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Category: 1980s

Tight Fit – Secret Heart

In pop, nothing stings quite as sharply as the unexpected interruption of an unbroken run of top 5 singles – but sometimes you just have to admit that Hot Chocolate […]

Whitney Houston – You Give Good Love

Probably the two most common words in modern music are “yeah” and “baby,” and strangely these tiny four letter words can often be the thing that elevates a song to greatness. […]

Heaven 17 – Let Me Go

In the world of pop there are only two things more frustrating than remembering the precise moment you decided to put someone else’s song on the B-side of your multi-million […]

Sheila E. – The Glamorous Life

In 1984, Prince Rogers Nelson, aka Prince, was at the height of his creative powers. His magnum opus, Purple Rain, had topped the charts around the world and generated hit […]

Yello featuring Shirley Bassey – The Rhythm Divine

In the mid to late eighties there was a bizarre sort of supermarket trolley dash by male pop stars seemingly hell-bent on scooping up every past-their-sell-by-date-but-still-safe-to-consume female diva from the sixties […]

Shakespears Sister – Run Silent

When the news broke in 1988 that Siobhan Fahey was leaving Bananarama I was positively aghast. The ‘rams were – and remain – my all time favourite girl group and it was […]

Belinda Carlisle – Mad About You

What makes the perfect summer single?  While there are many recipes for summertime pop success, a few key ingredients are essential: 1. A swooping, joyous chorus that builds gradually and frenetically […]

Kate Bush – Suspended in Gaffa

A luxury most pop stars don’t enjoy these days is the freedom to do whatever the hell they like and hang the consequences. In 1982 and nearly five years into her career, […]

Rachel Sweet – Hairspray

One of the saddest things about a song not being a hit is that you almost never get to dance to it anywhere other than your own kitchen or living […]

The Indian Givers – Fake I.D.

One of the great forgotten pleasures is the ritual of going into a record shop on a Monday morning and flicking through the new releases. The late eighties were an especially great […]