As a teenager back in the 80s, I wanted to listen to pop artists that my parents were definitely NOT going to listen to, and would, hopefully, even shock them!
Well, my Dad was shocked, no doubt, by the sight of Jim Kerr wearing eye liner and Adam Ant dressed as the dandy highwayman. But the highlight for me was when Boy George appeared on Top Of The Pops for the first time. Without any warning there he was on our TV screen (in all his glory) which caused my Dad to almost choke on his pink wafer! "Do you really want to hurt me?" I know my dad's answer to that one. You can just hear bemused Dads up and down the land shouting to their son "Erm Son, wouldn't it be a good idea for you to go any play footie with your mates instead of watching this rubbish?".
The problem for us teenagers, though, was that the songs were so damn catchy. As soon as your back was turned you would find you parents singing along to these "shocking" pop stars.
Most of my favourite tunes cames from the first half of the eighties, as the latter part of the decade was dominated by Stock, Aitken and Waterman - I'm pretty sure the same composition was recycled over and over for their songs!
1980's saw a pop video explosion with hundreds of original, innovative
and highly entertaining videos being released. I've included a selection
of my personal favourites on this page, although I found it pretty tough to narrow my selection down to just 40 videos.
of these songs were selected for the brilliance of the song, rather
than the video, while others have both a great song AND video. A few were chosen because they simply bring back great memories from a particular time.
When you stop playing a video prematurely, the remainder of the video
will continue to download. To stop a video from continuing to download
(and save on your broadband GB allowance) just right click with your
mouse over the video and select "Stop download".