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 April

Middle of April already! Never fear, I played 2 hours of GREAT 80’s MUSIC!

Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
Mr Mister – Broken Wings
Tina Turner – Better Be Good To Me
Paul Young – Everything Must Change
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
Terence Trent D’Arby – Dance Little Sister
Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
REO Speedwagon – Fight This Feeling
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
Will To Power – Baby I Love Your Way
The Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep
Toni Basil – Mickey
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
Will Downing – A Love Supreme
Tears For Fears – Mad World
Womack & Womack – Teardrops
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
ABC – Tears Are Not Enough
Belouis Some – Imagination
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Squeeze – Hourglass
Kim Mazelle – Got To Get You Back
The Cars – You Might Think
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough…
Amazulu – Too Good To Be Forgotten
Modern Romance – Best Years of Our Lives

GR80’s by numbers – Listen again

I thought I’d have a themed GR80’s this week, so I picked out all my 80’s tunes that had numbers either in the title or the band. So 99 Red Balloons (Nena), 1-2-3 (Gloria Estefan), Level 42, Haircut 100 and so on!


UB40 – One in Ten
Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Madness – One Better Day
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away
Michael Jackson – One Day In Your Life
Spandau Ballet – Chant Number 1
Europe – The Final Countdown
Smokey Robinson – One Heartbeat
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Curiosity Killed the Cat – Name and Number
Princess – Say I’m Your Number 1
Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69
Prince – 1999
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Adam Ant – Goodie Two Shoes
Gloria Estefan – 1-2-3
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes
Sheena Easton – Morning Train (9-5)
Haircut 100 – Fantastic Day
Level 42 – Running in the Family
The Four Tops – Loco in Acapulco
The Three Degrees – The Heaven I Need
Paul Hardcastle – 19
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Three Little Birds
Fun Boy Three (Feat Bananarama) – It Aint What you Do It’s the Way That You do It
Adam Ant – Apollo 9

First GR80’s show of APRIL

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.

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


On the March Doubles show, as always I played two songs from each artist back to back opening with two from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.


OMD – Messages, Joan of Arc
Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away, You Might Need Somebody
The Style Council – You’re the Best Thing, Shout to the Top
Inner City – Good Life, Big Fun
ABBA – The Winner Takes it All, Super Trouper
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon, Move Away
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home, She Drives Me Crazy
Mel & Kim – Showing Out, FLM
Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go For That, Family Man
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up, Land of Make Believe
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years, Moneys Too Tight
Prefab Sprout – Cars and Girls, The King of Rock N Roll
Paul Simon – Graceland, The Boy in the Bubble
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Could You Be Loved, Buffalo Soldier
Eurythmics- Right Be Your Side, Would I Lie to You

Listen again to GR80’s March 25th show

Quite a few tracks this week that I haven’t played on GR80’s before including Sheila E’s ‘Belle of St. Mark’ and surprisingly Adam and the Ants ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’

Listen again here:

Sheila E – The Belle of St. Mark
Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Spandau Ballet – Through the Barricades
Howard Jones – Hide and Seek
Blondie – The Tide is High
Squeeze – Labelled With Love
Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care
Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
David Bowie – China Girl
Fun Boy Three – Tunnel Of Love
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have to be This Way
Iron Maiden – Can I Play With Madness
The Specials – Ghost Town
Thompson Twins – Love on Your Side
Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
Matt Bianco – Get Out of Your Lazy Bed
Rochford – Cuddly Toy
Bananarama – I want You Back
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
The Whispers – And the Beat Goes On
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
Lionel Richie – Hello
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Madness – Driving In My Car
Prince – Alphabet St.

Listen again to “Here Come the Girls 5”

A two hour show presented by Xanthe Bearman of female lead songs from 1970 – 2018.

Listen again here:

Kim Wilde – Pop Don’t Stop (2018)
Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits (1973)
The Supremes – Stoned Love (1970)
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music (1979)
Maria Muldaur – Midnight At the Oasis (1974)
Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive (1974)
Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night (1989)
Madonna – Who’s That Girl? (1987)
Britney Spears – Piece of Me (2007)
Girls Aloud & Sugababes – Walk This Way (2007)
Bananarama – Venus (1986)
Donna Summer – She Works Hard for the Money (1983)
EmmyLou Harris – Here There & Everywhere (1976)
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Elses Guy (1984)
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words (2004)
Ellie Goulding – Burn (2013)
Rita Ora – Shine Ya Light (2012)
K D Lang – Constant Craving (1992)
Jennifer Warnes – The Whole of the Moon (1992)
Whitney Houston – Queen of the Night (1993)
Eddi Reader – Patience of Angels (1994)
Cascada – Everytime We Touch (2006)
Pussycat Dolls – Jai Ho! (2008)
Spice Girls – Wannabe (1996)
Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot (1983)
Cher – One By One (1996)
Alison Moyet – Is This Love (1986)
Blondie – Heart of Glass (1979)
Beverley Knight – Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda (2002)
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios (2017)
Kelsea Ballerini – I Hate Love Songs (2018)

GR80’s – Is it Spring yet?!

Gr80’s this week tries to encourage the warmer weather! I played lots of Spring and Summer tunes…


Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
a-ha – The Sun Always Shines on TV
Madness – The Sun and the Rain
Paul McCartney – Waterfalls
Boney M – I see a Boat on the River
Madonna – Holiday
Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again
George Duke – Shine On
The Four Tops – Loco in Acaploco
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Prince – Purple Rain
KC and the Sunshine Band – Give it Up
Wham! – Club Tropicana
Five Star – Rain or Shine
The Stranglers – Always the Sun
Fuzzbox – Pink Sunshine
Level 42 – The Sun Goes Down (Living it Up)
Randy Crawford – Rainy Night In Georgia
Michael Jackson – Farewell My Summer Love
Fairground Attraction – Perfect
Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Billy Idol – Hot in the City
Status Quo – Marguerita Time
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Kylie Minogue – The Locomotion
The Housemartins – Happy Hour
London Boys – London Nights
Madonna – La Isla Bonita

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