80sography - 80s music interviews

80sography - 80s music interviews

A deep dive into the decade the Taste Police denied, 80sography offers interviews with the great, the good and the even better of a time of originality, individuality and zestful vitality. Shumon!


September 18, 2022 57 min

Next up on the 80sography odyssey is Carol Decker, lead singer and co-writer of T’Pau and an Anatomy of a Song episode on their worldwide smasheroonie, Heart and Soul.

We do side-track venture into China In Your Hand-land also (why not) but the main focus is on the effervescent brilliance of their first hit.



Carol can be reached on Twitter @caroldecker

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Aaaaaaand we are back with part 2 of the interview with the infectious energy and enthusiasm of songwriter/musician Martin Page.

So many songs and artists to cover (and enjoy) so delve on in...

1985 (2:23)

Starship - We Built This City *
Maurice White - Maurice White

1986 (13:33)

Heart - These Dreams

1987 (29:17)

Bernie Taupin - Tribe
Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson

1988 (51:23)

Paul Young - Right About Now
Tom Jones - Who's Gonna Take...

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The wonderful renaissance man, Martin Page, returns for the full My 80sography experience.

Because I had extracted two parts of our interview from last year for Anatomy of a Song episodes this was pushed back to make way for other interviews but now has its time to shine.

Martin was extremely good value in the single longest interview I have done yet (4 hrs plus) and was especially fascinating in describing the plight of an aspiring ...

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Wow, this is a biggie...and part 14 of the TFF saga....

I have been trying to set this up for the longest time, an audio commentary for simply
one of THE best albums of the 80s with two of the key guys behind it's creation;

Songs From The Big Chair - Tears for Fears with engineer, Dave Bascombe, and co-writer/musician, Ian Stanley

and it's a delight - they were brilliant company and there is so much to enjoy. So much in fact th...

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The second part of the interview with the very talented, very successful and very Australian producer/engineer Julian Mendelsohn.

Nik, Kate, Macca, The Pets, Liza and Dusty - they are all here...

1985 (1:46)
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Nik Kershaw - The Riddle
Level 42 - World Machine
Endgames - Natural

1986 (20:41)
Paul McCartney - It's Not True (12")/Tough on a Tightrope (12")
Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia (7"/12")

1987 (36:2...

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Another My 80sography episode and another 2-parter with another great Producer, Engineer; Julian Mendelsohn.

involved in so many hits (as you will hear) he is not sure which he worked on and which he didn't but he was an absolute delight and a great interview so enjoy.

[also find out who Julian thinks is a genius above all he worked with - the answer may surprise you...]

1980 (17.29)
Yes - Drama

1981 (24.43)
Dollar - Hand Held In Bla...

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And we are back! Back!! BACK!!! with season 5 and another audio commentary with legendary producer Hugh Padgham.

This time it is the first solo LP from Phil Collins; the massively successful and wonderful Face Value,

Enjoy Hugh's track by track assessment as an interview or queue up your device and enjoy the album as we discuss the classic LP. You know what I mean...

Hugh is on Instagram @hughpadghamofficial

80sography on Twitt...

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May 18, 2022 52 min

Shorter interviews require new formats!

Personal one for me this, getting to interview the great Midge Ure, a man whose music I have loved for over 40 years.

Effectively an extended Quickfire Round, I grill Midge on random questions relating to his 80s career. Enjoy.

[thanks to Erika]


      Different Words Said In Different Ways

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Another Anatomy of a Song and another wonderful guest; the great Dee C Lee.

As well as discussing the classic single, See The Day, we also cover her time with Wham! and The Style Council as well as Girls Aloud, Strictly and her life and career in the 80s.

Contact Dee at her website: www.deeclee.com


Also on Twitter/Instagram: @80sography


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To celebrate the 80th birthday of Sir Fab Macca Whacky Thumbs Aloft we have the collated interviews with past guests discussing their experiences working with McCartney.

Starting off with an unheard interview with Chris Hughes, enjoy the return to Pepperland so just press to play...

