart
Howard Jones – What Is Love
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Olivia Newton John – Xanadu
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Kirsty MacColl – A New England
Spandau Ballet – Lifeline
Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
Eurythmics – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)
Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover

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80’s sports news!

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This week I seemed to have lots of SPORTS 80’s news – it must be that cheeky Chris Hood & Ronnie O’Sullivan influencing me with their Thursday Midweek Matchzone just before my show!

Anyway, news this week in the 80’s:
1982. England draw 0-0 with hosts Spain and are eliminated from the World Cup in the second group stage. Ron Greenwood retires as England manager after five years and is succeeded by Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson.

1985 – Boris Becker becomes the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at age 17. He is a six-time major singles champion, he also won 13 Masters Series titles, five elite indoor, and an Olympic gold medal in doubles. He is currently coaching Novak Djokovic.

1986: 1 July – Gary Lineker becomes the most expensive British footballer ever in a £2.75 million move from Everton to FC Barcelona.
2 July – 24 hours after Gary Lineker’s transfer, Ian Rush sets a new transfer record for a British footballer when he agrees a £3.2 million move from Liverpool to Juventus of Italy

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SONGS PLAYED
Terence Trent D’arby – Dance Little Sister
Aztec Camera -Somewhere In My Heart
Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent
Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
Elton John – Blues Eyes
Kim Wilde – Kids In America
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Fine Young Cannibals – Ever Fallen In Love
Everything But The Girl – I Don’t Want to Talk About It
Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker
Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild In the Country
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out
Adam Ant – Apollo 9
Midge Ure – If I Was
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Name and Number
Jaki Graham – Step Right Up
Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible

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St Helens School Fayre – judging the Bake Off!

Performance by Debut School of Performing Arts and interview with Lead Fire Fighter Savill:

Interviews with Amber, Poppy, Laurence, Benedict and Charles, and Millie:

On a very hot Saturday afternoon, I was invited to St Helens Junior School in Sawyers Hall Lane to judge the Bake Off at their annual Fayre. I had a lovely time, trying all the cakes, biscuits and scones made by the talented pupils and parents. Father Mark and I ‘worked’ very hard, and finally managed to choose the winners.
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Alex Gilham from Class 5 with his Teddy Bear cake won first prize. We thought it had great presentation and was light and creamy.
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Polly Brindle from Class 4 with her Scones won 2nd prize, The scones tasted wonderful and were all very even.

A special mention went to Joshua Leek’s Banana Cake which was quite pudding-y and had a delicious flavour.

We thought it must have taken Oscar Miller from class 4 a long time to decorate his chocolate cake – it was stunning.

Ellie Dohoo from Class 3 had lovely presentation with her tasty cupcakes.

Millie Austin from 5B won the Junior Prize for her beautiful Fruit Sponge.
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The entries from the adults were so delicious it was hard to choose a winner, so we gave a joint first to Nicola Catling’s chocolate cupcakes, and Pat Austins St Helens inspired Chocolate Cake, and Mrs Askew came 2nd with her classic pink and blue cupcakes.

I had a chance to chat to some of the children at the Fayre, Amber Sharp (5) was having her nails painted, and Poppy Hennelly (5) was enjoying her face painting.
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The Debut School of Performing Arts sounded great Debut school PA

I also chatted to Lead Fire Fighter Savill about the Fire Service’s contribution to the school fayre.
LFF Savill

Finally a quick chat with cousins Laurence Bourberry, Benedict Jones and Charles Jones finished a fun filled afternoon.
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Many thanks to the Parents Association and all the staff and volunteers who made the Fayre so enjoyable.

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The June DOUBLES

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Goodness, the last show of the month zoomed round this time! As always I played DOUBLES – that’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

SONGS PLAYED
Alexander O’Neal – Fake, Criticize
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue, Shout to the Top
Whitney Houston – So Emotional, Saving All My Love For You
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around, Give a Little Love
Cher – Just Like Jesse James, If I Could Turn Back Time
Lionel Richie – All Night Long, Dancing on the Ceiling
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache, Goodbye Stranger
Duran Duran, The Reflex, Union of the Snake
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill, Babooshka
Level 42 – Lessons In Love, Running in the Family
Galaxy – Wait Until Tonight, Dancing Tight
Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away, I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda, Labour of Love

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NEWS THIS WEEK
1981 – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issues its “Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party Since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China”, laying the blame for the Cultural Revolution on Mao Zedong.

1982 – “The Jakarta Incident”: British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount GaloonGong (Galunggung), resulting in the failure of all four engines.
The reason for the failure was not immediately apparent to the crew or air traffic control. The aircraft was able to glide far enough to exit the ash cloud, and all engines were restarted (although one failed again soon after), allowing the aircraft to land safely at the Airport in Jakarta
The crew received various awards, including the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air and medals from the British Air Line Pilots Association.

1986. Millionaire Richard Branson smashed the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic with his 72-ft powerboat, the Virgin Atlantic Challenger.

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Jenny Addis live at Harrys Bar, Billericay

Straight after my 80’s show on Thursday 18th June, I rushed across to Billericay to catch up with the talented vocalist JENNY ADDIS.

Jenny first trained at Gable Hall School with singing teacher Rodger Davidson and then moved on to study a BTEC in Performing Arts at Palmers College. For 6 years Jenny worked for Haven Holidays as a resident entertainer and featured on the “Sunshine Forever” single.

Jenny is now a solo artist performing all over Essex, Surrey, Kent and London. She also is in an Abba tribute called Abba Love, and a Motown tribute called the MoSound Sisters in which she performs all over the UK.

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Jenny is a wonderful performer who really engages with the audience. She has an incredible range, which enables her to sing a wide range of songs from Motown, to Pop, Ballads, Musical Theatre, Rock – she can do it all! If you see that she is performing near you, I recommend a visit for a great night’s entertainment.

I took a little video of her at Harry’s Bar in Billericay singing a cover that Phil Collins did in 1982 of the Motown song “You Can’t Hurry Love”.

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Thurs 18th June

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NEWS THIS WEEK IN THE 80’s
1981 – The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology, makes its first flight. The Nighthawk was shrouded in secrecy until it was revealed in 1988.

1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space… She remains the youngest American astronaut to have travelled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

1984 – Virgin Atlantic Airways launches with its first flight from London to Newark in NYC.

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SONGS PLAYED
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
The Jam – Going Underground
S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good to Me
David Grant – Stop and Go
Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
Fuzzbox – Pink Sunshine
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night
Diana Ross – Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Toni Basil – Mickey
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Talking Heads- Wild Wild Life
Culture Club – Move Away
Sting – Englishman In New York
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Wham! – Bad Boys
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Adam Ant – Prince Charming
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Maria Vidal – Body Rock
Smokey Robinson – Being with you
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Wet Wet Wet – With a Little Help From My Friends
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl
Human League – Human
INXS – Need You Tonight
The Housemartins – Happy Hour
Tears for Fears – Shout

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The Five Star Interview

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On the 11th June I played out my interview with lovely Denise and Doris from the UK’s answer to the Jackson 5 – FIVE STAR!

Five Star – Stedman, Lorraine, Denise, Doris and Delroy Pearson burst onto the 80’s music scene with their platinum selling 1985 debut album “Luxury of Life”. They were managed by their father, renowned Pop/R&B musician Buster Pearson.

I asked the girls from the band if they had great memories from those early times, or did it all just whizz by in a blur? Denise told me that they had very fond memories, and remembered the great fashions and dance routines that they became famous for.

Five Star were so successful in the 80’s, and have continued to be so in the music industry, either as a trio, Denise as a solo artist, and Delroy in music production. I asked how they got the band back together and Denise & Doris explained that at family events they would always talk about the good old times, maybe sing a song or two and gradually it became obvious that they had to get back to performing together. Denise also told me that they are planning a tour in 2016/17.

It was fabulous to relive the memories with the girls, they were absolutely lovely. Five Star are appearing at the Let’s Rock Festivals over the next few months, with the nearest to us being London on 27th June. More info from www.letsrocklondon.com
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SONGS PLAYED
Coldcut feat Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On
Guns n Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Men at Work – Down Under
Joy Devision – Atmosphere
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Mel & Kim – FLM
Hue & Cry – Labour of Love
FIVE STAR – System Addict
FIVE STAR – Rain or Shine
FIVE STAR – Can’t Wait Another Minute
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Adam and the Ants – Goody Two Shoes
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes
Doctor and the Medics – Spirit in the Sky
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams
Duran Duran – Save a Prayer
Latin Quarter – Radio Africa
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Erasure – Chains of Love
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth

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The May Doubles!

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In the last show of the month I play two songs from each 80’s artist back-to-back.

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SONGS PLAYED
Billy Idol – Mony Mony, White Wedding
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, ‘m Your Man
Paula Abdul – Straight Up, Opposites Attract
Depeche Mode – Get the Balance Right, Master and Servant
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection, Is This Love
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA, Glory Days
T’Pau – Heart and Soul, China In Your Hand
Bananarama – Love In the First Degree, Venus
Erasure – Stop!, A Little Respect
Hot Chocolate – No Doubt About It, I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I)
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy, More than This
The Rolling Stones – Undercover of the Night, Harlem Shuffle
Madness – House of Fun, Baggy Trousers
Madonna – True Blue, Papa Don’t Preach
Five Star – System Addict, Rain or Shine

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Pacman and the first ever Rugby World Cup

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News this week in the 80’s
1980 – Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man which became a social phenomenon. The player controls Pac-Man through a maze, eating pac-dots (also called pellets). When all pac-dots are eaten, Pac-Man is taken to the next stage. Four enemies (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) roam the maze, trying to catch Pac-Man. If an enemy touches Pac-Man, a life is lost and the Pac-Man itself withers and dies. It sold a large amount of merchandise and also inspired, among other things, an animated television series and a top-ten hit single.

1987 – First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. England were knocked out in the quarter finals by Wales, who went on to claim third. The winners were New Zealand who beat France 29-9.

22-5-15

SONGS PLAYED
Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
Ultravox – Vienna
Sade – Your Love is King
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
Tanika Tikaram – World Outside Your Window
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
Robbie Nevil – C’est La Vie
Billy Idol – Hot in the City
Living In A Box – Living In A Box
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Wet Wet Wet – Wishing I Was Lucky
Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
Adam and the Ants – Antmusic
Kim Wilde – Kids In America
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Def Leppard – Love Bites
Poison – Every Rose Has its Thorn
Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Pet Shop Boys – ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Gary Numan – We Are Glass
Robin Beck – First Time
Nick Heywood – Wouldn’t It Be Good
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car
The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine

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Remembering the Polyus Prototype….

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News this week in 1987
; The Soviet Union launches the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform. It was designed to destroy SDI satellites with a megawatt carbon-dioxide laser. It had a Functional Cargo Block derived from a TKS spacecraft to control its orbit and it could fire test targets to demonstrate the fire control system.
It failed to reach orbit. When the rocket fired, it slowed and burned up in the atmosphere over the south Pacific ocean. This failure was attributed to a faulty inertial guidance system.
(NO I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE EITHER!!)

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SONGS PLAYED
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
a-ha – Take On Me
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
David Bowie – China Girl
Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out
Suzanne Vega – Luka
DC Lee – See the Day
Chris Rea – On The Beach (LIVE)
Evelyn King – Love Come Down
Police – Every Breath You Take
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be this Way
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Johnny Logan – Whats another Year
Spandau Ballet – True
Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
ABC – The Look of Love
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Name and Number
Jaki Graham – Step Right Up
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love

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A cheeky THREE hours of 80’s!

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My fellow presenter Chris was poorly, so I jumped in and nicked his hour this week! So that meant THREE hours of GREAT 80’s tunes!

I started the show with a tribute to Errol Brown who sadly passed away. The singer and songwriter was best known as the frontman of the soul band Hot Chocolate. In 1981, he performed at the wedding reception following the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, at Buckingham Palace. In 2003, Brown was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to popular music. In 2004 he received an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contributions to British music.


NEWS THIS WEEK in the 80’s

1984: Moscow pulls out of US Olympics Twelve weeks before the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the USSR announced it was boycotting them. The announcement, which was made on Russian TV, blamed the commercialisation of the games and a lack of security measures, which amounted to a violation of the Olympic charter. With the exception of Romania, the entire Eastern bloc and Cuba joined the boycott – 14 countries in all.

