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Subject: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/06/15 at 7:15 pm

Great Britain churned out some fantastic stuff in the 80s.  Some of it became popular in North America, but a lot of it did not.  What are some of your favourites?

EDIT:  Please remember 2-3 videos per post


Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/06/15 at 7:17 pm

I shall begin with two of my favourites from the late 80s ...


Fairground Attraction - Perfect (1988)
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Easterhouse - Come Out Fighting (1989)
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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/06/15 at 8:04 pm

Two from the early 80s I really enjoy ...


Big Country - Chance (1983)
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Modern Romance - Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey (1981)
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A wee bit 'O trivia:  The debut album by Modern Romance was called 'Adventures of Clubland'.  In Canada, after the album was already pressed, their record label decided to credit the album to members Geoffrey Deane and David Jaymes, so they put a sticker on the side of the sleeve and on the vinyl label itself to cover up the words Modern Romance.  Some releases (such as the one below) have the sticker over the Modern Romance logo on the album art as well, but the one I have just has it on the side and label. 

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: #Infinity on 10/07/15 at 3:14 pm

These two immediately come to mind for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S03UOkb9zU4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TupvVpxY_U

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Henk on 10/08/15 at 8:55 am

One that springs to mind:

Killing Joke - Love Like Blood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnpwuRlXbhk

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 10/13/15 at 11:37 am

Being British (well half-British) and growing up there, this is a tough one. My all-time favourite group are Five Star but I think I've bombarded this forum with enough of their work. :D And so I shall list some of the runners-up...

Nik Kershaw - Progress (1984) is a nice catchy tune with quirky lyrics that funnily enough never made it onto any of his albums.

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Culture Club - I'll Tumble 4 Ya (1982) the video features a young Naomi Campbell.

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/13/15 at 3:37 pm


The The - This is the Day



Killing Joke - Love Like Blood


You're speaking my language.  Love both of those


Being British (well half-British) and growing up there, this is a tough one. My all-time favourite group are Five Star but I think I've bombarded this forum with enough of their work. :D


There's no such thing as too much Five Star.  They were awesome!

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/13/15 at 4:02 pm

Here's two urban ones that I really enjoy ...

The Funk Masters - It's Over (1983)
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The lead singer for Funk Masters was Juliet Roberts.  As a solo artist, she had a brief run of UK Top 40 hits in the 90s including 'I Want You' which spent 2 weeks atop the US Dance chart in 1994

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Sade - Hang on to Your Love (1984)
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This was Sade's first single release in the US/Canada.  It was not released as a single in the UK. 
It failed to reach the US Hot 100 (by 2 positions), but it made the Top 20 in Canada

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 10/13/15 at 9:30 pm


The Funk Masters - It's Over (1983)


Yeah I remember this one. The female vocalist Julia Roberts went on to have big dance hits in the 90s. Sorry Whistle didn't read through your post fully.


I love Eddie Reader (and Fairground Attraction). Their follow up single was nice too...

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WET WET WET... my sisters loved them but I only found real appreciation for them recently.

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/15/15 at 3:14 pm

^ Good stuff there.  I like The Wets a lot. 


Here's two more I really enjoy ...

Hot Chocolate - What Kinda Boy You Lookin' For (1983)
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Nick Heyward - Tell Me Why (1988)
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The latter one didn't chart anywhere, which I don't understand because it's so catchy.  Like the song says:  "Tell me why, I don't honestly know"

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 10/15/15 at 10:13 pm



Nick Heyward - Tell Me Why (1988)



I liked that! Quite poppy.
And I had no idea Hot Chocolate were British!?

Two more from me...

Hazell Dean - Who's Leaving Who (1988)... always reminds me of my '88 summer holiday in the UK.

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Mel & Kim - More Than Words Can Say (1987)... this was me and my 'girlfriends' song... well I was only 11 yrs old. :P This was never released as a single but most people know it.

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/16/15 at 4:55 pm

^ Love that Hazell Dean track.  Can't say as I knew that Mel & Kim track, but I quite enjoyed it.

Here's two more from me, oddly enough both are from 1981 ...

