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Wired for Sound: Now That's What I Call An Eighties Music Childhood [Kindle Edition]

Tom Bromley
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Book Description

The eighties was a golden era for British pop: Radio One served as the soundtrack of the nation; the chart run-down on Sunday evenings was compulsory listening - ditto watching Top of the Pops and reading Smash Hits. It also saw the launch of the Now That's What I Call Music series. In the States, the arrival of MTV helped usher in what became known as the 'Second British Invasion', echoing the success of the Beatles twenty years earlier.
Wired For Sound tells the remarkable story of the great eighties British bands (and Kajagoogoo) and how their music captured the nation's imagination: the more radical beginnings in the early eighties (the new romanticisms of Duran and Spandau, the 'protest pop' of early Wham!); the full pomp of their mid-eighties success (the worldwide tours, the glamorous video shoots, the ubiquitous 'Choose Life' and 'Relax' T-shirts); and their fall from the top of pop's pedestal (the splitting up of Wham!, Boy George's drug problems). Wired for Sound will describe the subsequent descent to Band Aid II (Bros, Wet Wet Wet, Stock, Aitken and Waterman), which bookended the low point of the pop music that followed.
Wired For Sound will be the affectionate celebration of both a musical youth and the era when young guns went for it. This is a book for anyone who grew up reading Smash Hits, soundtracked their teenage years on C90 cassettes and remembers a time when it really mattered who was number one.

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"Tom Bromley's detailed and evocative memoir of the eighties music scene is funny, warm and joyously spot on. Whether or not you grew up in the eighties, you will be transported back with him to the most creative and flamboyant era in music pop history." -Carol Decker

"In Tom Bromley's self deprecating hands reliving the age of Wham! and Duran Duran is a joy ... *Wired for Sound* is a witty and likeable tribute to the innocent, childlike charms of pop music." -Will Hodgkinson


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849833931
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL5D1A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Tom Bromley was born in Salisbury in 1972 and grew up in York. A writer and editor, he is the author and co-author of eight books under his own name, and the ghostwriter of many more. His books include the novels 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Half A World Away', and the non-fiction works 'We Could Have Been The Wombles', 'All in the Best Possible Taste', 'Rock and Pop Elevens', 'The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures' and 'Shopping While Drunk'. Tom's latest book, 'Wired For Sound' is published by Simon and Schuster in June 2012. He lives in Salisbury with his wife, two daughters and his record collection.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you really want to hurt Bruno Brookes? 13 Aug. 2012
Nostalgia-driven jog-trots through childhood are ten a penny since Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch first hit paydirt nearly 20 years ago. This book by Tom Bromley is an enjoyable addition to the genre. Bromley is absolutely a child of the '80s, just about becoming aware of music as the decade began and beginning to detach himself gently as the decade ended, and his knowledge of and affection for an often much maligned era in popular culture is infectious.

Bromley's tastes are thoroughly mainstream. He actually liked Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Wham! and everyone else it was deeply uncool to like at the time, only tuning in to the Smiths very late in the day when late adolescence struck. He even remembers the engagingly pointless Tiffany v Debbie Gibson rivalry that any sane man would have blotted out of his mind as the scene spiralled into decline in the later years, despite the brief glory of the Stone Roses. He is also spot on in his analysis of how developments in technology drove and were driven by the music. This is all organised thematically by some key tracks of the time, albeit only loosely.

If I must be critical, I would say that Bromley can't quite decide whether it wants to be an in-depth look at his own past through the medium of the music (including toe-curling dips into teenage diaries and his own lamentable attempt to become a pop star himself) or a critical analysis of the music itself. Thus it does tend to fall in between two stools.

