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Youth culture

House-band of the Blitz Kids: Debut under the name Spandau Ballet at a special Blitz Christmas party, 5 Dec 1979, dapper singer Tony Hadley (centre) with Gary Kemp and Steven Norman (right), introduced by the Tuesday night host Steve Strange sporting ruffles by PX, the shop creating new looks for the New Romantics. (Photographed by Ted Polhemus)

Youth culture

Second date by Spandau Ballet, playing live at the Blitz Club in January 1980 as Churchill looks on. By Christmas Spandau had their first chart hit. (Photographed by Derek Ridgers)

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Studio house-band of the Blitz Club: Visage’s lineup at the launch of their first album, November 1980 – Midge Ure, Rusty Egan, Steve Strange (wearing PX), Dave Formula, Billy Currie

FOLLOWING CLOSE ON LONDON’S HEELS:

Duran Duran,pop,New Romantics, Birmingham

Duran Duran in 1981: first into the charts from Birmingham

YEP, THIS IS PRETTY MUCH HOW BRUMMIE BANDS LOOKED COMPARED WITH THE SUPER COOL OF LONDON POSERS LIKE RONDO, BELOW

Blue Rondo à la Turk,latin-pop,Christos Tolera , Chris Sullivan

Clubworld shapers Christos Tolera and Chris Sullivan: two faces of the seven-man Blue Rondo à la Turk who popularised Latin rhythms in 1981. Photographed for The Face by Mike Laye


➢ Click here to read the first feature about Blue Rondo from New Sounds New Styles

ON THE OTHER HAND, SOME WOULD SAY THE REAL COOL DUDES WERE WAY OUT IN ESSEX (ESSEX meaning HOME COUNTIES SAVVY) …

Depeche Mode ,electro-pop

Depeche Mode 1980-81: Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Andrew Fletcher (keyboards), Dave Gahan (lead vocals), Vince Clarke (keyboards, songwriter). © Fin Serck-Hanssen

THEN AGAIN, THE BOYS FROM BUSHEY (HERTFORDSHIRE = HOME COUNTIES SMART) BROUGHT ANOTHER KIND OF SUBURBAN COOL INTO TOWN…

WHAM, ANDREW RIDGELEY, GEORGE MICHAEL,POP

Young Guns, Sep 1982: Wham! introduced Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael who put a new kind of Oh! into disco. During their four years together with Pepsi and Shirlie they sold 25million albums

WHILE THE DIEHARDS AMONG LONDON’S NIGHTLIFE ANIMALS WERE THE ONES WHO DROVE THE MUSIC OVERGROUND AND OUT OF CLUBLAND

Animal Nightlife, jazz-pop, Andy Polaris, Steve Lewis, Beat Route,

Animal Nightlife’s lineup in 1982: the style-conscious London clubbers who became inspired by the emerging scene to form a group then persuaded Beat Route deejay Steve Lewis to manage them… Sadly, their first jazzish single Love Is Just The Great Pretender didn’t chart. It took three more singles and a slimmer five-piece before the band scored their first hit with Mr Solitaire. Here L–R, Steve Shanley, “Flid”, Chrysta Jones, Billy Chapman, Andy Polaris, Declan John Barclay, Leah Seresin, “Mac” and Paul Waller

THEN YET ANOTHER ST MARTIN’S CLOTHES DESIGNER DECIDES TO STEP ONSTAGE AS A SMOOTH OPERATOR

Sade’s debut with her own band in Aug 1983 at the Yow club, London, Paul Denman to the fore. By 2012 she is being hailed as “the most successful solo female artist Britain has ever produced”. Photographed © by Shapersofthe80s

NEVER FORGETTING THE GODLIKE PRESENCE
➢ HEAR ♫ THE MAN WHO …

Click image for an immaculate and possibly the most inspired rendering of The Man who Sold the World: David Bowie with the bizarre German punk Klaus Nomi as a backing singer during a performance on Saturday Night Live, Dec 15, 1979. Wearing red on the left is American performance artist, Joey Arias, who became a regular act at Club 57 in New York’s East Village. During 2013–15 this exquisite video itself alongside Bowie’s huge tubular costume have been chief highlights of the touring exhibition, Bowie Is, from the V&A in London

