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Published by Alex Andronov

Welcome back! It’s been a while but Series 2 of Giggles Radio is here!

Is music the soundtrack to our lives? Join host Alex Andronov as he features a year from his life and plays the songs that either came out in each year or he experienced for the first time in that year. He’s calling it, rather clumsily, his Audio Biography. It’s supposed to sound like Auto Biography but with Audio... Oh never mind... Quick... Distraction technique... Alex knows his music, look here he was as a young boy already selecting tracks for this very show:

This show features 1980. A year when Voyager confirmed the existence of Saturn’s moon Janus, the Soviet Union had it’s first ever rock music festival and Ethernet, Empire Strikes Back and Pac-Man were released. Oh and Alex was born!

Join us for 2 hours (ish) of music, chit chat and random biographical information as we welcome back Giggles Radio from 4pm.

As it happened: Giggles Radio Audio Biography (1980)

  • 15:45

    Hello and welcome, good Sunday afternoon to you all!

  • 15:46

    Today is the official return of Giggles Radio for series 2 - an audio biography of Sir Giggles' life.

  • 15:46

    You can find out more about the first series over on the site: http://gigglesradio.com/

  • 15:46

    But stay here for now, because in 15 minutes, the Giggles Radio spectacular will begin.

  • 15:47

    If you're planning to join us in the comments, head to http://sidepodcast.com/dashboard for super duper live updates.

  • 15:48

    Or the direct thread is available here: http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-giggles-radio-1980

  • 15:50

    QuoteComment from Kai: It's a rainy Sunday. Perfect for a Giggle show.

  • 15:52

    You should be able to view the show live on Ustream when it begins: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/alexandronov

  • 15:54

    For this series opening, we're heading straight back to 1980, when Mr Giggles was born.

  • 15:54

    Baby GigglesHe's always been a bit of a music fan.

  • 16:00

    Green flagGiggles Radio 1980 is go!

  • 16:01

    SONG: Fade To Grey by Visage.

  • 16:02

    Visage formed in 1978, founded by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan.

  • 16:03

    Midge Ure was involved too.

  • 16:05

    Giggles has a guest today, the lovely Kat.

  • 16:07

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: all of my 80's culture knowledge will come from grand theft auto vice city and various bad TV programs :)

  • 16:07

    SONG: Start by The Jam.

  • 16:09

    The Jame made their breakthrough in the 70s, and had 18 consecutive top 40 UK singles.

  • 16:10

    What were you doing in 1980? Let us know in the comments! http://sidepodcast.com/dashboard

  • 16:12

    SONG: (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon.

  • 16:13

    1980 was the year of John Lennon's death.

  • 16:13

    QuoteComment from Steven Roy: John Lennon was shot 31 years ago? Doesn't seem possible that it is that long ago

  • 16:14

    The B-Side to this song was Yoko Ono's Kiss, Kiss, Kiss, and the cover of the single featured them doing just that!

  • 16:16

    There are two versions of the song, one twenty seconds longer than the other.

  • 16:18

    SONG: Atomic by Blondie.

  • 16:18

    http://www.blondie.net/

  • 16:19

    ( Also this one for earlier: http://www.johnlennon.com/ )

  • 16:20

    Atomic is the single sandwiched between Call Me and The Tide is High all released in 1980.

  • 16:21

    It spent two weeks at number one in the UK charts.

  • 16:22

    QuoteComment from Mr C: how old is debbie harry now? how can she still be touring?

    Ms Harry is 65 years old.

  • 16:24

    SONG: Funkytown by Lipps Inc.

  • 16:25

    Funkytown may be the only song in the world with it's own dedicated website: http://www.funkytown.com/

  • 16:25

    Couldn't find one for the band, but who needs it when your songs have their own?

  • 16:26

    Funkytown has been used in a gazillion TV shows including but not limited to: Friends, ER, South Park, Will and Grace, Doug (DOUG!!), Malcolm in the Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond.

  • 16:27

    QuoteComment from Journeyer: Big tech names in 1980 were... IBM and HP. Who had one of them HP scientific calculators?

  • 16:29

    SONG: Enola Gay by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

  • 16:29

    http://www.omd.uk.com/

  • 16:31

    If you are in Spain, there's good news from OMD: We are pleased to announce OMD will be playing two headline shows in Spain! June 14th at Madrid Arena June 15th at Barcelona Apollo

  • 16:32

    I'm reading that one of OMD's notable instruments was the Mellotron. I have no idea what that is but it sounds fun.

  • 16:36

    SONG: Geno by Dexy's Midnight Runners.

  • 16:37

    As Mr Giggles said, this was the first of two number ones for Dexy's in the UK charts.

  • 16:37

    This song appears on the soundtrack for the rather popular BBC show Ashes to Ashes.

  • 16:39

    Geno single coverHere's the cover of the single.

  • 16:42

    SONG: There's No One Quite Like Grandma - St. Winifred's School Choir

  • 16:42

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: Giggles radio + giggles saying it's a guilty pleasure = prepare.

  • 16:43

    Interestingly, as a UK number one, this was sandwiched between two John Lennon songs - the aforementioned (aforeplayed?) Just Like Starting Over, and Imagine.

  • 16:46

    SONG: Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders.

  • 16:47

    http://www.thepretenders.com/

  • 16:48

    The only fact that matters is that Chrissie Hynde made a most excellent appearance in Friends, stealing Phoebe's singing spot in Central Perk.

  • 16:48

    Apparently she was also a voice artist in the animated movie Rugrats Go Wild, and did a duet with Bruce Willis!

  • 16:49

    Back to The Pretenders though, they toured along with Blondie last year, double-headliners.

  • 16:51

    SONG: All Out of Love by Air Supply.

  • 16:52

    http://www.airsupplymusic.com/

  • 16:53

    Described as an Australian soft rock duo, Air Supply consists of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell.

  • 16:53

    One first name is the same as the other's last name. That's confusing.

  • 16:54

    As with a lot of these 80s bands, though, there are a lot of past members. Ten for Air Supply.

  • 16:56

    SONG: Xanadu by Electric Light Orchestra.

  • 16:57

    http://www.elo.biz/

  • 16:58

    Olivia Newton-John and ELO recorded this song together, but there's also a version without her.

  • 17:00

    Xanadu was in the soundtrack for the film of the same name, which starred Olivia N-J, hence her inclusion on the song.

  • 17:01

    SONG: Upside Down by Diana Ross.

  • 17:01

    http://www.dianaross.com (be warned, it just redirects to a Facebook page)

  • 17:02

    Did you know her full name is Diana Ernestine Earle Ross? That's a lot of letters.

  • 17:04

    Upside DownThe cover to the single. She's definitely not upside down there.

  • 17:05

    SONG: Celebration by Kool & The Gang.

  • 17:06

    http://www.koolandthegang.com/

  • 17:08

    This only reached number 7 in the UK charts, which probably didn't need too much celebrating.

  • 17:08

    Famously covered by Kylie Minogue, in 1992, reaching number 20.

  • 17:13

    SONG: Alexander Beetle by Melanie.

  • 17:13

    Melanie, otherwise known as Melanie Safka is a Giggles Radio legend, thanks to the revelation that she had the original song behind I've Got a Brand New Combine Harvester.

  • 17:15

    Alexander Beetle is from A. A Milne:

    I found a little beetle, so that beetle was his name,

    And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.

  • 17:17

    SONG: Fame by Irene Cara.

  • 17:17

    Although not technically a fact, I must share the anecdote that this always makes me think of.

  • 17:17

    From http://mightgirl.net :

    The Brooklyn tea shop is playing an eclectic mix of '80s music. We've been there working for an hour or so when "Fame!" comes on, and the cashier turns it up.

    FAME! I'M GONNA LIVE FOREVER! BABY REMEMBER MY NAAAAAME. (Remember! Remember!)

    Bryan: Do you know who sings this?

    Me: No.

    Bryan: Maggie! She asked you to do one thing.

  • 17:18

    http://mightygirl.net

  • 17:18

    Facts though. Irene Cara sang the song and starred in the film as well.

