In 1980 I was 12.

So in 1990 I was 22.

Yep; I’m a child of the eighties.


Music played a big part of my growing up.

Then it faded away a little.

And now it’s back.

I get nostalgic.

The Eighties.

So here I am.

Listing the best selling singles from 1980 to 1990.

The top 10?


The top 11, actually.

Because one of my favourite tunes ever is at 11.

Hey; it’s my blog…

1 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Band Aid 1984 1
2 “Relax” Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1983 1
3 “I Just Called to Say I Love You” Stevie Wonder 1984 1
4 “Two Tribes” Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1984 1
5 “Don’t You Want Me” The Human League 1981 1
6 “Last Christmas”/”Everything She Wants” Wham! 1984 2
7 “Karma Chameleon” Culture Club 1983 1
8 “Careless Whisper” George Michael 1984 1
9 “The Power of Love” Jennifer Rush 1985 1
10 “Come On Eileen” Dexys Midnight Runners & the Emerald Express 1982 1
11 “Tainted Love” Soft Cell 1981 1


Here it is.

Number 11:



I get affected when I watch this.

And when I listen to this.

I think it’s because of Dorota’s husband’s calm, knowing look.

It’s just his wife, you see.


Like she probably does at home.


Dorota Osińska wandered onto the set of ‘The Voice’ in Poland in the winter of 2013.

A few weeks later.

She’d won the entire series.

Here it is:

I am always interested in which craftsmen and women.

That other true craftsmen and women admire.

So I was interested to hear which eight pieces of music George Michael liked most.

When he appeared on Desert Island Discs.

In 2007.

George’s Favourites.

So here they are:

  1. Kanye West – “Gold Digger”
  2. Rufus Wainwright – “Going to a Town”
  3. Gnarls Barkly – “Crazy”
  4. Goldfrapp – “Paper Bag”
  5. Pet Shop Boys – “Being Boring”
  6. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  7. Roxy Music – “Do The Strand”
  8. Amy Winehouse – “Love is a Losing Game”

George’s most favourite from these eight.

Was Amy.


Here’s one of George’s choices that I’d not heard before.


Paper bag.

Please go here:


I don’t know if Michael Jackson was a goodie or a baddie.

I really have no idea.


But so much of his story, to be honest, makes me feel funny.


And it has affected his legacy.

For me.

I know this because, when I was looking for a great live version of my favourite Michael Jackson song this week.

I stopped looking.

Because I felt better about a studio version.

With no video.

Which is unusual for me.

To not want see a live performance.

What a strange feeling!

Human Nature.

But I’ve always really loved ‘Human Nature’ from his 1983, Thriller album.

And I still do.

I don’t think much else sounds like this.

Before or since.

So here it is:

If you like George, please go here:

Please watch this full screen.

With the sound up high.

When you have 4 uninterrupted minutes.


This is an intimate, wobbly, amateur IPhone recording of George Michael on the 17th of September 2012.

Singing live in Birmingham.

It is one single shot.

With no snazzy visual or audio post production.

And I love how you see George telling one of the stories he wrote so beautifully.

So sincerely.

And so well.

With the conductor’s hand at George’s side.


I think that the intimacy comes from being raw, vulnerable and true.

Something that I will strive to achieve when I restart my Always Wear Red storytelling in September.

I prefer real.

And so do consumers.

And that’s why I prefer this George Michael film to the rather more polished and better edited official SYMPHONICA version.

I love how we see George here.


George Michael.

To me, a genius.


Died alone.

In 2016.

On Christmas Day.


Please go here for your official Monday Morning Chicken Head Music Experience

Chicken Head Music.

You know the kind.

Music that makes your head bob back and forth like a chicken.

(But – normally – only if no one’s looking).

Lost In Music.

This tune is particularly potent on a Monday morning.

So here we go.

Surely this has to be one of the most uplifting tunes ever?

Because of the guitar riff.

And the simple, memorable melody.

And the drums and bass coming in and out so the dynamic shifts.

And because of the quality of Kathy Sledge’s voice and how all voices are layered.

And the fashion and the dancing.

And Kathy’s smile!

Chicken head music at it’s greatest.

Happy Monday.

Grab your coffee… AND DANCE!

Have a read of this one here please:

Rihanna and Eminem are two of the biggest names in the world.

How in earth does this happen to some people?

And not others?



Like all great brands it starts with the quality of the offering.

If it’s not excellent – don’t bother.

The product.

The service.

The music.

The entertainment.

The whole package.

And these two are just bloody brilliant.


I used to LOVE ‘The Word’.

That thing with Terry Christian at the helm.

The twitching Mancunian.

I used to LOVE ‘The Word’ even though.

When measured against traditional ideas of television programmes at the time.

Like presenters being able to speak.

And remember lines.

And know which camera to look at.

It was shite.


Tiswas was the same.

Chris Tarrant and Sally James and Lenny Henry.

Just mucking about.

Teaching children that being unstructured and off-the-wall and messy and a little bit naughty and spontaneous is OK.

(In fact it’s not just OK. 

It’s what children are for).

Vic and Bob

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were the same.

Nailing teddy bears to walls.

Frightening a bald man with chives.

Just odd.


I am not sure of the exact formula for Shite-But-Good.

But the framework for successful Shite-But-Good definitely contains:

  • Being restlessly and endlessly creative.
  • Running at ideas as opposed to analysing them (literally) to their death.
  • Not giving a shit what people think.
  • Doing things for the first time.
  • Doing what you enjoy.
  • Being happy.
  • Being in a good team of like minded people.
  • Being brave.
  • Failing and being OK with failing.
  • Not judging.

Give it a go.

You’ll love it.


And by the way.

A band called OASIS made their TV debut on The Word.

On the 18th of March 1994.

With a tune called Supersonic.

Here it is (