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.

Straight into March – GR80’s

And here we go, crashing into March with an 80’s tune! This week in the ’80 these tracks were at #1
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


Amazulu – Montego Bay
Boogie Box High – Jive Talkin
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
DC Lee – See the Day
Duran Duran – Union of the Snake
Bobby Brown – On Our Own
Junior – Mama Used to Say
Sting – Englishman in New York
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Tear for Fears – Shout
Five Star – System Addict
The Passions – I’m in Love With a German Film Star
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Jimmy Nail – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
Smokey Robinson – One Heartbeat
Carole King – One Fine Day
Adam Ant –Puss n Boots
The Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drum
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles
Hazell Dean – Whatever I Do, Wherever I Go
The Lotus Eaters – The First Picture of You
Galaxy – Dancing Tight
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Leo Sayer – More Than I Can Say
ELO & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu
Wet Wet Wet – A Little Help from my Friends

FEBRUARY Doubles on GR80’s – Listen again!

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

Listen again here:

David Bowie – Blue Jean, Loving the Alien
The Eurythmics – Missionary Man, Sweet Dreams are Made of This
UB40 – Food For Thought, Red Red Wine
Billy Idol – White Wedding, Eyes Without a Face
Blancmange – Don’t Tell Me, Living on the Ceiling
The Stranglers – Golden Brown, Always the Sun
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue, Walls Come Tumbling Down
Madness – Grey Day, The Sun and the Rain
Prince – Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain
Madonna – Borderline, True Blue
Kate Bush – Babooshka, Running Up That Hill
Hot Chocolate – It Started With A Kiss, I Gave You My Heart
Deacon Blue – Wages Day, Fergus Sings the Blues
R.E.M – Orange Crush, It’s the End of the World as We Know It
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth, Misfit

GR80’s mid Feb

How can it be the middle of Feb already?? This weeks show included these 80’s born celebs who celebrated their birthday this week:
Born 1983 – Emily Blunt, actress from The Girl On The Train and later this year Mary Poppins Returns
Born 1986 – Charlotte Church, Welsh singer-songwriter and actress who married Jonathan Powell last October.

The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon
Then Jerico – The Motive
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Pet Shop Boys – Left to my own Devices
Ultravox – Vienna
Bon Jovi – Lay Your Hands on Me
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Poison – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn
Debbie Harry – French Kissin in the USA
Pat Benetar – Love is a Battlefield
Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat
The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
Donna Allen – Serious
Run DMC – Walk this Way
Imagination – Music And Lights
Prince – 1999
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Hue and Cry – Labour of Love
Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams
Bananarama – Nathan Jones
Bomb the Bass – Beat Dis
The Jam – A Town Called Malice
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
I’m Still Standing – Elton John
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

GR80’s is loved up!

It’s LOVE WEEK! So we had 2 hours of great 80’s love themed tunes!!

Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything
George Michael – Kissing A Fool
Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love Is
Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You
T’Pau – Heart & Soul
Sting – If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free
Aswad – Give a Little Love
Wax – Bridge to your Heart
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m in Love
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Holly Johnson – Love Train
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
Fairground Attraction – Find My Love
Erasure – Chains of Love
Air Supply – All Out Of Love
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Evelyn King – Love Come Down
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Sade – Your Love is King
Howard Jones – What is Love
The Human League – Love Action
Neil Diamond – Love on the Rocks
The Housemartins – Caravan Of Love
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Bananarama – Love in the First Degree
Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
Jason Donovan – Too Many Broken Hearts
Simply Red – It’s Only Love

GR80’s. This week in 1984………

It’s a cold week but we’re staying in the warm, remembering this week in 1984 when Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were crowned the Olympic ice skating champions after scooping gold in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
More than 24 million people watched the British couple score maximum points at the Zetra Stadium for their free dance performance of Ravel’s Bolero.


Paul Young – Everything Must Change
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music
Level 42 – Something About You
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Melle Mel – White Lines
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Shalamar – A Night to Remember
Aswad – Give a Little Love
Wham! – Club Tropicana
The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Will To Power – Baby I Love Your Way
Terence Trent D’Arby – Dance Little Sister
The Cars – You Might Think
Chas & Dave – Aint No Pleasing You
Billy Joel – Tell Her About It
Godley & Crème – Under Your Thumb
The Monkees – That Was Then, This is Now
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
John Lennon – Woman
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
Holly Johnson – Americanos
R.E.M – The One I Love
Kim Mazelle – Got To Get You Back
Matt Bianco – Yeh Yeh
Squeeze – Hourglass
Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
The Jam – Going Underground
Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down

Listen Again – GR80’s DOUBLES

It’s a DOUBLES show! That means two songs from each artist back to back!