  • 17:21

    After Fame, Irene was in the pilot episode of a show called, predictably, Irene, but it wasn't picked up.

  • 17:23

    SONG: Call Me by Blondie.

  • 17:24

    Blondie originally got together in 1974, broke up in 1982, and then reformed in 1997.

  • 17:24

    They've got a new album scheduled for release this year, called Panic of Girls.

  • 17:25

    It's their first album since 2003, when they released The Curse of Blondie.

  • 17:26

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: I should explain uprising by muse is veeeerrrryyyy much influenced by this song. A lot. Thy didn't steal parts of it honest.

  • 17:27

    SONG: My Girl by Madness.

  • 17:28

    This song reached number 3 in the UK charts. Madness re-released it when they were a bit more successful, and it only reached 27. Fail.

  • 17:29

    My Girl coverMy Girl cover.

  • 17:32

    SONG: Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie.

  • 17:32

    http://www.jonalewie.com/

  • 17:33

    Jona Lewie's real name is John Lewis. Presumably he changed it so as not to be confused with the shop.

  • 17:34

    From his website: Apart from serious travelling from time to time and appearing in media events, and particularly also at Christmas time, owing to the great success of Stop The Cavalry, Jona has continued to indulge his hobby and love of ‘tinkering around’ in his studio.

  • 17:34

    Can't beat a bit of tinkering around.

  • 17:36

    SONG: I'm Coming Out by Diana Ross.

  • 17:38

    Back in 2003, the song was covered by Amerie specifically for the soundtrack to Maid in Manhattan. That film with Jennifer Lopez in it.

  • 17:41

    SONG: It's Still Rock And Roll To Me by Billy Joel.

  • 17:42

    http://www.billyjoel.com/

  • 17:43

    Billy has a biography coming out next month called: The Book of Joel. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Joel-Billy/dp/0061797499/

  • 17:43

    From the blurb: Joel brings us along for the emotional ride, unveiling the life events that brought the original inspiration for his songs, then sharing insights into the process of writing and recording them.

  • 17:46

    SONG: Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie.

  • 17:46

    http://www.davidbowie.com

  • 17:47

    Poor Major Tom. So heroic in his first appearance in Space Oddity, now turned into a junkie.

  • 17:52

    SONG: Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar.

  • 17:52

    Born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski. Woah.

  • 17:53

    Apparently, the song is in E Major. The things you learn.

  • 17:54

    http://www.benatar.com/

  • 17:56

    SONG: Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division.

  • 17:58

    Joy Division comprised of Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner.

  • 17:58

    Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980. The remaining band members reformed as New Order.

  • 18:01

    SONG: Another One Bites The Dust by Queen.

  • 18:01

    WOOOOO QUEEN!

  • 18:01

    Eh-hem.

  • 18:01

    http://www.queenonline.com/

  • 18:02

    It's hard to know what facts to say about Queen. There are so many.

  • 18:03

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: How about 'The bestest thing in the history of anything'? :)

  • 18:06

    SONG: Romeo And Juliet by Dire Straits.

  • 18:08

    Fabulous song that's been covered many times, most recently by The Killers. There's an ongoing controversy on Sidepodcast over which is the better version.

  • 18:08

    The Factbyte Factbox will remain unbiased on this subject.

  • 18:09

    QuoteComment from Steven Roy: Feels like a proper Sunday now we have Giggles Radio back.

  • 18:09

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: fbfb is being fair and honest. Wouldn't want anyone to turn into killers over such an argument.

  • 18:09

    QuoteComment from Giggles: I am surprised at the FBFBs impartiality... When it has the chance to present the situation as a fact.

  • 18:10

    There's also a possibility that the Factbyte Factbox was adamant in one direction to begin with but now isn't at all sure.

  • 18:12

    Chequered flag1980 is complete.

  • 18:13

    Thanks to Giggles and Kat for an excellent show, and thanks to everyone for joining in the fun!

  • 18:13

    Factbyte Factbox will be back before you know it, so have fun, stay safe, and see you then.




  • Hello all, cute Giggles awwww

  • Hello all, cute Giggles awwww

    The distraction worked ;)

  • Little Giggles! SO cute!! :)

  • Aww.

  • My grandma made my clothes

  • My grandma made my clothes

    I like the headphones. Research for your future radio shows?

  • Loving the walkman mini giggles. I hope you've kept the clothes for your next generation :)

  • FBFB live in one minute: http://factbytefactbox.com/live

  • sadly giggles going live means it must be my bedtime because somehow its almost 3am. Where on earth has the weekend gone?

    Enjoy the show everyone, I shall catch the replay tomorrow :)

  • Night Amy...

  • Hello fbfb :)

  • Enjoy the show everyone, I shall catch the replay tomorrow :)

    Good night Amy

  • Pingle (it's the new ping apparently) sidepodcast.com/p…ntasy-racers-2011

  • Love to be here, but I appear to have a football match scheduled in instead, will catch the replay, and have fun.

  • Night Amy

  • Is this still on UStream Alex?

  • Is this still on UStream Alex?

    Yes..

  • It's a rainy Sunday. Perfect for a Giggle show.

  • I quickly looked at the thread selection date and thought it was June 3rd for sec. Good thing I'm not operating heavy machinery today. The couch is a safe place for me. I think I got Czeched last week and haven't recovered fully.

  • I quickly looked at the thread selection date and thought it was June 3rd for sec. Good thing I'm not operating heavy machinery today. The couch is a safe place for me. I think I got Czeched last week and haven't recovered fully.

    You'll be fine soon

    It's almost FOUR O'CLOCK!!! :)

  • I quickly looked at the thread selection date and thought it was June 3rd for sec. Good thing I'm not operating heavy machinery today. The couch is a safe place for me. I think I got Czeched last week and haven't recovered fully.

    I am surprised that pun hasn't Czeched out by now

  • It's almost FOUR O'CLOCK!!! :)

    woohooo!

  • *trumpets from the turrets*

    Dum da da dum!

    Woo hoo!!! FOUR O'CLOCK!!!

  • It's almost FOUR O'CLOCK!!! :)

    I'm so glad Christine just tweeted this! I almost completely forgot. #badme

  • It's almost FOUR O'CLOCK!!! :)

    woohooo!

    And because of you I am on my third sidepodpanel of the day. All of them are brilliant.

  • Is this still on UStream Alex?

    Doesn't show up in the app

    [1 point to the Justin.tv app]

    *searches for URL*

  • And because of you I am on my third sidepodpanel of the day. All of them are brilliant.

    :)

  • I'm going to go live now... So you can get ads out of the way...

  • I see giggles! and no ads, yay

  • Where have all the books gone!!

  • Where have all the books gone!!

    Into the kindle!

  • Where have all the books gone!!

    i think he's trading them all in for an iPad

  • Into the kindle!

    Wooo!

  • Into the kindle!

    reader app on the ipad...

    in reality Oxfam...

  • Katherine will be joining us today...

  • Katherine will be joining us today...

    yay!

  • I spy Alex and empty bookshelves

  • Katherine will be joining us today...

    Yay! *Waves*

  • Katherine will be joining us today...

    I guess that explains the extra chair. ;)

  • (hearts) the lack of books.

  • I Have sound now

  • time to unleash some 80sness

  • This the part where I start gyrating like Alex Drake in Ashes To Ashes?

  • AARGH!! I still had the speakers on maximum volume. Ouch, my ears...

  • AARGH!! I still had the speakers on maximum volume. Ouch, my ears...

    Sorry Sandy

  • Hi guys, how are we all?

  • Hi guys, how are we all?

    hi TM :)

  • Looks like the green flag can be applied to anything

    #FBFB

  • Looks like the green flag can be applied to anything

    :)

  • Hi guys, how are we all?

    Currently half-deaf, but otherwise I'm fine.

    (No worries Alex, it's my own fault really, haha.)

  • I'll be the first this series to say it's b-b-b-buffering. :( The ustream embed is streaming it at way too high a quality for me. Any way I can get it to stream on lower quality?

