First GR80’s show of APRIL

NEWS THIS WEEK in…
1985 – Wham! became the first Western pop group to perform in China during an historic 10-day visit. It began with a concert at the Peoples’ Gymnasium in Beijing in front of 12,000 people. They also played a concert in front of 5,000 in Canton.

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.

PLAYLIST
a-ha – I’ve Been Losing You
Blondie – Rapture
Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write the Book
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
Texas – Everyday Now
Shakespeare Sister – You’re History
Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All the Luck
ABS – When Smokey Sings
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible
Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
Go West – Don’t Look Down
Wham! – Freedom
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Ultravox – We Came To Dance
T’Pau – China in Your Hand
New Kids On the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Donna Summer – Dinner With Gershwin
Tina Turner – Private Dancer
Chicago – Hard to Say I’m Sorry
The Jam – Going Underground
Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears
Cliff Richard and the Young Ones – Living Doll
Huey Lewis and The News – Hip To Be Square
Kirsty MacColl – A New England
Alice Cooper – Poison
The Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl?
Pet Shop Boys – You Were Always On My Mind

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About Xanthe Bearman

I'm a busy mum of three teenagers! I started working as a TV presenter in 2004 and in 2006 I joined Phoenix FM as a co-presenter. When the station went full time in March 2007, I presented the lunchtime show "The Bear at Lunchtime". I really enjoyed the show but when my own business (singing and dancing with pre-school children and babies) got too busy, I had to stand down. I was brought up in the 80s and LOVE the music of that decade so was delighted when I was asked to rejoin Phoenix FM in June 2014 to present a new weekly 80s show. I've been lucky enough to interview Mike Stock (Stock, Aitken & Waterman), Denise Pearson (Five Star) and Andy Bell (Erasure). I really enjoy choosing the tracks I'm going to play each week, there is a memory attached to nearly every one!