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!
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?
1981 and 1982 - are they the MOST EXCITING years in pop? Spoiler: yes, yes they are.
1981: a fresh faced young man from the west coast arrives in New York city and heads straight for the nearest record shop.
In which we ask the question: why did nobody admit to liking Matt Bianco at the time, when they were in fact dead good?
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.
Why do some pop stars only ever seem to have hits here with duets or movie themes? It's all so unfair.
1988 is a long time ago now, but I'm still driving in the rush hour.
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.
Australia: REALLY good at pop. We shall be spending more time there...
A straight to the bargain bin bomb from the end of an era. Shouldn't be fabulous but is.
The curse of the single from the greatest hits album strikes again! It's the incomparable Olivia Newton John, not singing about bondage despite what the title would have you believe.
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.