Born on this day in 1955, in Southampton, Hampshire, musician Howard Jones. Jones owned the 80’s, with a string of more than a dozen radio hits, including New Song, No One Is To Blame and Things Can Only Get Better.
Although Gary Numan’s iconic synth-pop hit, Cars, was released in the summer of 1979, it would display enough staying power to become one of the biggest international hits of 1980. From his Lp, The Pleasure Principle, it remains a touchstone of the decade of excess, to this day.
Numan has continued to record over the years, and in 2021, released the album Intruder, on the BMG label.
Released as a single by ‘Til Tuesday in 1985, Love In A Vacuum. From their Epic Records’ Lp, Voices Carry. Though not a huge charting song (it reached #88), it has since become a classic of the new wave era.
Released as a single in 1980, from OMD’s Organisation Lp, Enola Gay. Initially, the band was unsatisfied with the track, though they agreed with their record label that it might have the potential to be a pop hit. Today, many fans consider it to be one of their best songs.
Released as a single in September of 1987, The Promise, by When In Rome. From their self-titled Lp, it would quickly become an international hit, charting in the US, Europe and Australia.
From The Thompson Twins‘ 1984 Lp, Into The Gap. Although it broke the top 100 in several countries, The Gap was not issued as a single in The U.K.