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Birmingham's acclaimed reggae band have been together since 1978 and have had numerous hits including 1 In 10, Cherry Oh Baby, Homely Girl and Red Red Wine. Following the departure of vocalist Ali Campbell in 2008, UB40’s five remaining founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan continue to record and tour extensively.
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As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley has, over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. Pioneers of the '80s Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, the most memorable being the singles "Gold" and the international number one "True", the latter famously sampled by PM Dawn in 1991. As a solo artist in his own right who has continued entertaining audiences with his stunning rich voice that has lost none of its power. He released his first solo album back in 1992 and has continued to release albums sporadically, including a jazz/swing album and a Christmas album.
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ABC were one of those groups who come along once a decade to effect a paradigm shift in the way music is heard and made, one of those groups who move the music forward, alerting us to the possibilities of strange combinations, employing radical ideas yet never confusing arrogance with ambition. They kick-started the Eighties with their own brand of pop for the new decade. Fusing dance floor finesse with a post-punk attitude they released their first single, ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, in the autumn of 1981. More hits followed in rapid succession. ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘The Look Of Love’ and ‘All Of My Heart’. On its release in May 1982 their debut album ‘The Lexicon of Love’ crashed straight into the album charts at number one. Although they continued to release more albums over the years, they eventually made an acclaimed sequel to their debut, releasing 'The Lexicon of Love II' in 2017. ABC continue to tour extensively throughout the world, playing sell-out concerts from London‘s Royal Albert Hall to California’s Hollywood Bowl. Whether performing as a band, or performing with an Orchestra, Martin Fry remains the consummate show man.
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Daughter of the evergreen Marty Wilde, Kim's debut single 'Kids In America' was released in 1980 and was a massive hit single. Kim took a break from music when she developed green fingers as a presenter on the BBC's programme 'Garden Invaders'. She later rejuvenated her singing career, with regular appearances at 80's festivals and new albums including 2013's 'Wilde Winter Songbook', a collection of Christmas and Winter-themed songs, and 2018's sci-fi themed 'Here Come The Aliens', which gave Kim her first UK Top 30 album since the early 90s.
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A respectable face of eighties pop with strong feelings on animal rights and life's excesses. His catchy chart-topping tunes with erudite and meaningful lyrics have earned him a fans and respect the world over. He scored a string of worldwide hits including 'New Song', 'What Is Love?' and 'No one Is To Blame'. Best known for his synth work, Jones is also a classically trained pianist and released 3 albums in 2007, including 'Piano Solos volume 2'.
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Midge Ure's Band Electronica
Midge Ure's Band Electronica takes the Ultravox frontman back to his roots, reuniting with synthesisers and electric guitars. Midge says: "I want to revisit some material that I've not really been able to perform with the recent acoustic line up, so you can expect to hear songs that haven't been aired for a while as well as the classics and a couple of surprises! I've really enjoyed touring with a band and now I want to expand back to a four piece and return to a more electronic based format".
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The Art of What?!
Co-founders of 80's electronic experimentalists the Art Of Noise, JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan, bring you a DJ/AV show featuring a live manipulation of their pioneering music videos that included guests vocalists like Tom Jones and Max Headroom.
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A colourful character, part of the '80s post-punk New Wave scene, Toyah had considerable chart success with hits such as It's A Mystery, I Want To Be Free and Brave New World. Alongside her ongoing recording career and role as a TV presenter, Toyah has also trod the boards with the lead role in the musical Anne Get Your Gun.
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Formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975, The Undertones became renowned for combining lyrical invention and musical flair with intelligent simplicity. Their anthemic Teenage Kicks, much loved by John Peel, was one of the most influential songs of the post-punk era. Reformed in 1999 without the influential Feargal Sharkey, they are still pumping out their classics hits with some new material.
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The Real Thing
The UK's own disco pioneers The Real Thing still whip up the crowds from the minute they hit the stage. Following the sad passing of Eddy Amoo, his brother Chris and Dave Smith have decided to continue as a duo backed by The Real Thing band. Return to the glory days of dance music with the real music legends in a soulsational evening of non-stop, live dancefloor anthems including You to Me Are Everything, Can't Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force. Backed by their critically acclaimed band, one of The Real Thing's original frontmen, Chris Amoo plus Dave Smith, revive the sensational 70s and 80s, performing all of the UK's most successful soul group's formidable repertoire. Rainin' Through the Sunshine, So Much Love to Give and Love's Such a Wonderful Thing give way to the classic Children of the Ghetto famously covered by Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire. Also featuring a specially composed tribute to the biggest dance hits of their era, including Ladies Night, Ain't No Stopping us Now and Celebration, prepare to use up and wear out the dancefloor one last time! " ... these guys are pure class, and really hold up their songs vocally, even after all these years" - Clair Woodward, Sunday Express
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Then Jerico first found fame in 1986 with the release of their debut album 'First (The Sound Of Music)'. The record featured hit singles 'Muscle Deep' and 'The Motive' which remained in the UK Top 40 chart for three months, becoming the most-played record on BBC Radio 1 in 1987. The track brought Then Jerico worldwide recognition and saw them selling out headline shows along with support tours with Iggy Pop and Propaganda, amongst others. Their follow-up album, the critically acclaimed 'The Big Area', cemented their status as one of the greatest bands of the 1980s. Selling over 100,000 copies within the first 40 minutes of its release, 'The Big Area' immediately attaining Gold status and consequently reached Platinum sales.
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American actor and singer, best known for his late 80s UK hits 'If Only I Could' and 'Sit And Wait'.
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Perth New Wave band, best known for their 1983 no.6 UK hit (Feels Like) Heaven.
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The Gibson Brothers
Famous hits include 'Cuba'.
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Any self-respecting early 90s clubbers will still remember dance diva Rozalla's biggest hit, the nigh-unavoidable 'Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)' which went top 5 in 1990.
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80's duo, best known for their hits ‘Dance Hall Days’ and ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’, which was a US no.1. Although a British duo, the band found more success stateside, and have even been name-checked in episodes of The Simpsons and Frasier, whilst their songs have featured in The Fighter, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Glee, amongst others.
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Fun Punk from Edward Tudor-Pole and the boys, best known for their 1981 no.6 hit 'Swords of a Thousand Men'.
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Captain Sensible (born Raymond Burns) a singer, songwriter and guitarist that co-founded the punk rock band The Damned in 1976. He has also enjoyed a successful solo career and is a member of supergroup Dead Men Walking.
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