Death discs can be hard to defend, but for those with a robust sense of humour, they can also provide no end of toe-curling fun.
“‘Demolition Man’ is the beast – he can’t help himself,” Sting said of a song recorded by everybody from Grace Jones to The Police.
It’s an era that has been unfairly maligned in the past, but these days it’s clear: during a flamboyant decade, 80s pop ruled the world.
The history of club music runs from groundbreaking Paradise Garade DJs such as Larry Levan, to 90s and 00s club megabombs.
With ‘Warm Leatherette’, Grace Jones dragged the 70s into the 80s and defined the shape of the decade to come with a compelling take on new wave.
Disco was the music of liberation, inclusiveness and empowerment with a four-on-the-floor bassline as its rallying cry. See why it's OK to like disco.
The 1978 album that included 'Every Kinda People' had another A-list of Palmer collaborators.
The festival bill also includes Jessie J and Clean Bandit among other big names.
Groundbreaking album art will be on display in London, Manchester and Glasgow as part of the celebrations.
Topping the charts in the UK and reaching No.3 in the US, The Police’s ‘Ghost In The Machine‘ included several of the band’s most enduring hit singles.
The best 80s music videos not only defined the decade, they influenced fashions and elevated the music video to the status of high art.
Truly iconic album covers don’t just define an album, they define an era, a generation and, in some cases, an entire musical genre.
Music and art will always go together as artwork can be as much a part of a record as the sound. Music fans have always taken pleasure from looking again and again...
A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.