  • hello kat! *waves*

  • Hi Katherine

    *waves*

  • *waves to the pair of you*

  • Hello Katherine

  • *waves to look inconspicuous*

    :D

  • Nice to see both of you :)

  • No buffering here

  • I am :(

    Can't get the app to find your show, website is Flash only

  • Casette tape. Very flash

  • 8 track?

  • all of my 80's culture knowledge will come from grand theft auto vice city and various bad TV programs :)

  • Can't get the app to find your show, website is Flash only

    I have the app, but alex's channel isn't showing up in the results. Maybe because he's been on hiatus for too long and needs to build up popularity again?

  • I am :(

    Can't get the app to find your show, website is Flash only

    #n900

  • Laserdisc 1978

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laserdisc

  • all of my 80's culture knowledge will come from grand theft auto vice city and various bad TV programs :)

    Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. All the education you'll ever need my friend.

  • Hmm what was I doing in 1980? Choosing O Levels I think. #old

  • Choon

  • all of my 80's culture knowledge will come from grand theft auto vice city and various bad TV programs :)

    GTA:VC has a VERY good 80s music collection. :)

  • GTA:VC has a VERY good 80s music collection. :)

    it does!

  • First Cassette Sony Walkman was in 1979. :)

  • Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. All the education you'll ever need my friend.

    Faux 80s

  • #n900

    :D

  • Hmm what was I doing in 1980? Choosing O Levels I think. #old

    What was I doing in 1980? I wasn't around yet. And yet this is music I can totally relate to. :)

  • Faux 80s

    NOOOOO! Don't dash that image for me!

  • Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. All the education you'll ever need my friend

    Really? So Alex and Kat are going to be run over by an Audi Quattro in a minute then?

  • Alex you should have grown a mullet for today

  • Uh oh, FBFB has buffering tooooo.

  • Alex you should have grown a mullet for today

    a fish? ;)

  • We might have buffering locally somehow...

  • As much as I am enjoying this, it is like The King's Speech Radio for me

    B-b-b-bye folks, enjoy

  • a fish? ;)

    :D

    I am not endorsing you to put a fish on your head. If you do I shall not be blamed. ;)

  • show has been fine here so far, booo for other people getting buffering :(

  • I haven't gone to bed oops.

    But I have no buffering over here on the other side of the world so thats nice :)

  • Alex you should have grown a mullet for today

    That was more mid 80s - This from 1985 www.musicradar.co…pictures-216412/7

  • Love this song!

    What was I doing in 1980? I heard U2 for the first time, and The Clash. A momentous year that affected the rest of my life, for sure.

    That and I was in 6th grade or so. #oldbutdon'tfeelthatway

  • But I have no buffering over here on the other side of the world so thats nice :)

    Aren't we on the same side of the world? :P

  • No buffering for me

  • I was not alive, my parents had been married for 2 years in 1980 though, thats a good start :D

  • "if i lean on my computer it breaks the connection"

    i had a commodore in the 80's that used to crash for similar reasons.

  • I was not alive, my parents had been married for 2 years in 1980 though, thats a good start :D

    no, 7 years. #mathsfail

  • John Lennon was shot 31 years ago? Doesn't seem possible that it is that long ago

  • John Lennon was shot 31 years ago? Doesn't seem possible that it is that long ago

    Oh man. No way. Wow.

  • I wasn't alive, my parents weren't married and I'm actually not entirely sure if they had met at all yet at that point in time. Geez, I'm really just a baby, aren't I? :P

  • FBFB reminds me of a show on vh1 that used to pop up random music facts about the song playing :)

  • I wasn't alive, my parents weren't married and I'm actually not entirely sure if they had met at all yet at that point in time. Geez, I'm really just a baby, aren't I? :P

    My parents definitely weren't married yet by then, either. I think they were a couple of years away from meeting too. :)

    Does that make me a baby too? :D

  • FBFB reminds me of a show on vh1 that used to pop up random music facts about the song playing :)

    Or Top Of The Pops 2.

  • Hello, good afternoon. :)

    On this day in 1980 I was 13 days away from being born.

  • Does that make me a baby too? :D

    Got you beat old man. Mother was 12 in 1980. :)

  • FBFB reminds me of a show on vh1 that used to pop up random music facts about the song playing :)

    Pop-up Video

  • Pop-up Video

    bloop

  • FBFB reminds me of a show on vh1 that used to pop up random music facts about the song playing :)

    Pop Up Video!

  • Pop-up Video

    yes!

  • My parents definitely weren't married yet by then, either. I think they were a couple of years away from meeting too. :)

    We came along roughly at the same time, my parents just liked not having me around for 13 years :D

  • Pop Up Video!

    I often find myself singing the theme tune of that show for no reason.

  • FBFB reminds me of a show on vh1 that used to pop up random music facts about the song playing :)

    Pop Up Video! :)

  • We came along roughly at the same time, my parents just liked not having me around for 13 years :D

    Nice to see they took their time. :P

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

    Thanks, you made me feel guilty now. I grew up to this lot!

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

    I was plotting my world domination plan in 1980

    Although I was born 8 years later. It was a long plan.

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

    I have officemates born in 1991. :O

  • Showage!

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

    I feel like that about 1990. :)

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

    Its another 14 years before I could possibly talk about what I was doing at the time. #nothelping

  • I have turned the volume up on the desktop and left the room with the iPad.

    The theory being, if I'm not there, the buffering will improve

  • I feel like that about 1990. :)

    #sameperson

  • The theory being, if I'm not there, the buffering will improve

    Bassano. Source of Buffering?

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

    They don't know what we went through man, the cold war was horrible

  • Bassano. Source of Buffering?

    New talent to go with his many.

  • Chooooon

  • I don't believe it's possible for anyone to have been born after 1980. But sheesh, some of you are *young*!

    I apologise for being born so late. ;)

  • They don't know what we went through man, the cold war was horrible

    No kidding.

  • They don't know what we went through man, the cold war was horrible

    They don't know, they weren't there!

  • The theory being, if I'm not there, the buffering will improve

    seems much better for us.

  • They don't know what we went through man, the cold war was horrible

    :D

  • They don't know what we went through man, the cold war was horrible

    us younger ones have our own traumas too

    I remember when art attack went off mid way through an episode. Cried for hours I did.

  • seems much better for us.

    :)

  • Bassano. Source of Buffering?

    My buffering has slightly reduced - Bassano might be causing worldwide buffering! :D

  • They don't know what we went through man, the cold war was horrible

    Didn't that end in the 90s? :D

  • seems much better for us.

    I have stopped leaning on my computer

  • I remember when art attack went off mid way through an episode. Cried for hours I did.

    :)

  • how have all these 80's bands got websites? and why??

  • Didn't that end in the 90s? :D

    Theoretically ended in 1991, ended for all intents and purposes in 1989.

  • Didn't that end in the 90s? :D

    It was only mildly chilly by then

  • I remember when art attack went off mid way through an episode. Cried for hours I did.

    Poor lukeh! That would have been traumatic...

  • how have all these 80's bands got websites? and why??

    Reunion tours, no doubt. ;)

  • Didn't that end in the 90s? :D

    I always thought it was 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down.

  • how have all these 80's bands got websites? and why??

    the internet; it's the future, i've seen it

  • I remember when art attack went off mid way through an episode. Cried for hours I did.

    One Show has nothing on this. Nothing!

  • Theoretically ended in 1991, ended for all intents and purposes in 1989.

    oooh I remember 1989!

  • They don't know what we went through man, the cold war was horrible

    The worst of it was over by then but we really suffered

  • how have all these 80's bands got websites? and why??

    The Beatles do. Explain that

  • how have all these 80's bands got websites? and why??

    even the monkees have a website. and their reunion tour doesn't count.

  • The Beatles do. Explain that

    I wonder if the beatles are on iTunes

  • I wonder if the beatles are on iTunes

    :lol:

  • oooh I remember 1989!

    Oh good. I don't feel so old now :(

  • I wonder if the beatles are on iTunes

    You'd think if they were, someone would've said something to let us know.

  • Blondie had 3 number 1s in but I'm only playing 2 of them...

  • I wonder if the beatles are on iTunes

    I just laughed tea all over my laptop. Cheers for that Lukeh!