1985. Fans killed in Bradford stadium fire. The antiquated stand at Valley Parade claimed the lives of 56 supporters and about 265 were injured. It was the worst fire disaster in the history of British football.
An inquiry chaired by Sir Oliver Popplewell published its final report in 1986. Its recommendations resulted in new legislation governing safety at sports grounds across the UK.

1986 – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits which are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents.

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SONGS PLAYED
Hot Chocolate – I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I), No Doubt About It, It Started With a Kiss
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Madonna – Express Yourself
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
Heart – Alone
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Mel & Kim – FLM
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
ABC – When Smokey Sings
INXS – Need You Tonight
UB40 – Food for Thought
Aerosmith – Love In An Elevator
A-Ha – Take On Me
Elton John – I Guess Thats Why they Call it the Blues
Pet Shop Boys – Left to My Own Devices
Bananarama – Love, Truth And Honesty
Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
Altered Images – I Could Be Happy
Eagles – I Can’t Tell You Why
Godley & Creme – Cry
Belinda Carlisle – Circle In The Sand
Hue & Cry – Labour of Love
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Level 42 – Something About You
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
Chris Rea – Road to Hell (LIVE)
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Paul Harcastle – 19
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Blondie – Atomic
Men at Work – Down Under
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl

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The APRIL doubles!

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On the final show of the month I play TWO songs from each 80’s artist back-to-back.

#1’s this week
1980: Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Geno
1981: Bucks Fizz, Making Your Mind Up
1982: Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder, Ebony And Ivory
1983: Spandau Ballet, TRUE
1984: Duran Duran, The Reflex
1985: Phillis Nelson, Move Closer
1986: George Michael, A Different Corner
1987: Madonna, La Isla Bonita
1988: S’Express, Theme from S’Express
1989: Bangles, Eternal Flame

BIRTHDAYS
1982 – Kirsten Dunst, American actress and singer
1985 – Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter
1987 – Emilia Clarke, English actress best known for Game of Thrones
1987 – Matt Di Angelo, Dean Wicks in Eastenders

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SONGS PLAYED
Eurythmics – There Must Be an Angel, Missionary Man
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me, Mirror Man
Adam Ant – Apollo 9, Goody Two Shoes
O.M.D. – Messages, Talking Loud and Clear
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors I Drove All Night
Duran Duran – Rio, Union of the Snake
Brinski Beat – Smalltown Boy, Hit That Perfect Beat
Fairground Attraction – Find My Love, A Smile In A Whisper
The Jam – Going Underground, Beat Surrender
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean, Bad
Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer, Lay Your Hands On Me
Wham! – Bad Boys, Everything She Wants
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno, Come On Eileen
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It, I Cant Stand The Rain

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23 April: So the ‘Hitler Diaries’ didn’t exist, and New Coke was a flop!

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This week in 1983 saw the ‘Hitler diaries’ published. The German magazine, Stern, had the first instalment of the controversial “Hitler Diaries” which was an account of World War II allegedly written by the Führer himself. However, a few days later, the diaries were released for testing by chemical expert Dr Julius Grant. He proved that the paper in the diaries was not in use until after World War II. The glue and ink were also modern. The text of the “diaries” was also found to be full of historical inaccuracies and anachronisms.

In 1985 this week, Coca-Cola changed its formula and released New Coke. The response was overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula was back on the market in less than three months!

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SONGS PLAYED

Amigo – Black Slate
World Outside Your Window – Tanita Tikaram
I’m All Out Of Love – Air Supply
Love Changes Everything – Climie Fisher
The King of Rock n Roll – Prefab Sprout
Breakout – Swing Out Sister
Rain Or Shine – Five Star
Serious – Donna Allen
We Don’t Need Another Hero – Tina Turner
Everybody Wants to Rule The World – Tears For Fears
How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
Too Shy – Kajagoogoo
Red Red Wine – UB40
Church of the Poin Mind – Culture Club
Love & Pride – King
Wild Boys – Duran Duran
Tunnel Of Love – Fun Boy Three
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Fun Boy Three and Bananarama
Land of Confusion – Genesis
Every Roase Has It’s Thorn – Poison
Perfect – Fairground Attraction
The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
Bear Cage – The Stranglers
Kids in America – Kim Wilde
Doctor! Doctor! – Thompson Twins
Gold – Spandau Ballet
My Perfect Cousin – The Undertones

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16 April 2015

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#1’s this week

1980: Detroit Spinners – Working My Way Back To You
1981: Bucks Fizz – My Camera Never Lies
1982: Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears
1983: David Bowie – Let’s Dance
1984: Lionel Richie – Hello
1985: USA For Africa – We Are The World
1986: George Michael – A Different Corner
1987: Ferry Aid – Let It Be
1988: Pet Shop Boys – Heart
1989: Bangles – Eternal Flame

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SONGS PLAYED
Wax – Bridge to Your Heart
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be this Way
Toyah – I Want To Be Free
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Eurythmics – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)
Spandau Ballet – True
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You
Gary Numan – Music for Chameleons
Suzanne Vega – Luka
Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
Genesis – Invisible Touch
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
Blondie – The Tide Is High
Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out
The Police – Every Breath You Take
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Lionel Richie- Hello
George Michael – A Different Corner
Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Prefab Sprout – Cars and Girls
Madness – Baggy Trousers

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Featuring Grace Moseley

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This week I was delighted to feature a fabulous new artist GRACE MOSELEY who is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from London. ‘Acoustic’ is the first EP released by Grace, taking some of her favourite old classics and putting a completely contemporary spin on them. I played the Michael Jackson hit, ‘Billie Jean’, which has had an entirely new take on it. The Album is available on Amazon and iTunes. www.facebook.com/gracemoseleymusic


I also played my usual mix of fabulous 80’s tracks and also with Easter just behind us, I played some of the adverts for 80’s chocolates! Do you remember the Cabana bar? This short-lived chocolate bar sounds rather grim – it mixed coconut, caramel and cherries – but was clearly the height of exotic sophistication in the 80s.

Or how about the TEXAN bar? I particularly remember my jaw aching after chewing on this for what seemed like ages!

And finally: “The red car and the blue car had a race”. Yes, the good old Milky Way advert from 1989 re-appeared on our screens again during 2009 to celebrate 20 years.

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SONGS PLAYED

Billy Idol – Hot in the City
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Adeva – Warning!
London Boys – London Nights
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Dance Stance
Cameo – Word Up
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Mel and Kim – FLM
Hue & Cry – Labour of Love
Madness – House of Fun
The Colour Field – The Colour Field
GRACE MOSELEY – Billie Jean
Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
Level 42 – Something About You
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Martha and the Muffins – Echo Beach
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Midge Ure – If I Was
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart
Madonna – True Blue
Erasure – A Little Respect
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl

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The March DOUBLES

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The last show of the month is DOUBLES where I play two songs from each artist. In the news back in the 80’s was:
1980 – Silver Thursday in the US. A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, led to panic on commodity and futures exchanges. The Hunts lost over a billion dollars through this incident!

1981: Thousands of people ran through the normally quiet Sunday streets of the capital to compete in the first ever London marathon.
Pounding along the 26 mile route from Greenwich Park, in south east London, to Buckingham Palace, 6,700 participants turned out in drizzle to complete the gruelling run.

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SONGS PLAYED

Adam and the Ants – Stand and Deliver
Goody Two Shoes
Tears for Fears – Shout
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Glory Days
George Michael – Monkey
Faith
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
Everytime You Go Away
Sheena Easton – Modern Girl
Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Mony Mony
Chris Rea – On The Beach (LIVE)
Road to Hell (LIVE)
INXS Need You Tonight
New Sensation
Everything But The Girl – I Don’t Want to Talk About It
Each And Every One
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Love In the First Degree
Fun Boy Three – It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way that you do it
Our Lips are Sealed
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Cat Among The Pigeons
Bobby Brown – On Our Own
My Prerogative
Queen – Flash
A Kind of Magic

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Haven’t heard that for ages…

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Thought I’d play a few lesser known 80’s tracks this evening, like Amazulu’s Too Good to be Forgotten from 1986. The band had a total of 4 top 20 hits as their fame was widened by appearances on The Young Ones (1984) and Top of the Pops (1985).

NEWS THIS WEEK
1980 – Dallas aired its “A House Divided” episode, which led to eight months of international intrigue regarding Who shot J.R.? “Who Done It?” was, at the time, the highest-rated television episode in U.S. history. it was estimated that 83 million people watched the episode! WHO DID IT? Kristin Shepard (J.R.’s scheming sister-in-law and mistress)

1980 – Just after midnight on 20 March 1980, the Radio Caroline ship ‘Mi Amigo’ foundered in a storm after losing its anchor and drifting. It began taking in water and the crew were rescued by lifeboat. The generator was left running but the pumps could not manage and the Mi Amigo sank ten minutes later

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SONGS PLAYED
Roachford – Cuddly Toy
Amazulu – Too Good to be Forgotten
George Benson – Never Give Up on a Good Thing
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover
Living In A Box – Living In A Box
Holly Johnson – Love Train
Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
Shakatak – Down on the Street
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
Red Box – Lean on Me (Ah-li-ayo)
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
T-Pau – Heart and Soul
a-ha – Cry Wolf
Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
Roxy Music – More than This
Culture Club – Move Away
The Jam – Going Underground
Phil Collins and Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
The Human League – Open Your Heart
Billy Idol – Hot in the City
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child
Bananarama – Venus
Rexas – I Don’t Want A Lover
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
The Bangles – Manic Monday
Erasure – Stop!

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The Three Hour show!

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This week I got an extra hour for my 80’s tunes. I played a couple of 1 hit wonders, and also #1’s from this week in ’82, ’84 and ’87.

NEWS THIS WEEK

1985 – First episode of Neighbours broadcast. Neighbours has been sold to over 50 countries around the world and is one of Australia’s most successful media exports. The episode featuring Scott and Charlene’s wedding achieved the highest ever ratings for Neighbours and it became one of the highest rating soap episodes ever in Australia. The same episode attracted 20 million viewers when it was aired in the United Kingdom

1988 – The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens in Japan. Construction on the main tunnel began in September 1971. It is a 33.46 mile railway tunnel with a 14.5 miles long portion under the seabed. The track level is about 100 metres below the seabed and 240 m below sea level.
However the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France has a longer undersea portion

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SONGS PLAYED

The Jam – Going Underground
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
Quarterflash – Harden My Heart
The Damned – Eloise
Pet Shop Boys – ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Depeche Mode – Master and Servant
Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
Madonna – Material Girl
Chaka Khan – This is My Night
Tanita Tikaram – World Outside Your Window
Paul Young – Love Of The Common People
Van Halen – Jump
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Eurythmics – Thorn In My Side
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Visage – Fade To Grey
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat
Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer
Robin Beck – First Time
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Bananarama – Love In the First Degree
Genesis – Throwing It All Away
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Wet Wet Wet – Temptation
Men at Work – Down Under
Giorgio Moroder with Philip Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
Baby Jane – Rod Stewart
Prince – Raspberry Beret
Queen/David Bowie – Under Pressure
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Boy George – Everything I Own
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be this Way
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Name And Number
Kool and the Gang – Get Down On It
Prince And The Revolution – Purple Rain
Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done
REM – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

See you next week 7-9pm

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First March show, new time 7-9pm

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The new show time is 7-9pm, and I like it!

80’s News This week

1980. Sotheby’s auction house in London auctions off a Rivera Hotel, Las Vegas, napkin signed by Elvis Presley for ₤500. Other items auctioned included four American dollar bills autographed by the Beatles, for £220 and a collection of personal letters belonging to the Rolling Stones, also for £220.

1981 – The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, is launched by Sinclair Research and would go on to sell over 1.5 million units around the world.

1982 – Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus. The lander survived 57 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 465 °C.
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SONGS PLAYED
Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Human League – Mirror Man
Kraftwerk – Model
It’s Immaterial – Driving Away from Home
U2 – Angel of Harlem
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Cameo – Word Up
New Kids on the Block – Hangin Tough
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Culture Club – Church of the Poison Mind
The Cure – The Love Cats
Whitney Houston – Didnt We Almost Have It All
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
Sting – Englishman In New York
Billy Joel – The Longest Time
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Bon Jovi – Lay Your Hands On Me
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract

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The February DOUBLES

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I’ve decided to present a DOUBLES show once a month, especially as I’ve received such lovely feedback saying how much you’ve enjoyed it.

