The Big ’80s Pop Quiz – The Answers

Tape unravellingHere are the answers to the Big ’80s Pop Quiz. You’d better not be cheating or you’ll be forced to listen to Renée and Renato for a full hour.

Touched for the very first time

Which acts first reached the UK top 40 with these songs before going on to greater things?

1. Planet Earth – Duran Duran
2. Tears Are Not Enough  – ABC
3. Messages – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
4. All Fall Down – Five Star
5. Dance Stance – Dexys Midnight Runners
6. Hot Dog – Shakin’ Stevens
7. Windpower – Thomas Dolby
8. Orange Crush – R.E.M.
9. Ceremony – New Order
10. Sleepwalk – Ultravox

Not number 1

These acts all had multiple chart toppers in the ’80s, but which of the three wasn’t a number 1 single in the UK?

11. WHAM!: I’m Your Man, Bad Boys, Freedom
12. MADONNA: Like A Virgin, True Blue, Who’s That Girl
13. DURAN DURAN: Is There Something I Should Know, A View To A Kill, The Reflex
14. THE POLICE: Don’t Stand So Close To Me, So Lonely, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
15. PET SHOP BOYS: It’s A Sin, Heart, What Have I Done To Deserve This?
16. BLONDIE: Rapture, Atomic, The Tide Is High
17. KYLIE MINOGUE: I Should Be So Lucky, Hand On Your Heart, The Loco-motion
18. SHAKIN’ STEVENS: Oh Julie, You Drive Me Crazy, This Ole House
19. MICHAEL JACKSON: I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, One Day In Your Life, Man In The Mirror
20. THE JAM: Start, That’s Entertainment, Going Undergound

One hit wonderland

They had one UK hit and never troubled the top forty again. What was the title of their hit?

21. Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears
22. Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste Of Time
23. Fiction Factory – (Feels Like) Heaven
24. Hipsway – The Honeythief
25. Furniture – Brilliant Mind
26. Stan Ridgway – Camouflage
27. Hollywood Beyond – What’s The Colour Of Money?
28. Animotion – Obsession
29. Laurie Anderson – O Superman
30. Krush – House Arrest

Diminishing returns

Which acts followed up their only UK number 1 hit with these less successful singles?

31. Ooh To Be Ah – Kajagoogoo
32. Burn – Doctor & The Medics
33. Valentine – T’Pau
34. Overkill – Men At Work
35. Lover Come Back To Me – Dead Or Alive
36. Ring Of Ice – Jennifer Rush
37. Could’ve Been – Tiffany
38. Vienna Calling – Falco
39. Wot – Captain Sensible
40. Superfly Guy – S-Express


Which ’80s hits include these lyrics?

41. “You’re about as easy as a nuclear war” – Is There Something I Should Know, Duran Duran
42. “They subjugate the meek but it’s the rhetoric of failure” – Spirits In The Material World, The Police
43. “You’re moving in circles, won’t you dilate?” – Too Shy, Kajagoogoo
44. “There’s a place for us in a dirty movie” – The Edge Of Heaven, Wham!
45. “Da diddly qua qua, da diddly qua qua” – Stand And Deliver, Adam And The Ants
46. “I fear the crazed and lonely looks the mirror’s sending me these days” – The Sun Always Shines On TV, a-ha
47. “How can you show your face when you’re a disgrace to the human race?” – Embarrassment, Madness
48. “In a secret life I was a Roundhead general” – Left To My Own Devices, Pet Shop Boys
49. “Leap to beat the clicks that keep on coming” – Double Dutch, Malcolm McLaren
50. “Are we living in a land where sex and horror are the new gods?” – Two Tribes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

I’m not planning on going solo

One member of each of these bands had a solo UK number 1 in the ’80s. Who were they?

51. Genesis – Phil Collins
52. The Commodores – Lionel Richie
53. The Damned – Captain Sensible
54. Culture Club – Boy George
55. The Go-Gos – Belinda Carlisle
56. The Undertones – Feargal Sharkey
57. Blue Zone – Lisa Stansfield
58. Slik – Midge Ure
59. The Equals – Eddy Grant
60. The Q-Tips – Paul Young

Didn’t I see you on the telly?

Which TV and/or movie stars had hit singles in the ’80s with these songs?

61. I Could Be So Good For You – Dennis Waterman
62. Every Loser Wins – Nick Berry
63. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Jimmy Nail
64. She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze (with Wendy Fraser)
65. Anyone Can Fall In Love – Anita Dobson
66. Under The Boardwalk – Bruce Willis
67. They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman
68. Heartbeat – Don Johnson
69. Don’t It Make You Feel Good – Stefan Dennis
70. Atmosphere – Russ Abbot

It’s over

Who had their last UK top 40 hit (not including reissues, remixes etc) with these songs?

71. Beat Surrender – The Jam
72. How Many Lies? – Spandau Ballet
73. Rock My World – Five Star
74. Our Lips Are Sealed – Fun Boy Three
75. I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I) – Hot Chocolate
76. Don’t Blame It On That Girl / Wap-Bam-Boogie – Matt Bianco
77. The Lion’s Mouth – Kajagoogoo
78. Because Of You – Dexys Midnight Runners
79. When A Heart Beats – Nik Kershaw
80. Watching The Wildlife – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

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