  • Atomic. Covered by Sleeper for the film, Trainspotting.

    I'm guessing they couldn't get permission to use Blondie's version

  • how old is debbie harry now? how can she still be touring?

  • Did you all expect flying cars and Steve jobs taking over the world in 1980?

  • Did you all expect flying cars and Steve jobs taking over the world in 1980?

    In the future I mean, not in the same year

  • John Lennon has a website????

    #FBFB

    #FBFB is like two Flavio Briatores. Horrible thought

  • how old is debbie harry now? how can she still be touring?

    92. The mic is hooked up to her walker.

  • Did you all expect flying cars and Steve jobs taking over the world in 1980?

    Let's be honest. Who expected Bill Gates to do the same.

  • #FBFB is like two Flavio Briatores. Horrible thought

    Can never look at the FBFB the same way now

  • how old is debbie harry now? how can she still be touring?

    She looks like Brigitte Bardot now. I mean right now, not back then

  • you're thinking of moo-ing? :)

  • Did you all expect flying cars and Steve jobs taking over the world in 1980?

    Flying cars yes but Steve Jobs was still Steve Who then

  • Did you all expect flying cars and Steve jobs taking over the world in 1980?

    We were promised jet packs.

  • She looks like Brigitte Bardot now. I mean right now, not back then

    Oh no...

  • TUUUUUUUUUUUUNE!!!

  • I wish modern music had more beeps

  • I wish modern music had more beeps

    Well it does I guess but for sweary reasons.

  • TUUUUUUUUUUUUNE!!!

    Reminds me of Shrek... which came out 20 years later! :D

  • Look at that, finally a song I know! Thank you, Shrek (or whatever movie it was in). :)

  • Surely Funkytown is a state of mind, not a destination? In which case, Giggles is already there.

  • I wish modern music had more beeps

    Synthesizers aren't as hip as they used to be. :)

  • Reminds me of Shrek... which came out 20 years later! :D

    Malcolm In The Middle for me. If you remember that episode let me know.

  • Let's be honest. Who expected Bill Gates to do the same.

    IBM was dominant then. Most folk didn't know who Bill or Steve were

  • This reminds me of roller skating on Saturdays at the rink and for birthday parties! I haven't thought of that in years.

  • Debbie Harry is 65?? I think I must have slept in a time machine last night

  • IBM was dominant then. Most folk didn't know who Bill or Steve were

    wait for 1984

  • I wish modern music had more beeps

    You need a disco revival

  • Malcolm In The Middle for me. If you remember that episode let me know.

    So we have a 90s reference and a 2000s reference. Sounds fair. :)

  • You need a disco revival

    or giggles radio series 2

  • This reminds me of roller skating on Saturdays at the rink and for birthday parties! I haven't thought of that in years.

    Thank you!!!!! *hugs*

  • Well it does I guess but for sweary reasons.

    That woman had a song called Beep.

  • wait for 1984

    :)

  • IBM was dominant then. Most folk didn't know who Bill or Steve were

    Big tech names in 1980 were... IBM and HP. Who had one of them HP scientific calculators? :D Apple and Microsoft wouldn't go mainstream until mid-decade.

  • Who was the Doctor in 1980?

    Tom Baker I believe?

  • OMG, Doug!!! I loved that show.

  • Look at that, finally a song I know! Thank you, Shrek (or whatever movie it was in). :)

    gosh that even makes me feel old :D

  • Thank you!!!!! *hugs*

    Remember couples skate? The pressure! The vulnerability! The horror...

  • Was this song in a Friends episode? I have memories of a fat Monica dancing at a party, back when Rachel had that nose

  • Debbie Harry is 65?? I think I must have slept in a time machine last night

    I fell off my chair last night when I learned Kirstie Alley is 60.

  • Tom Baker I believe?

    He was, Peter Davison took over in 1981

  • Big tech names in 1980 were... IBM and HP. Who had one of them HP scientific calculators? :D Apple and Microsoft wouldn't go mainstream until mid-decade.

    Me. Nothing but the best for my very complicated division problems. :)

  • http://www.lipsinc.org/

    Site down

  • Tom Baker I believe?

    When Doctor Who was good

    *ducks*

  • He was, Peter Davison took over in 1981

    Hurrah! I know something about 1980 :)

  • I fell off my chair last night when I learned Kirstie Alley is 60.

    Wha?? She just got Dancing WIth The Stars.

  • Me. Nothing but the best for my very complicated division problems. :)

    Well done! :D

  • OMD!

    This is all really freaking me out.

  • More beeps, hehe. I love the 80s.

  • Time warp. This is totally blowing my mind.

  • Enola Gay were the first two names of the bomber captain's mother. He always regretted the mission and using his mother's name.

    The bomb was called little boy

  • This is way cooler than sleeping.

  • I used to make all these mixed tapes with these songs.

  • The TV program I remember from hearing all this? That BBC series from last year - Together in Electric Dreams. :) Anyone saw that show?

  • This is way cooler than sleeping.

    :D

  • This is way cooler than sleeping.

    WAY cooler. :D

  • This is way cooler than sleeping.

    :)

  • Time warp. This is totally blowing my mind.

    Agreed. :) Love the concept, Alex!

  • This is way cooler than sleeping.

    Amy Borg is back

  • The buffering situation wasn't caused by me, it seems

    But not being in the same room as it seems to not cause as much frustration, so that helps

  • WAY cooler. :D

    Tomorrow might not agree with me though :)

  • Amy Borg is back

    We are all linked by unimatrix zero-one.

  • Tomorrow might not agree with me though :)

    What tomorrow? ;)

  • Just to bring it back to F1:

    1980 world champions: Alan Jones and Williams-Ford

    Rookie star of the future: Alain Prost

  • Rookie star of the future: Alain Prost

    He drove for McLaren that year donchaknow.

  • Tomorrow might not agree with me though :)

    Today, you mean. ;)

  • This is way cooler than sleeping.

    Going by some of the shocks we have had so far tomorrow will be 2029

  • What tomorrow? ;)

    the desk I have to be at in 5 hours exists, I'm sure of it :(

  • Just to bring it back to F1:

    Rubens had alreayd been driving for 36 years in f1 by 1980

    #maybenottrue

  • I even did little 'radio shows' and used song lyrics as answers to 'interview questions'. How embarrassing.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellotron

    For FBFB

  • He drove for McLaren that year donchaknow.

    Yes I did. A pre-Ron McLaren, at that!

  • Yes I did. A pre-Ron McLaren, at that!

    Only just pre-Ron.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellotron

    Yup, that's what I saw. Means nothing to me.

  • Rubens had already been driving for 36 years in f1 by 1980

    The Iron Man driver of that era was Riccardo Patrese - he and Rubens would race on the same grid in 1993. :)

  • There's a show on UStream.tv called Spacevidcast

    I had to do a double-take

  • Mellotron sounds tasty. Or like something from Futurama.

  • Yup, that's what I saw. Means nothing to me.

    Think it's basically a sophisticated tape player.

  • Going by some of the shocks we have had so far tomorrow will be 2029

    okay. I'm ready for that.

  • so when we were wearing bin bags at Spa we were channeling Debbie Harry. Awesome.

  • The Iron Man driver of that era was Riccardo Patrese - he and Rubens would race on the same grid in 1993. :)

    Patrese had been in F1 three years by then. That is mighty scary!

  • There's a show on UStream.tv called Spacevidcast

    I had to do a double-take

    Need to check that out

  • So we're going... back to the future?

  • There's a show on UStream.tv called Spacevidcast

    Been there since last year, IIRC. First saw it in Giggles Radio Series One! :)

  • Patrese had been in F1 three years by then. That is mighty scary!

    Indeed. And he barely missed Graham Hill, too.

  • Hey! It's Kat Radio! Wow! Welcome back, but who's the guy beside her ?!:P

  • Niki Lauda had retired by 1980.

  • Hey! It's Kat Radio! Wow! Welcome back, but who's the guy beside her ?!:P

    The technician I think. He's stealing the limelight ;)

  • Niki Lauda had retired by 1980.

