Category Archives: GR80s

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

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!

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

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

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


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

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