80s night in Birmingham: electric dreams and dandy highwaymen

The Bramall mix tape

80s night in Birmingham: electric dreams and dandy highwaymen

Do you remember 80s nights – before they were retro?

If so, you may have overriding memories (or nightmares?!) of parachute pants, perms and topiary-style New Romantic haircuts. But there was much more to the decade than just fashion fails. In fact, 80s music provided a golden era in rock and pop.

Listen to the Bramall’s own handpicked 80s night playlist while you take a nostalgic look back…

80s Timeline


Irish band U2 released their debut album, Boy, in the United States.


On December 8th, John Lennon of the Beatles was shot dead in New York City.


MTV went on air, running round the clock music videos. The debut song was ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by The Buggles.


Thriller became the biggest pop record of all time, selling more than 25 million copies and making Michael Jackson a global icon.


With the introduction of high-quality audio oncompact disc, the vinyl record began a steep decline.


Led by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the collaboration ‘Band Aid’ released ’Do They Know It’s Christmas’ with proceeds of the single going to feed those affected by the Ethiopian famine.


Madonnna’s ‘Material Girl’ was released, propelling her beyond the mainstream and making her the most successful pop brand of modern times.


Prince released ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’ and secured his place as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the Eighties.


CDs outsold vinyl records for the first time.


The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) introduced its black and white “Explicit Lyrics—Parental Warning” sticker for music releases.

Wanna dance with somebody?

Then 80s night at the Bramall is especially for you. Get into the groove with an evening of fingerless gloves, leg warmers, and great live music from tribute band Kick Up The 80s on Thursday 15th November.

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