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Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back of the sofa, this book lists every format of every single, EP and album released in the UK in the ’80s by over 140 of the decade’s biggest acts.

The book includes discographies for the following artists:

ABBA · ABC · AC/DC · Adam and the Ants · a-ha · The Alarm · Marc Almond · Altered Images · The Associates · Rick Astley · Aztec Camera · Bad Manners · Bananarama · Bangles · The Beat · The Beatles · Bee Gees · Big County · Blancmange · Blondie · The Blow Monkeys · Bon Jovi · David Bowie · Billy Bragg · Bronski Beat · Bros · Bucks Fizz · Kate Bush · Chas and Dave · China Crisis · The Christians · The Clash · Lloyd Cole & The Commotions · Julian Cope · Elvis Costello · Culture Club · The Cure · Curiosity Killed The Cat · Deacon Blue · Dead Or Alive · Def Leppard · Depeche Mode · Dexys Midnight Runners · Dire Straits · Thomas Dolby · Stephen Duffy · Duran Duran · Echo and the Bunnymen · Erasure · Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine · Eurythmics · Five Star · Fleetwood Mac · A Flock Of Seagulls · Samantha Fox · Frankie Goes To Hollywood · Peter Gabriel · Genesis · Go West · Eddy Grant · Haircut One Hundred · Heaven 17 · Hot Chocolate · The Housemartins · Whitney Houston · Hue and Cry · The Human League · Billy Idol · Imagination · INXS · Iron Maiden · Janet Jackson · Michael Jackson · The Jam · Japan · The Jesus & Mary Chain · Elton John · Johnny Hates Jazz · Howard Jones · Kajagoogoo · Nik Kershaw · Kool and the Gang · Cyndi Lauper · Level 42 · Living In A Box · Kirsty MacColl · Madness · Madonna · Marillion · Matt Bianco · Mel & Kim · Kylie Minogue · Motörhead · New Order · Gary Numan · OMD · Robert Palmer · Pet Shop Boys · Pink Floyd · The Pogues · The Police · Prefab Sprout · Pretenders · Prince · Queen · Cliff Richard · Lionel Richie · Rolling Stones · Roxy Music · Sade · Scritti Politti · Simple Minds · Simply Red · Siouxsie and the Banshees · Slade · The Smiths · Spandau Ballet · The Specials · Bruce Springsteen · Squeeze · Status Quo · Shakin’ Stevens · Rod Stewart · The Stranglers · Swing Out Sister · Talk Talk · Talking Heads · Tears For Fears · The The · Thompson Twins · Toyah · T’Pau · Tina Turner · U2 · UB40 · Ultravox · Wet Wet Wet · Wham! · Kim Wilde · Stevie Wonder · XTC · Yazoo · Paul Young

But that’s not all! The discographies also cover solo and side projects, such as:

Big Audio Dynamite · Phil Collins · Communards · Fine Young Cannibals · Fun Boy Three · Nick Heyward · Hipsway · The Jacksons · John Lennon · Paul McCartney · George Michael · Morrissey · Alison Moyet · Soft Cell · Sting · The Style Council · Texas · Visage · Voice of the Beehive

…and many more! Plus additional sections covering Band Aid-style charity congregations and compilation albums from the early ’80s K-Tel efforts through to the Now That’s What I Call Music series and its competitors.

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Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is available from Lulu.com as an A4 paperback or downloadable PDF file.

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Off The Chart: 10 February 1984

Off The Chart: 10 February 1984

Come back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart for a spectacular display of how attitudes have changed in the past third of a century – and that’s just the first song. There’s the usual hatful of half-remembered hits, … read more

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Happy New (old) Year! Come back to the first week of 1986 with Steve and Julian on this week’s Off The Chart and try to overlook the fact that it’s only three weeks since we did December 1985. Still, there’ll … read more

Virtual C90: November 2017

Virtual C90: November 1987

This month’s mixtape has new music from Morrissey, Tears For Fears, Billy Bragg, Bryan Adams and Europe! Plus new takes on old favourites by Pet Shop Boys, Midge Ure, Whitesnake and George Michael, and the usual mix of ’80s hits, … read more

Virtual C90: October 2017

Virtual C90: October 2017

This month’s mixtape has new music from Morrissey, Tears For Fears, Blancmange, Squeeze, Chris Rea, The Blow Monkeys, Billy Bragg, Gun and The Selecter! Plus new takes on old favourites by a-ha, Belinda Carlisle, The Fizz, The Christians and Inner … read more

Off The Chart: 27 May 1988

Off The Chart: 27 May 1988

We’re arriving back in 1988 this week on Off The Chart with two hours of half-remembered hits, vague reminiscences, a featured album of the week and the top five singles in full – all six of them. The launderette is … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 30 September 2016

The Beat feat Ranking Roger - Bounce

A strong week for ’80s acts as Bruce Springsteen‘s new compilation Chapter and Verse débuts at number 2 on the album chart, followed closely by Marillion‘s F E A R at number 4, with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry‘s Shine … read more

Off The Chart: 23 July 1989

Off The Chart: 23 July 1989

It’s French week on Off The Chart for some reason, as Steve and Julian revisit the chart of 23 July 1989, playing a load of hits that you might not remember. There’s also three tracks from the featured album of … read more

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Steve and Julian take another slightly skew-whiff look at an ’80s chart, this week going back to 1986. Meet the man with two body parts in his name, hear Julian confess to a serious crime and play Six Degrees of … read more

Off The Chart: 11 June 1988

Off The Chart: 11 June 1988

Every Saturday in our podcast-style-radio-show-thing Off The Chart, Steve Binnie and Julian Sparrow look at the chart from the corresponding week in one of the ’80s years and play the songs you don’t normally hear on a chart rundown. They … read more