The 80s Annual Vol. II by Sarah Lewis

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A lovely blog post by Jamie Days, whose diary excerpts appear in The 80s Annual, Vol. II.

Jamie Days Diaries

AnnualIt’s a massive thrill to have extracts from my dairies featured in Sarah Lewis‘s second 80s Annual. I love the way they’ve been illustrated and given a “scrapbook feel”. However it’s not just my diaries that make this a fantastic book!!

Here’s my review from Amazon.

Remember the eighties? And remember the annuals you used to get every Christmas? Well this is a perfect tribute to both! It’s bright and colourful, superbly illustrated and has a variety of content that will appeal to a wide audience.

It’s got some really interesting and revealing interviews with your favourites from the decade including Nik Kershaw (and yes, Sarah asks him about snoods!), Jason Donovan, Grange Hill’s Zammo, The (Bucks) Fizz (who are hilarious!) and many others. Sarah’s also included other writers to bring us ace features on Radio One and its DJ’s, ten reasons 1988 was great as well as…

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My 80s & Mixcloud

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Listeners to the My 80s show on Mad Wasp Radio will know that all the shows are uploaded to my Mixcloud page. From next week, shows will not be uploaded to Mixcloud until the Wednesday following the show’s first airing. Next week’s show, which goes out at 9pm on Thursday 16th November, will be available on Mixcloud from Wednesday 22nd November, and so on.

Thursday’s show is also repeated on Mad Wasp every week as listed below:

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From Magnificent Murals To Favourite Five

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I have been fortunate to have some very talented musicians appear on the My 80s show, choosing their Favourite Five 80’s tracks. This week I can add an exceptionally talented artist to that list, because my special guest on this Thursday’s show is David ‘Gnasher’ Nash. Below are just a few examples of his work, more of which an be viewed on Gnasher’s website.

Illustrating how music and art can be mutually influential, Gnasher’s Favourite Five choices reflect not only his musical tastes but also the effect music has had upon him as an artist. Listen from 9pm this Thursday on Mad Wasp Radio.

Wouldn’t It Be Good To Listen To Nik’s Favourite Five?

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Back in August, I interviewed Nik Kershaw for The 80s Annual Vol. II, which will be published next month. After our interview, he agreed to be a guest on the My 80s radio show, choosing his Favourite Five 80’s songs. We weren’t quite sure when that would be, as Nik had a busy couple of months ahead of him. However, I caught up with him towards the end of his tour, and we recorded Nik chatting about his Favourite Five ahead of his gig in Margate, at the beginning of October.

The interview will air on this Thursday’s My 80s 9-11pm on Mad Wasp Radio. It’s a good one, so be sure to tune in!

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Backstage with Nik Kershaw at The Royal Theatre, Margate

The My 80s Archives

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The Favourite Five feature on the My 80s radio show, in which my special guests choose their five favourite songs from the Eighties, is proving popular with listeners. All My 80s shows are uploaded to Mixcloud, but just to make things a little bit easier when searching for a particular show, I’ve listed the shows by guest below. Happy listening!

Nik Kershaw

David Ball – Soft Cell

Mari Wilson

Brian ‘Nasher’ Nash – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Peter Coyle – The Lotus Eaters

Clark Datchler – Johnny Hates Jazz

Nick van Eede – Cutting Crew

Junior Giscombe

Leee John – Imagination

Dennis Seaton – Musical Youth

Ian Donaldson – H2O

Bobby McVay – The Fizz

Tracie Young

Andy Kyriacou – Modern Romance

David Brewis – The Kane Gang

Clive Jackson – Doctor & The Medics

Eddie Roxy – Department S

Owen Paul interviewing me

Erkan Mustafa – Grange Hill

Paula Ann Bland – Grange Hill

Andy O – Blue Zoo

Helen McCookerybook – The Chefs

Steve Blacknell

Gnasher – Street artist & muralist

Jamie Days – Author

Alan Read – My 80s quiz master

John Bowen & Wayne Lee – 80’s Smash Hits penpals

Listeners: Tanya Raftery

 

 

 

 

Going To The Zoo With My 80s

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Things really have been buzzing on Mad Wasp Radio, and this week’s special guest on the My 80s radio show, choosing his Favourite Five 80’s tracks, is Blue Zoo’s Andy O. Listen from 9pm this Thursday to hear Andy’s choices plus the latest release from the band.

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The show will also be repeated on Saturday 1-3pm and Sunday 7-9pm, and available on Mixcloud after its first broadcast.

 

The Future’s Black And Yellow

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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 21752020_10213173620394210_5533982512474490863_nat 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.

For more info on the station’s shows and presenters, visit Mad Wasp Radio, where you can also listen to us.

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.

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