Category Archives: GR80s

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.

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

GR80’s is loved up!

It’s LOVE WEEK! So we had 2 hours of great 80’s love themed tunes!!

Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything
George Michael – Kissing A Fool
Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love Is
Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You
T’Pau – Heart & Soul
Sting – If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free
Aswad – Give a Little Love
Wax – Bridge to your Heart
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m in Love
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Holly Johnson – Love Train
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
Fairground Attraction – Find My Love
Erasure – Chains of Love
Air Supply – All Out Of Love
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Evelyn King – Love Come Down
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Sade – Your Love is King
Howard Jones – What is Love
The Human League – Love Action
Neil Diamond – Love on the Rocks
The Housemartins – Caravan Of Love
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Bananarama – Love in the First Degree
Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
Jason Donovan – Too Many Broken Hearts
Simply Red – It’s Only Love

GR80’s. This week in 1984………

It’s a cold week but we’re staying in the warm, remembering this week in 1984 when Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were crowned the Olympic ice skating champions after scooping gold in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
More than 24 million people watched the British couple score maximum points at the Zetra Stadium for their free dance performance of Ravel’s Bolero.


Paul Young – Everything Must Change
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music
Level 42 – Something About You
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Melle Mel – White Lines
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Shalamar – A Night to Remember
Aswad – Give a Little Love
Wham! – Club Tropicana
The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Will To Power – Baby I Love Your Way
Terence Trent D’Arby – Dance Little Sister
The Cars – You Might Think
Chas & Dave – Aint No Pleasing You
Billy Joel – Tell Her About It
Godley & Crème – Under Your Thumb
The Monkees – That Was Then, This is Now
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
John Lennon – Woman
Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
Holly Johnson – Americanos
R.E.M – The One I Love
Kim Mazelle – Got To Get You Back
Matt Bianco – Yeh Yeh
Squeeze – Hourglass
Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
The Jam – Going Underground
Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down