Welcome to

Michael's 80s (M80s) Soundtrack for an 80s Generation

Music videos, pictures, mp3s, remixes and 80s fun.

Your no 1 place for 80's nostalgia. Enjoy! : )

To message me michaelmouse1967@yahoo.co.uk

Links Are Dead - I Know

I keep getting Emails from people asking me to re-upload the links and music etc. I think people are just getting to those particular pages so are not reading the reason for the dead links.

So I am putting this in place so hopefully people will read it and stop Emailing me about it.

The reason the links are dead is that my account with Media Fire has been closed with all 11,000 files lost. That is why you can not download the things and No I can not re-upload them.

Eventually I will start doing that again when I have found something suitable. In the meantime this blog will be information only blog.

Thank you all


New Blog Forum

The 80s Music and Fame Media Forum is now open for users to chat, make new friends, leave messages for each other and leave comments on the blog sites. To access it click the link below or use the link in the side bar.



Choose Next Artist
pollcode.com free polls 

Sunday, 31 May 2009

'Runaway' was released as a single in 1982 by the band Thompson Twins and was their eighth single. It was backed by "Open Your Eyes".
This is a rare 1982 Arista Promo 12" Single, which was released in the United States.
Click the link the download the following:
Make Believe (Special Extended Version)
Runaway (Extended Remix)
Bouncing (Special Remix)
Good Gosh (Remix)

Thompson Twins Hold Me Now

'Hold Me Now' was released by the British pop / new wave band the Thompson Twins. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Alex Sadkin, and the group's lead vocalist Tom Bailey, and released as the first single of their fifth studio album, 'Into The Gap', released in 1984. The song is a new wave ballad that uses a varied instrumentation, including a xylophone, a piano and latin percussion.

'Hold Me Now' was released in the UK in late 1983, peaking at number four on the UK Singles Chart in November of that year, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 1983, becoming the band's biggest-selling single, and their first top five in the UK. The song was released in the United States in February 1984. It became the band's highest charting single, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in May, and remained in the chart for twenty-one weeks. The single was backed by 'Let Loving Start'. I do not have this but if anyone has it to share let me know.

Click the link below to download the following:
Early Demo
Single Version
Extended Remix
PT's Extended Mix
Retro Mix2004
Dance Mix

Culture Club - The War Song

'The War Song' which was released from Culture Club's third studio album 'Waking Up with the House on Fire'. The single was not well received with the critics however it became a number 2 hit in the UK singles chart and a top 20 hit in the US in the Autumn of 1984. Even though the song did not receive the attention it deserved I loved this song when it was released and it quickly became one of my favouite Culture Club songs.

Click the link below to download the following:

(Ultimate Dance Mix)
(The Shriekmix)
La Cancion De Guerra - B-Side


Culture Club - The War Song - Video

Culture Club - I'm Afraid Of Me

June 1982 saw the release of 'I'm Afraid Of Me', the second Culture Club single, which reached 100 on the British charts and was released from their first album ' Kissing To Be Clever'. 'You Know I'm Not Crazy' was the b-side to 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me' in the US.

Click the link below to download the following:

I'm Afraid Of Me (Disconet Mix)
I'm Afraid Of Me (Extended Mix)
I'm Afraid Of Me (Full-Length EMI Demo)
I'm Afraid Of Me (Remix)

You Know I'm Not Crazy (DJ Uman Beatmix)
You Know I'm Not Crazy (EMI Demo)


Culture Club - I'm Afraid Of Me - Fan Made Video

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Thomas Dolby - she Blinded Me With Science

'She Blinded Me With Science' was relased in 1982 from Thomas Dolby. The single first appeared on the album The Golden Age Of Wireless. Dolby is associated with New Wave, a orm of pop music incorporating electronic intruments which was popular in the early 80's with bands such as The Human League and Gary Newman.

the song chorus 'She Blinded Me With Science' plays upon the coloquial British expression 'to blind someone with science', meaning to deliberately confuse someone by giving the impression of highly complex knowledge. However, in the song it is interpreted as a strightforward reference to the natural sciences.

The song features interjections from the British scientist and TV presenter Magnus Pyke, who repeatedly shouts "Science!" and delivers other lines in a deliberately over-the-top 'mad scientist' voice, the most famous line of which was, 'Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto! You're beautiful!'
In the music video, Dolby commits himself to a Home for Deranged Scientists. Throughout the course of the video, Magnus Pyke (as the Home Doctor) tries to diagnose what he is suffering from, all the while being seduced by Miss Sakamoto, a secretary in the home. Interspersed into the video, various deranged scientists operate fanciful inventions on the grounds of the Home and act deranged with normal scientific items. Although a top ten hit in the US, making it to number 5, the song was not a hit in the UK as it only eventually made it to number 49 in the singles chart.

Click the link below to download the following:

Album Version
Hot Tracks Mix - Speical Mix
Recalculated Mix
U.S. Extended Mix
She Blinded Me With Dolby (vs. Dolby Anol)

Thomas Dolby - She blinded Me With Science - Video

Hazel O'Connor - Will You

'Will you?' has to be one of the most beautiful songs of the year 1981. Hazel O'Connor started her career as an actress in the soft porn film 'Girls come first' (1975) in which she appeared full frontally nude and simulated sex in a bathtub with John Hamill, but her big breakthrough followed five years later with 'Breaking glass', a movie in which she acted and also provided the music for. When this single and 'Eighth day' both became top 10 hits in the UK, she went on tour. Her opening act was an unknown local group from Birmingham called Duran Duran. It was the band's first opportunity to play to large audiences throughout the UK and gave them the exposure they needed to secure a recording contract. The song reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.