    But he'd be back 2 years later. :D

  • Hey! It's Kat Radio! Wow! Welcome back, but who's the guy beside her ?!:P

    The technician I think. He's stealing the limelight ;)

    The nerve! :P

    Greetings Lukeh, Giggles and Kat, Everyone. What have I missed?

  • But he'd be back 2 years later. :D

    Just seems incredible that it is almost 32 years since he walked away in Canada and said he was quitting because he was fed up driving round in circles

  • Greetings Lukeh, Giggles and Kat, Everyone. What have I missed?

    FBFB for the song list thus far Jordan.

  • uh oh.

  • Giggles radio + giggles saying it's a guilty pleasure = prepare.

  • Giggles radio + giggles saying it's a guilty pleasure = prepare.

    Oh my sweet lord....

  • ???

    I've never heard this in my life.

  • FirstUK Pizza Hut 1973

    www.pizzahut.co.u…/our-history.aspx

  • This got to number one?

    Where's tinie temper when you need him...

  • What in the world is this?! :o

  • I've never heard this in my life.

    Could only be a British song. :)

  • I've never heard this in my life.

    Uk Only...

  • Where's tinie temper when you need him...

    LOL!

  • I'm all about guilty pleasures but the sound of children singing is literally terrifying.

    Unless it's Hanson :D

  • This child was so sickly sweet you just wanted to punch her.

  • Just the year 1980 or the decade the 80's. Cause I seem to have no musical knowledge of 1980 or 1981....

  • I've never heard this in my life.

    You are blessed

  • This child was so sickly sweet you just wanted to punch her.

    hehe!

  • I'm glad this isn't Giggles MTV

  • Btw, what exactly do they love? I just can't hear properly.

  • I wonder if any other family related songs have ever got to number 1

    Grandma's special, clearly

  • This child was so sickly sweet you just wanted to punch her.

    I was about to say similar

  • You are blessed

    Yeah, I'm not sad about it .

  • Btw, what exactly do they love? I just can't hear properly.

    Grandma

  • I've never heard this in my life.

    Be glad.

  • Sounds like a chipmunk whose voice has broken

  • Just the year 1980 or the decade the 80's. Cause I seem to have no musical knowledge of 1980 or 1981....

    Just 1980 today. We move one year forward every show.

  • I quite like that cliff richard chap giggles.

  • I remember this. I haven't heard it since then but it is engraved in my brain.

    Guilty pleasure? Guilty yes- pleasure definitey not

  • I quite like that cliff richard chap giggles.

    :) :)

  • I've never heard this in my life.

    Be glad.

    Just as well my buffering got worse now. ;)

  • Btw, what exactly do they love? I just can't hear properly.

    Grandma

    Oh dear...

  • FirstUK Pizza Hut 1973

    And Pizza Express in 1965, but they didn't come to Staffordshire! I'm going to have to ask my Mum...

  • I wonder if any other family related songs have ever got to number 1

    There was that similar Grandad one with the don't panic man from Dad's Army

  • The Grandmas theyre singing about are probably long dead now

  • The Grandmas theyre singing about are probably long dead now

    Cheerful thought. :P

  • There was that similar Grandad one with the don't panic man from Dad's Army

    Clive Dunn. Amazingly still alive!

  • Clive Dunn. Amazingly still alive!

    www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=6KJGJRd8pGE

  • Cheerful thought. :P

    The song was too sugary sweet, I had to kill the mood a bit :)

  • All I sang to my grandma when I was young was the heartbeat theme. Much less embarrassing, honest.

  • Candy drawer at my grandparents' house = heaven.

  • choooon

  • The Grandmas theyre singing about are probably long dead now

    These kids might have kids that were older than they were when they sang this! :D

  • You played that last song when Blondie's "Call Me" is from 1980 ?

  • Clive Dunn. Amazingly still alive!

    He was nowhere near as old as his character. It was all make up. Jones was supposed to be in his 70s but Clive Dunn was only about 40

  • The song was too sugary sweet, I had to kill the mood a bit :)

    It was for our own survival.

  • You played that last song when Blondie's "Call Me" is from 1980 ?

    We've already had atomic so giggles cant play another blondie song

  • These kids might have kids that were older than they were when they sang this! :D

    My brain just broke.

  • He was nowhere near as old as his character. It was all make up. Jones was supposed to be in his 70s but Clive Dunn was only about 40

    48 according to Wikipedia when Dads Army started. He's 91!

  • We've already had atomic so giggles cant play another blondie song

    I am playing 1 more... And two songs by Diana Ross!

  • 48 according to Wikipedia when Dads Army started. He's 91!

    I didn't know he was so old now but I guess Ian Lavender who played Pike is in his 60s now

  • rugrats go wild, now there's a film*

    *when I was 6 or so

  • Cool Irene Cara's "Fame" is from 1980 too. Wonderif it is the theme from teh movie.

  • My brain just broke.

    Wikipedia just taught me that one of them went on to star in Coronation St and even played a character I recognise.

    I feel like everything links back to Coronation St eventually.

  • We've already had atomic so giggles cant play another blondie song

    I am playing 1 more... And two songs by Diana Ross!

    You played "Atomic" over "CALL ME" ?

  • I feel like everything links back to Coronation St eventually.

    6 degrees of Corrie?

  • Ohhhh it's 2. I thought it was only 1, the winter has frozen my brain when it comes to the rules of music :)

  • Power Ballads rule.

  • oh no, genesis?

  • 6 degrees of Corrie?

    definitely.

  • you said it was the genesis?

  • giggles in giving up a link shocker :)

  • WOOOOOO

  • You played "Atomic" over "CALL ME" ?

    We might get both. :D

  • WOOOOOO

    AIR SUPPLY FTW! :D

  • You must have played "Cars" by Gary Numan (but I thought that was in 1982)

  • *gets mobile pho-lighter out*

  • AIR SUPPLY FTW! :D

    My preferred 1980 Air Supply song is Lost in Love though :D

  • This is much better than Stars In Their Eyes

  • I assume WestZone or something has covered this, sounds up their street..

  • 10 members?!

    Did they just keep inviting the fan club?

  • Just a quick note, I just completed the Hooters Half Marathon. 2 hrs 11 min. Free beer and wings after the run....the breakfast of people just wanting to finish

  • I assume WestZone or something has covered this, sounds up their street..

    Westlife did it with Delta

  • But the thing is you picked "Atomic" when Blondie's singing "Call Me" and "The Tide is High". Blondie's pumping out her best stiff in 1980, 1981, and 1982. Heck one month eariler and "Rapture" would have been in 1980....

  • Afternoon all. Just remembered the radio show is back. D'oh

  • Well done Joe

  • Just a quick note, I just completed the Hooters Half Marathon. 2 hrs 11 min. Free beer and wings after the run....the breakfast of people just wanting to finish

    Well done Joe :)

  • yay ELO!

  • another choooooooooooon

  • Their only number 1.

  • Well done Joe :)

    Thank you all. I now feel older than my Dad

  • I always remember this because of a film but I'm never sure what film I remember it from

  • I love ELO.

  • Just a quick note, I just completed the Hooters Half Marathon. 2 hrs 11 min. Free beer and wings after the run....the breakfast of people just wanting to finish

    Nice one

  • I always remember this because of a film but I'm never sure what film I remember it from

    Xanadu? en.wikipedia.org/…iki/Xanadu_(film)

  • From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated more combined UK & US Top 40 hits than any other band in the world.

  • sister calling on Skype, wonder if I can have this on in background..

  • Xanadu? en.wikipedia.org/…iki/Xanadu_(film)

    Havent seen that but it'd make sense :D

    I dunno though. I've always recognised it from something on tv.

  • From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated more combined UK & US Top 40 hits than any other band in the world.

    impressive!

  • sister calling on Skype, wonder if I can have this on in background..

    Go for it

  • I've never heard the version with Olivia.

  • blimey, I had no idea this was Diana Ross :)

  • I've never heard the version with Olivia.

    I don't think I've heard the ELO only version before.

  • woo!