➢ Elsewhere at Shapers of the 80s: 108 acts who set the style for the new music of the 1980s

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RUSTY EGAN’S PIONEERING PLAYLIST

Tracks Rusty favoured at The Blitz Club 1979-80 and at Camden Palace 1982-84 (revised March 2018)
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Don Armando – Deputy of Love (12″ full-length version) 1979
Blondie – Heart of Glass 1978
David Bowie – Always Crashing in the Same Car (from the album Low) 1977
David Bowie – Be My Wife 1977
David Bowie – Helden (German 7″ version) 1977
David Bowie – Sound & Vision 1977
David Bowie – D.J. (7″ edit) 1979
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes (7″ edit) 1980
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag 1979
Can – I Want More 1976
Wendy Carlos – Theme from a Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana) 1972
Cerrone – Supernature (12″ full-length version) 1977
Billy Cobham – Storm (from the album Crosswinds) 1974
Alice Cooper – Eighteen 1971
Cowboys International – Thrash 1979
Holger Czukay – Hollywood Symphony (from the album Movies) 1979
Barry De Vorzon – Theme from The Warriors 1979 soundtrack
Sheila and B. Devotion – Spacer (12″ full-length version) 1979
Brian Eno – King’s Lead Hat 1978
Brian Eno – No One Receiving 1977
Brian Eno and Snatch – RAF (B-side to King’s Lead Hat 7″) 1978
Eno, Moebius, Roedelius – Broken Head (from the album After the Heat) 1978
Fad Gadget – Ricky’s Hand 1980
Marianne Faithfull – Broken English (12″ version) 1979
Bryan Ferry – Sign of the Times 1978
John Foxx – No One Driving (7″ remix) 1980
John Foxx – Underpass 1980
Peter Gabriel – Games without Frontiers (7″ edit) 1980
Gina X Performance – No GDM (7″ edit) 1979
Nina Hagen Band – TV Glotzer (White Punks on Dope) 1979
Japan – Life in Tokyo (original 7″ short version) 1979
Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe 4 (French 12″ remix) 1978
Grace Jones – La Vie en Rose (7″ edit) 1977
Giorgio Moroder – Chase (12″ full-length version) 1978
Giorgio Moroder – From Here to Eternity 1977
Joy Division – Atmosphere 1980
Kraftwerk – Das Model 1978
Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (7″ edit) 1976
Kraftwerk – The Robots (original 7″ edit) 1978
Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express (7″ edit) 1977
La Düsseldorf – Geld (from the album Viva) 1978
La Düsseldorf – La Düsseldorf (from the album La Düsseldorf) 1976
Landscape – European Man (12″ version) 1980
Landscape – Japan 1979
Landscape – U2XME1X2MUCH 1977
Thomas Leer and Robert Rental – Day Breaks, Night Heals (from the album The Bridge) 1979
Lori and the Chameleons – Touch 1979
M – Pop Musik 1979
M – M Factor (UK version, B-side to Pop Muzik 7″) 1979
Magazine – Touch and Go 1978
Mahler – Adagietto from Symphony No 5, 1902 (soundtrack to Death in Venice, 1971)
Patrick D. Martin – I Like ’Lectric Motors 1979
Ennio Morricone – 60 Seconds to What (La Resa Dei Conti) (from the soundtrack For a Few Dollars More) 1964
Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes 1972
Neu! – E-Musik (from the album Neu! ’75) 1975
The Normal – Warm Leatherette (B-side to T.V.O.D. 7″) 1978
Gary Numan – Cars 1979
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army – Down in the Park 1978
OMD – Electricity (7″ re-recorded version) 1979
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing (from the album The Idiot) 1977
Iggy Pop – The Passenger (from the album Lust for Life) 1977
Lou Reed – Perfect Day 1972
Lou Reed – Vicious 1972
Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side 1972
Rinder and Lewis – Willie and the Hand Jive 1979
Rockets – On the Road Again 1977
Rockets – Space Rock (12″ full-length version) 1977
Michael Rother – Zyklodrom + Flammende Herzen 1977
Roxy Music – Angel Eyes (7″ remix) 1979
Roxy Music – Dance Away 1979
Roxy Music – Do the Strand 1973
Roxy Music – Trash 1979
Shock – R.E.R.B. (B-side to Angel Face 7″) 1980
Simple Minds – Changeling (original 7″ version) 1980
Simple Minds – I Travel (7″ edit) 1980
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Hong Kong Garden 1978
Sister Sledge – Lost In Music 1979
Space – Carry On, Turn Me On 1977
Space – Magic Fly 1977
Spandau Ballet – To Cut a Long Story Short (12″ extended version) 1980
Sparks – Number 1 Song in Heaven 1979
Donna Summer – I Feel Love 1977
Sweet – Ballroom Blitz 1973
T Rex – 20th Century Boy 1973
T Rex – Get it On 1971
T Rex – Ride a White Swan 1970
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer 1977
Television – Little Johnny Jewel (part 1 & 2 version) 1975
Television – Marque Moon (album version) 1977
Telex – Moskow Diskow (12″ Maxi version, French & English vocal) 1979
The Flying Lizards – Money (That’s What I Want) 1979 (7″ edit)
The Human League – Being Boiled (from the 7″ EP Holiday ’80 and Travelogue album) 1980
The Men – I don’t Depend on You 1979 (aka The Human League)
The Psychedelic Furs – Sister Europe 1980
The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting for the Man 1973
Throbbing Gristle – Hot on the Heels of Love 1979
Harry Thumann – Underwater (12″ version) 1979
Ultravox – Dislocation 1978
Ultravox – Hiroshima Mon Amour 1977
Ultravox – Quiet Men (12″ full-length version) 1978
Ultravox – Sleepwalk 1980
Vangelis – Pulstar 1976
Vice Versa – New Girls Neutrons (from the 7″ EP 4 Music) 1979
Visage – Fade to Grey (12″ extended version) 1980
Visage – Frequency 7 (original version, B-side to Tar 7″) 1979
Visage – Tar (original 7″ mix) 1979
Scott Walker – No Regrets 1975
Jeff Wayne – The Eve of the War (7″ edit) 1978
Jeff Wayne – The Eve of the War (12″ version) 1979
Wire – I am the Fly 1978
Yello – Bimbo 1979
Yello – Bostich 1979
Yello – I.T. Splash (full length Swiss 7″ version) 1979
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Behind the Mask 1980
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Computer Game (Theme from The Invaders) 1979