Click the link below to download the following:

Single Version
Big Brother - B-Side

Hazel O'Connor - Will You - Top Of The Pops Performance

Friday, 29 May 2009

The Human League - I Need Your Loving

'I Need Your Loving' is the second single to be taken from The Human League's 1986 album, 'Crash'. This song was written by the song writing team of Harris / Lewis / Eiland / Rickey / Williams / Davis and like many others from the album, was aimed towards the US market. The single was recorded at the Flyte Time studios Minneapolis under the production of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was released by Jam and Lewis as the second single without consulting the band. The choice was a serious mistake and the single flopped badly on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK it was promoted with a cheaply and badly filmed music video and it became the band's worst showing in the UK charts for 6 years, only reaching number 75. The song was savaged by critics at the time and has now been largely disowned by the band since.

The Music Video was recorded on a very limited budget compared to previous Human League videos. It was directed by Andy Morahan who had done the previous video for 'Human'. In many ways the video is a rehash of the video for 'The Lebanon', being filmed at a fake concert/studio appearance to an audience of extras. The camera swings wildly around the band as they play the song, and continually focuses in and out in time with the music, which caused some viewers to complain it made them feel motion sick.

Click the link below to download the following:

The Human League - I Need Your Loving - Video

The Human League - Love Is All That Matters

'Love Is All That Matters' is the third single taken from The Human League's 1986 album, 'Crash'. It was recorded in early 1986 at the Flyte Time studios in Minneapolis while the Human League were in residence recording Crash with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. This single was like many others from the album, a love song aimed towards the US market. However, this single failed and only charted in the UK where it reached number 41 on ther Singles Chart. The B side is an instrumental version.

In the UK, after the dismal failure of the second single from Crash 'I Need Your Loving' had put a stop to further releases from Crash. 'Love Is All That Matters' was released principally to promote the imminent release of the (then) first Human League Greatest Hits album in 1988.

The Music Video was a result of Virgin Records beginning to lose faith in the Human League and being reluctant to invest in any further elaborate music videos; so the video was kept deliberately low budget. The video is basically edited clips of all the band’s previous music videos to that point, spliced together with animated stills from the key points from those videos. This was also designed to provide a storyboard which promoted the band’s back catalogue to generate interest in the Greatest Hits compilation.

Click the link below to download the following:
Single Version
I Love You Too Much - B-Side


The Human League - Love Is All That Matters - Video

The Human League - Crash Album

'Crash' is the fifth full-length studio album released by the band The Human League and was released in 1986. Unlike the band’s previous and subsequent albums it is an R&B influenced Album. After spending two years recording their fourth album 'Hysteria', which only met with moderate commercial success the band struggled to record further material and by 1985 they had lost both 'Dare' producer Martin Rushent and musician/songwriter Jo Callis. Virgin Records, worried by the lack of progress in their previously most profitable signing, called the band principles to a meeting where a solution to the impasse in the band was sought. As the problem was perceived to be the lack of production, it was suggested that the band take up an offer to work with Minneapolis based production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Jam and Lewis had recently become in-demand producers following their huge global success with Janet Jackson's 'Control' album. Jam and Lewis had developed an interest in the Human League after the success of their U.S releases; they were also seeking an opportunity to cross over into the mainstream pop and saw The Human League as the perfect opportunity.

In February 1986 The Human League were flown out to Minneapolis to work at Flyte Time studios with Jam and Lewis. After initial enthusiasm on both sides the working relationship began to break down. Jam and Lewis had total control over the final album and insisted that their own tracks take precedence over the Human League's. Jam and Lewis were also intolerant of the bands' laid back working methods and their musician's lack of technical ability. Keyboard players Philip Adrian Wright and Ian Burden had been sidelined by Jam and Lewis. Wright (an original member) would not recover from the humiliation, and feeling redundant he immediately left the band on return to the UK, a year later Burden would follow him.

After 4 months in Minneapolis, Oakey pulled the band out of further recording and they returned to Sheffield leaving Jam and Lewis to complete the album using session musicians. Although at the time the band had all but washed their hands of the album post production, when released it quickly became an unexpected success. One of the Jam and Lewis compositions, 'Human', was released as the album's first single and became the Human League's second number-one in the U.S. and number 8 in the UK. The Album itself was more popular in the U.S than the UK. Follow-up singles 'I Need Your Loving' and the 1988 UK-only release 'Love Is All That Matters' were not as successful. However, the album had succeeded in returning The Human League back to mainstream prominence both sides of the Atlantic five years after their 'Dare' album. Oakey, with hindsight states that it was this album that saved the band’s career and one of the main reasons they are still recording today.
Track listing
01 - Money
02 - Swang
03 - Human
04 - Jam
05 - Are You Ever Coming Back?
06 - I Need Your Loving
07 - Party
08 - Love on the Run
09 - The Real Thing
10 - "Love Is All That Matters
Click the link below to download the album:

Thursday, 28 May 2009

The Human League - Human

'Human' is a song recorded by the British synthpop band The Human League. It was released as the first single from their 1986 album Crash. The track was written and produced by US producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The single is a mid-tempo ballad which lyrically is an exchange between a man and a woman in a relationship who have reunited after a separation. In the first two verses Phil Oakey is apologizing to his partner for being unfaithful during her absence, and in the song's breakdown Joanne Catherall's spoken-word confession reveals that she too was unfaithful. The song's title is derived from the chorus, in which both parties in the relationship explain that they are 'only human' and 'born to make mistakes'.

