80sography - 80s music one artist at a time

80sography - 80s music one artist at a time

A deep dive into the decade the Taste Police denied, 80sography offers an artist by artist, album by album, track by track commentary on music that delights, inspires and infuriates in equal measure. Leave your cool at the door and enter in.


September 16, 2021 71 min

Wow, we've reached the end of the road with Mr Hague with yet more continued success and fantastic pop records.

1987 (2:39)

New Order - True Faith
New Order/England World Cup Squad - World In Motion
(I know it's 1990 but, come on, had to ask...)

1988 (20:18)

Climie Fisher - Love Changes Everything
Jane Wiedlin - Rush Hour
Erasure - The Innocents

1989 (37:06)

P.ublic Image Limited - 9

Post 80's (41:20)

Blur - To The End
Dubstar - Sta...

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Part 2 of the interview with the 'godlike' producer, Stephen Hague, with some great LP work in '86 followed by talk on 75% of the massive hits  he produced in '87. Which one didn't he like?

Couldn't cram it all into one second part so part 3 to come to conclude the decade.

Don't tell me that you think it's green - me? I know it's red (YNWA)

1986 (4:06)

Pet Shop Boys - Please
OMD - The Pacific Age

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Grabbed another interview that would've gobsmacked the 14-year-old-me.
Stephen Hague, the producer responsible for some of the most joyously beautiful pop music of the 80s - that most joyously musically beautiful of decades.

Lots on West End Girls obvs but part 1 is a fascinating interview covering Stephen's earlier career as musician, writer and producer before the big breakthrough with The Rock Steady Crew.

Hey you! Check t...

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More goodies in the second part of the interview with Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley, exploring the years 1983-89.

More Madness! Excess Costello! Bowie! Morrissey! Dexys!
And more importantly, Marilyn!! (I mock, but it's a cracking one hit wonder)

Clive and Alan on top form - this is one of my favourite episodes so far. So enjoy...

1983 (2:29)

Elvis Costello - Punch The Clock
Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write The Book

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Next up for the deep dive into their 80sography is the magnificent production team of Langer/Winstanley.

Such a thrill to speak to the guys about their incredible 80s. In part 1 there is a lot of Madness, Dexys, a Teardrop Explodes and we find out what links Shipbuilding and Ullo John Got A New Motor.

Beware - there is some exceptionally fruity language from the off. So if easily offended avert yer ears.

1980 (9:01)

Madness: My Girl/Em...

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2nd part of the interview with the great Stephen Lipson covering a lot of ground in the 80s (plus I indulged myself in allowing a few post 80s questions at the end. Mea culpa, etc)

From Grace Jones to Macca. Frankie to The Pets - it's all here...


Slave To The Rhythm - Grace Jones (03:25)
Duel - Propaganda (13:00)


Liverpool - Frankie Goes To Hollywood (19:31)


Tomorrow (12" mix) - The Communards (27:48)


Left To ...

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2nd guest for the My 80sography is music producer, Stephen Lipson. An incredibly successful career for over 40 years who really made his mark in the 80s working with Trevor Horn.

Episode 1 focuses largely on his incredible work with Frankie Goes To Hollywood on their epic double album, Welcome To The Pleasuredome and the massively successful singles;


Lindisfarne (07:07)
Stop and Smell The Roses - Ringo Starr (11:01)



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We conclude the epic season on The Boys From Bath with a compendium of interviews based on The Seeds of Love era (many thanks to listener Tom Teodorczuk for the idea).

CHRIS HUGHES * (01:40)

DAVE BASCOMBE ** (22.40)





HUGH PADGHAM * (105.41)

SUMMARY (113.02)

MY TOP 10 TFF SONGS OF THE 80S (115.20)

*  som...

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 We reach the end of the 80s Padgham Parade where we began with more success with Phil, Sting & Genesis. Plus more besides including an ex-Beach Boy (THE Beach Boy), Hojo’s last big hit and an underrated gem of an LP.   

In PART 4;  

1986 (part 2); 

 Invisible Touch – Genesis (1:50) 
No One Is To Blame – Howard Jones (20:35)  


 …Nothing Like The Sun – Sting (24:00) 
Remembrance Days – The Dream Academy (32:25)  


Julia Fordh...

