Johnny may well hate jazz but lead singer Clark Datchler showed he loves My 80s when he chose his Favourite Five 80’s songs for the show. Listen to Radio Cabin this Thursday from 9pm to hear my interview with the singer/song writer, as well as the fabulous songs he has picked.
Today, I am putting together this Thursday’s My 80s show, and it looks set to be a belter! My special guest this week is Leee John, who will be putting a little twist on our Favourite Five feature. Regular listeners will know that guests usually choose their Favourite Five 80’s tracks, but Leee will be picking his five all-time favourite songs and talking about how they influenced him as an artist.
He has picked some great tracks, and I found it fascinating how elements of those songs helped to shape not only the music of Imagination, but also Leee’s vocal style.
I will also be playing Leee’s latest single “Do It Right Now”, as well as lots of the fantastic requests everyone has been sending me, including those for our Make It Big and Back On Track feature. There are also a couple of fun changes coming soon to the show, which I will announce on Thursday evening, so be sure to listen to Radio Cabin from 9pm. I’ll see you there …
Some voices are so distinctive you know who is singing the second they hit that first note. Former H2O frontman, Ian Donaldson, has one of the most beautifully recognisable voices of the Eighties and, I am pleased to say, he is my special guest on tonight’s My 80s Radio Show. Listen to Radio Cabin from 9pm this evening to hear him choose his Favourite Five tracks from the decade, and talk about his current musical ventures.
Listeners to last night’s My 80s Radio Show will have noticed the technical hitch we experienced in the second half of the show, when the first hour was repeated instead of the second hour being aired. Having spoken to the powers that be, I am delighted to announce that the show will be aired again tomorrow (Saturday 8th July) between 6-8pm on Radio Cabin.
Not only that, but this will be the case for all future My 80s shows. So, we will continue to broadcast My 80s on Thursday evenings between 9-11pm, and then that show will be repeated on Saturday 6-8pm. In addition, all shows are uploaded to Mixcloud for you to listen to at your leisure, so there really is no escaping me!
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago I was a guest on Herne Bay’s Radio Cabin. I was in the studio to talk about my latest book ‘More Eighties’ on the Thursday evening Fishy & Chippy Show. When we came off air, it was suggested that I host a weekly 80’s show for the station, and I am delighted to announce that from Thursday 8th June I will be doing exactly that.
Following hot on the heels of my DJ pals Fishy & Chippy, the My 80s Radio Show will go out every Thursday from 9pm to 11pm. Those in the Herne Bay area can tune in old school style on 94.6 FM, whereas those further afield can listen online via the Radio Cabin website.
I am currently working on the playlist for the first show, and requests can be sent to me in a number of ways. Contact me via the station’s email: email@example.com, Facebook and Twitter pages or through my own Twitter account: @MyEighties using the hashtag #My80s. I have also set up a Facebook page for the show @My80sRadioShow, so come and give us a ‘like’ and a track request.
There are no request rules other than songs must be from the Eighties but, even then, if it can be tenuously linked to the decade, a particularly good tune could still get on the show. Yes, that may well be my way of ensuring some of my favourite releases from The Jam and The Specials get played!
Without giving too much away, the show will include a couple of special request features, and there are also interviews planned with some lovely 80’s artists who have agreed to have a chat with me. During the show, I will be on social media so listen in, let me know what you think and let’s have some proper 80’s fun. Roll on 8th June!
It has been quite a week, with the publication of More Eighties on Tuesday, a radio interview on Thursday, a gig on Friday, and throughout all of that trying to learn the art of vlogging – no mean feat for a Luddite whose technical prowess peaked at the vertically split black and white TV screen, when adjusting the tracking on our Betamax video recorder!
As I mentioned in my last post, I marked the new book’s launch with a celebratory lunch with some fabulous friends. While we were in Dover, I visited Banksy’s latest offering and could not resist a little step up the ladder. I also recorded one of my vlogs there, which you can see below, along with the one I recorded at the gig featuring Jona Lewie and The Blockheads. All my vlog posts are available via my YouTube channel or my website, which also includes the link to the recording of my radio interview. Enjoy …
Following a re-design of my website, its address has changed to my-eighties.com. I would love to know what your thoughts are on the new site, so have a browse and let me know what you think. On the News & Events page, the eagle-eyed amongst you will be able to spot me in Jo Monck’s photograph, taken on stage during From The Jam’s performance at last year’s Jack Up The 80s festival. Continuing in an 80s- style ‘Where’s Wally?’ theme, Forgotten 80s types might also recognise a member of the Twitterati mingling with Jona Lewie and Department S, if they scroll down the Bio page. I look forward to receiving your feedback.