(A minor factual quibble, too. At the start of the second part, Bromley slates Bob Geldof for getting the University of York's Central Hall, the only decent venue in his home town, closed down as a music venue after swearily telling the audience to come down and dance in a venue that was structurally unsound for it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
*Written by duchess1's daughter, Rachel Louise Jones, with duchess1's permission.*

I really wanted to enjoy this book, and in all honesty it was a very fun read. Bromley writes in a way that is comical, self-deprecating, and at times quite tongue-in-cheek, and I'm sure that for anyone who was a child and / or teenager in the eighties, this book will bring back many musical memories. However, my enjoyment of the book was ruined considerably by the simple fact that Tom Bromley's own facts are largely wrong.

Many of the factual errors are silly mistakes that surely no-one could ever make - getting the year of Michael Jackson's death wrong, for example, or saying that Wendy Carlos used to be Wayne Carlos, when everyone surely knows that she was Walter Carlos (just where on earth did Bromley get "Wayne" from?!).

And still there's more. Bromley says "A Clockwork Orange" was banned (it wasn't; it was in fact withdrawn by Stanley Kubrick himself), he lists Kraftwerk's "Tour De France" as one of his favourite eighties albums when actually it was never more than a 1983 single (an album of new material, "Tour De France Soundtracks", wasn't created until 2003), and he makes myriad lazy descriptions of famous music videos and live performances that suggest that he has seen said clips, but didn't bother to refresh his memory with a quick visit to Youtube five minutes before writing about them. Add to this mix page after page of typographic errors, and for someone who a) is a sucker for getting the facts perfect and pedantic, and b) wasn't born until 1990 and yet I know that I'm right and he's wrong, does make it at times a very frustrating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational AND fun 16 Sept. 2013
Obviously this book has a fairly limited target audience, but if you love music, have fond memories of the 1980's and enjoy reading books, you can't go far wrong with this.

I do not know the author, but I think we could be kindred spirits. Not only does he love music,like me he loves musical knowledge, statistics, data; trivia if you will. There's plenty of info about what inspired the names of certain bands, the inspiration behind certain songs, why certain bands split up or ejected members. Also all the main Aids (Band/Live/Ferry) are covered extensively, as you would expect. There's even a bunch of lists at the end of the book detailing who sold the most records and what have you. But its not all work, Bromley (or dare I say 'Tom') has an easy going matey style which was also amusing enough to keep me hooked. To be honest I rattled through this pretty quickly; the present day was soon forgotten and all my 80's memories came flooding back and I didn't want it to end. In fact I could envisage hanging out with my new mate 'Tom', jabbering on about music and 80's TV (he's also written a book about the latter, which I would also heartily recommend) long into the night. We even agree on the best song of the decade; 'Two Tribes' by the briefly legendary Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Which also, in my very umble opinion, has the best video ever made.

Anyway, it may not be the most important or intellectual subject matter, but 'Tom' obviously cares about it, and wants you to care as well. And you will, too. I can think of no higher compliment than to say that, once I'd finished reading it, I closed the book and thought, 'I wish I'd written that'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like me, most fans of music of this time
An enjoyable read about personal reflections on 80s music. Like me, most fans of music of this time, will already know the majority of factual content. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ibeales
2.0 out of 5 stars I bought this book expecting a funny memoir of growing up in the...
I bought this book expecting a funny memoir of growing up in the Eighties that would ring bells about my own youth. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Leepy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the eighties lover like me
Brilliant holiday reading for an 80s fan like myself, always looking for another's take on a brilliant decade for music
Published on 19 July 2013 by Cozzy Leicester
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
Tom Bromley's brilliantly funny, personal and richly informative account of music in the 80s is difficult to put down once you start. Read more
Published on 28 Nov. 2012 by MAT1
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, too much cut & paste and basic errors.
The length of the bibliography at the back gives a good indication of the way the writing process behind this book. Read more
Published on 24 Nov. 2012 by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hugely Informative And Enjoyable Nostalgia 80's Trip.
Tom Bromley's Wired for Sound is simply put an amazing book from start to finish.

I really cannot stress enough on how excellent this book is. Read more
Published on 16 Aug. 2012 by DigitalM
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriately 5 Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip back to the decade of sleeves-rolled up suits, mullets and shoulder pads. Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by N. H. Ferguson
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