'Human' eventually made it to number 8 in the UK singles chart while it also became the second million-selling number-one single for The Human League on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (after 'Don't You Want Me') and their second chart-topper on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart (after '(Keep Feeling) Fascination'). Jam and Lewis' R&B-based production was also popular on American urban radio, bringing the Human League into the top ten of the U.S. R&B chart for the first time.

It was a welcome success for the Human League, who were starting to suffer from creative stagnation and a slight decline in fortunes after a hugely successful start to the 1980s. The Music Video for 'Human' was filmed in London during June 1986. It is heavily stylized to give a 'water reflective' effect and blue hue throughout. In the first time that the band had been presented as a 'Phil and the girls' trio, images of Oakey, Catherall and Sulley are constantly layered and blended. The video was conceived and directed by Andy Morahan.

Click the link below to download the following:

Extended Version
Accapella VersionInstrumental Version
Liebrand Mix


Human League - Human - Video

The Human League - Keep Feeling Fascination

'(Keep Feeling) Fascination' is a dance song performed by British synthpop group The Human League it was composed by Jo Callis and Philip Oakey. 'Fascination' was released in the UK on 17th April 1983, as a non album single where it went to number 2 in the UK Singles chart.

The song involves lead singer Phil Oakey bouncing alternate verses between female co-vocalists susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall,while also featuring a rare vocal role by Jo Callis. The single was later released as a single in the U.S where it was also incorporated into the band's stop gap EP Fascination!. 'Fascination' reached number 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was their first number 1 single on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The EP Fascination! (which is often confused with the single) contained two versions of "(Keep Feeling) Fascination": the extended mix and an improvisation, both different from the single version. The single was designated 'Red' on the Human League’s short lived, self imposed labeling system of 'Blue' for pop songs and 'Red' for dance tracks.

Click on the link below to download the follwoing:
Extended Version
Improvisation Version
Improvisation Dub
Groove Collision TMC Mix
Hot Trax Mix
Radio Edit
Total Panic - B-Side


Human League - Keep Feeling Fascination - Video

Culture Club - From Luxury To Heartache - Album

'From Luxury to Heartache' is the name of Culture Clubs 4th album which was released in 1986. The album was a deliberate departure for Culture Club, a move away from the reggae-flavoured pop of their previous releases into dance-oriented music. Veteran pop and R&B producer Arif Mardin, replaced Steve Levine, in a bid to revitalise the band's sound. Due to lead singer Boy George's growing addiction to drugs, recordings dragged on for so long that Mardin had to disband the sessions and leave it up to engineer Lew Hahn to record the final vocals. Songs like 'Gusto Blusto' and 'Reasons' took days for the addicted singer to finish.

Following the release of the album, rumours of George's heroin addiction began to circulate in the tabloids, and by the summer of 1986, he announced that he was indeed addicted to drugs. In July, he was arrested by the British police for possession of cannabis. Several days later, keyboardist Michael Rudetsky, who played on the album and had co-written 'Sexuality' with George, was found dead of a heroin overdose in George's home.

Despite selling a little less than a million records worldwide and chart success with the opening track 'Move Away', Boy George decided for a solo career within a year of the album's release. 'God Thank You Woman' was the second single in UK but only reached number 31 in the chart while in the US 'Gusto Blusto' was chosen, but didn't chart (the single didn't have a video and probably this is the reason that it did not enter the US chart). The next single 'Heaven's Children' was planned to be released in July but after the lack of success of 'God Thank You Woman' the release was cancelled. The album is a departure from the big sellers that Culture Club came to expect. Even Helen Terry, who I consider the 5th member of Culture Club, isn't present as much as on previous albums. Jocelyn Brown assisted with the backing vocals on this release. However, this is a good album or is it becouse I am biased?

Track listing

01 - Move Away
02 - I Pray
03 - Work On Me Baby
04 - Gusto Blusto
05 - Heaven's Children
06 - God Thank You Woman
07 - Reasons
08 - Too Bad
09 - Come Clean
10 - Sexuality

Click the link to download the album:


Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Grandmaster Melle and the Furious Five - White Lines

'White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)' is a song by Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash, released as a 12 inch in 1984 on Sugar Hill Records and became one of his signature songs. Although frequently credited on the records, Flash doesn't actually appear on the song or many of the Furious Five songs. 'White Lines' warns against the dangers of cocaine, addiction, and drug smuggling. The instantly recognizable bassline is sampled from a performance of the Sugar Hill house band playing Liquid Liquid's 'Cavern'. 'White Lines' peaked at number 47 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 1983. The song fared better in the United Kingdom, reaching number 7 on the UK Singles Chart in July of 1984 (and number 13 in the UK's top 50 songs of the year).
The video was directed by Spike Lee and starred Laurence Fishburne.

