1985 – a positive jamboree of pop and a fascinating year for the increasingly competitive compilation LPs.
As NOW! faces stiff opposition from the record companies in the shape of HITS & OUT NOW! amongst others, the gloves were off for a slice of the various artists market.
At the centre of the year sits the Big Pig and NOW 5. But how did this expanding market affect the tracklist for the UK’s leading compilation summer offering? And how did NOW! regain it’s place as the nation’s favourite compilation LP?
Join Simon Galloway (The Giddy Carousel of Pop) and myself as we battle our way through the hits, misses and headlines of this pivotal year of pop.
Along the way, we discuss early musical memories, Live Aid, the exploding UK dance scene, home taping (killing music!), Smash Hits, nostalgia culture, the ‘rotten side 4 syndrome’, Paul Hardcastle’s driving tips and much more!
I hope that you will enjoy sharing in our 1985 memories and insights. If you do, please spread the word and let me know your thoughts here or on Twitter with myself, Iain, @poprambler.