News this week in the 80’s included:
1982 – The Queen opened the new £153m Barbican Centre for Arts and Conferences in the City of London.
The centre, which has been 15 years in the making covers five-and-a-half acres of Cripplegate, which was destroyed by Nazi bombers in World War II. In 2003 a survey commissioned by advertising agency Grey London, named the Barbican as the city’s ugliest building.

1983 – Compact Discs and players are released for the first time. They had previously been available only in Japan.

1985 – Arthur Scargill declares that the National Union of Mineworkers national executive voted to end the longest-running industrial dispute in Great Britain without any peace deal over pit closures.

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SONGS PLAYED

Blondie – Atomic
Blondie – The Tide Is High
The Housemartins – Happy Hour
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Prefab Sprout – Cars and Girls
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You
Erasure – Chains of Love
Erasure – Stop!
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Kylie Minogue – Hand On Your Heart
The Bangles – Manic Monday
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Michael Jackson – Bad
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
The Jam – Going Underground
The Jam – Beat Surrender
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Madness – House of Fun
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Five Star – System Addict
Five Star – Rain or Shine
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Phil Collins and Philip Bailey – Easy Lover

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK AT THE NEW TIME OF 7-9pm

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The week in 1981 when Charles & Di got engaged!

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News this Week in the 80’s
1981: The Prince of Wales and the Lady Diana Spencer have ended months of speculation with the announcement they are to be married. The couple married on the 29th July 1981.

1982 – Corporal punishment in Britain’s schools was outlawed by the European Court of Human Rights. It has ruled that beating schoolchildren against their parents’ wishes is a violation of the Human Rights Convention because parents should have their children taught “in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions”.

1985 – EastEnders, BBC’s flagship soap opera, broadcasts for the first time. The series was originally screened as two half-hour episodes per week. Since August 2001, episodes are broadcast on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, on BBC One, and again on BBC Three at 10.30pm with an omnibus edition at weekends.

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SONGS PLAYED

Holly Johnson – Love Train
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Elton John – I Guess Thats Why they Call it the Blues
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Duran Duran – Union of the Snake
Blondie – Call Me
The Human League – Open Your Heart
U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer
Wet Wet Wet – Temptation
Erasure – Who Needs Love (Like That)
Level 42 – Something About You
George Benson – Never Give Up on a Good Thing
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Misfit
a-ha – Cry Wolf
Starship – We Built This City
Madness – It Must Be Love
Poison – Every Rose Has its Thorn
Aerosmith – Dude Looks Like A Lady
The Housmartins – Caravan of Love
The Jam – Town Called Malice
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, the
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Fairground Attraction – Find My Love
Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak
Evelyn King – Love Come Down
Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

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The 2nd MUSICAL THEATRE show!

After my last extravaganza I had such lovely feedback so I was thrilled to be able to do another special musical theatre show for Phoenix FM.

I spoke to the wonderful West End Star Joseph Prouse about his career to date, played some lovely show tunes, and also had lots of requests!
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Actors Mark Benton, Lewis Griffiths, Gracie Reynolds and David Ribi all suggested shows and songs to play.

Plus theatre buffs Sue Longshaw, Louise Kean-Wood, Helen Sweet, Julie Tillin, Clare Ramsay and David Pettit also requested some great songs, thanks for your suggestions.

BEAUTIFUL is the untold story of Carole King’s journey from schoolgirl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. NOW PLAYING AT THE ALDWYCH THEATRE with Katie Brayben as Carole King. Details from www.beautifulmusical.co.uk

A MUSICAL CELEBRATION is at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch on Sun 1 March at 7.30pm, tickets are just £10.50.
Enjoy songs from West End and Broadway shows such as Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair from South Pacific, Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and The Wizard and I from Wicked. There’ll be tunes from Chess and Annie Get Your Gun, to Mozart’s Letter Duet.
Katie Milton will be joined by West End stars Nichola Jolley, Kay Carman and Jordan Langford. Details from www.queens-theatre.co.uk/show/733/a-musical-celebration

SONGS PLAYED
Wicked – Defying Gravity
Hair – Aquarius
Hairspray – Welcome to the 60’s
Beautiful – Beautiful
Beautiful – I feel the Earth Move
Les Miserables – Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Les Miserables – Bring Him Home
Jersey Boys Medley
Ghost – Are You a Believer
Chess – One Night in Bankok
The Producers – Springtime for Hitler
Chicago – When you’re good to Mama
Into The Woods – Children Will Listen
Whistle Down the Wind – Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts
Honeymoon in Vegas – I Love Betsy
Oliver – Consider Youself
South Pacific – Gonna Wash That Man
MATILDA – The Smell of Rebellion
Starlight Express – Starlight Express
Starlight Express – Theres a light at the end..
Scott Garnham – Self Indulgent Ballad
Phantom – All I Ask Of You
Oklahoma – Oklahoma
Legally Blonde – Omigod You Guys
The Commitments -Try a Little Tenderness

SONGS PLAYED

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The 80’s Love Songs!

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In honour of Saint Valentine – this week it was all about the love songs!!

In the 80’s the diamond industry began to promote Valentines Day as an occasion for giving jewellery! Also in the 80’s, the Japanese National Confectionery Industry Association launched a successful campaign to make March 14th a “reply day”, where men are expected to return the favour to those who gave them chocolates on Valentines Day.

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SONGS PLAYED

Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Wax – Bridge to Your Heart
Lionel Richie – Hello
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love It
ABC – The Look of Love
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Level 42 – Something About You
Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All the Luck
De Hook – Sexy Eyes
Dee C Lee – See the Day
Bananarama – Love In the First Degree
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You
Terence Trent D’arby – If You Let Me Stay
Aretha Franklin/George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Gene Pitney/Marc Almond – Somethings gotta hold of my heart
Hot Chocolate – It Started With a Kiss
George Michael – Kissing A Fool
Gloria Estefan – Can’t Stay Away From You
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Yazz – Stand Up For Your Love Rights
Howard Jones – What Is Love
Hue and Cry – Labour of Love
Alison Moyet – Is This Love
Eurythmics – There Must Be an Angel

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Halley’s Comet and Cynthia Payne!

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The news this week in the 80’s included:

1986 – Halley’s Comet last appeared in the inner Solar System. Halley is the only short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye from Earth, and the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime (next due in 2061)

1987
– Party planner Cynthia Payne has been acquitted of nine charges of controlling prostitutes at her home in south west London.
The courtroom burst into applause after decision of the jury – of eight men and four women – was announced after just over five hours of deliberation

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SONGS PLAYED

Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
The Colourfield – The Colour Field
Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
Thomson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Kim Wilde – Boys
Public Image Ltd – (This Is Not A) Love Song
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Living In a Box – Blow the House Down
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Madness – It Must Be Love
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Blondie – Rapture
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
Billy Joel – When the Going Gets Tough, the
George Michael/Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Ultravox – Hymn
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Kylie Minogue – Hand On Your Heart
The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
Level 42 – Something About You
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin

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’83 – Hello Seatbelts, ’84 Goodbye Halfpenny

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Looking back at this weeks news in the 80’s bought back memories. I remember being told to ‘belt up’ in the car when the seatbelt law came in in 1983, and I remember the halfpenny coin – foolish little thing that it was!

1983: Drivers and front seat passengers must wear seatbelts under a new law. The Department of Transport says 30,000 people a year are killed or seriously injured in road accidents. It hopes the compulsory wearing of front seatbelts will save 1,000 lives a year.

1984: Britain’s least-loved currency, the halfpenny coin, is leaving the nation’s purses after 13 years of almost universal unpopularity.
The Chancellor, Nigel Lawson, made the announcement in a written Commons answer. He said the Royal Mint would stop making the tiny coin at the end of the month, and it would cease to be legal tender in 1984.
Second class stamps – currently 12½p – will probably go up to 13p by the end of the year, while the dog licence is likely to change for the first time in years from 37½p to 38p.

I hope the mix of 80’s tunes bought back memories for you!

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SONGS PLAYED:
George Benson – Never Give Up on a Good Thing
Five Star – Rain or Shine
Spandau Ballet – True
Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All the Luck
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
Bronski beat – Hit That Perfect Beat
The Dammned – Eloise
Poison – Every Rose Has its Thorn
Marillion – Sugar Mice
Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
Dollar – Give me back my Heart
Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Wham! – Bad Boys
London Boys -London Nights
Abba – One Of Us
Holly Johnson – Love Train
Men at Work – Down Under
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love It
Mac Almond and Gene Pitney – Something’s Gotten Hold of my Heart
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Tina Turner – I Cant Stand The Rain
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be this Way
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
Evelyn King – Love Come Down

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80’s Doubles

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This week I played doubles – two songs from each artist including:

Kraftwerk – The German electronic music band formed in 1970 in Düsseldorf have produced 10 albums and are still touring the world and releasing new music.
In January 2014 the Grammy Academy honoured Kraftwerk with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

A-ha: On 4 December 2014 a-ha officially announced its upcoming participation on Rock In Rio 2015 which will celebrate 30 years for both the band and the event.

Curiosity Killed the Cat: They first came to notice of the UK music press when they worked with Andy Warhol for the video of the 1986 single “Misfit”.

Genesis – Land of Confusion 1986 : The song’s video featured puppets from the 1980s UK sketch show Spitting Image.

Depeche Mode: The discography of Essex electronic music group Depeche Mode consists of thirteen studio albums, six live albums, ten compilation albums, eight box sets, thirteen video albums, fifty-three singles and seventy music videos.

The Jam
were seen as the centre of mod revival culture during the 1970s to the 1980s, and the lead singer of the band, Paul Weller, was seen as The Modfather. Paul Weller’s new studio album titled ‘Saturn’s Pattern’ is due this spring – I’m rather thrilled as it has a track called “Phoenix” on it!

Wet Wet Wet: Lead singer Marti Pellow appeared as Che Guevara in Evita on tour around the UK in 2013, and subsequently reprised the role in the West End run last year at the Dominion Theatre.
Marti Pellow will be playing the narrator in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers at Hastings White Rock Theatre between 23 and 28 March 2015.

U2 – Where the streets have no name: Lead vocalist Bono wrote the lyrics in response to the notion that it is possible to identify a person’s religion and income based on the street on which they lived, particularly in Belfast. The band are touring this year and will be in London this October.

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SONGS PLAYED:
Culture Club – Church of the Poison Mind & Victims
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay & Everytime You Go Away
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit & Down to Earth
Bananarama – Venus & Robert De Niro’s Waiting
U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name & Angel of Harlem
Genesis – Land of Confusion & Invisible Touch
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery & Temptation
Kraftwerk – Musique Non Stop & Model – Kraftwerk
The Jam – Going Underground & Beat Surrender
Eurythmics – There Must Be an Angel & Who’s That Girl
Adam & the Ants – Stand and Deliver & Goody Two Shoes
A-ha – Take On Me & Cry Wolf
Dereche Mode – People are People & Master and Servant
George Michael – Kissing A Fool & Monkey
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection

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Musical Theatre special

I was thrilled to host this special Musical Theatre show for Phoenix FM on Sunday. I featured interviews with four incredible artists (Rosie Ladkin, Scarlette Douglas, Lewis Griffiths and David Ribi), and played songs from thirteen musicals. Plus I featured the original song ‘Self Indulgent Ballad’ which is an hilarious song by West End star Scott Garnham.

Miss Saigon. The epic love story, set during the Vietnam war, is back in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre.

The Book of Mormon is a Tony Award-winning satirical musical from the writers of South Park. The show is now in London’s West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

The brand new production of Cole Porter’s classic, multi-award winning musical-comedy, Anything Goes is currently touring the UK. Details from http://www.anythinggoestour.com

I met with the super talented actress, singer, dancer, musician Rosie Ladkin earlier this week for a chat about Musical Theatre.
Rosie and Xanthe

From 3 – 7 March at Brentwood Theatre, Billericay Operatic Society are performing the Tim Rice musical CHESS. Brentwood Theatre Box Office: 01277 200305

Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals. CATS is currently enjoying a revival at The London Palladium with Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, West End megastar Kerry Ellis will be joining the cast to play the part from 9 February 2015 until April.

