I've really enjoying all the retro stuff that 6music are playing in the run up to the New Year. They have had whole days dedicated to the end of the last four decades (1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999). Don't know much about 1969 (I wasn't born) but the two days covering 1979 and 1989 have brought back some great memories of what must be two of the most classic years ever in music. By contrast, however, 1999 was crap. Go on, I dare you to suggest anything exciting that came out of 1999...
Anyway, the day on 1979 reminded me that it is now 30 years since I bought my first 7" single. I remember going down to Rotherham town centre on the 140 bus (2p for the trip) and walking up to The Sound of Music to buy my copy of The Police's 'Message in a Bottle'. I was 8 years old then, and really at the mercy of Radio Hallam (the local radio station) for my musical taste - probably why my next purchase a week later was 'Video Killed the Radio Star' by The Buggles. Still, The Police track was a fairly decent start, and it was followed by lots more classics from 1979 - if Jal lets me, I may do a Top10 playlist like I did for 1989.
Anyway, here's a hot-link to The Police's Message in a Bottle to keep you going until Jal's next post.
Happy New Year!
MP3: The Police - Message in a Bottle