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Back to the future 80s remixed by Rusty Egan 2013

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Deejay Rusty Egan’s set list for Return To The Blitz reunion party, Jan 15, 2011

❏ The Knife – Pass This On
❏ The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
❏ The Blue Nile – Headlights On The Parade
❏ The Human League – Being Boiled
❏ Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
❏ Kraftwerk – Neon Lights
❏ David Bowie – Sound+Vision
❏ Iggy Pop – Sister Midnight
❏ Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
❏ David Bowie – Fashion
❏ Gina X Performance – No GDM
❏ Simple Minds – Changeling
❏ Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Ninos Del Parque
❏ Blondie – Heart Of Glass
❏ Shock – R.E.R.B.
❏ Ultravox – Visions In Blue 2010
❏ ABC – Tears Are Not Enough
❏ Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice
❏ Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together (’88 remix)
❏ David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
❏ David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
❏ Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short (long mix)
❏ The Human League – The Sound Of The Crowd (12in mix)
❏ OMD – Enola Gay
❏ Soft Cell – Tainted Love (12in mix)
❏ The Cure – In Between Days
❏ Joy Division – She’s Lost Control
❏ Depeche Mode – See You
❏ Ultravox – Hiroshima Mon Amour
❏ Visage – Mind Of A Toy
❏ Duran Duran – Planet Earth (night version)
❏ Iggy Pop – The Passenger (12in version)
❏ The Associates – Club Country (12in version)
❏ David Bowie – Helden
❏ Kraftwerk – Das Model
❏ Visage – Fade to Grey (club mix)

