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.


June 6, 2021 129 min


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

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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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August 10, 2020 65 min

As John Lennon once remarked in song "Life is what happens to you while you're trying to finish episode 2 on a series of Tears For Fears podcasts.." (slight paraphrase there)

Apologies - work, family, hospital stay (NOT the dreaded C-19) got in the way. But nothing (I say NOTHING) will deter us in our quest following Roland & Curt through the 80s jungleland to pop perfection (and horrific hairstyles - even for the 80...

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And we are back! Back!! BACK!!! with an act very much defined by this glorious decade; Tears For Fears.

Not picked purely cos their hometown is located not 30 miles from 80sography Central. If location was the definer then this would be part 1 of 4 of Douggie Alsopp’s Banjo Ragtime Razzamataz combo from Lechlade. And it’s not (that's further down the line between Huey Lewis and The Cure*).

First up we explore the early years of R...

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And the Elton journey has endethed (breathes sigh of relief..) and we have our summary episode and also an interview with Neil Barrett, host of the premium EJ podcast, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Elton John Podcast”.


00:00: The Elton interview

03:25: The Summary

06:36: The Worst 5 EJ Songs of the 80s

07:39: The Top 10 Best EJ Songs of the 80s

08:36: The Album Rankings

09:39: The Interview with Neil Barrett

43:30: The EJ Fan Feed...

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December 12, 2019 105 min

Finally our travails lead us to the end of the 80s road for Elton - and here he negotiates his rockiest terrain (regarding quality not style) but the final destination is a happy one creatively and commercially. 

Songs included;

Slow Rivers
Candle In The Wind (live)
I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
Healing Hands
These Dreams - Heart
Give Me Love Your Way

0:01:22: 1986
0:03:42: "Leather Jackets"
0:38:14: 1987

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November 17, 2019 99 min

We’ve reached peak 80sElton with the middle trilogy as Our Reg re-locates his mojo and the hit parade and Bernie regains sole lyricist status. 

The peak was covered with plenty of snow.

Songs included;

I’m Still Standing

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues

Sad Songs (say so much)



I’m Not Getting Married


    02:25: 1983 / “Too Low For Zero”

   33:02:  1984 / “Breaking Hearts”

   41:24: William, It Was Really Nothing  


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November 3, 2019 94 min

We start the 80s odyssey with Sir Reginald Hercules Dwight - an 80s of excess both in and out of the recording studio but was quality control maintained? (spoiler alert - er, possibly...)

First doors, the prequel years of 80sElton - the lean times with the odd smash and a smattering of, shock, non-Bernie lyrics!

Songs included;

Little Jeannie
Sartorial Eloquence
Nobody Wins
Blue Eyes
Empty Garden
Love Truth and Emily Stone

    02:32: 1980...

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