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.
This time last week I'd never heard of Colors. Now "Never Mind" is one of my favourite records and I'm busy inserting it into all my memories of 1985.
The final (proper) single from Bucks Fizz, and if you ask me they saved the best for last.
A straight to the bargain bin bomb from the end of an era. Shouldn't be fabulous but is.
The gist: in 2001 Cyndi Lauper made the album of her career but unless you lived in Japan or were willing to spend an insane amount of money on the import, you didn't get to hear it. This was a COLOSSAL SHAME.
They sold more albums than Kate Bush or Tears for Fears in 1989, but will anybody these days admit to buying a London Boys record? I will, obviously.
I had great expectations for this song, but not even Great Expectations could make it a hit. More Music for Spies, this time from the really very good Mono.
Two years prior to "Snobbery & Decay", Thomas Leer was out-blowing the Blow Monkeys with the string and saxophone drenched "No 1".
Everybody loves a happy ending, but for the longest time it looked like Tears for Fears weren't going to get one.
It's hard being the sibling of a superstar. And it's even harder when that superstar is Prince. But that didn't stop Tyka Nelson having a go in 1988.
Welcome to the club, Swing Out Sister.
When we last bumped into the Human League, they were on the verge of great things. We now rejoin them on the brink of disaster. Hooray!