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 Mid June

June 1986 saw the start of The Magic Tour which was Queen’s final ever tour with their lead singer Freddie Mercury and their bass guitarist John Deacon. The Magic Tour took in 26 dates around Europe’s stadiums. Over a million people attended the concerts, making it one of the largest ever. Support acts included INXS, Level 42, Marillion, The Bangles and Status Quo.

Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Simple Minds – Theme for Great Cities
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Duran Duran – Union of the Snake
Bobby Brown – On Our Own
The Passions – I’m In Love With a German Film Star
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Tears For Fears – Shout
Rose Royce – Car Wash
Alexander O’Neal – Criticize
Junior – Mama Used to Say
Queen – A Kind Of Magic
Five Star – System Addict

Three in a Row – 1987
Def Leppard – Love Bites
Boogie Box High – Jive Talkin
Erasure – The Circus

Jimmy Nail – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Amazulu – Montego Bay
Hazell Dean – Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
The Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drum
Holly Johnson – Americanos
Heart – Alone
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
Eric Clapton – Behind the Mask

GR80’s Number 1’s – Listen Again

A special show this week featuring ALL Number 1’s. You can listen again here:


George Michael – Monkey
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
a-ha – The Sun Always Shines on TV
Abba – The Winner Takes It All
Irene Cara – Fame
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Black Box – Ride on Time
Paul Young – Wherever I lay My Hat (That’s My Home)
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
The Bee Gees – You Win Again
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy

Three In A Row (1985)
Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Madonna – Into The Groove
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You

T’Pau – China in your Hand
New Kids On The Block – Hanging Tough
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Men at Work – Down Under
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Nick Berry – Every Loser Wins
Adam Ant- Goody Two Shoes
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
Doctor & The Medics – Spirit In The Sky
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is a Place On Earth
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
The Jam – A Town Called Malice
Soft Cell – Tainted Love

June 6th GR80’s – 29 years since BATMAN!

Can you believe that it’s 29 years since Batman was released in June 1989! It was directed by Tim Burton and starred Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. It was shot at Pinewood Studios from October 1988 to January 1989, other locations included Knebworth House and Hatfield House doubled for Wayne Manor. The film was a critical and financial success, earning over $400 million at the box office.

Jacki Graham – Step Right Up
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Madonna – Borderline
Enya – Orinoco Flow
Prince – Batdance
Hot Chocolate – It Started With A Kiss
Gloria Estefan – I Can’t Stay Away From You
George Harrison – All Those Years Ago
The Stranglers – Golden Brown
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Deniece Williams – Lets Hear it for the Boy
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall
David Bowie – Loving the Alien

Three In A Row from 1980
E.L.O – All Over The World
Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious
The Korgis – Everybodys Got To Learn Sometime

R.E.M. – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face
The Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
Blancmange – Living On the Ceiling
Jason Donovan – Sealed With A Kiss
Police – Every Breath You Take
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Tears For Fears – Pale Shelter
The Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
Madness – Grey Day
Proclaimers – Letter From America
Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down


It’s the last show of the month so I play DOUBLES – that’s two songs from each 80’s artist back to back!

The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Invisible Sun
Tears For Fears – Woman In Chains, Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O., Hands Up Give Me Your Heart
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing, Walk of Life
Cher – I Found Someone, Just Like Jesse James
Mari Wilson – Cry Me A River, Just What I Always Wanted
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For ME Lately, Rhythm Nation
Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf, All She Wants Is
Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart, With Every beat of My Heart
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It?, I Can’t Stand the Rain
Wham! – I’m Your Man, Edge Of Heaven
Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Passengers
Queen – Another One Bites the Dust, I Want It All
Spandau Ballet – Lifeline, Gold
The Communards – You Are My World, Don’t Leave Me This Way

Here Come the Girls (7) – Listen again!

You can listen again to Xanthe Bearman’s HERE COME THE GIRLS (show 7) here:

Christine Aguleira – What A Girl Wants (1999)
TLC – No Scrubs (1999)
Jennifer Lopez – Waiting For Tonight (1999)
Paula Abdul – Opposite Attract (1989)
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection (1984)
The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again (1974)
Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye (1974)
Girls Aloud – Love Machine (2004)
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin (1966)
Cilla Black – Alfie (1966)
Petula Clark – Don’t Sleep in the Subway (1967)
Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light (1997)
Catatonia – Mulder & Scully (1998)
Duffy – Mercy (2008)
Pixie Lott – Mama Do (2009)
The Saturdays – Issues (2009)
Kate Bush – The Man With The Child in his Eyes (1978)
Donna Summer – On The Radio (1979)
Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better (1977)
Bananarama – Robert Di Nero’s Waiting (1984)
Dusty Springfield – Nothing Has Been Proved (1989)
Lily Allen – LDN (2006)
Jamelia – Superstar (2003)
Marianne Faithfull – Come And Stay With Me (1965)
Janis Joplin – Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (1969)
Sade – Smooth Operator (1985)
Bette Midler – From a Distance (1990)
Annie Lennox – Walking On Broken Glass (1992)
Republica – Ready To Go (1996)
Texas – Say What You Want (1997)
Dido – Thank You (2000)
Paloma Faith – Guilty (2017)
Kylie Minogue – Dancing (2018)

GR80’s Mid May

Crazy that it’s almost the end of May! This week in 1980 Namco released 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!