Click the link below to download the following:

The MP3's are from the original US 12 inch Version released in 1983
Vocal Version
Intrumental and Bonus


Grandmaster Melle and the Furious Five - White Lines - Video

Grandmaster Flash - White Lines

Grandmaster Mell and the Furious Five

'Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five' was a highly influential hip hop group composed of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Kid Creole, Cowboy, Scorpio (aka Mr. Ness) and Raheim. The band released their most significant hit 'The Message' in 1982. The single was produced by in-house Sugar Hill producer Clifton "Jiggs" Chase and featured session musician Duke Bootee. Though not the first in the genre of rap to talk about the struggles and the frustrations of living in the ghetto, the song was unique in that it was set to a slower beat, refocusing the song on the lyrics over the music. As most of the group were uninterested in recording the song other than Melle Mel, no other members of the group actually appear on the record. Rahiem lip-synced Duke Bootee's vocal in the music video. 'The Message' went platinum in less than a month. In 2007, they became the first rap group to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame The single made it to number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.

Click the link below to download the following:
The Video
The Message - Vocal
The Message - Intrumental


Grandmaster Melle and the Furious Five - The Message - Live The Tube 1983

Monday, 25 May 2009

Toyah - Echo Beach

'Echo Beach' was originally released in 1980 by the Martha and the Mufins and was their only international hit song. In 1987 the song was covered and released by Toyah, reaching number 54 in the UK singles Chart as well as being released in Germany. The singer regularly includes the song in her live concert sets.

Click the link below to download the following:

Single Version
Surf Mix
Plenty - B-Side Track


Toyah - Echo Beach - Video

Feargal Sharkey - Loving You

'Loving You' was the second solo single released by Feargal Sharkey in early 1985. This single reached number 26 in the UK single sChart while also reaching number 23 in Switzerland. Both 'Listen to your father' and 'Loving you' were omitted from Feargal Sharkey's self-titled debut album, which was released in 1985. This makes both the singles great collector's items.
7 inch single - Virgin VS 77012
A Loving you
B Is this an explanation?

12 inch single - Virgin VS 770127
A Loving you
B Is this an explanation?
white vinyl - Virgin, VSS 7707
picture disc - Virgin, VSY 770

Click the link to download the following:

Single Version
12 inch Version
Is This an Explination - B-Side Track

Feargal Sharkey - More Love

'More Love' written by Benmont Trench (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) is the sixth single release by Feargal Sharkey and the first single release from the album 'Wish'. 'More Love' reached number 44 in the UK Singles Chart.


7 inch Single - Virgin, VS 992212
A More love
B A breath of scandal

12 inch single - Virgin, VS 99212
A1 More love
B1 A breath of scandal
B2 More love (piano version)

CDSingle - Virgin' CDEP18
1 - More love
2 - A breath of scandal
3 - More love (piano version)
4 - A good heart (original version)

Click the link to download the following:

Single Version
Piano Version
A Breath Of Scandal - Extra Track
A Good Heart - Original Version - Extra Track


Feargal Sharkey - More Love Video

Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach

‘Echo Beach’ was released in 1980 by the Canadian group Martha and the Muffins from their album ‘Metro Music’and backed with ‘Teddy the Dink’ as the B-side.

Although Mark Gane was not aware of a real "Echo Beach" when he wrote the song in 1978, several people wrote to him asking if it was about a beach in their local area. However, Echo Beach, as mentioned in the song, does not refer to a real beach but is rather a symbolic notion of somewhere the narrator would rather be, somewhere 'far away in time'. In reality, the song was thought of while Gane was working checking wallpaper for printing faults. He found this rather dull and his mind drifted to times he would rather be reliving. The single reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song was covered by Toyah in 1987, reaching number number 54 in the UK Singles Chart as well as being released in Germany. A cover by Gabriella Cilmi is used as the theme tune for the British soap opera Echo Beach, first broadcast on the ITV1 network on 10 January 2008. It can be found as a bonus on the UK edition of her debut album ‘Lessons to be Learned’. In 2005, "Echo Beach" was named the 35th greatest Canadian song of all time on the CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.

Click the link below to download the following:
The Video
7 inch Single Version
Teddy The Dink - B-Side Track

Also included is this Special Various Artist Tribute CD. It featured German artists and was released as a tribute to the song and featured the following:

01 - deep dive corporation (dive extended version)
02 - gabriel le mar (le mar dub version)
03 - reverend echo (dreaddub version)
04 - martha & the muffins - on a silent summer evening (echo beach version)
05 - thomas fehlmann (flowing version)
06 - vincenzo (beach house version)
07 - sounds from the ground (echo version)
08 - groove corporation (elephant dub version)
09 - watershell (waterdub version)
10 - pre fade listening (pre-fade dub version)
11 - sushi club (sushi version)
12 - ostinato (echo nuri version)
13 - jimmy cauty (ex-klf) (infected by the scourge of the earth)

Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach - Video

Saturday, 23 May 2009

The Lotus Eater - No Sense of Sin - Album

The Lotus Eaters was the name of a 1980s New Wave Band from Liverpool, England, whose single 'The First Picture Of You', from their debut album, 'No Sense of Sin' (1984), became a hit in the UK.