    I was going to call it a night at 4am but I have to stay for this song since it's for me :D

  • blimey, I had no idea this was Diana Ross :)

    It's from the great Diana album... Great stuff on there.

  • I was going to call it a night at 4am but I have to stay for this song since it's for me :D

    ooops

  • I was going to call it a night at 4am but I have to stay for this song since it's for me :D

    What will you do if every other song is just for you too?

  • ooops

    its a good thing. Leaving is hard :D

  • Ernestine, what a name!

  • #FBFB D E E R seriously?

  • With those middle names, do you think Diana Ross' parents wanted a boy?

  • I read that that mr. C was wondering how can Blondie stil be on tour now. Well, I always thought that she should now be called "Oldie" instead of "Blondie", what do you all think?

  • Ferrari had a super lousy car in 1980....

  • Ohh now I want to eat celebrations.

  • Back to the roller rink.

  • With those middle names, do you think Diana Ross' parents wanted a boy?

    Ernestine was her mother's name

  • I will.

  • Ferrari had a super lousy car in 1980....

    Worst car in their entire F1 history, IMO. Definitely the worst in their 21-year drought.

  • Ernestine was her mother's name

    Hmm. Still think it's a boy's name (like Nigel > Nigella)

  • If you open the kool and the gang website you get double Celebration. :)

  • Ferrari had a super lousy car in 1980....

    That is being very complimentary. It was so bad Jody Scheckter became the only reigning F1 champion to fail to qualify for a race in Canada.

  • I will.

    Simpsons? :D

  • Back to the roller rink.

    Me too! Crikey, roller discos! *shakes head in nostalgia*

  • Simpsons? :D

    indeed :D

  • Hmm. Still think it's a boy's name (like Nigel > Nigella)

    That looks like Nigel is greater than Nigella. Surely not

  • indeed :D

    That always makes me laugh heheh. Good old Skinner.

  • Me too! Crikey, roller discos! *shakes head in nostalgia*

    :)

    And none of this 'inline' skate nonsense. Giant skates that you could barely lift off the ground. And good luck turning.

  • That always makes me laugh heheh. Good old Skinner.

    www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=av8NTy5WkFc :D

  • That looks like Nigel is greater than Nigella. Surely not

    He used to be, but then he did that diet book.

  • That looks like Nigel is greater than Nigella. Surely not

    Is that like misinterpreting <3 ?

  • Back to the roller rink.

    I only tried roller skates once. I was like Bambi on ice. Probably the only thing with wheels I have tried that I just couldn't cope with

  • He used to be, but then he did that diet book.

    :D

  • And none of this 'inline' skate nonsense. Giant skates that you could barely lift off the ground. And good luck turning.

    And later there were roller discos with bars in! Drunked skating = *definitely* no turning :D

  • www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=av8NTy5WkFc :D

    Hehehehehehe.

  • Once I unlocked my knees and went with it, I was in the zone. At first, I was terrified.

    "Bambi on ice" hehehe!

  • OOhh, just remembered 1980 was my first kiss. We were in Plymouth on holiday and I was wearing green cords & a red polka dot shirt. The 80s the decade fashion forgot!

  • And later there were roller discos with bars in! Drunked skating = *definitely* no turning :D

    I mean drunken, obvs. Stoopid keyboard ;)

  • OOhh, just remembered 1980 was my first kiss. We were in Plymouth on holiday and I was wearing green cords & a red polka dot shirt. The 80s the decade fashion forgot!

    Awwww! :)

  • And later there were roller discos with bars in! Drunked skating = *definitely* no turning :D

    ooh, we didn't have those. Or did we? "Where's Dad?"

  • Hehehehehehe.

    Everytime my brother and I are together and hear this song we always say it. Sadly thats not exactly a common event.

  • the wombles?

  • Alien language?

  • I am getting a really odd kind of buffering. Everything is 5 or 10 minutes then I get a few 2-4 second pauses then everything is fine again

  • Alien language?

    Beatle language

  • This sounds like the "Little Boxes" theme song for Weeds.

  • Never heard this before

  • Beatle language

    I've seen thomas the tank, Ringo speaks english

  • I am getting a really odd kind of buffering. Everything is 5 or 10 minutes then I get a few 2-4 second pauses then everything is fine again

    yeah, similar here i think. odd.

  • Never heard this before

    Me neither

  • I've seen thomas the tank, Ringo speaks english

    :)

  • are they playing the sims?

  • This sounds like the "Little Boxes" theme song for Weeds.

    Great song AND show

  • the wombles?

    Sadly they didn't release anything in 1980. They did release a Christmas Album in 1983 so here's hoping

  • Great song AND show

    I knew that would get a comment from you. ;)

  • I am getting a really odd kind of buffering. Everything is 5 or 10 minutes then I get a few 2-4 second pauses then everything is fine again

    I think my machine is running at full capacity encoding the video... (old machine) and when I switch tabs sometimes it just runs out of juice

  • what a funky song :)

  • OOhh, just remembered 1980 was my first kiss. We were in Plymouth on holiday and I was wearing green cords & a red polka dot shirt. The 80s the decade fashion forgot!

    Hey!!!! It was also the decade of "Flashdance" and leg warmers. Think of it, F1 tyre warmers for the human leg!

  • I think my machine is running at full capacity encoding the video... (old machine) and when I switch tabs sometimes it just runs out of juice

    Oddly enough it has happened a few times when I have switched or opened tabs too

  • I think my machine is running at full capacity encoding the video... (old machine) and when I switch tabs sometimes it just runs out of juice

    oooh, that's a new one, but could be that.

  • I think my machine is running at full capacity encoding the video... (old machine) and when I switch tabs sometimes it just runs out of juice

    You also have a laptop, iPad and at least 3 iPhones in the house

  • International Fame

  • I knew this song was coming up..... at some point....

  • Chooooon!

  • Great linkage

  • Great film. Also loved the TV show

  • Hey!!!! It was also the decade of "Flashdance" and leg warmers. Think of it, F1 tyre warmers for the human leg!

    :) :)

  • You also have a laptop, iPad and at least 3 iPhones in the house

    I have to switch to press play... and the video is a different app

  • Chooooon!

    Full album edit too, from the sounds of it. :)

  • Full album edit too, from the sounds of it. :)

    I think so...

  • FAME! *gets legwarmers on*

    Maybe that's a project for the 80s shows? I could live knit a pair of legwarmers during the next few weeks? ;)

  • Maybe that's a project for the 80s shows? I could live knit a pair of legwarmers during the next few weeks? ;)

    Then alex has to do the fame dance

  • Maybe that's a project for the 80s shows? I could live knit a pair of legwarmers during the next few weeks? ;)

    Y.E.S!

  • Full album edit too, from the sounds of it. :)

    The whole soundtrack album is brilliant.

  • Y.E.S!

    (not the band, they were the 70's)

  • Then alex has to do the fame dance

    Yeeeees *rubs hands together*

  • Just reading back through the comments. Some real laughs there.

  • (not the band, they were the 70's)

    :D

  • The FBFB is doing jokes now

  • Love the joke...

  • "Bryan: Maggie! She asked you to do one thing."

    heheheheh!!

  • The FBFB is doing jokes now

    :D

  • Yes, the other Blondie song!

  • Wooohooo! Oldie!

  • Yay uprising!

    I mean, call me!

  • Giggles Radio - songs chosen by Alex, links by Alan Partridge

  • Wooohooo! Oldie!

    C'mom, she like 65 now.... :P

  • Giggles Radio - songs chosen by Alex, links by Alan Partridge

    :D

  • Giggles Radio - songs chosen by Alex, links by Alan Partridge

    :)

  • Giggles Radio - songs chosen by Alex, links by Alan Partridge

    :D

  • Yay uprising!

    I should explain uprising by muse is veeeerrrryyyy much influenced by this song. A lot.

    Thy didn't steal parts of it honest.

  • Thy didn't steal parts of it honest.

    It's an homage

  • Oh, god. I just figured out I am currently in the same room as I first heard ths song in 1980...., listening to it over my Brother's 33 vinyl LP.

  • Oh, god. I just figured out I am currently in the same room as I first heard ths song in 1980...., listening to it over my Brother's 33 vinyl LP.

