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Into the Gap by Thompson Twins

Published June 26, 2022

Into the Gap by Thompson Twins

Music from the Thompson Twins popped up on an episode of Physical we watched this week, and that immediately led to the discussion that there are more than two people in the band and none of them are related, so the name makes no sense. That led to me listening to the album and I didn’t know what to expect, but I really quite liked it. It put me very much in mind of Duran Duran, that sort of 80s vibe but with just enough experimentation to keep it interesting. A good album!

Bananarama by Bananarama

Published November 7, 2021

Bananarama by Bananarama

This is everything you’d expect from a Bananarama album - fully 80s with their trademark sound, poppy and fun, and mentioning Robert De Niro for no apparent reason. It’s got a slightly disjointed feeling to it, the song Link is just a short instrumental, whilst Hot Line to Heaven takes ages to get where it’s going. But there are some great bops on there and you really can’t go wrong.

Private Dancer by Tina Turner

Published April 17, 2021

Private Dancer by Tina Turner

There’s a lot about Tina Turner around at the moment, with a variety of documentaries on her life being released. I realised I hadn’t listened to any of her albums so dived right in with this one. It’s perfectly Tina - that incredible voice, great messages and fun beats. Private Dancer is totally stuck in my head at this point too.

The Age of Consent by Bronski Beat

Published November 9, 2019

The Age of Consent by Bronski Beat

I surprised myself with this one, I thought I was going to love it and when it first kicked in I was enjoying but gradually as the album wore on, I just started to really dislike it.

She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

Published August 5, 2019

She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

So I know the two main songs from this, obviously, and they are both outstanding but that doesn’t always mean the rest of the album is going to follow suit. Thankfully, it does! I loved it. Lauper has that great punky but poppy sound that I like, and it’s a relatively short album that packs a powerful punch. Plus, and it bears repeating, Time After Time is SUCH a good song.