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Plenty more to uncover in the 3rd part of Hugh Padgham's 80sography as we hit the mid-80s with further success with Genesis, the task of following era defining hit albums with Human League and David Bowie, multi-platinum mega success of peak Collins and issues arising from working with an ex-Fab.

In PART 3;

1983 (part 2):

King of Pain - The Police (2:40)
Genesis - Genesis (5:31)


Hysteria - The Human League (18:49) 
Tonight - Dav...

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Welcome back to the second part of the Ian Stanley interview. Much explored including the following;

* The Working Hour
* Mothers Talk (masterpiece!)
* Listen
* THE Big Chair (see picture, courtesy of Ian)
* Which major pop act did Ian & Roland try to write a song for?
* Sowing The Seeds of Love
* The Quickfire Round

and so much more...

A great thrill - much thanks to Ian (and also David Bates - check out his fantastic 2-part interview ...

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We could not end the interview section for the Tears For Fears season better than with our final interviewee; Mr Ian Stanley - band member from the beginning and part of the key creative unit behind Songs From The Big Chair. 

Chatting to Ian was a great thrill and we cover the early part of the decade here from initial meeting to working on The Hurting with diversions into the making of both Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Sho...

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We are back for the 2nd part of the “My 80sography” interview with Hugh Padgham.

Much to cover here in a phenomenally busy & successful stage of Hugh’s career.

Discover the unique contribution he made to Maneater, the film David Bowie turned him on to and the one thing Sting is not good at (surprisingly, it’s not acting…) And much, much more.

Also two quickfire rounds discussing Hugh’s favourites of the 80s and random questions on...

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Welcome to “My 80sography” a new? 80sography series where we talk to key figures who had a cultural and creative impact in what is, of course, the most entertaining and enjoyable of decades.

We start with a season on music producers and what better place to start than with Hugh Padgham;? a man responsible for as many hits and platinum albums in the 80s as anyone.

So much covered (and HUGHge thanks to Hugh for that)? that I’ve had to ...

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Second part of fascinating chat with A & R guru, David Bates where he details the years of success with the band (both in the UK and US).

Worth listening out to discover;

* Who fainted recording a vocal
* Who won the bet with his US equivalent over which TFF single would sell the most
* Which single actually helped shift the most copies of Big Chair
* How he wangled dinner with Kim Basinger
* Details of the last row between Curt &...

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Another great interview to add to the collection with the man who signed the boys in 1981 and was the only person there from the beginning through to the end of the 80s; A & R guy, David Bates.

We spoke for three hours so edited it into two parts (2nd part next week).

In this part, discover;

* Which other huge band David wasn't allowed to sign

* What caused Curt to cry while recording The Hurting

* What was Curt's unique con...

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Another Tears For Fears related interview - in The Big Chair this time is the wonderful Nicky Holland, co-writer of 62.5% of The Seeds Of Love and key member of the live band during The Big Chair tour.

A real thrill to speak to her and if you are a fan you will find plenty here to engage and entertain from Fun Boy 3 to Tears 4 Fears.

Contact Nicky 

on Twitter @NickyJLHolland
on Facebook at NickyHollandMusic

Contact 80sography

on Twit...

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Something a bit different this time as we run through The Seeds of Love, track by track, with Co-Producer, Engineer and Mixer of said album, Dave Bascombe.

Was a wonderfully enlightening conversation covering many aspects of the recording of the classic LP. Much to enjoy if you are a fan, love the album (and especially own the box set).

So get set up on your devices....any 2 of the following will suffice;


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Managed to nab the great Chris Hughes (T4F producer & Merrick from Adam & The Ants) for a 2 hr interview recently. 

Some of the interview relating to Seeds of Love will be siphoned off for Episode 4 but that leaves plenty of T4F content discussed from first meeting to last goodbye.

Find out;

* Who was really behind the SFTBC album title

* Which song inspired Roland's guitar solo in Shout!

* Which 3 words best describe Roland...

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September 27, 2020 63 min

37-year-old Loretta Castorini, an Italian-American widow, works as a bookkeeper and lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York, with her family: father Cosmo...wait, that's the synopsis for "Moonstruck" Hold on...copying from wrong bit...

We are now halfway through the mid-80s TFF meisterwork that is Songs From The Big Chair and conclude with side two and all the goodies therein contained (actually that reads terribly, should I...

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