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80s Day: Pop Brain Teaser

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Alan Braidwood Alan Braidwood | 16:59 UK time, Tuesday, 20 July 2010

For BBC Radio Scotland 80s day on Friday 23 July, Another Country and Edith Bowman producer Richard Murdoch has penned an 80s music brain teaser just for fun (it's not a competition so no prizes I'm afraid) to help us get in the mood. As a trial run for this I tried my hand at answering the Qs and I'm still smarting at only getting 17/20. However, I've been told we can expect the correct answers and I'll publish them here on Friday at 6pm. In the meantime why not have a go?

80s Pop Brain Teaser


  • Status Quo kicked off Live Aid but who was the second act on the bill?

  • What was the first number 1 single of the 80s?

  • Name track one on the first ever Now That's What I Call Music album?

  • What was the first number one single to be produced by Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes?

  • What's the best selling 80's soundtrack in the UK?

  • Which 80's pop star's music videos featured cameo appearances from Neil Kinnock, Paul McCartney and Adrian Edmondson?

  • Who duetted with Tina Turner at Live Aid?

  • Who is Helen Folasade Adu better known as?

  • What links Fine Young Cannibals, Tears For Fears and the cast of Grange Hill?

  • Who was the first Scottish act to have a number 1 single in the 1980's?

  • Which album was the first in history to be manufactured onto compact disc?

  • Name the first Stock Aitken & Waterman production to reach number 1?

  • Tony Visconti was scheduled to produce David Bowie's album Let's Dance. Whose second release did he end up producing instead?

  • Name the UK's best selling album of the 1980's

  • Who originally dueted with Michael Jackson on the track State Of Shock, but was later replacd by Mick Jagger?

  • What was the only million-selling single of the 1980s not to make number 1?

  • Which famous sporting legend sang backing vocals on Tina Turner's We Don't Need Another Hero as part of the Kings House School choir?

  • The intro of which 80's number 1 was inspired by the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice?

  • Name the 80's pop star who had Julia Fordham and an Eastender's actress as part of her backing band.

  • What was the last number 1 of the 80s?

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