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Sunset Cruising: 80s Electro, Sophisti-Pop & Retro Wave

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Unsplash My latest cloudcast is inspired by the music in the John Hughes movies of the 1980s: a mixture of pop, indie and new wave. He made the perfect soundtracks to stories about big and small troubles in the lives of teenagers. Well-known films from this director were The Breakfast Club , Weird Science , Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off . One of the tracks I selected, If You Leave by OMD, sounded during the famous prom scene in Pretty In Pink . Steve Harley, who passed away earlier this year, had quite a few hits in the 1970s, but when the decade came to a close his sales dropped dramatically. In 1982, when he tried to pick up his career, he teamed up with Midge Ure, the front man of Ultravox who were very popular at the time. He produced Steve Harley’s single I Can’t Even Touch You and played an amazing guitar part on it (a bit similar to the one on Dancing With Tears In My Eyes , a later hit single by Ultravox). Unfortunately I Can’t Even Touch You was not successf

Smooth Sailing: Yacht Rock & Mellow Soul

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Unsplash The opening song by multi-instrumentalist Matt Dibble is from the posthumously released album Forever . He was one of the founding members of British band Super db, but died unexpectedly in 2021, probably due to an allergic reaction. The track by Percy Mays is from the new compilation LP W3NG , out on Numero, “a sweet selection of mellow grooves” , according to record store Dusty Groove. In 1978, when glam rock band Mud began to fall apart, the main songwriters of the band Rob Davis and Ray Stiles took some time off to record a few singles as a duo and named themselves Roly. One of these singles was Don’t Ever Change , which was a cover of a Carole King & Gerry Coffin composition, first recorded by The Crickets in 1961 (after been rejected by The Everly Brothers). Mud officially split in 1980, but they shortly reunited in the original line-up a few years later. They then recorded  Don’t Ever Change again, this time with their front man Les Gray as the lead singer. One of

Billboard Disco Top 20 – May 31st 1980

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Pexels Enjoy this Billboard Disco Top 20, ranked from 20 to 1, dated May 31st 1980! Most of the tracks are soulful disco, but somehow rock group Blondie slipped into this chart . Best name ever for a band: Erotic Drum Band 😊  Next up is a new part of Smooth Sailing ! Tracklist: Shalamar – Right In The Socket Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown Manhattan Transfer – Twilight Zone Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat Crown Heights Affair – You Gave Me Love Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove American Gypsy – I’m OK, You’re OK Blondie – Call Me Ann-Margret – Midnight Message Brothers Johnson – Stomp! Odyssey – Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her Baby’O – In The Forest S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) Erotic Drum Band – Touch Me Where It’s Hot Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again Stephanie Mills – Sweet Sensation Teena Marie – Behind The Groove Two Tons O' Fun – Just Us Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious Change – The Glow Of Love

Record World Disco File Top 20 – May 31st 1980 (Mixcloud Exclusive)

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This Friday I will upload the Billboard Disco Top 20 of the same date, so spot the differences then! 😊 Unfortunately the Record World charts disappeared in 1982, while the Billboard disco dance chart became a weird mix of all kinds of genres over the decade. One of them was surprisingly British new wave. Names like Soft Cell, Simple Minds, Altered Images, Pete Shelley, A Flock Of Seagulls, Haircut One Hundred, Human League and Thompson Twins popped up. They were played a lot probably in the (alternative) clubs those days and although these acts made some very good songs, their music is neither disco nor dance. Tracklist: Peter Brown – Can’t Be Love (Do It To Me Anyway) Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love Blondie – Call Me Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove Watson Beasley – What’s On My Mind Crown Heights Affair – You Gave Me Love American Gypsy – I’m OK, You’re OK Jerry Knight – Overnight Sensation Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again Stacy Lattisaw

Suddenly Last Summer: AOR, Classic Rock & Sunshine Radio Pop

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Pexels Turn on your car radio and enjoy this preview of summer on Sunshine Radio ! 😊 Although shelved since 1979, the Keady & Vallins album could have become a successful LP at the time. However, the duo were out of luck, despite their original version of Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams’ number one hit Too Much, Too Little, Too Late . Fortunately their songs have been recently released, 45 years after its completion. All The Lonely Nights from their self-titled album is the opening track of this cloudcast. The closing track by singer-songwriter Laura Nyro is from the Motown tribute album A Different World – The Holland-Dozier-Holand Songbook , out on Ace Records . The original version of Come And Get These Memories is from Martha & The Vandallas. There are two other Motown references on this cloudcast. Boo Hewerdine of British band The Bible quotes The Temptations song I Wish It Would Rain and Captain & Tennille do their version of Shop Around by the Miracles. Ne

Night Breeze From The West Coast

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Unsplash Enjoy this warm night breeze from the West Coast! The track by Joe Jackson is from the soundtrack to the incredibly good movie Sing Street , which is about a guy who starts a band to impress a girl. “A woman can’t truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.” (Sing Street) Based in Great-Britain, Tutankhamun is the solo project of Olly Toomey. He created his self-titled, smooth jazz album with a 1970s feel to it. His song Garden stands out by being more upbeat and optimistic, although it is quite a nostalgic song, about looking back and wondering if anything could have happened differently. Sail-Joia was a 1970s Latin jazz/pop group from Amsterdam who started out as house band for the clubs Kosmos and Melkweg. They began recording music after the Portuguese brothers Antonio Lameirinhas and Fernando Lameirinhas joined the band. In 1980 the group disbanded and some of the members moved onto to Fernando's Ginga. In 1988 there was a short-lived reunion under the name Joia.

Sweet Nothings: Sixties Soul, Petticoat Pop & Girl Group Harmonies

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I wanted to recreate the days of petticoats, diners and jukeboxes (1955-1969). Enjoy the music my parents grew up with in their teenage years and I listened to when I was a little kid! 😊 In the early 1960s Dee Dee Sharp was a teenage star and sang a duet with Chubby Checker, Slow Twisting . In 1968 she recorded What Kind Of Lady for Gamble Records, owned by producer Kenny Gamble whom she had married a year earlier. He became very successful in the 1970s when he created the sophisticated Philly soul sound, together with Leon Huff. The track by Dusty Springfield was produced by Kenny Gamble too and the 1965 single by The Three Degrees was an early Leon Huff production, almost a decade before the ladies worked with him again and became popular worldwide. Marv Johnson’s Come To Me was the first record issued by Tamla Records, the precursor to famous label Motown. Despite his early success in the United States, Johnson ultimately enjoyed more popularity overseas than in his native countr