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Depeche Mode Black Celebration

Chart Watch and New Releases: 14 October 2016

Congratulations to Barry Gibb who enters the album chart at number 2 with In The Now – his only previous solo success Now Voyager limped to number 85 in 1984. With the new Madness album now just two weeks away, … read more


Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Back to 1985 this week on Off The Chart, the year Absolute ’80s listeners voted the best of the decade. Steve and Julian attempt to prove them wrong as they dig up the week’s forgotten hits, including Eighth Wonder, Ian … read more


Shelley Preston with Bucks Fizz

Tweet Little History: Shelley Preston

Since Twitter lifted its limit on the length of Direct Messages, the idea of succinct 140 character Twitter interviews has kind of gone out the window. Mind you, as far as Shelley Preston’s concerned this is probably for the best … read more


Shakin' Stevens "Echoes Of Our Times"

Review: Shakin’ Stevens, “Echoes Of Our Times”

Shakin’ Stevens has always seemed slightly out of place. Having diligently kept the rock ‘n’ roll flame burning throughout the ’70s, he found enormous chart success at the beginning of the ’80s with revivals of ’50s hits and original songs … read more

No 1 Singles

Don't You Want Me sleeve

DON’T YOU WANT ME – The Human League

8 December 1981 – 11 January 1982 · Virgin VS 466 · Writers: Jo Callis, Philip Oakey, Philip Adrian Wright One of the most enduring and instantly recognisable hits of the decade, and easily the Human League’s best known song, … read more