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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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