'No Sense of Sin' is a gorgeously crafted collection of melancholic guitar pop. 'Love Still Flows' and 'The First Picture of You' caress the ears with haunting piano and twinkling guitars, both songs unreel with a cinematic feel, the music and lyrics drawing sentimental memories from the listener's imagination. On the powerful 'It Hurts,' Jeremy Kelly's guitar sounds like a heart shrieking in pain as Coyle wallows in his grief. The starry-eyed keyboards and sing-along chorus of 'German Girl' and spellbinding violin of 'Set Me Apart' deepen The Lotus Eaters' appeal, they further explore Coyle's hankering for affection while lifting the spirits with sharp hooks.

'No Sense of Sin' was reissued on CD by BMG Japan in 1998, and this version easily tops the original with ten bonus tracks, including the driving 'You Don't Need Someone New' and the delicate 'Two Virgins Tender'. Unfortunately, the superior extended 12" version of 'It Hurts' isn't included, but that's the album's only sin. The Lotus Eaters, together with the similarly unfashionable China Crisis, sound more relevant today than ever, purely for their songwriting craft. 'No Sense of Sin' eventually reached number 96 in the UK Album Charts.


01 - German Girl
02 - Love Still Flows
03 - Can You Keep A Secret
04 - Cut On Your Own
05 - Put Your Touch On Love
06 - Set Me Apart
07 - You Fill Me With Need
08 - The First Picture Of You
09 - Alone Of All Her Sex
10 - It Hurts
11 - You Don't Need Someone New
12 - Two Virgins Tender
13 - My Happy Dream
14 - The Evidence
15 - Endless
16 - Soul In Sparks
17 - Church At Llanbadrig
18 - The Lotus Eaters
19 - Out On Your Own (12" Version)

Click on the link below to download the album:


Friday, 22 May 2009

Madness - The Return of the Los Palmas 7

'The Return of the Los Palmas 7' is a song by British Ska / Pop band Madness, written by Mike Barson, Mark Bedford and Daniel Woodgate. The song was Woodgate's first credit as a songwriter, and was released as the band's 7th single on 16 January 1981. The single reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart and remained in the charts for 7 weeks. The single release was slightly different from the track on the album 'Absolutely', and was roughly 30 seconds longer.

The song is mainly instrumental, except for some ad-libbing by Chas Smash at the beginning, the sound of "Waiter!" approximately 42 seconds into the track, and "Good night!" at the very end. Dave Robinson, head of Stiff Records, was keen on Madness recording another instrumental track, especially after the success of "One Step Beyond". The resulting song was not as ska influenced as their earlier songs, and was played heavily on BBC Radio 2. This helped Madness gain a new generation of older fans.

The music video for the single was filmed in January, 1981 at the Venus Cafe, West London and Kenwood Park, North London. The video mainly features the band in the cafe, switching between a greasy spoon scene, and an elegant restaurant scene. Around the half-way mark of the video, the band are also shown dressed as cowboys in Kenwood Park. These three scenarios are interspersed between random clips. It is these clips of random events or people which make up the bulk of the video. The video was only filmed two weeks prior to the release of the single, which may explain why so much of the video is random footage, as opposed to footage of the band.

The B-Side to the 7 inch release was called 'That's the Way to Do It while the 12 inch release also features 'My Girl' Demo and 'Swan Lake' Live. Included with the 12" single was a copy of the first edition of "The Nutty Boys" comic. The demo version of "My Girl" is notable for being the only officially released Madness track to feature a lead vocal by Mike Barson.

Click the link below to download the following:

Single Version


Madness - The Return of the Los Palmas 7 - Video

Madness - Embarrassment

‘Embarrassment’, backed by ‘Crying Shame’ was recorded and relased by the ska/pop band Madness. Predominantly written by the band member Lee Thompson the single was released in November 1980 and spent 12 weeks on the UK Singles Chart reaching number 4.

The meaning behind the song was particularly dark considering the band's previous material. The song lyrics reflected the unfolding turmoil following the news that Thompson’s teenage sister, Tracy Thompson, had become pregnant and was carrying a black man's child. The following rejection by her family, and the shame felt was reflected in the song. As Thompson was on the road with the band, he only heard snippets of the story through phone calls and letters, but this was enough for him to piece the story together. The song is a clear indication of changing times and attitudes as time goes on. The real life story had a happy ending, however; Thompson later stated that when the child, named Hayley, was born, the antipathy of Tracy's relatives dissolved.
The music video for the single was filmed in Embassy Club, London, on the 7th and 8th of November, 1980. The music video was particularly dark for Madness, corresponding to the lyrical content of the song. The video mainly features Suggs at a gloomy bar, interspersed with shots of the band playing various brass instruments.

Click the link below to download the following:

Single Version MP3


Madness - Embarrassment - Video

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Madness - Baggy Trousers

'Baggy Trousers' is a song by the English ska/pop band Madness from their 1980 album 'Absolutely'. It was written by lead singer Suggs and reminisces on school days. Mike Barson and Chris Forman also received writing credits (though Barson was credited in error, the correct McPherson/Foreman credit being used for subsequent releases). The band first began performing the song at live shows in April of 1980.

It was released as a single on September 5, 1980 and spent 20 weeks in UK charts, reaching a high of number 3. It was the 11th best-selling single of 1980 in the UK.