10cc - Don't Turn Me Away
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Dollar - Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour)
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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 10/17/15 at 12:16 am

Always thought 10cc were American.

I also saw Dollar when they toured with Five Star on an 80s revival tour in 2002.

Sticking with 1981, here's a Sheena Easton track I'd never heard of until recently...

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: violet_shy on 10/18/15 at 4:27 pm

Can we say British bands too?

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Paul on 10/19/15 at 4:39 am


Sticking with 1981, here's a Sheena Easton track I'd never heard of until recently...


This was her first effort, but didn't achieve success until her second effort came along ('9 To 5', or 'Morning Train' if you must!) - didn't hurt that she was the subject of a well-watched documentary showing on British TV at the time!

And loooooonnng before anyone in America, let alone Britain, knew who they were, some upstarts calling themselves Level 42 were cracking the Dutch charts...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65aUfZ33Fo8

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Paul on 10/19/15 at 4:47 am

The Adventures were active during most of the 80s, flitting from label to label in search of that bit of success - it finally came in 1988 with a song that was rarely off the radio, but only just managed to ease itself into the Top 20 - fine song, tho', should've reached a lot higher...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yBWf0rcddo

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/20/15 at 9:45 pm


Always thought 10cc were American.


10cc do sort of have an American sound to them, atleast their 70s stuff anyway.  Don't Turn Me Away was a surprise Top 40 hit in Canada, and from what I gather from endless searches on the internet, it was not a Top 40 hit anywhere else


The Adventures were active during most of the 80s, flitting from label to label in search of that bit of success - it finally came in 1988 with a song that was rarely off the radio, but only just managed to ease itself into the Top 20 - fine song, tho', should've reached a lot higher...


If I was to compile a list of the 100 greatest songs of the 80s, 'Broken Land' would be in there.  I just love it!

Before The Adventures signed a record deal, lead singer Terry Sharpe made himself somewhat of a known face playing the 'shy boy' in the video for the 1982 song of the same name by Bananarama.  A fun song I still enjoy ...

Bananarama - Shy Boy (1982)
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And loooooonnng before anyone in America, let alone Britain, knew who they were, some upstarts calling themselves Level 42 were cracking the Dutch charts...


I love Level 42.  Their early 80s stuff is like jazz-funk which is such a difference to their later stuff when they finally broke North America.  Another great jazz-funk group from the early 80s was Shakatak.

I really enjoy this one ...

Shakatak - Dark is the Night (1983)
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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 11/05/15 at 5:03 pm

Duran Duran: Save A Prayer

You saw me standing by a wall
corner of a main street
and the lights are flashing
on your window sill

All alone ain't much fun
so you're looking for the thrill
and you know just what it takes
and where to go.

Don't say a prayer for me now
save it till the morning after
no don't say a prayer for me now
save it till the morning after.
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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Redhairkid on 11/17/15 at 10:47 am

'The Living Years' by Mike and the Mechanics.

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 11/19/15 at 9:58 am

Bit of Bucks Fizz... this got to no1. Used to love those pencil-thin microphones lol.

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 11/19/15 at 3:21 pm


Bit of Bucks Fizz... this got to no1. Used to love those pencil-thin microphones lol.

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What other hits did Bucks Fizz have?

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Redhairkid on 11/19/15 at 3:30 pm

Making Your Mind Up, Land Of Make Believe, Piece Of The Action, One Of Those Nights, Run For Your Life, Now Those Days Are Gone, London Town, When We Were Young. And that's only the ones I can remember!

Love 'My Camera Never Lies'.

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 11/20/15 at 4:53 pm

I have a picture
pinned to my wall
an image of you and of me
and we're laughing and we're lovin it all

Look at our life now
we're tattered and torn
We're fussing and fighting
and delighting in tears
and we cry until dawn

Hold me now
warm my heart
stay with me
Let loving start
let loving start

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 11/20/15 at 11:22 pm

Howard their most well known hit outside of the UK would probably be this (which wasn't mentioned by RedHairKid)

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 11/22/15 at 9:09 pm

I love Bucks Fizz.  They never charted in North America, but they did have several releases here.  I'd say their best known hit outside of the UK was 'Talking in Your Sleep' as it was a cover of a song made famous in North America by The Romantics.

