Or put another way, these are the singles, albums and tapes that I bought, warts and all. Yes, I will be including Sinitta’s So Macho. I don’t know why I bought that particular gem, but I did… I was young and impressionable.
In the 80’s I bought around 100 7″ vinyl singles and a number of 12″ ones too. I didn’t acquire a CD player until December 89 or January 90, so I don’t think that I actually bought any CD singles in the 80’s. I like to think that my tastes are very eclectic, but they might appear very mainstream to you, Dear Reader. Please don’t judge me too harshly… Come on, I’ve made my Sinitta admission.
I have listed my singles in alphabetical order – by artist’s name or last name and by the first name of a band. Bands called “The…” have the initial “The” omitted. I would have liked to do this in the order that I bought them, but I lost my folder in which I wrote everything down – yes I know, a folder. Other kids (my brother is a good example) were much less organised. I’m just upset that I couldn’t bring my zeal for ordering my record collection to bear on other, more important areas of my life, like studying for example.
Now, I bought mainly 7″ singles in the 80’s. They cost around £1.40 so not too much strain on my paperboy’s wages. As I got older, I guess that I became a little more critical (that Sinitta purchase apart) and did buy a few more albums. I started with LP’s but soon reverted to buying tapes due to my shocking lack of success with the LP’s. It seems that they were all either scratched or had some other issue with them that made them unplayable.
Music Taped Off The Radio
If you grew up in Britain in the 80’s then I’ll bet you can identify with this. On the first recordable machine that we had, there was no way to monitor what you were recording. Therefore, on a Sunday night we (my brother and sister and me) were all gathered around the radio waiting for a tune that we liked as Bruno Brookes, or whoever, did the Top 40 Countdown. Once we knew a song that we liked was coming on, it would be action stations. One of us would sit, fingers poised over the record and play buttons (this was not one touch recording), aiming to miss as much of the DJ’s drivel as possible before the song started. Of course once those buttons had been pressed, the presser was plunged into radio silence (like being on the other side of the moon, only warmer). By now, another one of us was upstairs with another radio, waiting to give the signal (banging on the floor) when the song was finished. That was music downloading in the 80’s!
Other Music Pages
The Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles
I love this book. Mine is the 9th Edition, it’s pink and it only goes up to (and including 1992), so for my purposes it’s ideal. It was a Christmas present from my brother one year in the early nineties and I have to say that it’s the best present I have ever received. Cheers bro.
In 1996 the editors, Tim and Jonathan Rice along with Paul Gambaccini resigned their posts. This was perhaps the beginning of the end for the publication – although the changes in the way in which music is bought probably did more to hasten its demise. In 2004 the Singles version of the book was merged with he Albums version and in 2006 the final version was produced. It was edited by David Roberts and the chart consultant was Dave McAleer. In 2007 Guinness announced that it had lost interest in chart reference books and later the Official Chart Company sold the future rights to such a publication to the Virgin Group.
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