Kirsty MacColl – Terry
It's one of Kirsty MacColl's greatest songs. Terry's ALL GOLD.
Étienne Daho – Week-end à Rome
In which familiarité breeds contentement.
Randy Newman – Falling in Love
Probably the best record ever made about the fuzziness of falling in love.
Spagna – Easy Lady
You're a mid-tempo, mid-eighties filth-fest, I'm a downtown, downbeat guy.
Erasure – She Won’t Be Home
Look, we can argue about whether this is technically a hit or not until the cows come home but it might just be THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS RECORD EVER. So, um, there.
Cyndi Lauper – Change of Heart
Amazing pop stars at the top of their game in not-disappointing-in-the-slightest collaboration shocker! It can only be Cyndi Lauper and the Bangles.
Laura Branigan – Spanish Eddie
Who's for some Vick's and lemon gin?
Belinda Carlisle – Valentine (Remix Edit)
Oh my darling, look my way.
Diana Ross – Tenderness
Stewart on the Revenge Release: artist left your label for pastures new? Just plunder their back catalogue.
When in Rome – The Promise
In which we look at Pompous Pop and habitual doorway-leaners When in Rome.
Prince – D.M.S.R.
"DanceMusicSexRomance" - it's Dan's go-to Prince tune (and also his to-do list for Saturday nights).
Madonna – Keep it Together (Single Remix)
Do something else. Do my eyebrows.
Buggles – Elstree
Or: How I Learned to Stop Fearing Martians and Love Synthesisers.
Fruits of Passion – Kiss Me Now
In the scramble for limited chart spaces someone always gets left behind - so while their contemporaries raced ahead, Fruits of Passion never really got off the starting blocks. Which is, as we shall see, a massive shame.
Kylie Minogue – Turn it Into Love
Fun fact! This was probably the song that started off the whole Into the Popvoid concept. I've been bitter about Turn it Into Love's non-single status for 28 years.
Talk Talk – My Foolish Friend
They may have been label-mates with Duran Duran, but while Le Bon and co. jetted off to tropical climes for their videos, Talk Talk got a Super Saver to Halifax. Amazing.
The Blow Monkeys – It Pays to Belong
Hey? What did I hear you say? Yes, you're right. The Blow Monkeys were indeed amazing.
Red Box – Heart of the Sun
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!
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
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?
Simple Minds – Love Song
1981 and 1982 - are they the MOST EXCITING years in pop? Spoiler: yes, yes they are.