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Steve KIW – 80’s Special

Broadcast Thursday 15th Oct

1BTN veteran, Steve KIW, with a cracking 3-hour show dedicated to – we think it’s fair to say – his musical decade of choice. An inverse take on the recent Radio 2 ‘Best Album’s Of The 80’s’ feature, which left him fairly cheesed off, so to speak.

Here, he can tell you himself –

‘You might have missed it, what with all else that is going on in the world right now, but on ‘National Album Day’ last weekend those well meaning folk who listen to Radio 2 voted “in their thousands” for the best album of the 1980s. As we have learned to our collective detriment, if you let the people of the UK vote on anything then it’s likely to end in tears. I’ll just say that their top two was U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ and Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers In Arms’ and leave it at that.

Actually, I won’t.

Their top 40 was exceptional only in its banality. Some corkers made it through the collective amnesia but a lot of horrors have, according to these musical connoisseurs, seemingly improved through age: I love Kylie as much as anyone but I’ve never been more certain of anything in my life than her debut album is not one of the best 40 albums of any era, it probably isn’t one of the best 40 Kylie records FFS, and as for ‘Raintown’ by Deacon Blue… Where was ‘The Cactus Album’ by 3rd Bass? Who could forget ‘London 0 Hull 4’ by The Housemartins? Where in the name of all that is holy was ‘3 Feet High and Rising’?

So, in lieu of a normal show, tonight’s sees a (now rare) 80s special on the BAOL show… see what makes the cut on 1BTN from 5pm’

That’s exactly what he did. Click the play button and indulge in a more tasteful nod to the sound of our youth.

1. Unknown
2. Night Of The Living Baseheads - Public Enemy
3. Hold It Now, Hit It - Beastie Boys
4. Unknown
5. Uncertain Smile - The The
6. Rattlesnakes - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
7. Let's Make This Precious - Dexys Midnight Runners
8. Think For A Minute (album version) - The Housemartins
9. Head Over Heels / Broken - Tears For Fears
10. Unknown
11. Hard Day (remastered) - George Michael
12. Real Men - Joe Jackson
13. All Of My Heart - ABC
14. Unknown
15. Beat Box (Diversion One) - Art Of Noise
16. Buffalo Gals - Malcolm Mclaren
17. Peanut Butter (Larry Levan mix) - Gwen Guthrie
18. Unknown
19. Feel Up (2014 Remaster) - Grace Jones
20. Unknown
21. You're The Best Thing (album version) - The Style Council
22. The Better Idea - It's Immaterial
23. The Chauffeur (2009 Remastered version) - Duran Duran
24. Unknown
25. African Dance - Soul II Soul
26. Unknown
27. The Things That Dreams Are Made Of - The Human League
28. Open Your Heart - The Human League
29. Bedsitter - Soft Cell
30. I Believe In You (1997 - Remaster) - Talk Talk
31. I Don't Believe In You - Talk Talk
32 Avalon - Roxy Music
33. Unknown
34. Human Nature - Michael Jackson