If you were there, religiously listening to the Top 40 chart show every Sunday like I did, you'll remember most if not all of these tracks.
What a refreshing change it is to find a collection of eighties hits that isn't just another bunch of the same old stuff that makes up the tracklistings of the majority of the many "hits of the 80s" compilations that have been released over the years. This is the decade as I remember it, including some of those "forgotten" hits that won't be featured on your average "Now That's What I Call The Best 80s Album In The World Ever" CD sets. There are a fair few of the "usual suspects" to be had here, for certain, but much of the listing is given over to some of those songs you'll recall hearing while listening to Tommy Vance/Bruno Brookes counting down the latest chart sounds every week when Radio 2 loaned its FM services to Radio 1 for the evening.
Think of the eighties, and of course all the popular bands will spring to mind - Culture Club, A-Ha, Wham!, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran etc., but what about Voice of the Beehive, Alphaville, Strawberry Switchblade, Red Box, The Maisonettes and Fuzzbox? All hitmakers in their day, albeit briefly, and always overlooked in favour of the more successful acts found on most 80s collections. This set will bring back a few memories for the true eighties children, who remember this decade for more than Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Adam and the Ants and Rick Astley.
I can think of at least a hundred other gone-but-not-forgotten hits from this period in music history, so I hope they'll follow this up with another compilation, and dig even deeper into the dusty corners of the vaults!