Scarlette Douglas is multi-talented performer. Recent projects include the West End show “I Can’t Sing” and the tour of “Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. She kindly chatted to me about her experiences in Musical Theatre.
Scarlette-Douglas

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 16th year at London’s Lyceum Theatre and is on its first tour of the UK.

David Ribi is a singer/songwriter, a tribute artist and an all round musical theatre performer. He is currently playing Brad in The Rocky Horror Show and I managed to grab a chat with him in between shows on tour in Germany.

David Ribi

Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. The show is at the SHAFTESBURY THEATRE in the West End.

Lewis Griffiths plays bassist Nick Massi in the tour of JERSEY BOYS and I chatted to him at the Cliffs Pavillion in Southend earlier this week. Details of the tour are here http://www.jerseyboysuktour.com/

Lewis and Xanthe

The popular musical Shrek is touring the UK where you can join the ogre, Donkey, and Princess Fiona. www.shrekthemusical.co.uk

LISTEN AGAIN HERE:

QUICK JUMPS TO:
Rosie Ladkin Interview: 26.10 mins
Scarlette Douglas Interview: 45.40 mins
David Ribi Interview: 1hr 7.30 mins
Self Indulgent Ballad: 1hr 23.15mins
Lewis Griffiths Interview: 1hr 31.20 mins

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80’s rock and pop

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The second show of 2015 and we went a bit rocky with tunes from Bon Jovi, ACDC, Aerosmith and Paul Young. OK, not that last one.

Lots of great 80’s pop too though and we celebrated the 30yr anniversary of the launch of the Sinclair C5! It was designed for short journeys around town and could be driven by anyone over the age of 14. The electric tricycle, capable of a top speed of 15 mph was a commercial disaster. Only about 12,000 were ever produced.

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SONGS PLAYED
The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Bryan Adams – One Night Love Affair
New Order – True Faith ’87
Aerosmith – Love In An Elevator
Phil Collins – Sussudio
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Spandau Ballet – Only When You Leave
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
John Lennon – Imagine
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
ACDC – Back In Black
Police – So Lonely
The Specials – Ghost Town
The Cure – The Love Cats
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Name And Number
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot

See you in 2 weeks as I’m at the Dara O’Briain gig next Thursday!

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It’s 2015 – but we’re still enjoying the 80’s!

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The first day of 2015, but I’m still loving the 80’s tunes!! This week I looked at the TOP 5 COMEDY PROGRAMMES
1 Allo! Allo!
2 Blackadder
3 Only Fools and Horses
4 ChuckleVision
5 A Bit of Fry and Laurie

and the TOP 5 ANIMATIONS
1 The Wombles
2 Bertha
3 The Adventures of Spot
4 PC Pinkerton
5 Paddington Bear

News this week in 1980 included:
Steel workers staged their first national strike for more than fifty years.
The shutdown at British Steel Corporation plants across the country is in support of the steelmen’s demand for a 20% pay rise. The steel strike lasted nearly 14 weeks.

and in 1985: The Internet’s Domain Name System is created (look it up, I read lots about it and STILL couldn’t understand what I was reading!!)
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SONGS PLAYED
Abba – Happy New Year
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Kylie Minogue – Hand On Your Heart
Bananarama Venus
Voice of the Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby
Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams
Trio – Da Da Da
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Dear Prudence
Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again
Chas & Dave – Aint No Pleasing You
O.M.D. – Locomotion
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Talking Heads – And She Was
Deacon Blue – Wages Day
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Madonna – Into The Groove
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams
Flying Pickets – Only You
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind

Join me next Thursday for more GR8 80’S tunes and trivia!

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GR80’s at CHRISTMAS

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I found lots of great 80’s Christmas songs for my last show of 2014. Not all were festive, as some were 80’s Christmas #1 singles.

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OK, the Slade song was originally from 1973, but was back in the charts in 1983 at #20. And I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday was another song recorded in the 70’s – BUT, the Wizzard tune was back in the UK charts in 1981 AND 1984 – so I think it’s OK to play it on GR80’s at Christmas don’t you?!

SONGS PLAYED

FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – POGUES FEATURING KIRSTY MacCOLL
SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU – WHITNEY HOUSTON
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE – SHAKIN’ STEVENS
ONLY YOU – FLYING PICKETS
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE – SLADE
2000 MILES – THE PRETENDERS
STOP THE CAVALRY – JONA LEWIE
CELEBRATION – KOOL AND THE GANG
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
CARAVAN OF LOVE – HOUSEMARTINS
REET PETITE – JACKIE WILSON
NATHAN JONES – BANANARAMA
MISTLETOE AND WINE – CLIFF RICHARD
CHRISTMAS SONG – ALEXANDER O’NEAL
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – MEL SMITH & KIM WILDE
ALWAYS ON MY MIND – PET SHOP BOYS
EURYTHMICS – WINTER WONDERLAND
PIPES OF PEACE – PAUL McCARTNEY
THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE – BUCKS FIZZ
DON’T YOU WANT ME – HUMAN LEAGUE
CHRISTMAS WRAPPING – THE WAITRESSES
PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (MEDLEY) – DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY
A WINTER’S TALE – DAVID ESSEX
CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS – RUN DMC
THE POWER OF LOVE – FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) – JOHN LENNON
HAPPY NEW YEAR – ABBA
I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY – WIZZARD
THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS – QUEEN
CHRISTMAS TIME – BRYAN ADAMS
DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS – BAND AID
LAST CHRISTMAS – WHAM!
DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – CHRIS REA

See you on New Year’s Day!

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11 Dec – nearly Christmas!

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Ah, the Christmas songs are coming out, and the obvious first choice from the 80’s is “Last Christmas” from Wham! Although we did ROCK OUT this week with ADCD, Aerosmith and Guns ‘N’ Roses!

News this week in the 80’s:
1982: The gates isolating the people of Gibraltar from Spain were opened to pedestrians after 13 years.
Spain’s new socialist government opened the frontier for “humanitarian reasons” at one minute after midnight on the 15th December 1982.

1989 – The first episode of television series The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, airs in the United States, since then the show has broadcast 561 episodes.
Matt Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name!
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SONGS PLAYED
Terence Trent D’Arby – Dance Little Sister
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
The Cure – The Love Cats
Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Queen – Play the Game
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste of Time
Billy Idol – Hot In The City
Voice of the Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby
ABC – When Smokey Sings
ACDC – You Shook Me All Night Long
Aerosmith – Love In An Elevator
Guns ‘N’ Roses – Paradise City
Wham – Last Christmas
Flying Pickets – Only You
Jam – Beat Surrender
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Huey Lewis and the News – Hip To Be Square
Colonel Abrams – Trapped
The Style Council – Shout to the Top
Haircut 100 – Fantastic Day
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Fine Young Cannibals – Ever Fallen In Love

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Last show in November!

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There are only 34 days remaining until the end of the year. Eek!

News This Week

1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller is released worldwide. It will become the best-selling record album in history.
The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools—the videos for “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, and “Beat It” all received regular rotation on MTV.

1984 – NASA conducts the Controlled Impact Demonstration, where an airliner is deliberately crashed in order to test technologies and gather data to help improve survivability of crashes.

1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.

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SONGS PLAYED
Style Council – Shout to the Top
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Living in a Box – Blow The House Down
Michael Jackson – Thriller
O.M.D – Locomotion
UB40 – Sing Our Own Song
De La Soul – Say No Go
S’Express – Hey Music Lover
The Vapors – Turning Japanese
The Specials – Do Nothing
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Cameo – Word Up
The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief
A-Ha – Take On Me
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl?
Men at Work – Down Under
Abba – Super Trouper
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Wham – I’m Your Man
Bananarama – Venus
Human League – Human
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know

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Penultimate show in November!

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#1’s this week
1980: Blondie – The Tide Is High
1981: Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
1982: Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
1983: Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
1984: Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
1985: Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
1986: Berlin – Take My Breath Away
1987: T’Pau – China In Your Hand
1988: Enya – Orinoco Flow
1989: New Kids On The Block – You Got It

News This week
1983 – Brink’s-MAT robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are stolen from the Brink’s-MAT vault at Heathrow Airport. At the time, it was described as “the crime of the century”.

Police estimated 15 people were involved in the planning of the Brinks Mat robbery, but only three of the gang members were convicted. Despite a huge police investigation most of the gold has never been recovered.

1984 – Thirty-six top musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio and record Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
The 1984 original became the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone, and passing three million sales on the last day of 1984. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks, becoming Christmas number one, and has sold 3.7 million copies.

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SONGS PLAYED
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
Culture Club – Church of the Poison Mind
Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting
Shakespeare Sister – You’re History
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Five Star – Rain or Shine
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Air Supply – All Out of Love
Dee C Lee – See the Day
Eurythmics – Missionary Man
Level 42 – Lessons in Love
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Grace Jones – Pull Up To the Bumper
Furniture – Brilliant Mind
Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Thomson Twins – You Take Me Up
Bryan Adams – One Night Love Affair
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes
Europe – The Final Countdown

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Bod, Bagpus and Worzel Gummidge

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What were your favourite children’s TV shows in the 80’s? I loved Bod! The Bod TV series was based on four original Bod books by Joanne and Michael Cole. Bod was a boy who lived in a town with Aunt Flo, PC Copper, Frank the Postman and Farmer Barleymow.

Kathie Williams messaged to say she loved Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally, and Noel Mac asked ‘ do you remember the scarecrow fixer that came on a bike to sort poor old Worzel out, he had a raven with him…”

Worzel Gummidge originally appeared in the books by Barbara Euphan Todd. A walking, talking scarecrow, Gummidge had a set of interchangeable turnip, mangel worzel and swede heads. The books were adapted for television with former Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee taking the lead role from 1979 to 1981, and Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally.

Peter Firmin, the co-creator of beloved children’s animations The Clangers and Bagpuss, is to be honoured at the Bafta Children’s Awards.

Bagpuss, about a pink and white striped cat in a shop of lost and broken objects, made his first appearance in 1974. Only 13 episodes were ever made but it was voted the UK’s favourite children’s programme in a BBC poll in 1999.

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SONGS PLAYED
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Style Council – Shout to the Top
Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Madonna – Open Your Heart
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
J Geils Band – Centerfold
Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Walk Like an Egyptian
Erasure – Stop
Eric Clapton – Cocaine
Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of love
Simple Minds – Glittering Prize
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
Huey Lewis and the News – Stuck With You
Level 42 – Running In The Family

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Talented actor/musician Joseph Mann saves the show at Queens Theatre

The rock and roll musical Return To The Forbidden Planet requires some pretty special performers. They have to act, dance, and play several instruments. One even performs the whole show as a robot on roller-skates.

When Frido Ruth, who has played the robot Ariel in countless productions over the 25 year history, was badly injured doing a stunt on stage during the show on Friday night it looked like the show couldn’t carry on.

However, the talented actor-musician Joseph Mann stepped up and learnt the show in 4 hours! He literally saved the day, and was incredible to watch.

I spoke to Joseph today and he told me how he had managed to step into such big shoes..

To see the show on tour next year, go to www.forbiddenplanetreturns.com

Joe Mann

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Lots of fun at Chicken and Frog Bookshop

Natasha from Chicken and Frog – Brentwood’s only independent children’s bookshop popped into the Phoenix FM studio today to tell Xanthe about all the wonderful events they are hosting. For example:
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Saturday 22nd November, 11-11:30/2-2:30
Meet the Gruffalo!

Chicken and Frog have been awarded the prestigious ‘Julia Donaldson Independent Bookshop of the Month’ for November and to celebrate, the Gruffalo is coming in for a cuddle. Do come and say hello – bring your cameras!

Saturday 15th November, 13:00-15:00
Local speech therapist, Anna Johnston, will be here for informal drop-ins – come and ask her advice!

Saturday 29th November @ 15:00
Meet author Nicholas Allan
Nicholas Allan is the author/illustrator of over thirty children’s books.
Many of his books are bestsellers, including The Queen’s Knickers, Father Christmas Needs a Wee, Jesus’ Christmas Party, Cinderella’s Bum, Heaven, and Where Willy Went.
And you get to meet him!!

£2 per child, redeemable against the cost of a book on the day – we need to know numbers because there will be a fab workshop with Nicholas. Call 01277 230068, email, Face Book, tweet or pop in to book your child’s space.

