Author Archives: Steve Binnie

Pixies – “EP2”

The Pixies' "EP2" sleeve

The Pixies continue their policy of releasing new material in small doses with the arrival of a new EP, EP2, announced today. At the moment it seems to be available exclusively from the band’s official website in a variety of bundles ranging … read more

Blondie

Blondie

Formed 1974, New York, USA: Debbie Harry (ex-Wind In The Willows, Stilettos) – vocals; Chris Stein (ex-Stilettos) – guitar; Gary Valentine – bass; Jimmy Destri – keyboards; Clem Burke – drums. After minor success with their eponymous début album, Blondie … read more

Our Top 10 Albums of 2013

Top 10 albums of 2013

We’re not just here to look back at music made between 1980 and 1989, sitting in a rocking chair with a tartan blanket on our knees and moaning that all modern music is rubbish. To be fair, a lot of … read more

1989 Christmas Top 40

Andy Stewart

In many ways the last year of the decade wasn’t too dissimilar from the early years – people were still using synths and computers to make their records, except the computers were now the size of a suitcase rather than … read more

1988 Christmas Top 40

Kylie & Jason

Thanks to the increased availability of samplers and home recording equipment, in 1988 36% of the population was taking old records apart and welding them back together to make new ones. Bomb The Bass, Coldcut and S-Express were the most … read more

1987 Christmas Top 40

Shane & Kirsty

1987 saw the proper arrival of house music in the UK, with Steve “Silk” Hurley’s Jack Your Body topping the chart in January and M/A/R/R/S blithely sampling every record they could get their hands on and reaching number 1 with … read more

1986 Christmas Top 40

Jocky Wilson

Something seemed to have shifted in 1986. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Frankie Goes To Hollywood all returned from their mid-decade break to lesser acclaim, failing to score a top three hit between them. Wham! called it a … read more

1985 Christmas Top 40

Shakin' Stevens

After the pop frenzy of the previous year, 1985 was something of a let down. With Frankie, Spandau and Culture Club all taking a year off and Wham! and Duran each offering up only one new song in the entire … read more

1984 Christmas Top 40

Band Aid

1984 was the high water mark for ’80s pop. Duran Duran, Wham!, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Frankie Goes To Hollywood dominated the chart. If only all these amazing acts could come together to record one enormous hit single together, … read more

1983 Christmas Top 40

The Flying Pickets

As we hit the mid-80s, 1983 was the year the decade really started to establish a distinguishable style. In the face of the grim reality of a second term of Thatcher government, pop went flamboyant with Culture Club, Spandau Ballet … read more

1982 Christmas Top 40

Keith Harris

You might have thought that by 1982 old-fashioned analogue music would be dead and the entire chart would be computer generated. Of course that scenario was still a good 25 years away. In fact synthpop was struggling, with the likes … read more