Here's the drill folks: We pose a question, providing our own sample answers for guidance, you fill in the blanks via a blog comment, tweet, facebook post or email, and the results get an outing on the radio show. Like a questionaire, but with your suggestions, on the air. See what we did there?


SuggestiON-AIR - The best 80's release!

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ATL | 13:35 UK time, Monday, 24 October 2011

For this week's SuggestiON-AIR we're focusing on music from the 1980's - the rise of electronic instruments, hair metal and boys with was a changing time in music. 


And we're going 80's this week because of the BBC's Domesday Reloaded Project. Back in 1986, the BBC launched a campaign to record every day life throughout the UK for future generations to look back on. Millions of volunteers took photos of their area, wrote about their days and it was all compiled together. Now, 25 year's later, the archive has been re-opened for people [you!] to update their area and make a note of the UK in 2011. The archive closes at the end of the month, so we thought we'd go back in time, and do a special on the year 1986 in music, with Across The Line itself beginning on that year as 'The Bottom Line'.

So what band or release epitomises the 1980's for you? Whether you were there to live it or looking back on this ancient time with young eyes. Facebook /Twitter or you can text 81771 after 8pm tonight. Here's team ATL's picks from the year 1986...




The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
Phily Taggart - ATL Presenter

Released six days after I was born The Smiths ‘The Queen is Dead’ is one of the most seminal indie albums in history. Track for track it is the strongest Smiths record and widely revered in many of the top albums ever lists. Johnny Marr’s dexterous guitar playing and Morrissey’s bombastically ostentatious lyrics set to the rock hard rhythm section of Joyce and O’Rourke simply formulates my favourite indie band ever.



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SuggestiON-AIR - Lengths You've Gone for Tickets

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ATL | 15:44 UK time, Monday, 17 October 2011

Hundreds of Snow Patrol fans queued overnight at the weekend battling the elements in hope of free tickets for the band’s MTV European Music Awards gig at the City Hall. 

Tonight on the show we will be chatting about the lengths fans go to get tickets, whether its queuing in the snow, waiting all day on a website, or even paying extreme mark up prices on auction websites.

Let us know on Facebook /Twitter or you can text 81771 after 8pm tonight. Here's team ATL's picks...


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SuggestiON-AIR - Best Prolific Musicians

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ATL | 13:37 UK time, Monday, 10 October 2011


On this week's Across The Line radio show, our special house band is in the form of Martin Byrne's 'Song A Day For A Year' project. From January 1st 2011, Martin Byrne has been writing, recording and performing (with the help of some guests) a brand new original piece of music every day. He's set to carry on doing this to January 1st 2012, which safely qulifies him (we reckon) as one of the most prolific musicans in the world today.

With that in mind, we started to think about the best prolific musicians that never really disappoint. Those bands that seem to retain quality, album after album. Let us know who you would pick on Facebook /Twitter or you can text 81771 after 8pm tonight. Here's team ATL's picks...



Rigsy - ATL Presenter

While I've barely mustered an iota of interest in anything they've released in the last ten years, I'll never grow tired of their first 8 albums. Every one is completely different, a total reinvention. And just as it is with the Beatles, a proper REM fan struggles to name his/her all time favourite song or album - it changes all the time, matching your mood and your outlook.

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