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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: 17 February 1980

Off The Chart: 17 February 1980

We’re going so far back on this week’s Off The Chart we’re practically in the ’70s! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of hits, half-hits, headlines and hysteria from way back in February 1980. There’s three tracks from the … 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

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured album, pick a song from an international chart, discuss the day’s events and run through the … 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: 15 October 1980

Off The Chart: 15 October 1980

All the way back to the dim and distant days of 1980 this week as Steve and Julian play some forgotten hits, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top five in full, including probably the strangest number … read more

“All I’ve learned has overturned” – Top of the Pops, 23 July 1981

Tight Fit

“They always say it’s ‘Welcome to Top of the Pops‘ and tonight it’s just the same as ever!” Newsbeat’s Richard Skinner there, opening the UK’s top music show with a confusingly constructed sentence that rather downplays the sense of breathless … read more

“You think you only know me when you turn on the light” – Top of the Pops, 16 July 1981

Dexys Midnight Runners

“Hi folks, welcome to this week’s edition of Top of the Pops, it is jam packed with good music!” Peter Powell there, rudely jabbing his finger into your face to emphasise just how jam packed the show is. As well … read more

“In this great future you can’t forget your past” – Top of the Pops, 9 July 1981

The Specials

Time for a celebration, as Michael Hurll has got his abacus out and decided that we’ve reached the 900th edition of Top of the Pops. Blow up the balloons! Break out the streamers! Bring on the dancing girls! And then … read more

Off The Chart: 2 July 1981

Off The Chart: 2 July 1981

Revisiting the chart of 2 July 1981. Steve and Julian play the records you don’t normally hear on a chart show, as well as three tracks from a featured album of the week and the entire top five singles, whether … read more

“Too much fighting on the dance floor” – Top of the Pops, 2 July 1981

Bad Manners

Finally! After months and months of recycling the same tired joke, the powers that be at TOTP have finally taken my advice and commissioned a proper theme tune and title sequence. Don’t tell anyone though, because it’s still under wraps … read more