Category Archives: GR80s

10 Dec – So This is Christmas….

Tragically, John Lennon was 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. Lennon was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. Although “So This is Christmas” was written and first released in 1971, it went to #2 in 1980.


Kane Gang – Closest Thing To Heaven
Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away
It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home
Road to Hell – Chris Rea
Paul Young – Come Back and Stay
John Lennon – So This is Christmas
Kim Wilde – Keeping the Dream Alive
Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Wheels on Fire
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Madonna – Express Yourself
S-Express – Theme from S-Express
The Jacksons – Walk Right Now
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
Holly Johnson – Love Train
The Smiths – How Soon is Now
Marc Almond – Stories of Johnny
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
INXS – New Sensation
ABBA – Super Trouper
Europe – The Final Countdown
T-Pau – China in your Hand
Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right to Party
Belle Stars – The Clapping Song
Thompson Twins – We Are Detective
The Jam – Beat Surrender
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives
The Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland

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Great 80’s Movies!

This week I played songs from 80’s films including Footloose, Dirty Dancing, American Gigolo, Back to the Future, The Jewel of the Nile, The Karate Kid, A View to a Kill and Buster!


Blondie – Call Me
ELO – All Over the World
Neil Diamond – Love on the Rocks
Psychedic Furs – Pretty in Pink
Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
A-ha – The Living Daylights
The Four Tops – Loco in Acapulco
Bette Midler – Under the Boardwalk
Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
John Parr – St Elmos Fire
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Carly Simon – Why
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Bryan Ferry – Is your Love Strong Enough
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Madonna – Causing a Commotion
Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero
Maria Vidal – Body Rock
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
Irene Cara – Fame
Madonna – Into the Groove
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
The Proclaimers – Letter from America

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November Doubles

On the last show of the month I always play DOUBLES! That’s two from each fabulous 80’s artist, back-to-back!


Tanita Tikaram – Good Tradition, Twist in my Sobriety
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls, What Have I Done to Deserve This
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean, Thriller
Billy Idol – Mony Mony, Hot in the City
Spandau Ballet – Gold, Lifeline
Gary Newman – Music for Chameleons, We Are Glass
ABBA – The Winner Takes it All, One of Us
Eurythmics – Thorn in my Side, Would I Lie to You
Janet Jackson – What Have you Done for me Lately, When I Think of You
The Rolling Stone – Harlem Shuffle, Undercover of the Night
Bananarama – Robert DeNiros Waiting, Venus
Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock and Roll, Cars and Girls
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl, The Longest Time

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The colourful Gr80’s!

This afternoon I decided to play 80’s songs that all had a link to colour! Just for a change!



Prince – Little Red Corvette
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
UB40 – Red Red Wine
R.E.M. – Orange Crush
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
The Style Council – Have you Ever Had it Blue
Madonna – True Blue
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
Red Box – Lean on Me
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy
The Stranglers – Golden Brown
Sam Brown – Stop
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings the Blues
David Bowie – Blue Jean
Elton John – Blue Eyes
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Madness – Grey Day
AC/DC – Back in Black
Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory
Black – Wonderful Life
Fuzzbox – Pink Sunshine
The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty in Pink
Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain
Hot Chocolate – It Started With A Kiss
The Colour Field – The Colour Field
Shakin Stevens – Green Door

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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.


Joy Divison – Atmosphere, Love Will Tear Us Apart
Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings the Blues, Wages Day
Adam and the Ants – Goody Two Shoes, Stand and Deliver
David Bowie – Blue Jean, This is not America
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater, Family Man
Galaxy – Wait Until Tonight, What Do I Do
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach, Live to Tell
Simply Red – Moneys Too Tight, It’s Only Love
The Housemartins – Think For a Minute, Caravan of Love
The Style Council – Have You Ever Had it Blue, You’re the Best Thing
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love, Against All Odds
Prince – Kiss, U Got the Look
Bee Gees – You Win Again, Stayin Alive
Depeche Mode – People Are People, Master & Servant
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire, Where the Streets Have No Name

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Gr80’s music – listen again to 22nd October’s show

This week I opened the show with the brilliant Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel. The music video won a number of awards, including a record 9 MTV Video Music Awards and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards.


Listen again here:

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Def Leppard – Love Bites
Michel Jackson – Billie Jean
Then Jerico – Big Area
The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon
Pet Shop Boys – Left to my own Devices
Ultravox – Vienna
Bon Jovi – Lay your Hands on Me
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Alexander O’Neal – Saturday Love
Poison – Every Roase Has It’s Thorn
Debbie Harry – French Kissin in the USA
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin
The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat
Hot Chocolate – It Started with a Kiss
The Jacksons – Can You Feel it
The Proclaimers – Letter from America
Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Donna Allen – Serious
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Sade – Your Love is King
Neil Diamond – Love on the Rocks
Prince – 1999
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

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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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