The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
Madness – Embarrassment
The Eurythmics – There Must Be An Angel
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
Duran Duran – Rio
Madonna – Live to Tell
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
Sam Brown – Stop!
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Everything But the Girl – I Don’t Want To Talk About It
George Benson – Never Give Up on a Good Thing
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Shalamar – Over and Over
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Boy George – Everything I Own
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Erasure – Chains of Love
Kim Wilde – Another Step Closer To You
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Adam & The Ants – Stand And Deliver
Spandau Ballet – True
The Jam – Beats Surrender
INXS – Need You Tonight
Bananarama – Venus
Voice of the Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby
Thompson Twins – We Are Detective

GR80’s Debuts – Listen Again!

All the tunes on today’s GR80’s show are DEBUTS.
Listen again here:

Sheena Easton – Modern Girl
SOS Band – Take Your Time
Adam & the Ants – Young Parisians
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Duran Duran – Planet Earth
ABC – Tears Are Not Enough
Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Haircut 100 – Fantastic Day
The Go Gos – We Got The Beat
Janet Jackson – Young Love
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Madonna – Holiday
Wham! – Young Guns
The Smiths – Hand In Glove
The Style Council – Speak Like a Child
The Lotus Eaters – The First Picture of You
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
King – Love and Pride
Sade – Smooth Operator
a-ha – Take on Me
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit
Then Jerico – The Motive
Wet Wet Wet – Wishing I Was Lucky
Pepsi & Shirley – Heartache
Terence Trent D’arby – If You Let Me Stay
R.E.M. – The One I Love
Tanita Tikaram – Good Tradition
Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could

GR80s May

The #1’s this week in the 80’s:

1980: Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
1981: Adam & The Ants – Stand And Deliver
1982: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony And Ivory
1983: Spandau Ballet – TRUE
1984: Duran Duran – The Reflex
1985: Paul Hardcastle – 19
1986: Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
1987: Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
1988: Fairground Attraction – Perfect
1989: Kylie Minogue – Hand On Your Heart

The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon
Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Ultravox – Vienna
Pat Benetar – Love is a Battlefield
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Bomb The Base – Beat This
Pet Shop Boys – Left To My Own Devices
XTC – Sgt Rock is Going to Help Me
Bon Jovi – Lay Your Hands On me
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
Debbie Harry – French Kissin in the USA
Status Quo – The Wanderer
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Philip Oakey & Georgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams
Donna Allen – Serious
Imagination – Music and Lights
Run DMC – Walk This Way
Hue & Cry – Labour of Love
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
Bananarama – Nathan Jones
Yazz – The Only Way Is Up

GR80’s the show with Themes

Looking at my 80’s library I realised that I could group together some of the songs and have a themed show! So this week I went with

Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy
Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop the Dance
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Ultravox – Dancing with Tears in my Eyes

Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Aneka – Japenese Boy
Wham! – Bad Boys
Bananarama – Shy Boy

New Edition – Candy Girl
Prefab Sprout – Cars and Girls
Madonna – Material Girl
New Kid on the Block – Cover Girl

Deborah Harry – I Want That Man
Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
Eurthmics – Missionary Man
The Human League – Mirror Man
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man

U2 – Where the Streets have no Name
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Marilyn – Calling Your Name

Yazoo – Nobodys Diary
John Lennon – Nobody Told Me
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody

The Stranglers – All Day and All of the Night
George Benson – Give Me The Night
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
Shalamar – A Night to Remember
The Rolling Stones – Undercover Of The Night

Here Come The Girls 6 – Listen Again

Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin Who (1985)
Donna Summer – Bad Girls (1979)
Dusty Springfield – In Private (1989)
Madonna – Live To Tell (1986)
Yazz – Stand Up For Your Love Rights (1988)
Whitney Houston – So Emotional (1987)
Grace Jones – Private Life (1980)
Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker (1982)
Tori Amos – Silent All These Years (1991)
Billie Myers – Kiss The Rain (1997)
Rhianna – Disturbia (2008)
Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven (1990)
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love) (1984)
The Spice Girls – Too Much (1997)
Destiny’s Child – Independent Woman – (2000)
The PussyCat Dolls – Don’t Cha (2005)
Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (2012)
Abba – Gimme Gimme Gimme (1979)
Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta – Summer Nights (1978)
Sugababes – Push The Button (2005)
Jennifer Lopez – Aint Your Mama (2016)
Robyn – Show Me Love (1987)
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (2011)
Kelly Clarkson – Since You’ve Been Gone (2006)
Belle Epoque – Black Is Black (1977)
Miley Cyrus – Can’t Be Tamed (2010)
Helen Shapiro – Walkin Back To Happiness (1961)
Diana Ross and the Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love (1966)
Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice (1967)
Kim Wilde – Kandy Krush (2018)
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang (2014)