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.

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

Happy New Year – ABBA 1980!

The last show of December and, of course 2017, finishes with the 1980 track from ABBA – Happy New Year!

I played DOUBLES, two songs from each artist back to back!

Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno, Come on Eileen
Odyssey – Use It Up & Wear it Out, Going Back to my Roots
ABC – The Look of Love, Poison Arrow
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling, Hello
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth, Circle in the Sand
Cyndi Lauper – True Colours, Time After Time
Freddie Mercury – Living on my Own, The Great Pretender
Paula Abdul – Straight Up, Forever Your Girl
George Michael – Monkey, Kissing a Fool
Sheena Easton – Modern Girl, Morning Train (Nine To Five)
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be This Way, Digging your Scene
Michael Jackson, Beat It, Leave Me Alone
Wet Wet Wet, Wishing I Was Lucky, Sweet Surrender
U2 – The Unforgetable Fire, Angel of Harlem
ABBA – Lay All Your Love on Me, Happy New Year

Wishing you a fabulous 2018!

Here Come the Girls Christmas Special

Christmas songs from female artists from Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” in 1944, to Sia’s “Santa’s Coming For Us” from 2017! Includes four Christmas #1’s!

Listen again here:

The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Madonna – Santa Baby
Idina Menzel – What are You Doing New Years Eve
Carrie Underwood – The First Noel
The Spice Girls – 2 Become 1
Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This
Kim Wilde – Keeping the Dream Alive
Gabrielle Aplin – The Power of Love
Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You
En Vogue – Merry Christmas Baby
Kylie & Mika – Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time
Sinead O’Connor – Silent Night
Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again
The Carpenters – Christmas Song
The Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland
Carley Rae Jepson – Last Christmas
Demi Levato – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear
Sia – Santa’s Coming For Us
Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
Dana – It’s Going To Be A Cold, Cold Christmas
The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
Leona Lewis – I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday
The Spice Girls – Too Much
Kylie Minogue – White December
Girls Aloud – Not Tonight Santa
Cyndi Lauper & Frank Sinatra – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
The Ronettes – I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
The Crystals – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

CHRISTMAS EVE with Gr80’s!

It’s all about the 80’s Christmas songs on this festive show!



Wizzard – I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday
Madonna – Santa Baby
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Wham! – Last Christmas
Bon Jovi – I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Kim Wilde – Keeping the Dream Alive
David Essex – A Winters Tale
Bryan Adams – Christmas Time
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas
Bony M – Mary’s Boy Child
Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
Pet Shop Boys – Always on my Mind
Band Aid – Do they Know It’s Christmas
Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
The Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland
Mel Smith & Kim Wilde – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Stevie Nicks – Silent Night
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
Whitney Houston – Do you Hear What I Hear
Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace
Alexander O’Neal – The Christmas Song
Flying Pickets – Only You
John Mellencamp – I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers – Lets Party 1989

Here Come the Girls – Show 4

Listen again here to Xanthe Bearman’s Here Come The Girls show

Dancing in the Street – Martha & the Vandellas
Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey
Boom Bang a Bang – Lulu
Big Yellow Taxi – Jon Mitchell
Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
Touch Me in the Morning – Diana Ross
48 Crash – Suzi Quatro
You Know How to Love Me – Phyllis Hyman
Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama
Who’s Zoomin Who – Aretha Franklin
Step Right Up – Jaki Graham
In Private – Dusty Springfield
When I’m Good and Ready – Sybil
Its Oh So Quiet – Bjork
Where Have all the Cowboys Gone – Paula Cole
Because We Want To – Billi
Dreams – The Corrs
Oops I Did it Again – Britney Spears
Crazy Chick – Charlotte Church
Maneater – Nelly Fertado
Alfie – Lily Allen
You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse
Poker Face – Lady GaGa
Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Trouble With My Baby – Paloma Faith
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
My Guy and I – Georgia
Hello – Adele
Little Mix – No More Sad Songs
Pink – What About Us
Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero

GR80’s 17th December – Listen again!

Click below to listen again to the GR80’s show from 17th December 2017.



Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day
Eurythmics – Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves
Earth, Wind & Fire – Lets Groove
Sade – Smooth Operator
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Phil Collins & Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
George Duke – Shine On
Genesis – Land of Confusion
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
ABC – When Smokey Sings
Bryan Adams – Christmas Time
Culture Club – Victims
Queen – It’s a Hard Life
Level 42 – Lessons in Love
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers – Lets Party
Human League – Love Action
Duran Duran – Save a Prayer
Howard Jones – What is Love
Adam and the Ants – AntMusic
Flying Pickets – Only You

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

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

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