CHAPTERS

01. “HEROES”

01. “HEROES”

Just who did invent the Eighties? 1974-1978: The Back Story Of Modern Pop Music. KRAFTWERK NEU BOWIE MORODER BLONDIE SPARKS

02. DAWNING OF A NEW ERA

02. DAWNING OF A NEW ERA

1979-1982: After the grey Seventies, ch-ch-changes are afoot. Dour English eccentrics start to reach for the fun, the colour and the glamour. THE JAM, THE SPECIALS, ADAM AND THE ANTS

03.  THE SOUND OF THE CROWD

03. THE SOUND OF THE CROWD

1979-1981: Synthpop arrives. Pop Music takes a quantum leap into the future. M, GARY NUMAN, OMD, ULTRAVOX, SOFT CELL, THE HUMAN LEAGUE

04. TEMPTATION

04. TEMPTATION

1981-1982: Funk Gets Serious, Disco Is Exhumed. How Synthpop, Funk and Disco hypnotised all the cool guitar bands ORANGE JUICE, NEW ORDER, PiL, GANG OF FOUR + NEIL YOUNG

05.  CLUB COUNTRY

05. CLUB COUNTRY

1982: The floodgates open; brilliant new Pop groups spring up all over Britain. Smash Hits bounces them into the Top Twenty. ABC, ASSOCIATES, TEARS FOR FEARS, YAZOO, Talk Talk

06. GHOSTS

06. GHOSTS

1982: The Top Twenty welcomes all sorts of odd things. How did these non-singles become massive hits? JAPAN, MONSOON, GRACE JONES, LAURIE ANDERSON

07. FLOORSHOW

07. FLOORSHOW

1980-1982: Even Goth’s moths are drawn to the bright light of the Top Forty. Time for the leather jacketed masses to stop dragging their feet. BAUHAUS, THE CURE, THE SISTERS OF MERCY, SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES

08. DUCK ROCK

08. DUCK ROCK

1981-1982: Punks import Hip Hop and Electro from New York. Black culture freshens up Pop music. Again. MALCOLM MCLAREN, AFRIKAA BAMBAATA, THE CLASH

09. NEW GOLD DREAM

09. NEW GOLD DREAM

1982-1984: Rejecting Rock’n’Roll, The Big Music, Shimmering & Modern. The new European Canon tilts at stadiums. SIMPLE MINDS, THE BUNNYMEN, U2, PETER GABRIEL, KATE BUSH

10. AVALON

10. AVALON

1982-1985: In Pursuit Of Production Perfection. Months in Montserrat. Luxury as commodity. The real Eighties kick in. ROXY MUSIC, DURAN DURAN, SCRITTI POLITTI

11. THRILLER

11. THRILLER

1983-1985: Economies Of Scale. Kajagoogoo vs Prince. Corporate Pop, CDs, Now That’s Not What I Call Music. MICHAEL JACKSON, MADONNA, PRINCE, CDs, MTV

 12. MANY HAPPY RETURNS

12. MANY HAPPY RETURNS

1980-2014: The persistence of Duran Duran and the perpetual Eighties revival LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, LA ROUX, HOT CHIP, THE KILLERS

I have thought up a Spotify Playlist for each chapter to make your brain fizz and pop with memories and/or discoveries as you move through the book....

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