The music video of this song was shot in a school and park of Kentish Town. The band's Saxophone player, Lee Thompson decided he wanted to fly through the air for his solo, with the use of wires hanging from a crane. The resulting shot is one of the most popular of any Madness music videos. Thompson recreated the moment live at the band's reunion concert in 1992, Madstock, and during the band's 2007 Christmas tour.

The video was met with a great critical response from the public, and was particularly important as it now allowed television shows such as Top Of The Pops to show the band's music video, taking strain off the band. Following the release of "Baggy Trousers", the public began to anticipate future Madness music videos.

Click on the link below to download the following:
Single Version


Madness - Baggy Trousers - Video

Madness - Absolutely

'Absolutely' is the 1980 second album from the British ska band Madness. It peaked at number 2 in the UK album charts.

The album is named after one of expressions of the band's then tour manager, and sound man Tony Duffield. The front cover sees the band standing in front of Chalk Farm tube station in Camden. The inner sleeve features a London Underground-style roundel for a railway station called "Cairo East" on one side (this roundel later reappeared in the video for "(Waiting For) The Ghost Train" and a history of the group on the other. There were 3 sinlges from the album 'Baggy Trousers', 'Embarresment' and 'Return of the Los Palmas 7'.

Click the link below to download the album:


01 - Baggy Trousers
02 - Embarrassment
03 - E.R.N.I.E.
04 - Close Escape
05 - Not Home Today
06 - On the Beat Pete
07 - Solid Gone
08 - Take It or Leave It
09 - Shadow of Fear
10 - Disappear
11 - Overdone
12 - In the Rain
13 - You Said
14 - Return of the Los Palmas 7


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Janet Jackson - Start Anew

"Start Anew" is a very rare Janet Jackson track that was released as a single only in Japan in 1985. Originally the song was recorded for Janet's 1984 2nd album "Dream Street" but didn't make the final release. Once the producers of "Control" (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) heard it they thought they might add it to "Control". However it was only included as an additional track on the Japanese release of Janet's 1986 break through album "Control".

Click on the links to download the following:

Single Version:


Extended Version:


Sylvester - Someone Like You

A true superstar, Sylvester represented the black and gay cultural origins of disco and made it possible for RuPaul's success. His body of work includes crucial contributions to the disco songbook, but his ballads proved he was a versatile stylist who brought a realness and depth to all material. Oddly enough, after years of paying dues with small record companies, Sylvester found himself on Warner Brothers for his album 'Mutual Attraction'. The single 'Someone Like You', released in 1986, had a Larry Levan mix, but Sylvester was unable to take full advantage of his new resources as he was diagnosed with AIDS. He stopped performing, but stayed in the spotlight to raise awareness about the disease. He died in 1988, only 40 but with a legacy that will forever endure.

Click the link below to download the following:

12 inch Version
Dub Version

Sylvester - Someone Like You - Video

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Five Star - Problematic

'Problematic' is the name of Five Star's very first single, released in October 1983.

The song was performed on BBC TV's 'Pebble Mill At One' show, which brought the band to public attention. According to Five Star's father/manager, Buster Pearson, RCA records were on the phone offering the band a record contract before the end of their performance.

Five Star were asked to perform 'Problematic' on the show as that particular edition was focussing on unemployment, trying to find work, and the problems that come with it. The song was simply about a young girl leaving school, trying to find work. The singles B-Side was called 'Big Funk'. The single failed to chart in the UK.

Click on the link below to download the following:

Single Version
12 inch Extended Version


Five Star - Problematic - Extended Mix Fan Video

Five Star - Luxury Of Life

'Luxury Of Life' is the debut album by the pop group Five Star. The album eventually peaked at number 12 in the UK Album Charts, thanks to the introduction of the CD format, where it eventually achieved Platinum status in late 1986. The album paired Five Star with fellow musicians Paul Hardcastle, The Limit and Loose Ends. Five Star worked with nine different producers for the album. The album produced four UK top 30 hit singles including the top 3 hit 'System Addict', number 15 hit 'All Fall Down', number 18 hit 'Let Me Be The One' and number 25 hit 'Love Take Over'. There were 3 other singles released from the album that did not make the top 40 in the UK. These were 'Hide and Seek' reaching number 113, 'R.S.V.P.' reaching number 45 and 'Crazy' reaching 144 in the UK Singles chart.


1 - Love Take Over (3:57)
2 - All Fall Down (3:34)
3 - Let Me Be The One (4:42)
4 - System Addict (4:00)
5 - Hide And Seek (5:30)
6 - R.S.V.P. (4:37)
7 - Now I'm In Control (3:42)
8 - Say Goodbye (4:14)
9 - Crazy (3:57)
10 - Winning (3:58)

Click the link below to download the album:


Marths and the Muffins - Metro Music

‘Metro Music’ was recorded at the Manor Studio, England, in August 1979 and is the debut album by the canadian group Martha and the Muffins and originally released in 1979. ‘Metro Music’ is notable as being the first album ever to be released on the new DinDisc label (DID 1), which was a subsidery of the Virgin Label. The debut album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (DID 2). ‘Metro Music’produced the bands only international hit with ‘Echo Beach’ which reached number 10 in the UK Charts in march 1980. ‘Saigon’ was released as a follow-up single in the Uk but it failed to chart, while ‘Paint By Number Heart’ was released in Canada reaching number 69 in their Singles Chart. The album serves as an example of a distinct era and sound called ‘New Wave’.


