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Twice the Pleasure: Our Top 1980s 12″ Tunes: The Not So Perfect Ten

Our semi-definitive guide to the greatest 12″ singles of the 1980s

Sometimes, the radio edit of a chart single may lack that extra something which the 12″ version has. At the other end, some singles are better suited to the traditional two to four minutes of a seven inch 45.

The long single (in excess of five minutes) can fulfil a few other functions. It could either be a floor filler, as part of a series of different mixes to maintain its lofty chart position, or a convenient addition to the playlist. In other words, it is a suitable length to accommodate the DJ’s toilet break, or anything else s/he may do (which is best left to one’s imagination).

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Treasures of Stock, Aitken and Waterman – The Not So Perfect Ten

The definitive ten tracks ever to have been produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman

February 1987: a month on from starting the Ewing School. Not least the (oft-mentioned on this blog) fringe benefits of listening to Piccadilly Radio on my 30 mile round trip. At around that time, I started to gain a greater interest in chart music, looking at a long dog-eared copy of Chez Vall’s Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (second edition, 1978). I used to enjoy listening to the songs of the day since my formative years, though never too interested in the record labels and chart positions. Continue reading “Treasures of Stock, Aitken and Waterman – The Not So Perfect Ten”