Thursday, 29 August 2019

Read a FREE 1980s Murder Mystery

FREE BOOK! Grab a copy of my 1980s murder mystery, Killers In Mascara, free today on Kindle (usually $2.99). Please feel free to repost to let your friends know. And if you like it, I would be hugely grateful if you'd leave a review on Amazon. Amazon UK: and Amazon US:

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Bucks Fizz's Jay Goes Into Politics!

Nope, this ain't a political blog and I don't intend to comment on the politics of this news here. Anyway, Jay really has gone into politics as reported by the BBC:

This video seems appropriate....


Monday, 15 July 2019

Stranger Things, Limahl and Never Ending Story

I'm pleased to see that Limahl is making a whole bunch of news fans due to his 1984 hit, "Never Ending Story" being featured in the hit TV series, Stranger Things. Story here.

I've interviewed Limahl a few times, both in the '80s and more recently. I'll post more soon.

Toyah’s Working Week, Rabbit, Rabbit

Long, long ago, in the early ‘80s, I interviewed Toyah, for the ‘My Working Week’ feature in Flexipop! Here is a short extract. Was it a coincidence that Toyah happened to have a rabbit obsession and the photographer, Neil Matthews happened to bring a Bunny outfit with him? I’ll leave you decide…


Got up late—about ten—quite knackered. Got to the studio at three o'clock, but by four o'clock nobody else had arrived so I went shopping. I really hate shopping because people keep recognising me and I feel stupid. Today, while I was in one shop, this girl came up to me and stood virtually nose to nose with me and went—“'Ere, look at this, Ann, I fink it's 'er!” I just stood there looking at the wall. I get so scared sometimes because I look different in real life—I probably look more haggard and knackered than I do in photographs and people go—“Ooo, don't you look a state! Ooo aren't you small!” It's really embarrassing. 
Sometimes I cover my hair up to try to stop people recognising me, but that doesn't seem to work any more. 
When I got to the studio, I 'phoned home to ask how Mum and Dad were and if my rabbit was still alive. He was fine. My Mum has to look after my rabbit for me when I'm not there. My Mum calls him Fatso, but I call him F**k-face. He's a great rabbit and I love him very much.


Spent all day at my publicity office doing interviews and 'photo-sessions, which was very tiring. Then I went home and did my business again. After that, I fed my next-door neighbour's rabbit. I often feed it although my neighbour doesn't know I do. I climb over the fence and give it water and cabbage and things because his owner lets him get really thin. I think I'm a sort of rabbit Saviour, really.
This is an extract from my book of 80s interviews, Neon 80s, available on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

W.A.S.P. Live

Don’t tell me W.A.S.P. is “just an eighties band”. True, they had some of their biggest hits in the ‘80s (including “Wild Child” – see below). But they remain a hard-working live band. I just came across this video from a show yesterday in Finland. Singer/songwriter Blackie Lawless is terrific. And listen out for guitarist Doug Blair. This is what great rock sounds like…

Friday, 12 July 2019

Captain Sensible As You’ve Never Seen Him Before!

Yes, I’m pretty sure you’ve never seen Captain Sensible on a lawn roller because this is a photo which I took and which has never before been published!

The Captain and I had just returned from a boozy pub lunch and he clapped eyes on the lawn roller. Well, he just couldn’t resist having a go on it – and fortunately, I had my camera with me.

Meanwhile, here’s one of the most improbable of all the big hits songs from the 1980s…