01 – Echo Beach
02 – Paint By Number Heart
03 – Saigon
04 – Indecision
05 – Terminal Twilight
06 – Hide And Seek
07 – Monotone
08 – Sinking Land
09 – Revenge (Against The World)
10 – Cheesies and Gum
11 – Copacabana (B-side of Saigon 7”) (Bonus Track)

Click the link below to download the album:


Monday, 18 May 2009

Breathe - All That Jazz - Album

‘All That Jazz’ is the title of the debut album by Breathe and was actually released in Britain during late 1987, with the original cover left and minus the single 'Don't Tell Me Lies', via A&M Records, but for a time proved so much of a sleeper. The album was strictly speaking angled more toward the R&B side of pop music. Comparisons were drawn between Breathe and fellow Brit-pop acts Johnny Hates Jazz and Danny Wilson. It’s true to say that the British pop scene was in pretty decent shape during the second half of the 80s, with a plethora of quality acts jostling for commercial and critical attention. There wasn’t anything earth shattering to set Breathe apart from the rest of the pack, but the lengthy amount of time they spent in working on songs for ‘All That Jazz’ paid off in terms of a consistency of quality not always evident on their contemporaries work.

The album was re-released in 1988 with the new cover, see left and including the single 'Don't tell me lies'. The song to finally open the floodgates for Breathe was the sublime love ballad ‘Hands To Heaven’. David Glasper’s warm vocal style and slick production qualities helped to produce a finished product that ascended all the way to number 4 on the UK Singles charts in 1988. Regrettably Bassist Michael Delahunty, one of the original quartet who had recorded ‘All That Jazz’ between 1985 and 1987, had already left the band before the album finally took off. The album made it to number 22 in the UK Album charts.

Track listing

01 - Jonah
02 - All That Jazz
03 - Monday Morning Blues
04 - Hands To Heaven
05 - All This I Should Have Known
06 - Don’t Tell Me Lies
07 - Any Trick
08 - Liberties of Love
09 - Won't You Come Back?
10 - For Love or Money

Click the link below to download the album:


Saturday, 16 May 2009

Five Star - The Slightest Touch

"The Slightest Touch" released in 1987 by British pop group Five Star, and became the group's third biggest-selling 7-inch record, selling over 175,000 copies. It reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and spent nine weeks on the chart. The single was remixed by Shep Pettibone. Just before the release of this track, Five Star won "Best British Group" at The Brit Awards ceremony, which in no doubt spurred "The Slightest Touch" onto a high chart position in the UK. The single became the group's last Top 10 hit and was the sixth single released in the UK from their number one LP Silk and Steel, released in August 1986.

Click the link below to download the following:

The Pettibone Touch Remix
House Touch
Slightest Dub
Stone Court - B-Side
Future Force Mix
Album Version


Friday, 15 May 2009

Visage - Mind Of A Toy

Visage was formed in 1979 by Steve Strange, Rusty Egan, Midge Ure and later Billy Currie and was quickly linked to the burgeoning New Romantic movement of the early 1980’s. In March 1981 Visage released their fourth single ‘Mind of a Toy’. It was backed by ‘We Move’. The A-side was a remixed version of a song that first appeared on their self titled debut album. The B-side ‘We Move’ was a non album track. The single reached number 13 in the UK charts.

Click the link below to download the following:

Single Version MP3
Dance Mix MP3
We Move - Dance Mix MP3
Frequency 7 (Dance Mix) MP3


Thursday, 14 May 2009

Visage - The Damned don't Cry

Following their earlier success, Strange struggled to reunite the band's members again to record a second album because of their commitments with their respective bands (Ure and Currie with Ultravox, Formula with Magazine, and McGeoch with Siouxsie and the Banshees). However, in the autumn of 1981 all musicians (except McGeoch) went into the studio again and recorded the album ‘The Anvil’. The album was released in March 1982 and became Visage's first (and only) UK top ten album, producing two top twenty singles with "The Damned Don't Cry" and "Night Train". The Damned Don’t Cry made it to number 11 in the UK charts continuing the earlier success of the band.

Click on the link below to download the following:

Single Version Mp3
Dance Mix MP3
Motivation MP3


Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Spandau Ballet - Paint Me Down

Spandau Ballet were formed in London in the late 70’s. Initially inspired by the New Romantic fashion, their music featured a mixture of Funk, Jazz, Soul and Synthpop. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980’s, achieving ten Top Ten singles and four Top Ten albums in the UK between 1979 and 1990.

In 1982 they released their second album ‘Diamond’ which reached number 15 in the Uk charts. Towards the end of 1981 Spandau released their second single from the album which was called "Paint Me Down". The biggest attention the single got was from the picture (see opposite) that accompanied it and the video. The fans definitely gave it the thumbs up, but the BBC censors did not approve banning it from being played on their networks.

The banning of their video on the BBC gave the Spandau Ballet boys some infamy initially, but the poor record sales did not make the record company very happy. Paint Me Down ended Spandau Ballet's run of Top Twenty hits stalling at number 30. They would soon introduce the band to Trevor Horn for a different direction.

