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Carol Decker lockdown Q and A.

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Hello 80′s Fans,

A little while ago we asked if you had any questions for the wonderful Carol Decker, here are the best 10.

A massive thank you to Carol for answering answer your questions, releasing a new single and promoting is a busy time so it is really appreciated.

We thought it appropriate to publish these today as T’Pau’s new single, Be Wonderful, is now available. I have posted the link on my Twitter feed @80slegends where you can download and enjoy!


1. What would you have done if you weren’t a recording Artist?


I went to art school and was really staring to enjoy textiles so possibly that direction or some sort of journalism as I like writing & comment.


2. As a local girl, how did it feel playing your first gig at the Telford Ice Rink?


 TIR wasn’t my first gig in Telford? But it might have been the first gig at TIR??
 Is that what you mean?  Obviously I had been gigging around the great Shropshire area for years so, there were not many places I had not played locally but yes it was nice to come back ‘BIG ‘  and play on my old stomping ground
3. When making tea are you milk first, milk last or no milk?
 I hate Tea .I’m a coffee girl unless I  have a show then I  drink some tea with honey fro my throat and I put in the  tiniest dash of milk in last as I really hate milky tea.
4. What are your favourite/least favourite venues that you have performed in?
I love the arenas like Wembley , O2  etc as they are spacious  backstage and I do like the shock and awe of a big venue .And I love  festivals as they are (usually) really chill as long as the stage crew are on top of the schedule
Smaller clubs are  a more intense relationship with the audience so that is good in a direct way
The venues I tend to  enjoy the least  are  Council run theatres. They are usually run by jobsworths who don’t care about music or promoting the show effectively.
5. Do you remember the first time you met a famous musician and the first time another famous musician talked about your music, were you star struck at all?
First really famous musician I ever met was  Robert Plant .I knew Kingsley Ward, owner of Rockfield studios in Monmouth & he gave us a production deal & studio time for our early demos
 Robert lived in Monmouth and was good friend of Kingsley’s so he would be at parties and in the shops & pubs  in town etc.Kingsley introduced him to me as ‘Planty” I had no idea who he was and always just called him Planty. It was a few years later I realised he was Robert Plant.When I told my young Guitarist , James Ashby this story he nearly died, as he LOVES Led Zeppelin. He’d have killed  to hang out with him so I was not stars truck
But when I was introduced to Debbie Harry IN Atlanta I could barely speak so then I was starstruck
I have never discussed my music with another musician outside of when I’m writing a song.
 6. What was it like performing on Top of The Pops for the first time?
My first appearance on TOTP was probably one of the most  exciting things that has ever happened to me .It meant so much to be on the most watched music show in the land.I had grown up watching it and now I was appearing on it!  I also hoped that everyone  who had ever doubted me or bullied me at school was watching ! it was all I could do not to flip the bird down the camera.
If you got on TOTP your single usually soared up the charts it was a very important show. It was an institution
7. If you could have been lead singer for another 80′s Band, who would that be?
 Oooooh that’s a hard one … Roxette maybe or INXS.
8. What are your favourite ways of passing time during the lockdown?
Boxsets and drinking wine &  getting  a bit fat then working out the next morning in my garage gym so I can do it again!!
9. If you could record a duet with any male recording artist in history, who would it be?
Tom Petty.
10. What is the first thing you are going to do when the lockdown is over?
Go to the pub!


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World Cup of 80′s Albums – Provisional List

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80′s Fans, I am pleased to announce the provisional list of 128 Albums for the first round of World Cup of 80′s Albums.