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I'd also say 'The Land of Make Believe' was well known in Canada through it's cover version by The Mini Pops.

I proudly own these on vinyl.  The one on the left was a US/Canada only compilation aimed to break the band in North America.  Sadly, it did not work ...

http://cdn.discogs.com/SR9_B683amRw4Q99t5Sy5b1qVqk=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb()/discogs-images/R-2078485-1262759136.jpeg.jpg http://www.raffem.com/images/Bucks_Fizz/bfgh5.jpg

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 11/23/15 at 4:48 am

Yes I love "Land Of Make Believe" too.

I'm actually not sure which version of "Talking In Your Sleep" I knew best as a kid. Perhaps I listened to both equally as I lived all around the world back then.

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 11/23/15 at 2:34 pm


I love Bucks Fizz.  They never charted in North America, but they did have several releases here.  I'd say their best known hit outside of the UK was 'Talking in Your Sleep' as it was a cover of a song made famous in North America by The Romantics.

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I'd also say 'The Land of Make Believe' was well known in Canada through it's cover version by The Mini Pops.

I proudly own these on vinyl.  The one on the left was a US/Canada only compilation aimed to break the band in North America.  Sadly, it did not work ...

http://cdn.discogs.com/SR9_B683amRw4Q99t5Sy5b1qVqk=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb()/discogs-images/R-2078485-1262759136.jpeg.jpg http://www.raffem.com/images/Bucks_Fizz/bfgh5.jpg


How come they weren't popular in The U.S.?

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: loki 13 on 11/23/15 at 5:48 pm



I'd also say 'The Land of Make Believe' was well known in Canada through it's cover version by The Mini Pops.


Co-written by Fromer King Crimson member and ELP collaborator Peter Sinfield.



I proudly own these on vinyl.  The one on the left was a US/Canada only compilation aimed to break the band in North America.  Sadly, it did not work ...

http://cdn.discogs.com/SR9_B683amRw4Q99t5Sy5b1qVqk=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb()/discogs-images/R-2078485-1262759136.jpeg.jpg


I too own this album.

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: ralfy on 11/24/15 at 5:11 am

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: ralfy on 11/24/15 at 5:16 am

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 11/24/15 at 10:28 am

Haywoode's 1986 single "Roses"...


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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: danootaandme on 11/24/15 at 11:08 am

Trying to put Happy Hour Again by the Housemartins, but it isn't working.

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 11/24/15 at 2:31 pm


Haywoode's 1986 single "Roses"...


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Wow I never knew there was a video to this.  :o

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: ralfy on 11/25/15 at 6:15 am

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: ralfy on 11/25/15 at 6:17 am

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: ralfy on 11/25/15 at 6:23 am

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 11/25/15 at 9:26 pm


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Really nice this one - didn't expect it to be so poppy!

And wasn't The Farm in 1990? I remember that and "Groovy Train" being all over the place back then. Good times!

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: ralfy on 11/27/15 at 9:49 am

Sorry, I considered 1990 as part of the '80s decade, although it really ends on January first of the year.

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: ralfy on 11/27/15 at 9:53 am

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 11/28/15 at 4:50 pm

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Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/28/15 at 11:42 pm

Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels (1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZyGDiUnta4

(Although I also loved) Change (1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7t7gKh0qIM

The Fixx - Stand or Fall (1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM6Ilhqms_8

Marillon - Kayleigh (which I did not discover until only a couple years ago.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr7hXE9m6r8

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 01/15/16 at 4:26 pm

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This is the song that most "feminists" thought was sexist.  I was 9 at the time that this video was released so I didn't understand what all of the fuss was about?

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Reynolds1863 on 01/22/16 at 12:30 pm

West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: danootaandme on 01/31/16 at 6:27 pm

Everything by the Clash

Subject: Re: Favourite British Songs of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 02/01/16 at 7:19 am

Our House By Madness

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