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  • Location: London
  • Location: London

I was 4, but it’s one of my favourite years in terms of British pop music. It’s very much a transition from the 1970s still, before all the big 80s bands started to appear in 1981. 
 

1980 had a warm April, and May, but a poor summer. This is the soundtrack it all.

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Weather Preferences: Heat, sun and thunderstorms in summer. Cold sunny days and snow in winter
  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Before my time, but give me music from 1980 over the music of today. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
2 hours ago, Weather Enthusiast91 said:

Before my time, but give me music from 1980 over the music of today. Thanks for sharing.

You’re welcome.

I will take The Jam, Martha and the Muffins, Ub40, Madness, Blondie, over the likes of Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Or Ariana Grande, or any of those whiny singer songwriters from the recent decade. 

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  • Location: Solihull, WestMidlands, 121m asl -20 :-)
  • Weather Preferences: Cold and Snow -20 would be nice :)
  • Location: Solihull, WestMidlands, 121m asl -20 :-)

Those were the days when we recorded with our finger at the ready, when Top of the pops and radio 1 on a Sunday evening was telling us what was number 1 in the charts .....good old days

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  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl
  • Weather Preferences: obviously snow!
  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl
11 minutes ago, Dancerwithwings said:

Those were the days when we recorded with our finger at the ready, when Top of the pops and radio 1 on a Sunday evening was telling us what was number 1 in the charts .....good old days

No, that was Atlantic 252, still got tapes

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  • Location: Solihull, WestMidlands, 121m asl -20 :-)
  • Weather Preferences: Cold and Snow -20 would be nice :)
  • Location: Solihull, WestMidlands, 121m asl -20 :-)
3 minutes ago, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

No, that was Atlantic 252, still got tapes

TDK 120 minutes cassettes didn’t go a miss

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
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#58: 23.10.1980 – Top Of The Gear The latest episode of the podcast which asks: has anyone ever done that to someone else’s nostrils? Really? Neither willing to go out...

The above is a podcast I stumbled upon last year. It’s a group of music journalists, who analyse a random episode of Top of the Pops, from a bygone year. It’s quite funny.

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

Often think the first year of the new decade is a bridge somewhat from the previous decade to the netlxt, often doesn't know what it wants to be.. finds its feet music wise. 1990 was like this. 

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  • Location: chellaston, derby
  • Weather Preferences: The Actual Weather ..... not fantasy.
  • Location: chellaston, derby

1 The Detroit Spinners-Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl

2 Blondie-Call Me

3 Liquid Gold-Dance Yourself Dizzy

4 UB40-King / Food For Thought

5 Dr Hook-Sexy Eyes

6 Dexy's Midnight Runners-Geno

7 The Jam-Going Underground / Dreams Of Children

8 Madness-Night Boat to Cairo (Work Rest And Play) (EP)

9 David Essex-Silver Dream Machine

10 The Pretenders-Talk Of The Town

11 The Lambrettas-Poison Ivy

12 Barbara Dickson-January February

13 Genesis-Turn It On Again

14 Leon Haywood-Don't Push It, Don't Force It

15 The Vapors-Turning Japanese

16 Judas Priest-Living After Midnight

17 The Brothers Johnson-Stomp

18 Secret Affair-My World

19 Sad Cafe-My Oh My

20 Siouxsie & The Banshees-Happy House

21 BA Robertson-Kool In The Kaftan

22 Sky-Toccata

23 Bodysnatchers-Let's Do Rock Steady

24 Martha & The Muffins-Echo Beach

25 Fern Kinney-Together We Are Beautiful

26 Selecter-Missing Words

27 Paul McCartney-Coming Up

28 The Undertones-My Perfect Cousin

29 Saxon-Wheels Of Steel

30 Bobby Thurston-Check Out The Groove

31 Rupert Holmes-Him

32 Rainbow-All Night Long

33 Squeeze-Another Nail In My Heart

34 The Monkees-The Monkees EP

35 The Nolans-Don't Make Waves

36 Bad Manners-Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu

37 Elvis Costello & The Attractions-Hi Fidelity

38 Phil LynottDear- Miss Lonely Hearts

39 Marti WebbTake -That Look Off Your Face

40 The Buggles - clean Clean


A great chart from Mid April , the variety of styles many original or original takes on an older style.

My fav of the year is in there - DMR - geno.. off a seminal album which hasnt aged, searching for the young soul rebels... every track a great.

i likes/got #s 2 4 6 7 8 10 11 15 18 20 24 26 30 32 33.

