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!


July 6, 2023 73 mins

Interview with one of the chief architects discussing simply one of the best songs of the 80s; Ultravox keyboard player/violinist, Billy Currie on the making of Vienna.


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Antiques! Do we have a special episode for you, or what? (answer: not 'what')

Only an audio commentary of one of the very best albums of the 80s (if not all time)
Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen, with producer, Thomas Dolby and Sprout
bassist, Martin McAloon.

Much covered, much discussed, much to enjoy (with an added guest thrown in).

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Another day, another part of the ZTT story,  another member of the Art of Noise and another great guest, Mr JJ Jeczalik.

1980 : Yes-Drama (LP)

1981: Kate Bush - Sat In Your Lap

1982: ABC - The Lexicon of Love (LP)

1983 : Malcolm McLaren - Duck Soup (LP)
               Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart
               Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax

1984: Frankie Goes ...

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Another audio commentary and another Hugh Padgham to add to the collection.
Following The Police and Phil Collins we had to have a Genesis one and why not their most successful and (IMHO) their best, Invisible Touch?

Sync up and enjoy this fab outing from Phil and the boys (or Tony and the guys. Or Mike + the non-Mechanics)

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Pt II of chat with Kevin Godley on his music video career in the 80s.

So many great videos of great songs so delay no more and dive in...


The Police - Synchronicity Live Video
Yes - Leave It
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes (destructo mix) (audio commentary)


Duran Duran - A View To A Kill
Howard Jones - Life In One Day
Artists Against Apartheid - Sun ...

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Pt 1 of chat with 25% of original 10cc line up and 50% of Godley & Creme, the 100% Kevin Godley. The discussion focuses exclusively on his music video directing career (bar the opening chat around a 10cc track).

So much great music and great visuals discussed. Was an absolute pleasure to speak to Mr G.


10cc - Iceberg
Godley & Creme - An Englishman In New York


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Audio Commentary time with the wonderfully effervescent debut LP by Voice of the Beehive, Let it Bee analysed by singer/songwriter and Queen Bee, Tracey Belland aka Tracey Bryn.

Lots covered beyond the album including Michael Stipe, Chrissie Hynde and Roland Rat.

At the end of the experience I was buzzed. You will be too. Enjoy.


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Pt 2 of the Dave Bascombe interview and much success with Tears For Fears and Depeche Mode plus mega hits with Danny Wilson & Red Box. Plus Peter Gabriel, Danny Wilson and Val Doonican. Not enough of old VD, to be honest. My fault, sorry.

Let's get that Wiki page created for DB!


Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
Red Box - Lean On Me


It's Immateri...

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Part 1 of a My 80sography chat with  the great Producer/Engineer/Mixer, Dave Bascombe, and what an eclectic mix it is;


Maida Vale studios
BBC sessions/Top of The Pops recordings


Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling (1979)
Mike Rutherford - Smallcreep's Day
Genesis - Duke


Elkie Brooks - Pearls II
 Marti Webb - I'm Not That Kind Of Gi...

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Another episode, another audio commentary for a great album and another great guest in singer/songwriter and 50% of Go West, Peter Cox.

Peter goes through the debut Go West album, called, er, Go West (listen to hear peter's nixed alternate title) and what a massively underrated joy of an album it is too.

After a brief background to the formation of Go West we get into the album track by track so sync up ...

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February 14, 2023 75 mins

Hello again. What better way to start a new season of 80sography than with a Random Questions with a man who defined the 80s more than anybody, the great producer Trevor Horn.

It was a great pleasure to speak with Trevor and is definitely a big tick off the bucket list. Frankie, Buggles, ABC, Yes, McCartney, Dollar and much more covered within.

Check out his great autobiography, Adventures In Mode...

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Part 2 of the interview with the great musician/producer/arranger/songwriter, Rob Mounsey and so much to discuss; A couple of Simon's, a couple of hugely iconic No 1 power ballads, Billy, Brian, Aretha and so much more.

Let me tell you all about it...

Chaka Khan - Eye To Eye
Joe Cool - Party Animals
Phil Collins - Against All Odds

Madonna - Crazy For You


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We end season 5 (cripes, we nearly up to season 6??) with a two-parter with massively talented musician/producer/songwriter/horn & string arranger, Rob Mounsey.

With the iconic likes of Diana Ross, Steely Dan and Karen Carpenter in his 80s CV as well as classic albums from the likes of Donald Fagen, Paul Simon and Billy Joel and his role as part of the band in the Simon & Garfunkel reunion at Central Park, Rob...

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It's only taken 23 years but 80sography has finally reached the 50th episode milestone! Hurrah to all and sundry! (sorry, don't know why I typed that...)

Why not celebrate with another Anatomy of a Song episode and it's a real toe-tapper pop-pickers - the 1984 smash from Shakatak, Down on the Street.

We speak to main Shakataker, musician/songwriter Bill Sharpe about the hit and his time with th...

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This feels like a very special episode.

Engineer Toby Scott takes us track-by-track through the 80s behemoth that is Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA.

Toby goes through the working process on one of the most iconic albums of the (best) decade. Enjoy a bit of background to the making and then listen and/or sync up for the audio commentary of the LP.

Some fascinating stuff for all BruceHeads and lovers of 80s...

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Hello shoes, I'm sorry but I'm going to have to stand on you again...

Unique episode as we enter the world of comedic pop with the wonderful neil (always lower case) and his epic 80s cover of the Traffic classic, Hole In My Shoe.

neil's alter ego, the great Nigel Planer explains all things neil from initial character through to making of the Young Ones and the spin off single/LP (Lentil Nightma...

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A Brucie bonus!

For background, I was lucky to chat to legendary engineer, Toby Scott on his time in the
80s with Mr Bruce Springsteen - the majority of which will be in a future episode.

These are the extra bits not relevant to that chat which I could not bear to lose. Hear Toby talk about the process of recording, mixing and mastering Nebraska (40 years young!) as well
as other odds and sods such a...

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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

If you would like to donate to the pod via PayPal using 80sography@gmai...

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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 ...

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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 t...

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