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MEANWHILE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DANCEFLOOR GOTH WAS BEING INVENTED

Peter Murphy , Bauhaus, goth-rock

Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, photographed for Smash Hits in 1981 © by Antoine Giacomoni

◼ ABSOLUTELY UNCONNECTED with the New Romantics, Bauhaus were a determinedly post-punk rock four-piece band formed in Northampton in 1978, with chisel-jawed Peter Murphy as vocalist until they split in 1983. Named after the German Bauhaus design movement of the 1920s, their stance was distinctly arty which made them heroic leaders of what new-wave fans began to dub “alternative” music. Bauhaus’s debut single Bela Lugosi’s Dead (1979) won them a John Peel session in January 1980 which boosted their credentials. Bela gradually established itself as the goth-rock anthem by lurking in the indie charts for two years, before limited pop chart successes such as a cover of Ziggy Stardust (No 15 and hence Top of the Pops exposure in 1982) and other singles in lower positions, 1981–83.

What constantly eluded the commercial music business was Bauhaus’s pole position as the cult inspiration to everyone in the post-punk era who did not subscribe to the dance-driven New Romantic electronics of the Duran and Depeche Mode camps. In any cool nightclub outside London, Bauhaus’s distinctively punk-glam-krautrock style drew a clear chalk line between the doomy dance faction and the rest whose music genres are often forced to share clubnights in the sticks. At first the music wasn’t called Goth, but eventually Bauhaus were acknowledged as originators of the genre, characterised by Murphy’s dark voice and the jagged guitar and dub bass of Daniel Ash and David J. By 1982 Murphy was annoying his bandmates by becoming equally famous in the TV commercials for Maxell cassette tapes, and they split after a fouth album. Bauhaus reunited again in 2005 for Coachella then toured North America and Europe.

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VISAGE SIGN OFF IN 1984 WITH LOVE GLOVE

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EVEN MORE ♫ MUSICAL LINKS

Peter Robinson exacting pop justice with attitude
Pop news and reviews from Sean Adams in London W2
Absolute80s pop radio on Switch London in DAB or nationwide through digital TV channels Sky 0200, Virgin Media 951 and Freesat 726

Absolute Radio, DAB, 1980s , pop music,
Free videos direct from Artist Direct across the music spectrum
Compare radio stations to see who’s playlisting your favourite tune now
If you liked that, you’ll like last.fm
62,000 free internet radio stations from Shoutcast
The roots of world music with fRoots mag
All colours of music at the Mondomix Festival . . . not forgetting Womex Global
Juno, the world’s largest online dance music store
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Biba, 1973, Champagne and Novocaine
A musical walk through the Biba store in 1975, plus soundtracks to other formative scenes
Classic Cat is the catalogue of free downloads for the other world of music. . . sample the Rite that shocked 20th-century ears in 1913
Five minutes of Ravel in blues mode. Is it jazz? Or is it Dada? Click on Track 244: Sonata for violin and piano in G major, from 1927, played by Benjamin Beilman and Alessio Bax
Composer of the Week on the BBC iPlayer
Watch free classical concerts at MediciTV
The Official UK Charts
Shapers of the 80s videos at YouTube

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♫ MAKE YOUR OWN MUSIC

Wolfram’s way to invent your own musical universe
Ron’s online keyboard for creating the sounds of the Eighties – just type in B B, L I T Z, K K, I D, S S
An orgy of Sound Toys is being constantly replenished at this meeting place for audio-visual artists

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One response to “SOUND+VISION

  1. Amazing site, love it, really takes you back to the good times – just a brief note to say the guy next to Klaus in the red outfit/hair in the SNL Bowie ’79 performance is none other than JOEY ARIAS (Wigstock, etc.)

    Shapersofthe80s writes: Thanks for the extra detail, Gregg – much appreciated.

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