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
36 minutes ago, mushymanrob said:

1 The Detroit Spinners-Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl

2 Blondie-Call Me

3 Liquid Gold-Dance Yourself Dizzy

4 UB40-King / Food For Thought

5 Dr Hook-Sexy Eyes

6 Dexy's Midnight Runners-Geno

7 The Jam-Going Underground / Dreams Of Children

8 Madness-Night Boat to Cairo (Work Rest And Play) (EP)

9 David Essex-Silver Dream Machine

10 The Pretenders-Talk Of The Town

11 The Lambrettas-Poison Ivy

12 Barbara Dickson-January February

13 Genesis-Turn It On Again

14 Leon Haywood-Don't Push It, Don't Force It

15 The Vapors-Turning Japanese

16 Judas Priest-Living After Midnight

17 The Brothers Johnson-Stomp

18 Secret Affair-My World

19 Sad Cafe-My Oh My

20 Siouxsie & The Banshees-Happy House

21 BA Robertson-Kool In The Kaftan

22 Sky-Toccata

23 Bodysnatchers-Let's Do Rock Steady

24 Martha & The Muffins-Echo Beach

25 Fern Kinney-Together We Are Beautiful

26 Selecter-Missing Words

27 Paul McCartney-Coming Up

28 The Undertones-My Perfect Cousin

29 Saxon-Wheels Of Steel

30 Bobby Thurston-Check Out The Groove

31 Rupert Holmes-Him

32 Rainbow-All Night Long

33 Squeeze-Another Nail In My Heart

34 The Monkees-The Monkees EP

35 The Nolans-Don't Make Waves

36 Bad Manners-Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu

37 Elvis Costello & The Attractions-Hi Fidelity

38 Phil LynottDear- Miss Lonely Hearts

39 Marti WebbTake -That Look Off Your Face

40 The Buggles - clean Clean


A great chart from Mid April , the variety of styles many original or original takes on an older style.

My fav of the year is in there - DMR - geno.. off a seminal album which hasnt aged, searching for the young soul rebels... every track a great.

i likes/got #s 2 4 6 7 8 10 11 15 18 20 24 26 30 32 33.

My favourite by Dexy's is Geno, but I also like Dance Stance, which came out earlier in 1980. I don't know why they decided to drop the horn sections, and become all folk sounding 

in 1982. I never really liked the direction once they became Celtic Soul Brothers.

 

It's definitely a good mixture of genres. I have been listening to retro charts for a number of years, but 1980 is possibly one of my favourites. 

I listened to April 1981 yesterday, and even within that 12 month period, you can notice a few differences. 1983/84 are decent years also. 

1985 and 86 are the ones I have difficulty with, as by this stage, the New Wave acts that defined the 79-84 era, have now faded.

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  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine and 15-25c
  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
4 hours ago, mushymanrob said:


My fav of the year is in there - DMR - geno.. off a seminal album which hasnt aged, searching for the young soul rebels... every track a great.

 

my 5 fav songs from 1980 at the time as a school boy are as follows:

1 The Jam - going underground

2 Madness - baggy trousers

3 The Specials - much too young

4 Lipps inc - funky town

5 The Beat - mirror in the bathroom

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Weather Preferences: Heat, sun and thunderstorms in summer. Cold sunny days and snow in winter
  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
11 hours ago, mushymanrob said:

1 The Detroit Spinners-Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl

2 Blondie-Call Me

3 Liquid Gold-Dance Yourself Dizzy

4 UB40-King / Food For Thought

5 Dr Hook-Sexy Eyes

6 Dexy's Midnight Runners-Geno

7 The Jam-Going Underground / Dreams Of Children

8 Madness-Night Boat to Cairo (Work Rest And Play) (EP)

9 David Essex-Silver Dream Machine

10 The Pretenders-Talk Of The Town

11 The Lambrettas-Poison Ivy

12 Barbara Dickson-January February

13 Genesis-Turn It On Again

14 Leon Haywood-Don't Push It, Don't Force It

15 The Vapors-Turning Japanese

16 Judas Priest-Living After Midnight

17 The Brothers Johnson-Stomp

18 Secret Affair-My World

19 Sad Cafe-My Oh My

20 Siouxsie & The Banshees-Happy House

21 BA Robertson-Kool In The Kaftan

22 Sky-Toccata

23 Bodysnatchers-Let's Do Rock Steady

24 Martha & The Muffins-Echo Beach

25 Fern Kinney-Together We Are Beautiful

26 Selecter-Missing Words

27 Paul McCartney-Coming Up

28 The Undertones-My Perfect Cousin

29 Saxon-Wheels Of Steel

30 Bobby Thurston-Check Out The Groove

31 Rupert Holmes-Him

32 Rainbow-All Night Long

33 Squeeze-Another Nail In My Heart

34 The Monkees-The Monkees EP

35 The Nolans-Don't Make Waves

36 Bad Manners-Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu

37 Elvis Costello & The Attractions-Hi Fidelity

38 Phil LynottDear- Miss Lonely Hearts

39 Marti WebbTake -That Look Off Your Face

40 The Buggles - clean Clean


A great chart from Mid April , the variety of styles many original or original takes on an older style.

My fav of the year is in there - DMR - geno.. off a seminal album which hasnt aged, searching for the young soul rebels... every track a great.

i likes/got #s 2 4 6 7 8 10 11 15 18 20 24 26 30 32 33.

Aah, lots of good classics. 

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