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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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Off The Chart: 8 September 1984

Off The Chart: 8 September 1984

Come back to this week in 1984 as Off The Chart takes another look at some less obvious hits! There’s also three tracks from one of the week’s biggest (and most controversial) albums, a look at the day’s events, a … read more

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

It’s another bank holiday weekend and Steve and Julian have taken to the beach for this week’s Off The Chart! Join them for two hours of hits, headlines and hogwash as they revisit this day in 1986 – there’s the … read more

Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

After last week’s shenanigans we’re on firmer ground this week as we look at the chart from this day in 1989! As always there’s a brace of forgotten hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a (somewhat … read more

Virtual C90: August 2017

Virtual C90: August 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Erasure, Marc Almond, The Fall, Motörhead, Belinda Carlisle, Sparks and Nick Heyward, plus a previously unreleased outtake from The Smiths and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-23 July 2017

Human League at Rewind Scotland 2017

It’s Saturday afternoon. A man in a neon T-shirt is offering me and my pal a water pouch full of rum, while Mark King slaps at his bass in the background. I get a strange feeling of déjà vu, and … read more

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

We’re going back 35 years to examine the UK Singles Chart of 3 June 1982 in excruciating detail! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s hottest albums, and go through perhaps the … read more

Virtual C90: April 2017

Virtual C90 April 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Madness, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Erasure and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 31 March 2017

Fleetwood Mac "Tango in the Night" deluxe edition

Not much to report on the album chart this week, which is just as well as nobody has bothered to update it on the Official Charts website, but the Jesus & Mary Chain enter at 16 with their first album … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

We’ve made it to the end of the year! To celebrate let’s go back to 1985 for some less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in full. Who’s starting a … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 26 August 2016

And The Anonymous Nobody by De La Soul

The slow moving Bob Marley revival rumbles on as the remix of Is This Love breaks into the top forty for the first time, climbing to 39 on its seventh week on the chart. Meanwhile Legend holds steady at 5 … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 17 June 2016

Rick Astley

The ’80s revival continues on the album chart as Rick Astley scores his first number 1 album since his 1987 début Whenever You Need Somebody. After a closely fought tussle, Rick’s comeback set 50 finished less than 4,000 sales ahead … read more