    OMG

  • It's an homage

    LPG says Ms Harry asked Muse for royalties at Glastonbury - she demanded one bottle of nice wine. They paid up immediately.

  • LPG says Ms Harry asked Muse for royalties at Glastonbury - she demanded one bottle of nice wine. They paid up immediately.

    There's videos of her using the muse bits now when she performs call me so it works out :)

  • Love Madness!

  • LPG says Ms Harry asked Muse for royalties at Glastonbury - she demanded one bottle of nice wine. They paid up immediately.

    She's cool, then.

  • Hmm, more like you would be "Hanging on the telephone" :P

  • Love Madness!

    I really like the Tracey Ullman version too

  • Love Madness!

    Love Madness!

    me too

  • Cassettes or 8 trACKS ?

  • I thought the charts started in the 1950s

  • There were BBC charts way before 1980

  • 1980. You could purchase LP's (33 rpm, singles 45 rpm) Cassette tapes or 8-tracks.

  • I really like the Tracey Ullman version too

    Who is a massive musical star in the Czech Republic for some unknown reason.

  • Can only hear it vaguely, don't worry

  • Can only hear it vaguely, don't worry

    Is it Bassano?

  • There was a show on at christmas and they were talking about this, as you say it was never meant to be a christmas song but i suppose if luck treats you with such a present you make the most of it :)

    The royalties he must be getting still now!

  • Is it Bassano?

    :)

  • I really like the Tracey Ullman version too

    Who is a massive musical star in the Czech Republic for some unknown reason.

    The real mystery is David Hasselhoff and his German fans.....

  • Is it Bassano?

    :)

  • Who is a massive musical star in the Czech Republic for some unknown reason.

    I didn't hear her when I was there. But judging from the sense of humor and entertainment tastes that I was able to gather from being there...that fits.

  • The real mystery is David Hasselhoff and his German fans.....

    We need to ask Kathi about that?

  • It really does sound so christmassy though

  • I didn't hear her when I was there. But judging from the sense of humor and entertainment tastes that I was able to gather from being there...that fits.

    The music played in restaurants and bars can be quite eclectic there can't it

  • It really does sound so christmassy though

    it does a little bit yes... but shhh ;)

  • The real mystery is David Hasselhoff and his German fans.....

    I remember the german interview on ITV F1 they asked german drivers that and they had no idea why he was so pooular :D

  • tinkering around in the studio?

    Did you get jona lewie to help paint the sidepodcast studio?

  • The music played in restaurants and bars can be quite eclectic there can't it

    What did we hear? 80's hair bands into Kings of Leon?

  • P Diddy...get ready to come in here

  • What did we hear? 80's hair bands into Kings of Leon?

    Yeah, very odd playlists

  • The strange thing about this song is that it always sounds like they are just getting ready for the song.

  • Yeah, very odd playlists

    Did you ever find that band/song that we loved but couldn't recall?

  • Great thing about music from 1980 was that there was still a heavy disco influence, such as in I'm Coming Out and Fame. This series should give us a great idea of how music has evolved over the years. :)

  • Did you get jona lewie to help paint the sidepodcast studio?

    I asked Jona Lewie to help paint our living room but he wouldn't come out of the kitchen.

  • I asked Jona Lewie to help paint our living room but he wouldn't come out of the kitchen.

    :D

  • Did you ever find that band/song that we loved but couldn't recall?

    Nicely reminded. One sec

    *googles*

  • The strange thing about this song is that it always sounds like they are just getting ready for the song.

    She's just about to come out, doncha know? :P

  • Great thing about music from 1980 was that there was still a heavy disco influence, such as in I'm Coming Out and Fame. This series should give us a great idea of how music has evolved over the years. :)

    Good point. Look forward to it!

  • I asked Jona Lewie to help paint our living room but he wouldn't come out of the kitchen.

    :)

  • Hey! Giggles any Kate Bush ?

  • Hey! Giggles any Kate Bush ?

    Not today...

  • Did you ever find that band/song that we loved but couldn't recall?

    The Beta Band

    As featured in previous Giggles Radio shows [I think]

  • As featured in previous Giggles Radio shows [I think]

    Yup... Twice I think.

  • The Beta Band

    *heads to iTunes* Thanks!

  • The Beta Band

    Check out their "3 EPs" album

    [pun avoided]

  • *heads to iTunes* Thanks!

    The Beta Band song I know best is Dry the Rain, and I know he played that here.

  • Check out their "3 EPs" album

    okie doke...after Giggles.

  • It's Still Rock and Roll to Me!!!

  • First album I bought, I think.

    That's on a wiki, first album we all purchased.

  • Just missed to note: not only did Alain Prost debut in 1980; so did a certain Nigel Mansell.

  • I recently saw something in the 'news' that Elton John said Billy Joel needs rehab?? I didn't know he was still struggling with alcohol or something?

  • Holy Smokes! Duran Duran looks like it is going the own the 1983 show.... That is when they bought out the ablum Rio.

  • Frozen feed :(

  • CHOON!!!

  • noooo the b word strikes.

  • Holy Smokes! Duran Duran looks like it is going the own the 1983 show.... That is when they bought out the ablum Rio.

    Michael Jackson just might own 1982 with Thriller... :D

  • I hearts David Bowie...so much!!!

  • CHOON!!!

    Can't go wrong with Bowie :D

  • noooo the b word strikes.

    Oddly enough, my feed is much better now.

  • noooo the b word strikes.

    noes

  • noooo the b word strikes.

    FF is very slow but the feed itself is fine

  • Oddly enough, my feed is much better now.

    the buffering travels around the world like a time zone ;)

  • the buffering travels around the world like a time zone ;)

    Bassano had it the same time I did - isn't he in the same timezone as you? ;)

  • the buffering travels around the world like a time zone ;)

    :)

  • Bassano had it the same time I did - isn't he in the same timezone as you? ;)

    In sidepodworld who knows?

  • Bassano had it the same time I did - isn't he in the same timezone as you? ;)

    Bassano is in his own time zone...

  • In sidepodworld who knows?

    :D

  • Bassano had it the same time I did - isn't he in the same timezone as you? ;)

    wibbly wobbly timey wimey.

  • Holy Smokes! Duran Duran looks like it is going the own the 1983 show.... That is when they bought out the ablum Rio.

    Michael Jackson just might own 1982 with Thriller... :D

    He only has "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" from that Album. Duran has "Rio", "Hungry", "Union", "Bad Moon", and "Reflex", and maybe "Girls..." and "Come Undone........ "

  • He only has "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" from that Album. Duran has "Rio", "Hungry", "Union", "Bad Moon", and "Reflex", and maybe "Girls..." and "Come Undone........ "

    I agree with Rio, Hungry, and Reflex. I personally like Union and Girls, but not sure how huge those got. :)

  • Bassano had it the same time I did - isn't he in the same timezone as you? ;)

    In sidepodworld who knows?

    In Sidepodworld we are all on "-ish-time"

  • Bassano is in his own time zone...

    :)

  • (hearts) the lack of books.

    Speaking of which, I found an actual free Star Wars novel in PDF format this weekend :D

  • Katherine doesn't know this song at all...

  • There are only 3 songs left after this one...

  • Katherine doesn't know this song at all...

    me neither

  • Katherine doesn't know this song at all...

    I didn't until I played one of the Guitar Hero games. :)

  • While singing along to this song, just how many people where punched by their significant others?

  • Katherine doesn't know this song at all...

    Reminds me of summer camp

  • Joy Division and I have a long history. Powerful.

  • CHOON!

  • Oh god. Not this song!

  • Oh god. Not this song!

    I think you might be wrong.

  • Wow. I had no idea this was this old.

  • Looks like the buffeing has moved to my time zone. Last 5 minutes have been terrible

  • Wow. I had no idea this was this old.

    Ian Curtis. The original.

    "24 Hour Party People" movies is great for this time period in music.

  • The guys voice i this song is so painful to me. Please, someone, HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

  • The guys voice i this song is so painful to me. Please, someone, HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

    He was in a lot of emotional pain throughout his life and had serious epilepsy.

