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Muthas Day: 21 NWOBHM Nuggets

Mixcloud Select: Muthas Day – 21 NWOBHM Nuggets

We’ve had Mothers’ Day, now it’s Muthas Day! Yes, after last month’s Sophistipop collection, March 2018’s Virtual CD flings you violently to the other end of the musical spectrum with 21 exponents of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Famous names like Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Judas Priest jostle for position with less well known exponents of the genre such as Praying Mantis, Grim Reaper and Venom.

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Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

We’re rewinding to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the German chart and the top … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 17 March 2017

Madness - (Don't Let Them Catch You) Crying - Leo Zero Remixes

The all-encompassing Marc Almond compilation Hits and Pieces enters at number 7 on this week’s album chart, making it Marc’s biggest hit album under his own name, notwithstanding the fact that it includes several Soft Cell tracks (in fact it’s … read more

“The more we know, the less we show” – Top of the Pops, 16 April 1981

Department S

“Hi.” Hi yourself, Peter Powell, in your monogrammed shirt, white blazer with the sleeves rolled up and, let’s not beat about the bush here, beige slacks. Powell seems to have taken on the mantle of “senior presenter” of TOTP recently, … read more

“Like some New Romantic looking for the TV sound” – Top of the Pops, 5 March 1981

Duran Duran

Now then, here’s someone we haven’t seen since last September when he was playing second, in fact third fiddle to Leo Sayer and Russ Abbot. Now, six months later, Mike Read is Radio 1’s hottest property, having inherited the breakfast … read more

“Bless my cotton socks, I’m in the news” – Top of the Pops, 19 February 1981

The Teardrop Explodes

Doesn’t time fly? We’re certainly powering through the run on BBC Four now they’ve started showing two editions every week, and as they’re still skipping the ones hosted by Dave Lee Travis it’s possible to get through a short month … read more

Virtual C90 – February 2016

Virtual C90 - February 2016

This month we remember those we have lost in the past few weeks, including David Bowie, Lemmy from Motörhead, Colin Vearncombe from Black and John Bradbury of the Specials. There’s also new music from Megadeth and ABC and the usual … read more