Motor of Love
Figure of Eight (single version)

Rough Ride
Figure of Eight (LP version)
How Many People
Ou Est Le So...

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Pt 2 of the Gary Langan interview - great music, lawsuits, self-assembly Grammys, rock guitar hero's and punk garlic. All human life is here.

 1984 (02:48)
 Art Of Noise - Close To The Edit
 Art of Noise - Moments of Love
 1985 (18:19)
 Art Of Noise v ZTT
 Scritti Politti - Absolute
 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome (12" mix)
 Billy Idol - Flesh For Fantasy (12" mix)
 Paul McCartney - My Carnival (12&#...

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It was a pleasure to speak to the renowned engineer/producer and Art of Noiser, GaryLangan.

Consider part one the Trevor Horn era of his career where he was involved with some massive hits and some of the most perfect pop of the decade. Much to enjoy here (with even more in pat 2);

Pre-1980/1980 (2:52)

Meeting Trevor Horn
Boogatti - Come Back Marianne
Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Buggles - I Love You (Miss Robot)
1981 (19:03)


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Another gem of a AOOS with songwriter/musician Martin Page and is there anything more iconic and anthemic than the equally loved and (wrongly) derided 80s classic, We Built This City.

Loads to enjoy here - Martin's enthusiasm is infectious. And does Marconi play the Mamba?

Check out Martin here;

twitter: @martinpagemusic
facebook: martin page
website: martinpage.com
podcast: radio owl's nest

Versions referenced;

piano version

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It was an absolute thrill to be able to chat to the female Thompson Twin, the iconic Alannah Currie under the pretence of an Anatomy of a Song episode.

Although we discussed the fantastic Sister of Mercy it was an excuse to discuss much more about her time with Tom & Joe in the 80s; the highs and lows, the music, the fame, the pressures, the writing & recording and just what role exactly the mum of Grace Jones played.

Many th...

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Another day, another dollar, another cracking episode of 80sography (and another lame intro to an episode description..)

Luckily the guest is the brilliantly talented director, Daniel Kleinman, a hugely successful ad maker of the past 30 years, the creator of all James Bond sequences since Goldeneye (bar one) and who made his start in the 80s directing some of the most innovative music videos of the decade.

So many great icons - Mado...

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Enjoy this interview with the hugely successful photographer Lynn Goldmsith on her 80s music side project, Will Powers and the hit single, Kissing With Confidence.

And what a cast list; vocals by Carly Simon, co-written and played by Steve Winwood, Nile Rodgers and Todd Rundgren. Further co-writes on the LP with Sting and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins.

We explore the creation of this fabulous track  with many other famous names al...

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Very excited about this one - I've been looking to do another audio commentary for a while and what better place to continue with than one of the best-selling LPs of the decade.

We join Producer, the great Hugh Padgham, and go through each song track-by-track, with additional chat further on, and, of course, a quickfire round on the album at the end.

So sync up (should that be your desire) or just listen to a great interview on T...

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Welcome back to part 2 of the chat with 80s music video director, Jim Yukich, and it's a biggie - in fact, the longest episode yet.

Much enjoyment to be had and FOUR audio commentaries for music videos so get syncing peeps. And checkout Jim's Michael Jackson impression - top notch!

1986 (08:51)

Genesis - Invisible Touch/In Too Deep/Tonight Tonight Tonight/Anything She Does
Mike & The Mechanics - All I Need Is A Miracle
GTR -...

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Heading into the visual stratosphere this week with the 80s music video career of director Jim Yukich, who now has a hugely successful career producing comedy specials for the like of  Bill Maher and Chelsea Handler, etc.

In the 80s though he was responsible for some of the best music videos around 
including all the best Phil Collins & Genesis videos of the period (and beyond).

In ...

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And we go again for the 4th round of 80sography with brand new guests and new exciting features.

One of which is Anatomy of a Song, where we explore a hit of the 80s with a special guest.
Our first guest is songwriter Martin Page, here in his role as keyboard player on only fricking Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jnr.

Martin is normally known for his writing hits such as These Dreams and We Built This City (more of in future episodes) for...

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