Monday, 25 May 2020

The Two Sheds Mix Tape #3: 80's Medley Mania

The UK charts in the eighties were quite an odd place when you look at it more closely. Along with pseudo-Italians telling us to shut up, Austrians singing about Mozart, dancing birds and a couple of guys in loud shirts telling us to push pineapples a couple of Dutch guys released a series of records that took the charts by storm and produced many imitators.

Released under the Starsound banner, “Stars on 45” hit the charts in 1981 and featured covers of Beatles songs mixed in with other tracks to produce a medley of music. Other acts such as Tight Fit and Startrax soon followed, with tribute medleys for the likes of Abba, the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder and the Beach Boys.

It wasn’t long before medleys featuring songs from original artists followed, with mixes from the Beatles and the Hollies hitting the charts. Even Chas & Dave got in on the act, releasing a medley of old songs called Stars Over 45.

The craze died down after a couple of years, but it returned with a vengeance when Jive Bunny and the Master Mixers reached the top of the charts for five weeks in 1989.

Now here, for your enjoyment, are three volumes of the third mix tape containing over three hours of eighties medley madness. Parts 1 and 2 feature the 7 inch single mixes, while part 3 features the 12 inch single mixes.

Part 1
1) Stars on 45 - Starsound
2) Back to the 60’s Part 1 - Tight Fit
3) Hooked on Classics Parts 1 & 2 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
4) Beach Boy Gold - Gidea Park
5) Startrax Club Disco - Startrax
6) Swing the Mood - Jive Bunny & the Master Mixers
7) Stars on 45 Volume 2 - Starsound
8) Back to the 60’s Part 2 - Tight Fit
9) Hooked on Can Can - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
10) Status Rock - The Headbangers
11) Switched on Swing - Kings of Swing Orchestra
12) That’s What I Like - Jive Bunny & the Master Mixers



Part 2
1) Beatles Movie Medley - The Beatles
2) Haley’s Golden Medley - Bill Haley & His Comets
3) Holliedaze - The Hollies
4) Stars Over 45 - Chas & Dave
5) Bras on 45 (Family Version) - Ivor Biggun & the D Cups
6) Star Turn on 45 Pints - Star Turn on 45 Pints
7) Abba Medley - Starsound
8) Ain’t No Stopping - Enigma
9) The Carribean Disco Show - Lobo
10) Trini Trax - Trini Lopez
11) Christmas on 45 - Holly & the Ivys
12) Let’s Party - Jive Bunny & the Master Mixers



Part 3
1) Stars on 45 Megamix 1 - Starsound
2) Stevie Wonder Medley - Starsound
3) Stars on 45 Volume 3 - Starsound
4) Startrax Club Disco - Startrax
5) Swing the Mood - Jive Bunny & the Master Mixers
6) That’s What I Like - Jive Bunny & the Master Mixers
7) Back to the 60’s Part 1 - Tight Fit
8) Back to the 60’s Part 2 - Tight Fit


Don't forget you can listen to the previous mix tapes and my podcast over at https://www.mixcloud.com/julian-radbourne/

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