Saturday 29th November, 14:00-16:00
Christmas Helpers’ Grotto
Visit the Helpers’ Grotto for a free gift! The elves and fairies will be waiting to meet you and find out what your Christmas wishes are. All welcome!

Saturday 6th December, 12:00-14:00
Meet Elsa – she will be in and around the Ongar Road, giving out balloons and posing for photographs. It’s all part of Small Business Saturday!

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More information from www.chickenandfrog.com

Thank you to Natasha for taking the time to come into the studio.

Natasha ChickFrog

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Award winning entrepreneur opens new vocal studio

Rebecca Amissah is a business woman, entrepreneur and musical director of the award winning ‘Gospel Essence Choir’

Rebecca is embarking on a new venture and Xanthe met her at her new vocal studio in Romford.

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The studio is in the Quadrant Arcade in Romford town centre.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Email: amisstarvocalstudios@gmail.com

Call: 07506 205651

Rebecca’s Gospel Choir website www.gospelessencechoir.com

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Return to the Forbidden Planet at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

25th Anniversary production of the Olivier Award Winning Musical Return to the Forbidden Planet

Return to the Forbidden Planet is a masterful mash up of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Forbidden Planet, the 1956 science fiction film based on The Tempest. The inspired writer, Bob Carlton created Shakespeare’s forgotten rock musical in the early 80’s and it says “people seem to have liked it each time it’s staged’. The audience at Hornchurch on Monday night were on their feet more than once!
Xanthe and Captain Tempest
We were welcomed aboard the spaceship by Captain Tempest (Sean Needham) who, with spot-on comic timing took us on a musical theatre journey like no other. The show is a riot of colour, humour, interwoven with some of Shakespeare’s greatest lines and amazing rock & roll.

The music fits seamlessly into the story. An asteroid attack becomes “Great Balls of Fire,” Miranda the beautiful daughter of Prospero is “A Teenager in Love”,” Doctor Prospero’s wife who banished him many years ago is “G-L-O-R-I-A,” and when Cookie (Mark Newman), the love-lorn chef is spurned, he performs a magnificent guitar solo full of angst in the Zombies classic “She’s Not There”
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The cast all play several instruments, making up the band as they move around the ingenious set.

Frido Ruth who has played the robot Ariel in countless productions over the 25 year history was badly injured during the show on Friday night. Somehow, the talented actor-musician Joseph Mann stepped up and learnt the show in 4 hours! He literally saved the day, and was incredible.

The cast were ALL outstanding, but a special mention must go to Miranda (Sarah Scowen) who’s chemistry with her Captain was fabulous to witness, and what an incredible singing voice she has.

The show is at Hornchurch until the 15th November, but is already sold out. However, catch the tour in February at the DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE – or wherever you can. More dates from www.forbiddenplanetreturns.com/

Return to the Forbidden Planet is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable trips you will ever take.

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There were several of the original cast members in the audience, and I caught up with actress/musician Sarah Whittuck in the interval. You can listen to the interview here:

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Enya – Orinoco Flow and the joy of Billy Idol!

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I was joined by Grace Perry on the show who is studying to be a music journalist. She is a self confessed ‘music geek’ and loves 80’s music! Grace even agreed with me that Billy Idol is gorgeous! Grace was really fabulous on air and ended up co-presenting the show! Better watch my back in a couple of years, this girl could be after my job!

Number 1’s in the UK singles chart this week in:
1980 Barbra Streisand – Woman In Love
1981 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin – It’s My Party
1982 Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
1983 Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
1984 Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
1985 Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love
1986 Berlin – Take My Breath Away
1987 Bee Gees – You Win Again
1988 Enya – Orinoco Flow
1989 Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
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SONGS PLAYED:
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste of Time
Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight
Men At Work – Down Under
Morrissey – Suedehead
Elton John – Sacrifice
Mel and Kim – Showing Out
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Enya – Orinoco Flow
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Kim Wilde – Kids In America
Billy Idol – White Wedding
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Deacon Blue – Wages Day
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Eurythmics – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)
New Order – Blue Monday
Adam and the Ants – Antmusic
Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
Jam – Going Underground
Maxi Priest – Wild World
Toyah Willcox – I Want To Be Free

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Xanthe meets Eastenders star Danny-Boy Hatchard

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Danny-Boy Hatchard has come a long way in his short career. From training with Ex-West End actress Nina French at The Academy Arts in Epping (www.academyarts.co.uk), graduating from ArtsEd in Chiswick and straight into the West End as Ste in Beautiful Thing, his feet have hardly touched the ground.

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However, Danny-Boy is a really genuine, talented actor who is humble and grateful for all his early success. He told me about his early days training in musical theatre, before successfully auditioning for the role of Lee Carter in Eastenders. He has been a real hit with audiences and Danny-Boy seems to be a bit bewildered by all the attention.

This is a very talented actor who already has a film under his belt – “We Still Kill The Old Way” (http://www.richwaterfilms.com/we-still-kill-the-old-way/4581268814) and we can expect to see more of him in the future. I can’t wait to see how his career progresses

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Alvin Stardust 23 October 2014

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So sorry to hear about the death of Alvin Stardust today.

His debut hit was “My Coo Ca Choo” in 1973. Stardust had other chart successes with the hits “Jealous Mind” (UK No. 1]), “You, You, You”, “Red Dress” and “Good Love Can Never Die”. In total, he amassed seven Top Ten entries, in a chart span lasting almost 25 years

He took part in A Song for Europe, the UK qualifying heat of the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1985, with the song “The Clock on the Wall”.

In 1986, Stardust performed the duet “I Hope and I Pray” with Sheila Walsh on her album Shadowlands, which was released as a single. That year he also performed at Windsor Castle as a lead in the musical Cricket.

He also starred in the UK tour of Godspell and played Uriah Heep in David Copperfield – The Musical and Sir Billy Butlin in The Butlin Story at the London Palladium.

In 2005 he starred as the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, also at the London Palladium.

His single “I Feel Like Buddy Holly”, written and produced by Mike Batt reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart, in 1984.

News This Week
1984 – “Baby Fae” receives a heart transplant from a baboon. (sadly died 21 days later)
1986 – The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang.
1988 – Ronald Reagan decides to tear down the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow because of Soviet listening devices in the building structure.

BIRTHS
1981 – Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer
1982 – Nicola Adams, English boxer
1984 – Kelly Osbourne, singer-songwriter and actress
1985 – Wayne Rooney, English footballer

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SONGS PLAYED
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Rufus and Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
Coldcut feat Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On
Erasure – Stop!
Roxette – The Look
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Go West – Don’t Look Down
Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
Spandau Ballet- Gold
Alvin Stardust – I Feel Like Buddy Holly
Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again
Wham – Freedom
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Flah and the Pan – Waiting for a Train
Prince – Purple Rain
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Thompson Twins – You Take Me Up
Madness – Driving In My Car
Imagination – Just an Illusion
Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
ABBA – The Winner Takes It All

I’m having a night off on the 30th, so see you on the 6th Nov for more GREAT 80’s!

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London Festival of Gymnastics 17-19 October 2014

I was lucky enough to attend the GALA PERFORMANCE at the 2014 London Festival of Gymnastics at The Brentwood Centre on the 17th October.

It really was an incredible evening full of high octane entertainment. Groups from all over Europe presented their breath-taking routines including:

Allstarz
Bromley Valley
Harlequins
Dako Flying Angels
Spartak
Spirit
Cobra
Vejle Spring Team from Denmark
Shirley
National Disabilities Display Team

Gymnastics

The event was slick and exciting, and expertly compered by Tony & Bodge. A huge thank you to Roger at the Brentwood Centre for the invitation and persuading the lovely organiser Anne to do a quick interview with me just 20 minutes before the evening started! You can hear it again here:

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80’s shoes, Ottawan and Grolsch bottle tops

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We were back talking about 80’s fashion this week, and what a lot to talk about!!! Helen got in touch to mention baggy jeans and adding Grolsch Bottle tops to her shoes. Julie wore big blue glasses like Su Pollard in Hi De Hi and Jane loved her Ra-ra skirts.

Due in large part to the popularity of aerobic workout gurus such as Jane Fonda, as well as popular films such as “Dirty Dancing” and “Flashdance,” the 1980s saw a significant rise in popularity for clothing normally associated with ballet performers and dancers. In addition to fashion trends such as baggy, wide-necked sweatshirts that hang over one shoulder, headbands and leg warmers, women in the 1980s often wore ballet flats as a form of casual, everyday footwear. Similar in look to jellies, ballet flats were typically made entirely from cloth, including their soles, making them both extremely thin and foot-hugging, as well as highly disintregratable!!!

We also talked favourite toys and David said he loved his ZX Spectrum, whilst Tamsyn was a Sindy girl!

This week I featured Pop Rockin’ 80’s, an experienced band who perform their 80s revival shows in front of thousands at festivals but are equally as happy playing private parties or smaller venues

Lead singer and band leader Michelle is a fantastic singer and has notched up over 10 years in various well known function bands and Abba Tributes in the UK and Europe. Her claims to fame include singing backing for Dr and the Medics!. I played a couple of songs from the band, Simply the Best and Venus.

More info about how you can book this versatile band from their website www.80s-tributeband.com

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SONGS PLAYED
Ottawan – Hands Up
Terence Trent D’Arby – Dance Little Sister
Paul McCartney & Michal Jackson – Say Say Say
Matt Bianco – Yeh Yeh
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Kids From Fame – Hi-Fidelity
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire
Alexander O’Neal – Fake
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy
Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You
Adam Ant – Apollo 9
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
The Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco
Sheila B Devotion – Spacer
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Cameo – Word Up
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Down to Earth
Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
Elton John – I Guess That’s Why they Call it the Blues
Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible

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Best selling singles of the 80’s and Top Transport

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Lots of requests this week for Gr8 80’s tunes! Michael Jackson, Bros, Adam and the Ants and Kim Wilde were favourites.

Top Ten best selling singles of the 80’s
10.”Come on Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners – 1,201,000 sales
9.”The Power of Love” – Jennifer Rush – 1,321,500 sales
8.”Careless Whisper” – George Michael – 1,366,000 sales
7.”Karma Chameleon” – Culture Club – 1,405,000 sales
6.”Last Christmas / Everything She Wants” – Wham! – 1,420,000 sales
5.”Don’t You Want Me” – The Human League – 1,430,000 sales
4.”Two Tribes” – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – 1,510,000 sales
3.”I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder – 1,775,000 sales
2.”Relax” – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – 1,910,000 sales
1.”Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid – 3,550,000 sales

News This week
1980 – Pope John Paul II shakes hands with the Dalai Lama during a private audience in Vatican City.
1981 – Abolition of capital punishment in France.
1986 – The musical The Phantom of the Opera has its first performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
1987 – The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.
Forests, parks, roads and railways were strewn with fallen trees, and the British National Grid suffered heavy damage, leaving thousands without power. At least 22 people were killed in England and France and a gust of 122 mph was recorded in Norfolk.

Best selling cars of the 80’s
3: Vauxhall Cavalier – 1,007,866 registered
Vauxhall and Ford have gone head-to-head at the top of the sales charts for longer than most people care to mention – but the 1980s is where this rivalry really took off. The most popular Vauxhall of the ’80s was the Cavalier,

2: Ford Fiesta – 1,273,689 registered
The British public took to the Ford Fiesta – introduced in 1976 – and since its first generation it’s been a regular fixture on the top ten sales chart.

1: Ford Escort – 1,607,999 registered
The Ford Escort may have been introduced in 1969 but it wasn’t until the 1980s that it took the number one sales spot. The ’80s saw two generations of Escort – the front-wheel drive Mk3 in 1980, followed by its face-lifted replacement, the Mk4 in 1986 – along with plenty of desirable models like the RS1600i to ensure desirability

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SONGS PLAYED
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Kim Wilde – 1-2-3
Inner City – Big Fun
Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
John Farnham – You’re the Voice
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Rock Steady Crew – (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew
The Beat – The Tears of a Clown
Skua – Whole New Place
Ian Dury – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Adam and the Ants – Antmusic
Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Rolling Stones – Harlem Shuffle
The Style Council – Shout to the Top
Kim Wilde – Kids in America
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Bronski Beat – Why
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You

See you next week!

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Adam Astill (Holby/Mistresses/Our Girl) 6 October

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I met the lovely actor Adam Astill and interviewed him for Eat my Brunch. He’s very successful, but doesn’t court publicity, he’s not on Facebook or Twitter – he’s simply a hardworking actor going about his business!