Please Tweet us at @80slegends with your thoughts, the list will be amended later today and the First Round Draw made:

Thank You

The 80′s Hog

Abba Souper Trouper
ABC The Lexicon of Love
AC/DC Back in Black
Adam and The Ants Kings of The Wild Frontier
Aerosmith Pump
A-Ha Hunting High and Low
Alexander O’Neal Hearsay
Alison Moyet Alf
Altered Images Bite
Aztec Camera High Land Hard Rain
B52′s Cosmic Thing
Beastie Boys License To Ill
Belinda Carlisle Heaven On Earth
Big Audio Dynamite This is Big Audio Dynamite
Big Country The Crossing
Billy Joel An Innocent Man
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Blancmange Happy Families
Blondie AutoAmerican
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Bronski Beat The Age of Consent
Bros Push
Bruce Springsteen Born In The U.S.A.
Bryan Adams Reckless
Bucks Fizz Bucks Fizz
China Crisis Flaunt The Imperfection
Culture Club Colour By Numbers
Cyndi Lauper  She’s So Unusual
Debbie Harry Koo Koo
Deep Purple  Perfect Strangers
Def Leppard Hysteria
Depeche Mode  Speak and Spell
Dire Straits  Brothers In Arms
Duran Duran  Rio
Echo and The Bunnymen Porcupine
Elton John Breaking Hearts
Emotional Rescue Rolling Stones
Erasure The Circus
Eurythmics  Touch
FGTH Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Fleetwood Mac Tango In The Night
Genesis Invisible Touch
George Michael Faith
Go West Go West
Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction
Haircut 100 Pelican West
Hall and Oates Private Eyes
Heart Bad Animals
Heaven 17 The Luxury Gap
HouseMartins London 0 Hull 4
Human League Dare
Iron Maiden The Number of The Beast
Janet Jackson Control
Japan  Oil on Canvas
Judas Priest British Steel
Kajagoogoo White Feathers
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Kraftwerk Computer World
Led Zeppelin Coda
Level 42 World Machine
Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down
Lisa Stansfield Affection
Madness Absolutely
Madonna True Blue
Marillion  Misplaced Childhood
Meatloaf  Dead Ringer 
Michael Jackson Thriller
Midge Ure The Gift
Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust
Milli Vanilli All or Nothing
Motorhead No Sleep til Hammersmith
New Order Low-Life
Nik Kershaw The Riddle
Nirvana Bleach
Paul Simon Graceland
Paul Young No Parlez
Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl
Pet Shop Boys Please
Peter Gabriel So 
Phil Collins Face Value
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pretenders  Pretenders
Prince Lovesexy
Proclaimers Sunshine On Leith 
Queen  A Kind of Magic
REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity
Rick Astley Whenever You Need Somebody
Robert Palmer Pictures At Eleven
RUSH Moving Pictures
Saxon Wheels of Steel
Shakin’ Stevens Shaky
Simple Minds Street Fighting Years
Simply Red Picture Book
Siouxsie & The Banshees Ju Ju
Sisters of Mercy Floodland
Spandau Ballet TRUE
Squeeze East Side Story
Stevie Wonder Hotter Than  July
Stone Roses The Stone Roses
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring 
Tears for Fears Songs From The Big Chair
Terence Trent D’arby Introducing The Hard Line
Texas Southside
The Bangles Different Light
The Cure Disintegration
The Jam The Gift
The Pogues If I Should From Grace Wih God
The Police Synchronicity
The Smiths Meat is Murder
The Specials The Specials
The The Infected
Thompson Twins Into The Gap
Tina Turner Private Dancer
Toyah Anthem
T’Pau Bridge of Spies
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
U2 The Joshua Tree
Ultravox Vienna
Van Halen 1984
Wet Wet Wet  Popped in Souled Out
WHAM Make It Big
Whitney Houston Whitney
XTC  English Settlement
Yazoo You And Me Both
Yes Drama
ZZ Top Eliminator

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24 Hour 80′s, we’re back.

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We are proud to confirm that our second 24 Hour 80′s marathon fund raiser, in aid of Demelza House Children’s Hospice, will take place on Saturday 01st October 2016 at AMF Bowling Gravesend Kent.

Four years ago myself and Vince Maple raised £3,000 and we hope to at least match that total again. As a Dad to four boys, I can’t imagine the difficult situations that some families go through, thankfully supported by the brilliant team at Demelza. I’m pleased to be able to support them in this fun way.  I hope many people will come along to support the event.

