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Daft Punk Random Access Memories

Random Access Memories

If ever there was a better indicator of how bad modern recording had sunk, regardless of the fact we now have the best recording gear available, it was Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album. Not because it was bad, but

My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the black parade

Welcome to the Black Parade

Welcome to the Black Parade was the first single released from My Chemical Romance’s third studio album, The Black Parade. The song is a complex recording with over 150 tracks recorded, something which presents any mix engineer with a huge

The Sugarcubes Stick Around For Joy


Before Bjork made a splash world wide as a solo artist, she was the lead singer and keyboard player for The Sugarcubes. Their biggest success came with the song “Hit” which was at the end of the bands career as

Sinead O'conner

Nothing Compares 2U

When Sinead’s cover of Prince’s Nothing Compare 2U hit the airwaves back in early 1990, two things stood out: the extraordinary vocal performance by Sinead, and the liberal use of reverb on that vocal. Sinead’s vocal was captured through an

Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance

Buffalo Stance

Buffalo Stance by Swedish artist Neneh Cherry is one of those songs that has stood the test of time. Upon it’s release back in 1988 it sounded fresh and ‘different’ to everything else on the radio at the time. Few

George Michael Faith


George Michael’s album Faith, written and produced by George Michael, was a massive global hit upon it’s release in 1987. Faith peaked at the number one spot on the UK Album Charts as well as the US Billboard 200. The

Midnight Oil Beds Are Burning

Beds Are Burning

Growing up in the 1980s in Sydney Australia was a real treat. On any given Saturday night we were spoiled for choice as to which band to go out and see; would it be Icehouse, Cold Chisel, Men At Work,

Peter Gabriel


Peter Gabriel was without a doubt one of the 80’s great innovators, his songs stick out from the mainstream 80’s music, as do the music videos he created for his songs, with Sledgehammer being the most played video in MTV

The Sweetest Taboo Sade

The Sweetest Taboo

When Sade arrived on the scene in the 1980s their sophisticated adult contemporary sound certainly stood out from the crowd. When the radio was filled with new wave music Sade’s contemporary adult sound was literally in a class of it’s

Talking Heads

Road To Nowhere

The year of 1985 was dominated by hit after hit from Talking Heads. The album Little Creatures was a smash hit for the band and is quite possibly the bands finest hour. The album Stop Making Sense that came before

Dire Straits

Money For Nothing

It is somewhat surprising to learn that Money for Nothing was Dire Straits’ only number one record, and it was huge in 1985. It enjoyed continual rotation on not just radio but also MTV, becoming one of their most played

Van Halen 1984


Van Halen’s Jump was the biggest selling single of the 1980s, you could no go anywhere without hearing it on radio or TV. Given it’s extensive use of keyboards, I was not even aware it was a Van Halen song

Madonna Like a Virgin

Like A Virgin

Madonna’s best album to date, is without a doubt Like A Virgin, it spawned a number of hit singles and pushed Madonna to the top of the charts around the globe. It’s slick production and excellent pop song writing still

Purple Rain

Purple Rain

I was never a huge fan of Prince during the 1980s, I certainly respected him as a musician and song writer, but that was about it. While I liked a few of his tunes at that time nothing made it

Joan Armatrading - Drop The Pilot

Drop The Pilot

Joan Armatrading’s Drop The Pilot is without a doubt one of the very best songs to come out of the 1980s and should have been a bigger hit that it was. That’s not to say it wasn’t a big hit,

Eurythmics Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams (are made of this), the fourth single take from the album of the same name, was the break through hit for the Eurythmics in the early part of 1983. It established the band as global mega stars, reaching

Pretenders Back On The Chain Gang

Back On The Chain Gang

Back on the chain gang was recorded after the sacking of bassist Pete Farndon for drug use, and the untimely death of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, from a drug overdose at age 25. And while it was not the biggest hit

John Cougar - Jack & Diane

Jack & Diane

Thirty eight years after it’s release, it is hard to imagine that Jack & Diane, from the album American Fool almost didn’t make it. The song had what can only be described as a difficult birth with everything from John

Soft Cell

Tainted Love

Upon it’s release in 1981, Soft Cells’ cover of the old Gloria Jones song Tainted Love became an all time classic that is still played on radio with great regularity around the world. So successful was their cover, that it

Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Bette Davis Eyes

Bette Davis Eyes was a surprise smash hit in the early part of 1981. It was a number one hit in 21 countries, and won Grammy Awards for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year, it was

Joy Division Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures had no singles released from it, and at the time it was not commercially successful. Time however has been very favourable to this album as it is regarded by many to be a classic and sees

My Sharona

My Sharona

You either love or hate Get The Knack, I loved it upon release and still do. It is an album full of brilliant pop song writing that is played by a band that entered the studio as a well rehearsed

Eddie Money Two Tickets To Paradise

Two Tickets to Paradise

I have always loved Two Tickets to Paradise by Eddie Money, it was a hit here in Australia while I was in my mid teens in the late 1970s. It is a song that has stayed with me, and made

Linda Ronstadt Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Back in the late 1970s when I was a teenager, I would DJ for the parties my parents had at our house on regular occasions. Without a doubt the most requested track was Linda Ronstadt’s Poor Poor Pitiful Me (written

Derek & The Dominos - Layla


Derek & The Dominos were a band with a rather short lifespan running from 1970 through to 1971. In that time the band recorded one album, Layla and other assorted love songs. The album is considered by many to be

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