Adam told me about his first professional job, his character Dan Hamilton in Holby, where he filmed Our Girl and exclusively revealed that he is going to be in Coronation Street soon!

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Adam also told me about the new series for CBBC that he is in called Worlds End. Lots going on for this successful actor!

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SKUA on Eat My Brunch with Xanthe Bearman

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What a fabulous time I had on the Phoenix FM brunchtime show on Friday!

I was delighted to welcome two talented musicians from the band SKUA into the studio, Dummer Matt Alan, and Lead Guitarist Steve Kelly, plus Singer Paul Cattermole joined us on the phone.

The guys all met at school, and were a popular band before Paul joined S Club 7, leaving the rest of the band to successfully pursue their own musical careers.

They told me how they got back together earlier this year, how they wrote and produced all the songs themselves, and all about the album launch on 9th October.

Phoenix FM got the EXCLUSIVE first play of SKUA’s new single “FALLING”.

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Find out more about the band at www.facebook.com/Skuaband or follow @Skuaband on twitter for updates.

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2 October – Super Gran and My Toot Toot

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Lots going on in this weeks show! I listed the one hit wonders from the 80’s (there were quite a few!), and asked you to tell me the songs you’d bought that you’d rather forget!

News This week in the 80’s
1983 – Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 mph, driving Thrust 2 at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
1984 – The Australian soap Prisoner: Cell Block H makes its British television debut
1987 – electronic data gathering completely replaces the old sales diary technique in compiling the UK singles and albums chart. The publication day of new charts is moved from Tuesday to Sunday.

Songs you bought that you’d rather forget.
Jenny – I had Dr and the Medics Spirit in the Sky
Rebecca – Mine was Paul Mccartney “The frog chorus” (We all Stand Together)
Zoe – Super Gran by Billy Connolly

Singles that have charted for more than 40 weeks in total on the UK Singles Chart
1981 Soft Cell “Tainted Love” 44
1982 Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’ 63
1983 Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” 59
1983 New Order “Blue Monday” 54
1983 Grandmaster Melle Mel “White Lines” 46
1984 Wham! “Last Christmas” 50
1984 Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” 43
1987 The Pogues / Kirsty MacColl “Fairytale of New York” 58

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SONGS PLAYED
Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
Kim Wilde – Kids In America
Grace Jones – Pull Up To the Bumper
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Thompson Twins – You Take Me Up
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Denise Lasalle – My Toot Toot
Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
The Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Furniture – Brilliant Mind
No Shooz – I Can’t Wait
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Black Box – Ride On Time
Level 42 – Lessons in Love
The Smiths – This Charming Man
Midge Ure – If I Was
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Go West – We Close Our Eyes
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Europe – The Final Countdown

See you next week!

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80’s magazines, shell suits and Blockbusters!

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It had to happen – we had to talk shell suits!
Colette Booth admitted “I had a green and purple shellsuit – hideous!!”
Kev Binning said “I never had a shell suit, though I did dress Miami Vice style!” and Jen Jones owned up to ..”a puffball /ra ra skirt though, batwing jumpers and braces, although not worn together simultaneously!”

We also remembered our favourite magazines of the decade:
Briony Emmerson “Just 17 was my favourite ever magazine!! I never missed an issue!!”
Helen Clarke said “The problem pages in Mizz and Just 17 were much more interesting than those in Jackie!”
David Oliver – Viz
Emma Carter “I remember Blue Jeans magazine with Paul Young on the cover, he was my first crush!”

The Beano
The Beano’s first major revamp was in the 50th birthday issue of 1988, when the page number was increased, the comic had a wider paper style, and more colour was used throughout
During the 1980s, The Beano ran a ‘Readers’ Request’ feature where readers could request for a particular comic strip to feature in the Beano. This led to the return of dropped characters, including Little Plum, Baby Face Finlayson and The McTickles, but also led to the introduction of new strips such as Little Monkey.

BAND FEATURE – 7pm
If you are a singer/band and cover an 80’s track, I’ll play it and then tell the Phoenix FM listeners who you are, and where you are playing.

Tonight I featured UNTOUCHABLE who are an Essex based professional wedding and function band. They play classic hits spanning more than fifty years. The band performs as a three-piece or four-piece comprising guitar, bass and drums complemented by strong lead vocals and harmonies.
They gave me their excellent cover of GOLD (Spandau Ballet) with lead vocals by Jem Hunns.
For more information about this fabulous band go to: www.untouchableband.co.uk

Do you remember BLOCKBUSTERS?
Blockbusters was a game show in which contestants answered trivia questions to complete a path across or down a game board of hexagons. The programme premiered on 29 August 1983 on ITV and ran for eleven series. Bob Holness was the original presenter

All players received a “Blockbusters” Concise Oxford Dictionary and sweatshirt in the original ITV series. By 1986 the sweatshirt had been replaced by a “Blockbusters” branded cardigan in a choice of colours and a “Blockbusters” embossed filofax accompanied the dictionary

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SONGS PLAYED
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
O.M.D. – Locomotion
Talking Heads – And She Was
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
T-Pau – Heart and Soul
Debby Harry – French Kissin’ in the USA
Human League – Human
Kylie Minogue – Hand On Your Heart
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
The Go Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed
Latin Quarter – Radio Africa
KC and the Sunshine Band – Give It Up
Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin – It’s My Party
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Wham – I’m Your Man
Belouis Some – Imagination
Voice fo the Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby
B-52s – Love Shack
Stray Cats – Runaway Boys
Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
The J Geils Band – Freeze-Frame
Trio – Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You You Do
Pepsi and Shirlie – Heartache
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Madonna – Material Girl

See you next Thursday, 6-8pm

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First Films and Fave TV shows

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This week I asked:
What were your favourite TV shows?
What was the first film you saw at the cinema in the 80’s.

Fave TV shows
Michael Fairbrother was a fan of Danger Mouse,
Nathan Astbury loved the Raggy Dolls (sad sack was his favourite!), and Bananaman
Lee Marriott remembers Fraggle Rock
Stuart Kelman’s fave show was Captain Caveman
Andrea Mitchell loved Roobarb and Custard

Film
The first film Debbie Dodds ever saw at the cinema was Return of the Jedi – she said she cried because the Ewoks were so cute!
Lorraine Angel’s first film was Jurrassic Park
Christopher Emmerson and Joanne Cutler both loved Steven Spielbergs “Inner Space”
Highlander was the best film of the 80’s – so thinks Matthew Bell

Karen Appleton asks, could I give a big shout out to Dan and Beth who are admins of the Facebook group “Born in the 70’s, grew up in the 80’s & got drunk in the 90’s” – great for jogging your memory about how great (or otherwise) things were back in the 80’s

80’s News This week

1980: Elton John plays a free concert for 400,000 people in New York’s Central Park. He performs the encore in a Donald Duck costume.
1981: Simon & Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City’s Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
1982 – Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.
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”. Much attention is garnered by Madonna’s controversial performance of her hit single “Like a Virgin” in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters (some things never change…!)

18-9-14

SONGS PLAYED
Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
Blondie – Atomic
Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight
ABBA – The Winner Takes It All
Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
Imagination – Just an Illusion
Flash and the Pan – Waiting for a Train
Erasure – Stop!
Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid
Elton John – Nikita
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Coldcut Feat Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On
Rock Road – Rebel Yell
Road To Nowhere
Prince – Purple Rain
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
Sinitta – Toy Boy
Madness – House Of Fun
Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
ABC – Poison Arrow
Kool and the Gang – Get Down On It
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off
Bangles – Manic Monday
Roxette – The Look

See you next week!

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11 Sept – 80’s film debuts and 80’s football

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This week I played out my interview with Mike Stock (see blog to hear again).

I also looked at the top grossing films of the 80’s and some film debuts:
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983 Return of the Jedi
1984 Ghostbusters
1985 Back to the Future
1986 Top Gun
1987 Three Men and a Baby
1988 Rain Man
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1982 – Stars making their film debut
Hugh Grant ; Eddie Murphy ; Glenn Close
Angelina Jolie makes her film debut as a child actress

1986 – Stars making their film debut
Kristin Scott Thomas – Under the Cherry Moon ; Wesley Snipes – Wildcats
Kevin Spacey – Heartburn ; Imelda Staunton – Comrades

I also looked at FOOTBALL in the 80’s

In the 82/83 season
Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish was voted Player of the Year by both the PFA and FWA.
21-year-old Liverpool striker Ian Rush established himself as one of the league’s finest goalscorers
Manchester United’s FA Cup winning squad included star players like Bryan Robson, Ray Wilkins and the 18-year-old Norman Whiteside.
13 April 1985: Paul Gascoigne, 17-year-old midfielder, makes his debut for Newcastle United in a 1-0 First Division home win over Queen’s Park Rangers
1986 – Tottenham Hotspur striker Clive Allen, who scored 49 goals in all competitions, was voted Player of the Year by both the PFA and FWA
1987 – 88 season: Alex Ferguson’s efforts in rebuilding Manchester United saw them finished second in the league just 18 months after they had looked in danger of relegation.

11-9-14

SONGS PLAYED

Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Michael Jackson – Beat It
The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon
Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Geroge Michael and Aretha Franklin – Knew You Were Waiting (For Me
The Cure – The Love Cats
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
The Bangles Eternal Flame
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Maid Of Orleans
Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Hazell Dean – Whatever I Do Wherever I Go
Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
Bananarama – Love In the First Degree
Mel and Kim – Showing Out
Spandau Ballet – True
Howard Jones – New Song
Culture Club – Church of the Poison Mind
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
Maxi Priest – Wild World

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Interview with Mike Stock from Stock Aitken and Waterman

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Mike Stock IS the Stock in the hugely successful 80s hit makers Stock Aitken Waterman.

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Mike is the most successful songwriter and music producer of all time (as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records) and the winner of many prestigious and international awards including eight Ivor Novellos.

I joined MIKE at his studios in beautiful West Sussex where we talked about his writing and his career in the 1980s.

The successes of S.A.W. in the 80s are too numerous to mention. The first #1 was with Dead Or Alive in March 1985 – I asked Mike if it ever got “normal”? He explained that the #1’s weren’t necessarily so exciting, he enjoyed hearing his songs on the radio when he wasn’t expecting it.

Here are some of the acts Mike worked with back in the 80s. We all remember Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, then there was
Mel and Kim
Bananarama
Sinitta
Rick Astley
Donna Summer
Hazell Dean
Princess

But he also had hits with England World Cup Squad
Sir Cliff Richard
W.W.F.
Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Mike explained how he thought music developed through the decade, and how he came to create auto-tuning.

In 1989 Mike wrote and produced over seven albums’ worth of material yet he is very modest about his achievements and is still waiting to produce his best song!

He’ll never retire! Mike is enjoying working with Shayne Ward on new material after 4 years working on the kids show “The Go!Go!Go! Show”. After touring and a stint at Alton Towers, the show is now on Nick Jnr.

I really enjoyed meeting Mike, he was generous with his time and showed me around the studio which was fascinating.

To know more about the “The Hit Factory: The Stock, Aitken and Waterman Story” – read Mike’s book that he wrote in 2003.

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Birthday Show, Wildboys and 1980’s Acronyms

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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! I opened the show with Altered Images ‘Happy Birthday’ obviously!

This week I featured “Wild Boys”. The band are widely regarded as the best LIVE 80s Function band in the UK today. Having formed in the summer of 2009 Wild Boys have set very high standards with their vast performing experience and exciting shows, covering all the great artists from the best decade in music – The 80s!

The cover I played by Wild Boys was the Lionel Richie classic from 1986 “Dancing On the Ceiling”. More info about the band from www.wildboysband.co.uk

We talked about 80’s TV – Boys from The Blackstuff.
1981 – BBC1 airs the first episode of the comedy series Only Fools and Horses starring David Jason.
1983 – ITV broadcasts Killer. It would later be turned into a series and re-titled Taggart.
1986 – Part One of The Trial of a Time Lord starring Colin Baker is broadcast on BBC1, marking the return to air of Doctor Who after an 18-month hiatus.
1987 – Sylvester McCoy becomes the seventh actor to play the Doctor in BBC One’s long-running Doctor Who.

