Your correspondent is disgracefully late with an update from the world of 1980. But hey available for another 21 days to UK brethren on the iplayer. To kick off Smokie take good care of my baby – the seventies don’t die easily do they. A thin leather tie is a very token nod to the 1980s, a bit like leg warmers for men.
Video for Macca – Coming Up – including a very prominent Linda on backing vocals. Everyone has wacky costumes and facial fuzz. His solo career at this point was a bit wierd – this, temporary secretary, it’s all over the shop.Look out for Linda and her finger!
The Cure take us back to new wave concerns with a forest. V difficult to see Robert Smith in his pre lipstick and birds nest days as just another angsty young man. Have you ever seen him and Helen Bonham Carter in the same room? No concessions here, Mr Smith looking like a young Michael Owen and everyone in the band is trying to do the blankest blank stare. Excellent roto toms set up – is that the right word?
ELvis Costello video next for hi fidelity – he is holding onto a very strange mic for grim death and indulging in some dad dancing.
Repeat of Skyy doing toccata in the studio – the charts were pretty diverse at this time. Cod-classical prog not dead either.
Sad cafe repeat clip of My Oh My, followed by the Cockney Rejects with the greatest cockney rip off. There is a lot of red light and it is fair to say the audience don’t quite know what to make of bovver boy cum music hall that is the cockney rejects.
No disco yet – oh no here’s legs and co with a fairly simple task to dance to Bobby thurstons check out this groove.
Bad manners next with ne ne no nun nu – it’s a pretty fine ska track – check out busters laugh-along with the sax solo. What with Madness and this ska had a heavy grip on the primary school playground.
Dull, dull, dull David Essex with his motorbikes for dream racer
Corking clip next of The Undertones – my cousin Kevin – feargal hogs the cameras in a top sarah Lund jumper. Most of the other undertones don’t get a look in until the guitar solo.
May means Eurovision so here’s fresh-faced Irish legend Johnny Logan what’s another year – well about thirty-five in this case.
No video for Blondie just clips from American Gigolo intercut with stills – and is that the legs? Sneaking in for a second appearance. They made this one up 30 mins before airtime surely.