Kim Wilde – Kids in America, Another Step Closer to You
Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done, Down on the Street
Swing Out Sister – Breakout, Surrender
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out, Is This Love
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA, Glory Days
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, Every Breath You Take
Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror, The Way You Make Me Feel
Howard Jones – New Song, Like to Get To Know You Well
Adam Ant – Prince Charming, Apollo Nine
Elton John – Nikita, Wrap Her Up
Paul Young – Love of the Common People, Wherever I Lay My Hat
Starship – We Built This City, Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now
Grace Jones – Private Life, Pull Up To The Bumper
Cher – Just Like Jesse James, If I Could Turn Back Time, I Found Someone

Jan 24th GR80s – 1985 We Are the World

This week in 1985 Supergroup “USA for Africa” records the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief. Soloists included Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Cyndi Lauper.

Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute
SOS Band – Just be Good To Me
Tears For Fears – Woman in Chains
Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World
The Communards – You Are My World
Wham! – Edge of Heaven
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Taylor Dayne – With Every Beat of my Heart
Eric Clapton – Behind the Mask
Wax – American English
Michael Jackson – Farewell my Summer Love
Bon Jovi – Livin on a Prayer
Queen – I Want it All
Evelyn Thomas – High Energy
USA for Africa – We Are The World
The Eurythmics – You Placed a Chill in my Heart
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
Sly Fox – Let’s Go All The Way
Men At Work – Down Under
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – Jack Your Body
Bananarama – Love, Truth, Honesty
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
King – Love and Pride
Elton John – Passengers

Listen again to this weeks GR80’s…

Listen again here to this week’s look back at the 80’s with Xanthe Bearman

This week in 1985 – One of the biggest music festivals in the world begins in Rio de Janeiro, the Rock in Rio, had an audience of 1.5 million people, and included artists like Iron Maiden, The B52’s, Go Go’s, Queen, Rod Stewart, James Taylor and AC/DC, and national Brazilian artists. Both Queen shows were filmed and broadcast throughout Brazil. Each show was watched by nearly 200 million people in over 60 countries

This week in 1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.


Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor
Gwen Guthrie – Aint Nothin Goin On but the Rent
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love
Kane Gang – Respect Yourself
Midge Ure – If I Was
Madonna – Holiday
Adam Ant – Friend or Foe
The Damned – Eloise
Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Duran Duran – Rio
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Rufus and Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
AC/DC – Heatseeker
James Brown – Living in America
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
The Pretenders – Brass in Pocket
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
Whitney Houston – So Emotional
Deborah Harry – I Want That Man
Gloria Estefan – 1,2,3
Madness – House of Fun
Fun Boy Three and Bananarama – It Aint What You Do

January GR80’s week 1..

The BBC’s new Breakfast Time programme went on air at 6:30am, presented by Nationwide’s Frank Bough and former ITN news reader Selina Scott. Newspaper critics at the time claimed there was no demand for breakfast TV. Families around the country got up especially early to watch the first programme. The BBC says it received 1,500 calls from well-wishers phoning to offer their congratulations.

Blondie – Rapture
Dire Straits – Romeo & Juliet
Barry White – Sho’ You Right
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
Tom Robinson – War Baby
Shakespear’s Sister – You’re History
Texas – Everyday Now
a-ha – I’ve Been Losing You
Dione Warwick – Heartbreaker
New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough
Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible
Joe Jackson – Stepping Out
Go West – Don’t Look Down
Janet Jackson – Nasty
Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting for Me
Rose Royce – Car Wash
Madonna – Material Girl
Rockwell – Somebodys Watching Me
Jimmy Nail – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Kirsty MacColl – A New England
Huey Lewis and the News – Hip to be Square
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan – Especially For You
The Clash – Rock the Casbah
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
XTC – Sgt Rock (Is Going to Help Me)
Erasure – A Little Respect
SOS Band – Take Your Time
The Specials – Too Much, Too Young

Musical Theatre celebration – listen again!

Now and again I get to indulge in a Musical Theatre show! I celebrated brand new musical Hamilton, old favourites including Les Miserables and The Lion King, and shows that are coming back to London this year like Chicago and The King & I.

Listen again here:

Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Sir

42nd Street
Shuffle Off to Buffalo, We’re In the Money

Kinky Boots
Land of Lola, Everybody say Yeah

You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling
I Feel the Earth Move

Les Miserables
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Bring Him Home

A Whole New World
Never Had a Friend Like Me

No Good Deed
Defying Gravity


The Smell of Rebellion
When I Grow Up

The Lion King

Hakuna Matata
Can You Feel The Love Tonight

School Of Rock
You’re In the Band
Teachers Pet

The King and I
Getting To Know You
Shall We Dance

Little Shop of Horrors

Skid Row
Suddenly Seymour

Mr Sellophane
Razzle Dazzle
All That Jazz