And finally, do you remember these 80’s Acronyms?
Yuppies – Young Urban Professionals
Dinkies – Double Income No Kids
Poupie – Porsche Owning Urban Professional
Bobo – Burnt Out But Opulent
Glams – Greying Leisured Affluent Middle Aged
Deccie – D.I.Y Decorators Who Drag Stipple and Marble
Ladettes – Young Women Who Act Like Loutish Lads

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SONGS PLAYED
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Morrissey – Suedehead
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Tenpole Tudor – Swords Of A Thousand Men
Spandau Ballet – Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pr
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
U2 – Angel of Harlem
Simply Red – Look At You Now
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
Glass Tiger – Don’t Forget About Me
The Smiths – This Charming Man
The Style Coucil – Shout to the Top
Black Box – Ride On Time
David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
James Brown – Living In America
Duran Duran – Rio
Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste of Time
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Europe – The Final Countdown
Red Box – Lean on Me (Ah-li-ayo)
Michael Jackson – Bad

See you next week!

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28th August – Danger Mouse, Haifa Jordan, and Big!

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Danger Mouse was a cartoon that ran from September 1981 to March 1992. It features Danger Mouse, an English mouse who works as a secret agent (voiced by David Jason). Interestingly, he speaks 34 languages fluently, including some extraterrestrial ones!!

Ernest Penfold (voiced by Terry Scott) Danger Mouse’s reluctant assistant was a coward (codenamed “The Jigsaw,” as he goes to pieces when a problem occurs), and Baron Greenback (voiced by Edward Kelsey) was the recurring villain and Danger Mouse’s archenemy. Allegedly, he turned to a life of crime as a schoolboy when other children stole his bicycle and let all the air out of its tyres.

This week I featured Haifa Jordan who was in the final 7 in Sharon Obsournes X Factor category in 2005. Her career is really taking off again and she is releasing some material later this year. The cover I played was a live version of the 1989 track “Wicked Game”.

You can see Haifa perform live this Saturday (30 Aug 2014) at a Family Fundraiser event for Save the Children at The Travellers Friend in the High Road, Woodford Green. There is lots of live music, BBQ, and fun for the children so go along from 3pm. For more information about Haifa go to her website www.haifajordan.com

We remembered some 80’s comedy films this week: Big, Three Men and a Baby and Teen Wolf!

I also re-visited our fashion nightmares – remember the mullet, the flattop, the hi-top fade, and big hair? What about shoulder pads, jean jackets, leather pants, aviator jackets, jumpsuits, wrap dress, skin-tight acid-washed jeans, miniskirts, leggings and leg warmers? Brilliant!

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SONGS PLAYED
Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care
Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
Madness – House of Fun
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good to Me
Adam and the Ants – Antmusic
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Somebody’s Watching Me
Kenny Rogers/ Dolly Parton – Islands In the Stream
Elton John – I Guess That’s Why they Call it the Blues
ABBA – Super Trouper
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Kirsty MacColl – A New England
Madonna – Like A Virgin
Shout to the Top
Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Down to Earth
Cameo – Word Up
Duran Duran – Save a Prayer
The Housemartins – Happy Hour
Shakespear’s Sister – You’re History
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Alexander O’Neal – Criticize
Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild In the Country

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80’s Firsts. (22 Aug)

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I asked “what did you do for the first time in the 80’s?” and I got LOTS of responses!
Thanks to everyone for your memories….
Nicola Heales: Went to my first concert when I was 15.
Jenny Addis: I was born [how to make me feel old Jenny!]
Thea Buisson: 1st time saw Boy George on ToTP’s whole family couldn’t believe it was a man!
Mike Grove: rode a vespa/lambretta
Lisa Ferriday: first concert – Thompson Twins at Wembley!
Lucy Astill: Bought a Rara skirt and first ever single! Abba – One of Us
Nina French: First love/first broken heart, and I won the English disco dance championships and a free holiday!
Nicky Hand: I had a perm and hi lights!
Antony Dangar: Disco skates – there I said it, oh the shame!
Ruth Tidmarsh: Met Xanthe Johnstone [yay, that from my old friend Ruth – before I married Mr Bearman!]
Charlie Cain: Danced to a lot of Simple Minds at parties…
Bernadette Newby: Had my mum change my sisters 70’s satin flares into the best Adam and the Ants pedal pushers!!
Alison Beniston: Went on a school exchange to Germany which then became my home. Bought my first drain pipe jeans and thought I was sooooo cool!
Karen Thorp: Started Musical Theatre; Half a Sixpence started rehearsing in November 1989!
Sarah Barnes: Jelly shoes!
Liz Gordon: Crimped my hair!
Graeme Creasey: Bought my first CD…….Dire Straits!!!
Lisa Riley-Holmes: Received my first valentines card at 13 …puppy love!!!
Hywel Williams: Started skateboarding!
John Hope: Used a fax machine
Simon Tompkins: Sold a Ricoh fax machine
Louise Kean-Wood: Got my first pay packet – £14 pounds for a Saturday at Freeman Hardy Willis in Grays in Essex -I immediately spent it on a cream chiffon transparent hoodie from Grays market!

At 7pm I featured Essex covers band The Specialists who started performing together 15 years ago. The band are completely versatile and offer 5 amazing lead vocalists, a repertoire of over 500 songs and the experience of over 1000 gigs in the last 5 years. I played their fabulous cover of Don’t Stop Believing. For more information, call The Band Boutique on 07912 424554 or email bandboutique@gmail.com

22-8-14

SONGS PLAYED
Level 42 – Lessons in Love
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Eurythmics – Missionary Man
George Michael – Careless Whisper
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
Herbie Hancock – Rockit
The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
The Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
O.M.D. – Messages
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Blondie – The Tide Is High
Frankie Goes To Hollywood- War
Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker
Kelly Marie- Feels Like I’m In Love
Furniture – Brilliant Mind
Go West – We Close Our Eyes

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Jenna Quinn LIVE 14 August

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Incredible local vocalist Jenna Quinn sang live on GR80’s this evening. Jenna completed her performing arts studies in March 2007 and is in constant demand as a party/wedding/corporate entertainer. She says “the biggest rewards for me are the opportunities I get to make people dance, make people sing and make people smile. I perform as often as I can and want to leave as many people as possible with just a small taste of how live music can really make you feel”.

To get in touch with Jenna, go to her website www.jennaquinn.co.uk

Favourite 80’s films – Julie said Fame, Dirty Dancing, Karen went with The Breakfast Club, and Jane loved A Room With A View. I was a huge fan of Back to the Future! When Marty is being judged at the band auditions at the beginning, the judge who stands up to say he is “just too darn loud” is Huey Lewis, whose songs, “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” are featured on the movie’s soundtrack, and also wrote Marty’s audition song

People celebrating a birthday this week include Nick Grimshaw (born 1984), and James Buckley (born 1987). In 1988 Enzo Ferrari died aged 90.

Billericay Town FC have a great video on Youtube of ex-trainer, the late Roy Wren appearing on the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ in 1982. The clip includes some great footage of Roy and the boys in the dressing room, and in training.
www.billericaytownfc.co.uk search for retro

14-8-14

SONGS PLAYED
Maria Vidal – Body Rock
Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
Joe Jackson – It’s Different for Girls
Madonna – Holiday
Mel & Kim – Flm
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
Nenah Cherry – Buffalo Stance
Chris de Burgh – Lady in Red
Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
The Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3 (Single Version)
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Bronski Beat – Why
Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Big Audio Dynamite – E=Mc²
Eighth Wonder – I’m Not Scared
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
The Associates – Party Fears Two
Bros – I Owe You Nothing

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80’s Food and Soap Opera’s on 7th August.

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Back from my hols and straight into some amazing 80’s tunes! Victoria got in touch to say “Reminds me of Great Yarmouth at 17 with Susan Evans and friends at dodgy night clubs”. Which reminded ME of the sticky floor that lit up at the club I used to go to in St Albans.

Raf was listening on line in Cyprus (jealous much?!) – I hoped he was doing the moves to Madonna’s Vogue!

We talked 80’s food – remember the bright orange Findus Pancakes and boil-in-the-bag fish? How posh did we think we were when serving a slice of Vienetta?!

Brookside started in Nov 1982,The Bill in 1984, Eastenders in Feb 1985, and Casualty in Sept 1986.

Prince William was christened this week in 1982, and Zola Budd collided with Mary Decker this week in 1984.
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SONGS PLAYED
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste of Time
Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Madonna – Vogue
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart
Prince – Purple Rain
Martika – Toy Soldiers
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
King – Love & Pride
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Debby Harry – French Kissin’ in the USA
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
Five Star – System Addict
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Abba – The Winner Takes It All
UB40 – Food for Thought
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking

Next week Jenna Quinn joins me singing LIVE!

Xanthe

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Gospel Essence Live in the Studio

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What a fabulous experience – Gospel Essence singing an 80’s track LIVE! Gospel Essence are a talented group of singers who are able to create a fresh sound from diverse musical disciplines. The fusion of styles, jazz, classical, gospel, rock, soul, contemporary, African and musical theatre is enhanced by Rebecca Ammissah’s ability to ‘gospelise’ any genre.
To find out more please contact Rebecca on 07506 205651 gospelessence@gmail.com or at www.facebook.com/gospelessencechoir
Huge thanks to the choir for coming into the studio.

We talked 80’s toys – The Smurfs, The Glo Worm (released for babies in 1982 but banned in 2005 for being ‘unsafe’!), and Jenga which was launched a the London Toy Fair in 1983.

It’s been all about the Commonwealth Games this week so we looked back at the 1986 Games in Edinburgh where England won 144 medals!

Also 80’s TV – Emma got in touch to remind me about Rhubarb & Custard, Ivor the engine and He-man and She-Ra!

Also SWIMMING IN PYJAMA’S! Do you remember doing that? David did, he thought cycling proficiency was a bit odd too!!

#1 this week

26-Jul-80 Odyssey; Use It Up And Wear It Out
11-Jul-81 Specials; Ghost Town
17-Jul-82 Irene Cara; Fame
23-Jul-83 Paul Young; Wherever I Lay My Hat
27-Jul-85 Eurythmics; There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
12-Jul-86 Madonna; Papa Don’t Preach
25-Jul-87 Madonna; Who’s That Girl
09-Jul-88 Glenn Medeiros; Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You
22-Jul-89 Sonia; You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You

24-7-14

SONGS PLAYED
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
A-ha – Take on Me
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
The Specials – Ghost Town
The Dammed – Eloise
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer
Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Jam – Going Undergound
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Deacon Blue – Wages Day
Hugh and Cry – Labour of Love
The Bangles – Manic Monday
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight
Black Box – Ride On Time

More 80’s songs and trivia on the 7th August!

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Sunday Breakfast 20th July

I, Xanthe, sat in for James on the Sunday Breakfast show, and talked about eyebrows!

The latest trend in makeup artistry is big, full brows, as sported by the recently popular model Cara Delevingne. Brows are unique to each person, and it takes a bit of playing around to find the right shape, but the main points you want to focus on finding the right style for are the beginning of the brows, which should be lightly defined (not boxy) and start in line with the side of the tip of your nose, not the nostril contrary to popular belief. This is key to the ‘full brow’ look. Secondly you will want to establish the height of the arch of your brow- the part where you want the tail of the brow to begin curving down. Cara Delevigne’s brows have a very straight arch with minimal curve on the tail of her brow.

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I also advised how you could join the community of over 700 future astronauts! All you need is US$250k (which is full payment up front!) which entitles you to trips such as travelling to see the spaceships being built in California and to Spaceport America in New Mexico to see test flights of the spaceship and carrier craft.

Once you confirm your reservation you will be given a full list and invitations to the upcoming milestones, events and holidays. So hunt down the back of the sofa for that missing £146,000 and go to www.virgingalactic.com! Brilliant!

SONGS PLAYED:
Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
Feeling – Love It When You Call
George Ezra – Budapest
Stereophonics – Handbags and Gladrags
Plain White Ts – Hey There Delilah
Paulo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Christina Aguilera – What A Girl Wants
Take That – Shine
Nina Nesbitt – Way In the World
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Moulding Of A Fool
James Blunt – Postcards
Crowded House – Weather With You
Billy Idol – Hot In The City
Manic Street Preachers – Walk Me To The Bridge
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Will Young – Your Game
Olly Murs – Army Of Two
Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of love
Jack Penate – Second, Minute or Hour
Jam – Going Undergound
Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body

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80’s World Cup and Mister Kanish

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We’ve just waved goodbye to the 2014 World Cup so I thought I’d look at the world cups that were held in the 80’s. In 1982 – the 12th FIFA World Cup was won by Italy. The Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament’s best player, was handed out for the first time to Italys Paolo Rossi who scored 6 goals, the most in the tournament which meant he also won the Golden Boot award!

