One of those bands that made you feel a bit clever for liking them, Red Box made a classic debut album which flopped terribly - and, as it turns out, quite unnecessarily. Thanks, record label types!
In which Kate Bush makes us all want to tuck into a bowl of Fruit 'n Fibre with our BARE HANDS.
30 years may have passed, but I'm pretty certain I could say "everybody Wang Chung tonight" out loud and most people would know what I was talking about. Right?
In which Belle and Sebastian turn into Dollar for four perfect minutes.
Not many bands really get better with age, but a-ha managed it.
In which we ask the question: why did nobody admit to liking Matt Bianco at the time, when they were in fact dead good?
That peculiar time when Debbie Harry became Deborah for a bit, roped in PWL for a remix and very few people cared. Sigh.
Paul Simon - probably the first artist who made me sit up and think "this music lark is definitely for me".
Chaka plays pop.
Sort of a discussion about how versions are very important to die-hard pop fans, but mainly about how brilliant "Out of Touch" is.
You've had your chance, now we've got the mandate. If you've changed your mind, I'm afraid it's too late.
Why do some pop stars only ever seem to have hits here with duets or movie themes? It's all so unfair.
It's 1974 and Donna Summer, prior to becoming the first lady of everything, speaks out on terrorism and police incompetence. Wait, come back!
From the file marked "Bands we never quite got round to buying even though they were dead good" - it's the amazing Dubstar.
Ah, the long-distance love song. Where would pop be without telephone operators who can't do their job properly?
1988 is a long time ago now, but I'm still driving in the rush hour.
Pop: expressing how we feel so we don't have to. Thank goodness for that.