Author Archives: Xanthe Bearman

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". My love of 80's music bought me back to Phoenix FM after a few years break and I now present GR80's.

GR80’s – 1983: Bananaman Cartoon launched!

1983 – Bananaman, the cartoon series started on BBC TV featuring the voices of the members of The Goodies. It lasted for forty episodes between October 1983 and April 1986.
Bananaman is a parody of traditional superheroes, being portrayed as a schoolboy who is transformed into a muscled, caped figure when he eats a banana. The character originally appeared in Issue 1 of Nutty in 1980. He has since appeared in The Dandy and The Beano.


Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
UB40 – One in Ten
ABBA – Lay All Your Love on Me
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Everything But the Girl – I Don’t Want to Talk About It
Yazz – Stand Up For Your Love Rights
T’Pau – Heart & Soul
Steve Winwood – Valerie
Prince – Purple Rain
Paul Nicolas – Rum Tum Tugger (Cats)
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Wax – Bridge to Your Heart
Cher – Just Like Jesse James
Donna Summer – Dinner with Gershwin
Five Star – System Addict
Van Halen – Jump
Paul Simon – Boy in the Bubble
Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters
Imagination – Music and Lights
Run DMC – Walk this Way
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Madonna – True Blue
Black Box – Ride On Time
Cliff Richard – Wired for Sound
Neil Diamond – Love on the Rocks
Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner – Its Only Love

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On the last GR80’s show of the month I play DOUBLES! That’s two songs from each artist back-to-back.

#1’s this week in the 80’s were:

1980 : Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
1981 : Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming
1982 : Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
1983 : Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
1984 : Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You
1985 : David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street
1986 : Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
1987 : Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
1988 : Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother
1989 : Black Box – Ride On Time


Billy Joel – An Innocent Man, Tell Her About It
Paul Young – Everything Must Change, Everytime You Go Away
Amazulu – Montego Bay, Too Good to be Forgotten
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love, Welcome to the Pleasuredome
David Bowie – Loving the Alien, Day in Day Out
Squeeze – Labelled with Love, Hourglass
Elvis Costello – Every Day I Write the Book, I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down
Queen – A Kind of Magic, Breakthru
Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere, And She Was
Smokey Robinson – Being With You, One Heartbeat
Terence Trent D’Arby – Dance Little Sister, If You Let Me Stay
John Lennon – Just Like Starting Over, Nobody Told Me
R.E.M. – Orange Crush, The One I Love
Erasure – Ship Of Fools, Chains of Love
The Jam – Start!, Going Underground

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GR80’s 17 Sept. Kiss without the Makeup!

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

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


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

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GR80’s 10 Sept – listen again!

Listen again to my 10th Sept show here:



Tears for Fears – Woman In Chains
a-ha – The Living Daylights
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute
Wham! – Edge of Heaven
S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good to Me
The Communards – You Are My World
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Madonna – Causing A Commotion
Eric Clapton – Behind The Mask
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
Evelyn Thomas – High Energy
Madonna – Causing a Commotion
Roxette – Dressed for Success
Queen – I Want It All
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street
Sly Fox – Lets Go All The Way
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
Dwight Twilley – Girls
Bananarama – Love Truth & Honesty
Ottawan – Hands Up
King – Love and Pride
Elton John – Passengers

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This week in 1987 … A Momentary Lapse of Reason

I like to look back on events that happened this week in the 80’s. This week in 1987 Pink Floyd released A Momentary Lapse of Reason, their first album after the departure of and legal battle with bassist, Roger Waters. The subsequent tour grossed around $135 million worldwide, a sum that was only equaled by the earnings of Michael Jackson and U2 combined!



Gwen Guthrie – Aint Nothin’ Going On But The Rent
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love
Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor
George Michael – Father Figure
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy
Kane Gang – Respect Yourself
Midge Ure – If I Was
Human League – Seconds
Michael Jackson – Thriller
The Damned – Eloise
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran So Far Away
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams & Into My Car
Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Level 42 – Something About You
Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall
Whitney Houston – So Emotional
Belle Stars – Sign of the Times
Fun Boy Three – Aint What you Do it’s the Way that you Do it

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AUGUST Doubles 2017

Here we go, it’s another DOUBLES show as it’s the last show of the month! I play two songs from each 80’s artist back-to-back! Listen to the show again here:



ABBA – Super Trouper, Thank You For the Music
The Police – Invisible Sun, Wrapped Around Your Finger
Ashford and Simpson – Outta the World, Solid
Carly Simon – Coming Around Again, Why
The Jam – Beat Surrender, A Town Called Malice
Duran Duran – Notorious, Skin Trade
The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever, Skin Trade
Electric Light Orchestra – All Over the World, Hold On Tight
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Change
Elton John – Sad Songs Say So Much, Sacrifice
Randy Crawford – Rainy Night in Georgia, You Might Need Somebody
Erasure – Sometimes, The Circus
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – If You Leave, Messages
George Michael – Hand To Mouth, Look at your Hands
Madness – Embarrassment, Driving

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Gr80’s on Sunday 13 August

Number 1’s this week throughout the 80’s were:

1980 Abba The Winner Takes It All
1981 Shakin’ Stevens Green Door
1982 Dexy’s Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
1983 K C & The Sunshine Band Give It Up
1984 George Michael Careless Whisper
1985 Madonna Into The Groove
1986 Chris de Burgh The Lady In Red
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



Black – Wonderful Life
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done for me Lately
Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
The Four Tops – Loco in Acopolco
Sam Brown – Stop!
Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Shakespear Sister – You’re History
Grace Jones – Private Life
Chris Rea – Road to Hell (Live)
Aretha Franklin, George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
Pet Shop Boys, Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This
Michael Sembello – Maniac
Aneka – Japenese Boy
Human League – Human
Level 42 – The Sun Goes Down
Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
Men At Work – Down Under
Abba – The Winner Takes It All
Shakin’ Stevens – Green Door
Yazz & The Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up
Prince – Raspberry Beret
Paul Hardcastle – 19
Cookie Crew – Got To Keep On
ABC – Tears are Not Enough
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Status Quo – The Wanderer
Falco – Rock Me Amedeus
Bananarama – Shy Boy
Modern Romance – Best Years of our Lives

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6 August already!

1984 – Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. It marked the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain. Overall, the tour lasted 331 days, during which the band performed 189 gigs. The band were left exhausted by its end in 1985 and demanded a break for the rest of the year before starting work on Somewhere In Time in 1986

1986 – Lionel Richie released his 3rd studio album “Dancing on the Ceiling” in the US where it went to #1 on the Billboard chart. It reached #2 here in the UK and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. One of the tracks on the album, “Say You, Say Me” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.



Roachford – Cuddly Toy
Prince – Alphabet St.
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Grace Jones – Pull Up To the Bumper
Iron Maiden – Can I Play with Madness
Alice Cooper – Poison
Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Madness – Our House
Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love
Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
SOS Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Holly Johnson – Love Train
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (Thats My Home)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes
Madonna – Into The Groove
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
Alexander O’Neal – Fake
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (for my love)
Alannah Myles – Black Velvet

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July 2017 Doubles!

At the end of the month I always play doubles, that’s two songs from each artist back to back.


Eurythmics – Sisters are Doing It For Themselves, Who’s That Girl
Elton John – I Guess That’s Why they Call it the Blues, Blue Eyes
Duran Duran – Rio, Save a Prayer
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy, More Than This
Level 42 – Heaven in My Hands, Lessons in Love
Yazoo – Nobodys Diary, Only You
ABC – When Smokey Sings, The Look of Love
Howard Jones – New Song, What is Love
David Bowie – Let’s Dance, Fashion
Culture Club – Victims, Karma Chameleon
Queen – It’s a Hard Life, Play the Game
Madonna – La Isla Bonita, Borderline
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy, Johnny Come Home
The Human League – Love Action, Mirror Man
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian, Walking Down Your Street
The Pretenders – Don’t Get me Wrong, Brass in Pocket

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1980 – AC/DC release “Back in Black”


1980 – AC/DC released Back in Black – an album which was recorded over seven weeks in the Bahamas in spring 1980. Back in Black was an unprecedented success: it has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide and its enormous sales figures have made it the second-highest-selling album in history. The band supported the album with a yearlong world tour, cementing them among the most popular music acts of the early 1980s.



Bryan Adams – Somebody
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Blondie – Atomic
Barry White – Sho You Right
Red Box – Lean on Me
Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything
AC/DC – Back in Black
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All The Luck
Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Dream Academy – Life in a Northern Town
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
Elton John – Your Song
Aztec Camera – Somewhere in my Heart
S-Express – Theme From S-Express
Janet Jackson- When I Think Of You
Huey Lewis and the News – It’s Hip To Be Square
The Specials – Ghost Town
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Evelyn King – Love Come Down
Darryl Hall and John Oates – Maneater
George Michael – Monkey
Tanita Tikeram – World Outside Your Window
Beasie Boys – You gotta Fight For Your Right to Party
Bow Wow Wow – Go Wil in the Country

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