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Day 441: Tainted Love, Soft Cell

Time for a trip down memory lane with this 80s rock classic. Tainted love first appeared on the Australian radio airwaves in 1981. At the time a good friend and mine were avid listeners of the Sydney radio station 2SM... View Article

Day 383: Jukebox Hero, Foreigner

I remember when Foreigner 4 was released. I was 15 at the time. My friend Robert really liked the album and this was one of the hits on this album that was played regularly on Sydney radio stations. Sadly this... View Article

Day 375: It must be love, Madness

Well this band is well overdue to make its first appearance on Covid Island Discs. This song reminds me of happier times in sunny Australia in the 1980s. I had a really good friend who was very into Madness and... View Article

Day 340: Jenny, Tommy Tutone

So yesterday I cited the song “Rikki Don’t lose that number” by Steely Dan and that song reminded me of this famous one hit wonder by the band Tommy Tutone. I think the chorus of this song is quite clever... View Article

Day 306: Be good Johnny, Men at Work

Men at work are probably known in most countries as a one hit wonder band with their most famous song being Down Under (Covid Island Discs day 30). However in Australia they did have other hits, and this was one... View Article

Day 293: History never Repeats, Split Enz

So as I write these words the USA state capital has just been stormed by pro-Trump supporters trying to organise a coup to prevent Joe Biden from being certified as the 46th president of the United States. A good German... View Article

Day 271: Angel of the Morning, Juice Newton

Another very beautiful song from the 1980s. I beginning to think that perhaps the 80s was one of the best decade for contemporary music or perhaps, more likely, it was just my formative years when I was developing my musical... View Article