Vince, who is a Labour Councillor in Chatham, added “It was a fantastic experience four years ago raising £3000 for this brilliant local charity.  It is an honour to represent the community that Demelza called home in her short but amazing life. It’s great that AMF have offered support in hosting the event this year, we hope to put the fun in fundraising.”


We are grateful to AMF Bowling Gravesend for agreeing to host this 80′s Marathon. Lewis Harvey, Manager of AMF Gravesend said “It’s great that we can give the local community an opportunity to give to a charity that is close to many people’s hearts.”

If you would like to make a donation, the link to our giving page is below. If you would like a mention or of course you would like us to play your favourite 80′s number please mention that when donating. It would be great to see as many people there as possible to support us. There are also plans to stream this event live, we will keep you all posted with all developments.

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The 80′s impartial view of the EU Referendum.

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The EU Referendum 80′s Top 10:

1. The Final Countdown – Europe (1986) – Does it do what it says on the tin, just a few days left for a united Europe?

The_Final_Countdown_single coutesy Wiki

2. Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash (1982)- Well, that’s for you to decide folks.

3. A New England – Kirsty MacColl (1985) – Will we be waking up to this on June 24th?

4. Together We Are Beautiful – Fern Kinney (1980) – If you see it like this, will you vote to stay in?

5. Single Life – Cameo (1985) – If this is what you prefer, will you vote out?

6. Alone Without You – King (1985) – Will we be all alone in a global wilderness on June 24th?

7. European Female – The Stranglers (1983) – Ladies, will you still be described as this by the end of the month?

European_Female courtesy wikipedia

8. Drowning In Berlin – The Mobiles (1982) – Will the German nation be swimming in tears of joy or sadness?

9. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye – Soft Cell (1982) – Which way will this relationship go? Nobody really knows.

10. The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex (1984) – Whatever happens, we vote for an 80′s Party.



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From a Horror Classic an 80′s Anthem was created.

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28 Years ago, this very day, an 80′s Anthem was Top of The U.K. Singles charts. The smooth but strong vocals of Carol Decker backed by a fantastic band, collectively known as T”Pau, were to be Number One until 19th December when The Pet Shop Boys assumed the Christmas top slot with Always On My Mind. Having been fortunate enough to catch T”Pau live at Butlins Bognor Regis on the 28th anniversary, to the very day, that China In Your Hand became number one in The U.K. charts it was an honour to be granted an interview by the great Carol Decker, co-writer (with Ron Rogers) of China In You Hand.


It was fascinating to hear that the move to a musical career was the result of “fluffing” her A Levels. Having what she described as a “lucky day” on passing her eleven plus, Carol felt like a fish out of water in a Science and Mathematics environment. This led to some dead end jobs and then on to Art School in Shrewsbury as a mature student at the age of 22. This new community was diverse, creative and artistic, it was here that she met Julian who was looking for a singer for his band. After an audition, Carol joined a SKA band known as The Lazers. Carol remembers recording at studios in Coventry where The Specials and The Selector were also making music.

I asked Carol if back in the 80′s she ever thought that T’Pau would still be in demand nearly thirty years later.

“I can’t answer that question in the context in which you asked it because as a young 20 something in a Rock N’ Roll Band I didn’t think past the next day. I didn’t think.. I hope this is an investment for my future, I was careering around the world, I was having hit records, staying in great Hotels and having a great time and that’s as far as my thought process went. Now I’m older, I do it the other way round and look back 28 years ago when Bridge of Spies was released and realise unwittingly what a great classic album we’ve written with the pop classics Heart and Soul and China. I hadn’t realised that I had invested in my future writing such strong songs I just didn’t realise that at the time.”

“A lot of people love the eighties especially if you are a certain age, it was an era in which you were forged, most of us have got happy memories of the eighties. I know some people don’t, it was politically a difficult time but when you think what a diverse and creative decade it was, from Post Punk, New Romantic, Electro Pop through to Pop Rock bands like T’Pau. The decade was really diverse, huge characters. Boy George, Madonna, Michael Jackson. The birth of everything from The Sinclair C-5 through to the mobile phone, the birth of MTV, the Pop Video, what an amazing decade and I think that was all mixed in with us. Set against some of the depressing things that are happening today, some think that they would like to go back to better times when the music was great.”

