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Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw was definitely one of the voices and talents that brought the early 80s to the tops with songs like “Wouldn’t it be good” (an incredible masterpiece still today), “The riddle” and others. He was credited to live a strong rivalry with Howard Jones. I don’t know how much was true,

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a-Ha

Sometimes I think that the time machine has been invented. I mean, I am sure, but maybe our minds are not ready yet for this. I am sure every time I see Morten Harket and a-Ha live in this performance in 1985: maybe the guy has not really Pavarotti’s voice,

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Duran Duran

No doubt Duran Duran are one of the strongest symbols of the 80s. Definitely in the 5 top glam icons, with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Spandau Ballet and George Michael. Worldwide success and hysteria from 1981 to 1985, when, after Live Aid, Andy Taylor and John Taylor parted from the group.

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Alphaville (Marian Gold)

Marian Gold was the talented frontman of Alphaville in 1984. The German group wrote some undeletable pages in the book of the 80s with songs like “Big in Japan”, “Forever Young”, “Sounds like a melody”, “Jet-set society” and the whole album “Forever Young”.
Marian Gold, was an icon, both for his stunning voice and for his provocative image.

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Howard Jones

In my humble opinion, Howard Jones is one of those few artists who really created the 80s. I mean, he had an impact, he was a kind of a pioneer with his very own sounds and songs, and those fantastic lyrics. The whole album “Dream into action” is still a masterpiece,

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Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys Yesterday and today

Pet Shop Boys were definitely among the most peculiar artists, in the 80s. As English as it can be, maybe less glamour than others, they knew, with great talent and intelligence, how to leave a permament mark not only on the 80s,

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Bananarama

Bananarama were definitely one of the symbols of the 80s, and after all they had all the requirements to be: talented, beautiful, crazy, happy, and with a great sounding name. Here they were in a performance of their first major hit…

And here they are, Sara and Keren,

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Buggles

Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes really opened the 80s at the midnight of Aug 1, 1981, when MTV started broadcasting in the US, and of course played “Video killed the radio star” as a wish and a declaration of intent of the new experience of music fruition that the TV could provide.

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Nu Shooz

Nu Shooz reached the top of their fame in 1986, with their biggest hits “I can’t wait” and “Point of no return”. Yet they started their career at the end of the 70s as a Portland local band with a much bigger lineup. And after lots of different experiences, Valerie and John are still keeping up today their career-and-family journey in music.

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