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Song of the day: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc)

The band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) didn’t really sing normal love songs. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Tubes- Don’t Want To Wait Anymore

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The Tubes released a concept album in 1981. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kiki Dee- Star

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Kiki Dee became famous in 1976 with her song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, which she recorded with Elton John. After this number 1 hit, it had grown a bit silent around her. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Depeche Mode- Just Can’t Get Enough

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In 1981, Depeche Mode had their first UK top 10 hit. The song, written by the later Erasure member Vince Clarke, would especially sell well in the live 12 inch version. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Michel Sardou- Les Lacs Du Connemara

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In 1981, Michel Sardou released quite a strange ‘chanson’. The whole idea for the song started with the synthesizer of Sardou giving a sound which was like a bagpipe. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Specials- Ghost Town

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In 1981, the Specials had a very big hit with their song Ghost Town. Jerry Dammers, the keyboard player of the band, wrote the song. He saw Coventry, the town where he grew up, decline and saw the start of quite some social unrest. Together with things they saw on tour, as shops closing down in Liverpool, it was the inspiration for the song. All together it took a year to write it, and Jerry asked the members to record the song as he prescribed. It was not a bad idea, since it made a number 1 hit in the UK charts. However, shortly before the song got that status, three members left to form the Fun Boy Three… Enjoy

The Specials- Ghost Town

Song of the day: Luther Vandross- Never Too Much

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In 1981, Luther Vandross released Never Too Much, his solo debut. He first was a singer in advertisements and sung the backing vocals in several songs. Roberta Flack, who also had him as backing singer, said he should try to put up a solo career. With the demos of Sugar and Spice and Never Too Much, he went to Epic Records, which offered him a job. This was a number 1 in the R&B chart in the US, and also hit the UK chart on number 44, starting his career as solo singer. Enjoy

Luther Vandross- Never Too Much

Song of the day: Kim Carnes- Bette Davis Eyes

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In 1981, Kim Carnes covered a song by Jackie DeShannon. She recorded it as a jazz song in 1975, inspired by an old movie with Bette Davis in it. Donna Weiss, one of the writers, submitted a demo to Kim Carnes, who decided to record the song. The song became a hit in the US, where it was number 1. Bette Davis then wrote a letter to Kim Carnes and the writers, to tell that she was a fan of the song. Enjoy

Kim Carnes- Bette Davis Eyes

Song of the day: B.B.&Q. Band- On The Beat

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In 1981, a businessman developed a studio concept, a group that would record some albums. The B. B. & Q. Band was formed by people from Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens, three parts of New York. Their first album, which carries the name of the group, had one of their few hits on it. It was number 41 in the UK and number 8 in the US black singles chart. Enjoy

The B. B. & Q. Band- On The Beat

Song of the day: Squeeze- Tempted

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In 1981, Squeeze released its fourth album. From this album, the second single would be Tempted. It was sung by Paul Carrack, who normally played the keyboard. Later he would sing in the band Mike & The Mechanics. This song was produced by Elvis Costello, but it did not make it to the top 40 in any country: number 41 in the UK, number 49 in the US and even number 90 in Australia… however, over time and due to the use in several commercials, it has become a classic. Enjoy

Squeeze- Tempted