Click the link to download the following:

The Video
Album Version
12 inch Mix
Diamond Box Set Re-mix
Re-Paint - B-Side


Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Japan - Top Ten New Romantics Number 9

Here is a short retropective look at the band Japan on the Top Ten New Romantics Programe. This includes some short interviews with some band mambers and others that were involved in the band. The band made number 9 in this chart.

Click on the link below to download the AVI Video.


Dollop - Sing A Soppy Song (Three Of A Kind)

The sitcom ‘Three of a Kind’ did a spoof of the song by Dollar called ‘Sing a Soppy Song’ performed by David Copperfield and Tracy Ullman as Dollop in the 2nd series in 1982. I loved this version when I saw it on its original broadcast and managed to see it again on the DVD release.
Click the link to download the video

Dollar - Give Me Back My Heart

The 3rd single to be released from the 3rd album ‘The Dollar Album’ was called ‘Give me back my heart’ and was released in March 1982. The single made it to number 4 in the UK Charts. Like the other singles from the album the single was produced by Trevor Horn whose production work provided Dollar with a more distinctive sound. However, the success that Horn had with the band brought him to the attention of other bands, notably ABC, and it was not long before he was too busy to continue working with the duo.

Click on the link to download the following:
The Video
Album Version MP3
Pink and Blue - B-Side


David Sylvian - Silver Moon

Silver Moon was the 6th Single to be released by David Sylvian and the 2nd released from the ‘Gone to Earth’ Album. The single was released in September 1986 and made it to Number 83 in the Uk charts. The main reason for the poor chart placing was that the single was released with the lack of any unique B-Side tracks, as the B-side was taken straight from the ‘Gone to Earth’ Album. This meant that a lot of fans did not bother to get the single when it was released. Coupled this with poor air play meant the single did badly in the charts.

As with other later releases Sylvian used the bautiful artwork by Russell Mills, which is very evident on the Limited Edition Foldout Sleeve release. I love this single by Sylvian because of his warm, emotional and pleasant voice and, for me, the uplifting style of music make it an enjoyable song.

Sylvian 2nd Album ‘Gone to Earth’ was an ambitious two-record set which further flouted conventional and commercial wisdom by featuring one record of atmospheric vocal tracks and a second record consisting of ambient instrumentals. The album contained significant contributions from noted guitarists Bill Nelson.

Click the link below to download the following:

The Video

Silver Moon MP3

Silver Moon Over Sleeping Steeples MP3

Gone To Earth MP3


Monday, 11 May 2009

David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours

In 1983 Sylvian and Sakamoto teamed up again on the ‘Forbidden Colours’ single, which was the theme song to the Nagisa Osima film ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’. Sakamoto composed the theme music while sylvian wrote the lyrics.

The title of the song and its lyrics reflect the main themes of the movie; the clashes between not only two countries at war but also two vastly different cultures, difficulties on both sides in accepting or even trying to understand the differences in mentality, the contrasting definitions of honour and shame, as well as the underlying homoerotic tension between the two main characters, Japanese Captain Yonoi (played by Sakamoto himself) and British war prisoner Jack Celliers (David Bowie), and the fine line between love and hate and consequently life and death - hence my love wears forbidden colours.

In 1984 the track was re-recorded and released as the B-side to "Red Guitar", the lead single to Sylvian's first solo album Brilliant Trees and was later also included as a bonus track on certain editions of his 1987 album Secrets of the Behive. Both Sakamoto and Sylvian have since recorded several interpretations of the song, both instrumental (under the title "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence") and vocal. An orchestral version featuring vocals by Sylvian was included on Sakamoto's 1999 album Cinemage.

Formats and Traclisting

UK 7" Virgin Records VS 601 & 7" pic disc VSY 601

1. "Forbidden Colours" – 4:42
2. "The Seed and the Sower" (instrumental) (Sakamoto) – 5:00

UK 12" Virgin Records VS 601-12
1. "Forbidden Colours" – 4:42
2. "The Seed and the Sower" (instrumental) (Sakamoto) – 5:00
3. "Last Regrets" (instrumental) (Sakamoto) – 2:40

UK 3" CD Virgin Records CDT 18 (released 1988)
1. "Forbidden Colours" - 4.42
2. "Bamboo Houses" - 5.26
3. "Bamboo Music" - 5.38

Click on the link to download the following:

Video - Full Version
Forbidden Colours
  • 12 inch Version MP3
  • Extended Accoustic Version MP3
  • Live Version
  • Soundtrack Album Version
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawerence

  • Piano Version
  • Soundtrack Album Version

Last Regrets (instrumental) 12 inch
The Seed and the Sower (instrumental) 12 inch


Sunday, 10 May 2009

David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto - Bamboo House / Bamboo Music

David Sylvian first gained attention as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. In 1982, Sylvian released his first collaborative effort (while still a member of Japan) with Ryuichi Sakamoto. The double A-Side single entitled ‘ Bamboo Houses / Bamboo Music’. The ‘Bamboo Houses’ single in turn features drums by Japan Member and Sylvians brother Steve Jansen, who also appeared in the promo video. A remix of ‘Bamboo Houses’ was included on David Sylvian’s career retrospective ‘Everything and Nothing’ Album release in 2000.

Here you can download the following:

Bamboo Music MP3
Bamboo Houses MP3
Bamboo Houses - 2000 Remix from Everything and Nothing Album MP3