I commented on how accessible artists from the 80′s had become today and Carol raised a point in regards to success and fame.

“Back then a machine would have run it and as a very big artist you couldn’t possibly talk to everybody, if I was Adele for example everybody wants to talk to me and you have to cherry pick because you are too popular almost, when it all calms down a bit it becomes a bit more realistic.”

What about the music scene today, the manufactured sound and artists it produces?

” Nothing against the kids of today for trying, if I was twenty now I might be in the queue for X-Factor you’re just trying to catch a break. I’m not a snob about it but I hate the way the X-Factor number one has almost become part of the British Christmas tradition, it’s so bland, it’s almost like churning out a load of Westlife’s.”

How does it feel at live performances when the audience know the words to China and can sing it word for word?

“It always puts a tingle down my spine, China was number one as we speak now (28 years ago) right now every night I sing that song on stage. I always mention to the audience that China was number one at that time and they sing even louder. I hadn’t realised that myself and Ronnie had written a Pop classic, it’s very moving and uplifting and at times I feel quite emotional, there are times when I think do I have to sing that song again but if I ever feel that for five minutes it’s quickly gone when I see the impact it has on people and the cherished memories it brings back. It lifts my spirits and makes me feel very special and very lucky.”

What was the inspiration behind the song?

T'pauchinainyourhandsingle COUTESY WIKI

” I  quite simply watched a documentary about Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen. It was a piece of pulp fiction that blew the musings of her husband Percy, Byron and the crowd that they hung out with. She received massive fame and success which caused strife jealousy, pettiness and bitching within their circle. It was a good story within a story, with the story being about her writing Frankenstein which is why it starts out, It was a theme she had on a scheme he had.”

It was great to hear live some of the new material from the latest album, Pleasure and Pain. The T’Pau DNA runs right the way through and the band have stayed loyal to the formula that has worked for them since the 1980′s.  What about the future? Just finishing a gruelling thirty day tour with Go West and Nik Kershaw, Carol explained.

” In 2016 we’re going out on a twenty day acoustic tour to support the release of my autobiography entitled Heart and Soul which will be out on the 26th Jan. We will be performing acoustic versions of a cross section of all our albums with only four of us on stage at intimate venues. We will be telling some of the stories behind the songs.”


What can I say, T’Pau live, an interview with Carol Decker, news of a 2016 Tour and the release of Carol’s Autobiography. Certainly one of my personal highlights of 2016. I urge you to get your copy of Pleasure and Pain. Accomplished musicians with attention to lyrical detail, true to the T’Pau formula that we fell in love with nearly three decades ago, a must have.

The new book is already on my Birthday present wish list.










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Top 10 12inch Singles, post 1984.

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I started collecting 12″ singles in 1985, 30 years ago, and believe it or not I still have my diaries from 1985, 1986 and 1987 which contain every record I bought.

So here’s my top ten 12″ singles I bought in 1985:

1. Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F (The M & M Mix)

Axel_F_HF - Courtesy Wiki[pedia
2. Billy IDOL – White Wedding (Parts 1&2 – Shotgun Mix)
3. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out In the Fields
4. Level 42 – Something About You (Sisa Mix)
5. Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (Full Length Version)

Money_for_Nothing_single - Courtesy Wikipedia
6. Jimmy Nail – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Extended Version)
7. Harold Faltermeyer – Fletch Theme (The M & M Mix)
8. Gary Moore – Empty Rooms (Long Version)
9. Paul Hardcastle – 19 (The Final Story)

19_single - Courtesy wiki
10. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary (Howling Mix)

Just outside was:
Billy IDOL – Rebel Yell, Madonna – Gambler, Stephen tintin Duffy – Kiss Me, The Cars – Heartbeat City, Arcadia – Election Day.

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