The 1986 World Cup was won by Argentina, captained by Diego Maradona, who scored the “Hand of God” goal. Gary Linekar was top scorer in the 1986 World Cup (6 goals) and received the Golden Boot, the only time an Englishman has achieved this feat.

The Bond films featured Roger Moore at the beginning of the decade, and Timothy Dalton at the end.

The FEATURED BAND this week was MISTER KANISH, a five piece pop and rock cover band:
Ben, Andy, Chris, Ollie and Tim have been playing music together for 7 years. Their superb cover is one of my favourites, Take On Me by Aha:

As well being a contemporary rock and pop wedding band, the guys now offer Classic Kanish – a vintage style semi-acoustic band with double bass and acoustic guitars. For more information go to: www.misterkanish.com

David got in touch to say his favourite band in the 80’s was Flock of Seagulls, and Lee emailed in to request Labi Siffre from 1987.

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This week in 1982 FAME by Irene Cara was #1.

SONGS PLAYED
Pull Up To the Bumper – Grace Jones
Solid – Ashford & Simpson
Crockett’s Theme (From Miami Vice) – Jan Hammer
Move Closer – Phyllis Nelson
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Walk This Way – Run DMC
Big In Japan – Alphaville
Jack Your Body – Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
Feels Like I’m In Love – Kelly Marie
Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
Wishing (If I Had a Photograph) – A Flock of Seagulls
Down to Earth – Curiosity Killed the Cat
Straight Up – Paula Abdul
The Look of Love – ABC
Take On Me – Misterkanish.com
The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll – Prefab Sprout
China Girl – David Bowie
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye – Soft Cell
(Something Inside) So Strong – Labi Siffre
Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds
Eyes Without a Face – Billy Idol
Living In America – James Brown
Word Up – Cameo
Fame – Irene Cara
Gold – Spandau Ballet
Wherever I Lay My Hat – Paul Young

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4th July

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As it was the 4th July, I played a couple of US 80’s hits – Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.

I asked what your favourite magazines in the 80’s were. Julie suggested Jackie, Simon in Billericay said Viz, but the winner was Smash Hits with votes from Helen, Emma and Tamsyn who commented that it was the ‘one stop shop for lyrics and all the band gossip’!

With the Wimbledon finals this weekend, we remembered John McEnroe beating Bjorn Borg to win Wimbledon in 1981, and Boris Becker won in 1985. Staying with sport, Zola Budd was disqualified in 1984 for tripping Mary Decker in the 3000 mtrs.

Victoria got in touch to say her favourite TV show was Sapphire and Steel – a quick t’interweb search found that that was the show with Joanna Lumley playing a Time saving alien!

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SONGS PLAYED
The Reflex – Duran Duran
Money’s Too Tight – Simply Red
Sugar Mice – Marillion
19 – Paul Hardcastle
Church of the Poison Mind – Culture Club
Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury
Wages Day – Deacon Blue
Criticize – Alexander O’Neal
Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
Baby Jane – Rod Stewart
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Edge Of Heaven – Wham
Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
Obsession – Animotion
Into The Groove – Madonna
It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It – Fun Boy Three ft Bananarama
Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Tears For Fears
Thorn In My Side – Eurythmics
You Win Again – Bee Gees
What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Prince Charming – Adam and the Ants
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode

No GR80’s next week (10th July), I’m back on the 17th!

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MORPH IS BACK!!

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Much excitement at GR80’s as we heard the news that MORPH is making a return! We all fell in love with the little flexible terracotta terror in TV’s Take Hart in the late 70’s and 80’s. Now, Morph and his old mate Chas will be making a return to our screens – but this time on You Tube.

Lots of listeners got in touch via twitter this week, so we played Atomic by Blondie for Dave Worthington, Fantasy Island by Tight Fit for Tony Jones, and China in Your Hand by T’Pau for Nicola Heales.

Gemma messaged to say her favourite 80’s film was Ghostbusters, and Emma remembered her massive perm, and Sun-In which made everyone have orange hair!

Don’t forget 80’s roll back on Friday night with Alexander O-Neal headlining the Brentwood Festival on 18th July, and UB40 on Sunday, 20 July. www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk

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SONGS PLAYED:
Cuddly Toy – Roachford
I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
Just Be Good to Me – SOS Band
Perfect – Fairground Attraction
Criticize – Alexander O’Neal
Red Red Wine – UB40
China In Your Hand – T’Pau
Atomic – Blondie
It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
Frankie – Sister Sledge
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr
Push It – Salt n Pepa
Don’t Turn Around – Aswad
Town Called Malice – The Jam
Hot Hot Hot – Swanvesta Social Club
Let’s Go Round Again – Average White Band
Fantasy Island – Tight Fit
99 Red Balloons – Nena
Faith – Geaorge Michael
Nikita – Elton John
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
It Must Be Love – Madness
The Look – Roxette
Smalltown Boy – Bronski Beat
All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield
Sweet Little Mystery – Wet Wet Wet
Run To You – Bryan Adams

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June 26th The Stents and Moscow 1980

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I went all sporty on the show tonight remembering the 1980 Moscow Olympics and Misha the mascot.
Allan Wells won gold in the 100 metres
Steve Ovett, won Gold in the 800m
Sebastian Coe won gold in the 1500m GOLD:
Daley Thompson — Athletics, Men’s Decathlon
Duncan Goodhew — Swimming, Men’s 100 m Breaststroke

Great to hear Sarah Barnes’ first single Spacer by Sheila B Devotion, and Julie’s favourite Super Trouper from ABBA.

Dominic got in touch to say his favourite film was Ferris Buellers Day off which gave me the excuse to play the mental Love Missile F1-11 by Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

I also remembered Buster from 1988 with Phil Collins.

Featured band this week was the superb THE STENTS who gave me a cover of Teenage Kicks, find them at facebook.com/thestents.essex

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Songs Played –
Living In A Box – Living In A Box
Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
Chain Reaction – Diana Ross
Spacer – Sheila B Devotion
Super Trouper – ABBA
Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
Eternal Flame – The Bangles
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
I Guess That’s Why they Call it the Blues – Elton John
(I Just) Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew
It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It -The Fun Boy Three Feat. Bananarama
The Stents – Teenage Kicks
Loco In Acapulco – The Four Tops
You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins
Centerfold – J. Geils Band
Love Missile F1-11 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) – Soul II Soul Feat. Caron Wheeler
Monkey – George Michael
Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Mony Mony – Billy Idol
Obsession – Animotion
She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer
The Tide Is High – Blondie
Word Up – Cameo
Girls On Film – Duran Duran

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The cheeky 2nd show in a week!

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So Thursday just wasn’t enough for me, I came back on Friday 20th June with another 2 hours of top 80’s songs.

We talked fashion – Clare and her Ra-Ra skirts, Rachel with her Puff ball skirt and Paula Loades got on twitter to mention her red and yellow combination outfit!!

Gemma said her favourite 80’s singer was Kylie Minogue, Jane Smith loved Duran Duran and we played Clare Ashmans’s first single by Hot Chocolate.

Remember the best film in the summer of 1982? E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. The sweet-natured fantasy about a kindly alien who is stranded on Earth on protected by children until he can arrange a passage home. But Julie messaged me to say her favourite was Dirty Dancing.

News this week in the 80’s included:
1981 – The Humber Bridge is opens to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years.
1984 – GCSE examinations replace O-levels and CSEs in a major education shake-up by the Conservative government..
1987 – Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia announce new Ice Cream flavour, Cherry Garcia

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Songs played:
Labour of Love – HUE AND CRY
Hand On Your Heart – KYLIE MINOGUE
The Reflex – DURAN DURAN
Goody Two Shoes – ADAM ANT
Two Tribes – FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Temptation – HEAVEN 17
Straight Up – PAULA ABDUL
The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll – PREFAB SPROUT
She Drives Me Crazy – FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS
Something About You – LEVEL 42
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES
Geno – DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
White Wedding – BILLY IDOL
It Started With a Kiss – HOT CHOCOLATE
Tribute (Right On) – THE PASADENAS
If You Let Me Stay – TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY
Who’s Zoomin’ Who – ARETHA FRANKLIN
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes – ULTRAVOX
Making Your Mind Up – BUCKS FIZZ
Too Shy – KAJAGOOGOO
Material Girl – MADONNA
Down to Earth – CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT
When the Going Gets Tough – BILLY OCEAN
Red Red Wine – UB40
All Around The World – LISA STANSFIELD

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19th June – Breville Toastie?

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I love chatting about the 80’s – remember when the Breville toaster came out and every meal had to come wedged between two slices of bread, neatly sealed around the edges?!

Get in touch with your 80’s memories. Your fashion loves and hates, your favourite TV Shows and Films. What was the first record you bought in the 1980’s and which singers/bands did you have posters of on your wall?

We heard a fabulous cover of Billy Idols 1985 hit Rebel Yell by ROCK ROAD (www.rockroadband.co.uk) with vocals by Karen Jeffs.

MTV began broadcasting in 1981 with Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.

Lisa Riley-Holmes got in touch from her garden to remind me about electric blue eyeliner and Julie remembered she’d had her hair cut short like Lady Di for the first and last time.

Karen Sheard said her favourite band was Erasure and fave song was A Little Respect.

And finally, we remembered The Miami Vice look and the Madonna Look. Good times!!
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Songs played:

The Reflex – Duran Duran
Manic Monday – Bangles
Thorn In My Side – Eurythmics
A Little Respect – Erasure
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
Play the Game – Queen
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
Ghost Town – The Specials
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
True – Spandau Ballet
Town Called Malice – The Jam
Golden Brown – The Stranglers
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin & George Michael
Rebel Yell – ROCK ROAD
Eloise – The Damned
The Love Cats – The Cure
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Hold Me Now – Thomson Twins
Money’s Too Tight – Simply Red
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Culture Club
Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles
Take on Me – Aha
Breakout – Swing Out Sister
Can You Feel It – The Jacksons
Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
Love Of The Common People – Paul Young

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FIRST SHOW – 12 June 2014

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I had a ball on my first GR80’s show. Get in touch with your 80’s fashion loves and hates, your Favourite TV Shows and Films. What was the first record you bought in the 1980’s and any other 80’s stories you’d love to share.

Miriam Scott’s favourite 80’s track was Vienna by Ultravox. Katy Carpenter remembered that she was quite a whizz at the Snake – a similar puzzle to the Rubik Cube.
Victoria admitted her worst 80’s outfit was orange leggings and a matching orange sweatshirt, whilst Jane loved her ra-ra skirts made by her mum!

Venus Williams was born this week in 1980, and Lee Ryan was born this week in 1983.

Channel4 started on 2 Nov 1982, and in 1987 President Ronald Regan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

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Tamsyn’s fave film was Dirty Dancing, but mine and my cousin’s was Pretty In Pink!

SONGS PLAYED
The Only Way Is Up – YAZZ
Respectable – MEL AND KIM
Everybody Wants To Rule The World – TEARS FOR FEARS
Karma Chameleon – CULTURE CLUB
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With my Heart) – EURYTHMICS
Prince Charming – ADAM AND THE ANTS
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – SIMPLE MINDS
If You Leave – OMD
Every Breath You Take – THE POLICE
Labour of Love – HUGH AND CRY
Modern Girl – SHEENA EASTON
The Whole of the Moon – THE WATERBOYS
Vienna – ULTRAVOX
Gold – SPANDAU BALLET
Kayleigh – MARILLION
Senses Working Overtime – XTC
Fergus Sings The Blues – DEACON BLUE
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – WHAM
Shattered Dreams – JOHNNY HATES JAZZ
Living Doll (charity single) – CLIFF RICHARD AND THE YOUNG ONES
A Kind of Magic – QUEEN
A Good Heart – FERGAL SHARKEY
Easy Lover – PHIL COLLINS AND PHILLIP BAILEY
Wishing I Was Lucky – WET WET WET
Holding Back The Years – SIMPLY RED
We Close Our Eyes – GO WEST
Going Underground – THE JAM

Back next Thursday from 6-8pm!

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