80s DJ Manchester
80’s themed music DJ based in Manchester
I have been a master of music selection and filling the dance floor for many years, from rock and roll to mixing the latest EDM, experience has taught me well. However, my favourite decade in relation to music has to be the fabulous 1980’s. The 1980’s was an important part of my youth, so many memories and nostalgic feelings emerge when listening to the wonderful music from this decade. The 1980's has certainly become an iconic part of music history that all age groups seem to love and enjoy. Take a step back in time and get planning your 80s themed event!
1980's in the mix by DJ Dave Jones
1980's memories and music by DJ Dave Jones
Perhaps Bodie and Doyle from the TV hit series The Professionals was largely responsible for making the Ford Capri look so cool! Although the Ford Capri went into production in 1968, it’s most up to date version, the MK 3, came into fruition in the 1980’s and was the best looking version of this beautiful car. (I realise Beauty is in the eye of the beholder) Its amazing what a set of twin headlights can do for a car, previous versions had oversized single square headlights that no flying insect could escape. However, it was the elongated Bonnet of the car that often left people wondering if the driver was trying to compensate for something, not the massive headlights as displayed on the MK 1 and 2’s. The Ford Capri was designed by Philip T Clarke, he’s the same person who introduced the world to the iconic American muscle car, the Ford Mustang. Since 1968, and right up to the final car that rolled off the production line, a total of 1.9 Million units were sold. In 1998 Ford produced a very special and final version of the Ford Capri, the Brooklands 280. A total of 1038 models of the 280 were made. As you can image, not many of the 280’s exist today, this is no doubt partly due to young drivers trying to mimic Bodie and Doyles driving. (I tend to be blaming Bodie and Doyle for everything, but remember, my comments are based on facts! Did you know that Martin Shaw who played the character of Doyle invented perms for men) One can only describe this type of driving today as anti-social and menacing, but back in the 80’s, being able to perform a hand break skids or wheel spin sideways was an accepted part of the race boys mating ritual. Thanks to the race boys writing off countless Ford Capris, values of the Capri, especially theBrooklands 280 has seen values soar to dizzy heights! The very last 280 was registered on 20 November 1989, I wonder if that person eventually sold it on and is now kicking themselves?
Making it long!
This 80s mix is slightly elongated, it’s almost two hours long, perhaps DJ got carried away rocking the old ones and twos! Many of the chosen tracks this week are the 12inch versions with a few modern remixes thrown in for fun, hence the title ’80s twelves’ To name just a few of the chosen tracks we’ve included the likes of Kraftwerk, The cool Notes, Maria Vidal, Ten city, Adeva and Viola Wills
Hands to Heaven
Hands to Heaven by Breathe has to be one of my favourite 80s LOVE songs. I loved this song back in the day and still do. This beautiful song was a big hit across the world, gaining very respectful top 10 chart positions in the UK, Ireland, USA, Norway and New Zealand. The song was released on the A & M record label in 1987 and peaked in the charts in 1988. It was written by band member David Glasper who was Lead vocals and Marcus Lillington who playedguitar and keyboard
Not heard it for ages! - listen and WIN!
Another 80s MIX TAPE and a selection of tracks that I've not played for ages, in fact some of these tunes have not seen the light of day in decades! Perhaps the first track is the only one that has not collected dust like the others......
There is a deliberate mistake in this MIX TAPE by the way and you could win a vinly junckie mug if you spot the mistake....
one of the songs does not belong in the 1980s, but which one! It’s just like sesame street song – one of these things is not like the other!
Email me the correct answer and you will receive a ‘vinyl junkie’ mug!
(As shown in the picture) - Subject to stock, I have 10 to give away!
Win a Vinyl junckie mug!
Back to the Future
I suspect that most people have seen this film. However, no matter how many times you have seen it, it’s still sucks you in and never fails to entertain. If you have been living on another planet, or indeed if you are young and haven’t yet experienced this film because you now spend your whole life on social media, it might be worth giving you a very basic synopsis of the film. It’s a science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis & written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. Marty McFly, who is played by Michael J FOX, accidentally travels back in time to 1955. He meets his future parents and becomes his mother’s romantic interest! The basic idea for the script came about after Bob Galewondered whether he would have befriended his father if they had attended school together. Who would have thought that a simple idea like that would turn into the biggest selling film of 1985, 381 Million dollars revenue world wide!. Now that’s a lot of money now! But back then it was a silly amount of money, I remember when I could go out on a Friday night with £10 and still have change for chips at the end the night, yes!! that old chestnut.
Although the Rubiks cube made its first commercial debut in1980, the inventor of the Rubiks cube, Ernõ Rubik, a professor from Budapest had been working on his cube since 1974. The concept started as a way for the professor to help his students understand three dimensional problems. 1981 was the year when the Rubiks cube really took off after being advertised on TV, it was an instant hit and became a world wide craze! In the early years, the cube was considered by many to be unsolvable. However, this assumption soon proved not to be the case. In 1981 A 12 year old called Partick Bossert released a book called ‘you can do the cube’ and it sold over 1.5 million copies! Selling so many copies in the 80s what not only an amazing feat for a 12 year old boy, but the fact that this sales figure was reached without the Internet is mind boggling. How did we ever live without the Internet?
The Captain of her heart
Captain of her heart by a band called Double. It was a big hit in 1986, I personally love the atmospheric piano section of the song and the simplistic, yet meaningful lyrics. It was written by Felix Haug and Kurt Maloo and released on the A&M record label. My 7inch single is still in great condition although the cover has seen better days. You can have a listen and watch the official music video above. I hope you tune in at midnight and even email us a request
Do you remember?
Do you remember? Colonel Abrams, Fiction Factory, Hall and Oats and Five star are just a few of the artists featured in this quick mix. Songs that you thought you had forgotten until you hear them again. (If you are old enough) The 1980’s seems such a long time ago, well actually it was! The very start of the decade seen the introduction of Post it notes, the Rubik's Cube and the start of a very long war between Iran and Irag began. So many styles of music emerged in the 1980’s and if the 80’s was your fave decade this mix will bring those treasured musical memories flooding back. Indeed you may be a spring chicken discovering and exploring this fabulous decade for the first time!