One summer in the late Eighties (possibly 1987, after I had finished taking my O levels) my dad decided his old car needed a bit of a makeover. At the time, he had a penchant for black and yellow, so decided they were the colours we would use to transform his primrose yellow Citroën Dyane into The Wasp!
It seems only fitting that, three decades later, I am presenting the My 80s show on Mad Wasp radio.
Tuesday saw the launch party for the station at the Vinyl Bar, where my fellow presenters and I celebrated ‘the station with the sting in its tail’ coming to our airwaves. Here I am with Eighties’ TV and radio veteran Steve Blacknell, Jonny Steingold, who presents Americana show Dixieflyer, and Dee Webb, the ‘brains behind Mad Wasp Radio’, Dee Time presenter and Matron in the Mad Hatties Show.
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It has been a busy time since the station launched just under a week ago, with a few tweaks and fine tuning being made. One of the changes that has been made during that time is that the My 80s show will now be repeated on Sunday evenings, meaning you can listen to the show on Mad Wasp Radio as listed below. All My 80s show are also available on Mixcloud.
I have never made any secret of the fact that my all time favourite song of the entire Eighties is The Kane Gang’s “Closest Thing To Heaven”. So, you can imagine how delighted I was when former band member, David Brewis, agreed to appear on this week’s My 80s radio show. Tune in from 9pm this Thursday (14th Sept) to hear the multi-instrumentalist choose his Favourite Five 80’s tracks and talk about his new album Autoleisureland. I will also be playing a track from the album, but if you can’t wait until then you can order your copy from autoleisureland.com.
Just a reminder that this week’s My 80s radio show will not be broadcast in its usual slot tonight at 9pm. Instead, it will go out this Saturday (9th September) at 1pm, as part of the Mad Wasp Radio launch weekend. The show will also be repeated at 8am the following Monday.
We return to our usual slot of 9-11pm on Thursday 14th September, with that show then being repeated the following Saturday at 1pm and Monday at 8am. As before, all My 80s shows will be available on Mixcloud after their initial broadcast.
Requests for a song to be played on the show or suggestions for the Back On Track (any track from an 80’s album that was not released as a single) and Word Up (song featuring that week’s word in the lyrics or title) features can be made via the show’s Facebook page, via Twitter @MyEighties using #My80s or via the contact form on my website.
I look forward to chatting to you on Saturday, when I will be making my Mad Wasp debut, hot on the heels of the Rockabilly ‘N’ Blues Radio Hour. To check out what other fantastic shows Mad Wasp Radio has on offer, take a look at their weekly schedule. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the week’s schedule at a glance.
As we enter Autumn, I am delighted to reveal the cover for The 80s Annual vol. II. Designed by the incredibly talented Natalie Owen, with photography by Tania Hoser, and featuring the gorgeous Kat Crawley, the cover embraces the bright, fun times of my favourite decade. I love it!
The 80s Annual vol. II will be published in November. Watch this space …