  • Wow. I had no idea this was this old.

    did ya think it was the arctic monkeys?

  • "24 Hour Party People" movies is great for this time period in music.

    Will see if I can find..

    I was thinking 83 or 84 at the earliest. I do need to buy Joy Division's stuff.

  • did ya think it was the arctic monkeys?

    ? how can you?

  • YES! :D

  • What a song!!

  • oooh yes :)

  • This could very easily have been the final song. I wonder what we have at the end... :)

  • ooh, unfortunate. But appeals to the very darkest sense of humor in me.

  • This could very easily have been the final song. I wonder what we have at the end... :)

    Good question!

  • This could very easily have been the final song. I wonder what we have at the end... :)

    I don;t think it is going to be Jessica Simpson if that helps clear up the possibilities

  • #FBFB

    How about 'The bestest thing in the history of anything'? :)

  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274309/

    24 Hour Party People, with Steve Coogan.

  • Kai 06/03/2011 at 18:01:43ooh, unfortunate. But appeals to the very darkest sense of humor in me.

    Your not the only one Kai. Oh, the irony.....

  • did ya think it was the arctic monkeys?

    ? how can you?

    same band, no? just me?

  • bohemianeden.file…ercury-statue.jpg

  • They should just rename stages 'Freddies', the man made them his.

  • same band, no? just me?

    They don't sound anything remotely similar.

  • They don't sound anything remotely similar.

    oh.

  • I don;t think it is going to be Jessica Simpson if that helps clear up the possibilities

    :D

  • This must be the closest one of these shows has come to unning to schedule

  • Well, Rapture for 1981, for one.....

  • Well, Rapture for 1981, for one.....

    Surprisingly, I have ZERO songs from 1981. That'll be an interesting show. Is the next show in 1 or 2 weeks?

  • Yay the best version

  • Yeeeaayyyyy!!

  • Yay the best version

    No this is dire straits

    #controversy

  • tune.

    cheers mr & mrs g.

  • Thank you everyone, especially Giggles and Katherine. This was really, really fun.

  • I didn't recognize it right away. But the moment I heard the first line... :)

    Welcome back, Giggles. We missed ya. :)

  • Thanks Giggles and Kat :)

  • Thanks everyone :)

  • This is the only Dire Straits song I like.

  • amazing song though still. cheers mr and mrs giggles :D

  • cheers mr & mrs g.

    No problem, Mr and Mrs C!

  • Thank you everyone, especially Giggles and Katherine. This was really, really fun.

    Thank you...

  • No problem, Mr and Mrs C!

    :)

  • This is the only Dire Straits song I like.

    I'll work on that...

  • Feels like a proper Sunday now we have Giggles Radio back.

  • Feels like a proper Sunday now we have Giggles Radio back.

    When's the next show? :)

  • I'll work on that...

    1985 should be interesting

  • fbfb is being fair and honest. Wouldn't want anyone to turn into killers over such an argument.

  • I am surprised at the FBFBs impartiality... When it has the chance to present the situation as a fact.

  • I'll work on that...

    It's an impenetrable fortress that goes back to "I want my MTV".

  • 1985 should be interesting

    I'm really excited for the year I was born - 1986. :)

  • Feels like a proper Sunday now we have Giggles Radio back.

    True. :)

  • There's also a possibility that the Factbyte Factbox was adamant in one direction to begin with but now isn't at all sure.

  • could be a bit wrong I am looking forward to 1984 just because of GTA vice city

  • To be clear I really like both versions :)

  • Big thank you to the FBFB! Awesome work :)

  • Thanks Alex & Kat, great show

  • *waves*

  • cheers chaps :D

  • *waves*

  • 1 down, 31 to go. :)

  • Bye everyone! Great Show Giggles!

  • I wish every year actually ended with a chequered flag saying it was complete

  • Thanks guys, good music, great music! Thumbs up from my mother when Dire Straits came on. :)

  • Giggles Radio gets the chequered flag

    #FBFB

  • Off to finish dinner. Thanks again!

  • 1 down, 31 to go. :)

    Might be 32 if I'm not fast enough!

  • I wish every year actually ended with a chequered flag saying it was complete

    Maybe the FBFB should do New Years Eve

  • Might be 32 if I'm not fast enough!

    Any idea when the next show is? :)

  • Maybe the FBFB should do New Years Eve

    I think Jools hootenenanny was FBFB's this year wasn't it?

    Last year even. The one we had for last year for this year last year.

  • Any idea when the next show is? :)

    in 2 weeks I think was said

  • in 2 weeks I think was said

    2 x 31 = 62?! I hope we get the occasional back-to-back so we make it by the end of the year. :D

  • I wish every year actually ended with a chequered flag saying it was complete

    Maybe the FBFB should do New Years Eve

    Chequered flag instantly followed with a grren flag for the start of the next year. Yellow flag for Feb 29th on leap years and in America white flag for Dec 31st

  • Sebring is in 2 weeks time. Hope there is not a clash

  • in 2 weeks I think was said

    Will shows be archived for later playback?

  • Sebring is in 2 weeks time. Hope there is not a clash

    That's on the Saturday

  • Sebring is in 2 weeks time. Hope there is not a clash

    oooh, wonder if i can convince christine to fbfb for 12 whole hours...

  • oooh, wonder if i can convince christine to fbfb for 12 whole hours.

    Good practise for Le Mans

  • Sebring is in 2 weeks time. Hope there is not a clash

    Sebring is just 12 hours, right? If yes, that should mean the race should be done by Saturday night EST.

  • By the way the shows are going to take longer to get uploaded but it will be a nice HTML5 version. So if anyone asks about a replay... Probably tomorrow morning...

  • By the way the shows are going to take longer to get uploaded but it will be a nice HTML5 version

    ooh, yay.

  • help Mr C... I think I have done some things wrong with my post...

  • please I mean to add :)

  • help Mr C... I think I have done some things wrong with my post...

    code looks okay to me, how odd. can you try the list with a lower case 'L'?

  • code looks okay to me, how odd. can you try the list with a lower case 'L'?

    should i jump in and play. must be my dodgy coding somewhere.

  • Might be easier... Also the fbfb... Didn't see if you'd spotted that... cheers...

  • btw I'm looking forward to hearing/learning more 80s stuff because its an area of music I like but haven't really explored properly. But what I'm really looking forward to is the mid-90s. :)

  • btw I'm looking forward to hearing/learning more 80s stuff because its an area of music I like but haven't really explored properly. But what I'm really looking forward to is the mid-90s. :)

    It will be a bit difficult because I know I went through a lot of musical learning thought the nineties... So I think those shows might be tricky to deal with.

  • It will be a bit difficult because I know I went through a lot of musical learning thought the nineties... So I think those shows might be tricky to deal with.

    But fun :)

  • btw I'm looking forward to hearing/learning more 80s stuff because its an area of music I like but haven't really explored properly. But what I'm really looking forward to is the mid-90s. :)

    The 80's was one of my faves! Happy to help if you want.

  • Might be easier... Also the fbfb... Didn't see if you'd spotted that... cheers...

    the list issue was it needing a lowercase 'L', i think the fbfb thing was just a temporary glitch. seems okay now.

  • Poor Devo. We have missed their only hit "Whip It" as it was released in 1980.

    My 1980's song knowledge is decent, but a lot of 1980, 1981 songs I think where made in 1982 for some strange reason..... Weird.

  • The 80's was one of my faves! Happy to help if you want.

    Thanks. :)

  • It will be a bit difficult because I know I went through a lot of musical learning thought the nineties... So I think those shows might be tricky to deal with.

    I'm sure we have a bit of crossover from that period, will be interesting to see what makes it in. In the Alphabeat shows you reminded me about Bellatrix. :) No [ressure though. :)

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Welcome back! It’s been a while but Series 2 of Giggles Radio is here! Is music the soundtrack to our lives? Join host Alex Andronov as he features a year from his life and plays the songs that either came out in each year or he experienced for the first time in that year. He’s calling it, rather clumsily, his Audio Biography.

Event start

16:00GMT +00:00

6 March 2011