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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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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: 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

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

We’re heading back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian bring you another selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a featured album, an international hit, … read more

Further Off The Chart Eight

Further Off The Chart Eight

It’s the end of another dexy and time to round up some of the tracks we talked about on Off The Chart over the past ten weeks but didn’t get a chance to play. Now we have a chance, so … read more

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 on Off The Chart to take in one of the most depressing days in musical history. That’s just the way the dates fall. But never mind, it makes the featured album very … read more

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

All the way back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in … read more

Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

All the way back to 1980 this week on Off The Chart for one of the least festive charts imaginable. As Britain faces up to rising unemployment, Christmas without John Lennon and a lorryload of inedible poultry, join Steve and … read more

“Wriggle like a snake, waddle like a duck” – Top of the Pops, 12 February 1981

Coast To Coast

“You’re right, it’s Top of the Pops!” confirms knowledgeable Richard Skinner before anyone’s even had a chance to ask the question. This week it appears that Skinner is being remodeled, in an attempt to cast off his stuffy image and … read more

“The sounds are too loud and there’s too much smoke” – Top of the Pops, 5 February 1981

Dire Straits

February already, so let’s pause and take stock of how 1981 is going so far. The charts are currently dominated by John Lennon (who remains dead) and Adam Ant (who is still very much alive), but the New Romantics are … read more

“Imaginary playing heavy riffs, no diminisheds or fancy fifths” – Top of the Pops, 29 January 1981

Susan Fassbender

Week two of the new supercharged BBC Four repeat run and it’s the end of January already; in all probability the 8 January show will have been the last time we weren’t way ahead of ourselves. Your host this week … read more

“Girls are foreign and strange to me” – Top of the Pops, 22 January 1981

Spandau Ballet

Well, this is awkward. Keen to get 1981 over and done with as soon as possible, BBC Four have hit the turbo button and scheduled two editions per week for the foreseeable future, meaning that the idea of the show … read more

“I saw it with my own two eyes” – Top of the Pops, 15 January 1981

Phil Collins

Two episodes into the 1981 run on BBC Four and everyone’s already confused. Since the repeats started with 1976 back in 2010 it’s been once a week, generally on Thursdays at 7:30 as it used to be in the old … read more