80s music: 101 interesting things you may not have known

21. Iron Maiden fired their lead singer Paul Di’Anno in 1981. They replaced him with Bruce Dickinson.


22. Reggae musician Bob Marley died on the 11th of May 2018 in Miami, Florida in the USA. The cause of death was cancer. Marley was only 36 years old when he died.

23. Depeche Mode released their debut album, Speak & Spell in October 1981. “Just Can’t Get Enough” was the second single that was released off the album.

24. In January 1982 Ozzy Osbourne bit off a bat’s head on stage in Iowa in the USA – he thought that it was a rubber bat. He was also arrested in the same year after urinating on The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

25. Frank Zappa’s son (Dweezil) and his daughter (Moon Unit) formed the band Fred Zeppelin in 1982.

Frank Zappa - 80s music

26. Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist, Randy Rhoads was killed in a freak accident in Leesburg, Florida in 1982. The plan he was riding buzzed Ozzy’s tour bus and crashed into a house.

27. Iron Maiden’s album The Number of the Beast was released in 1982. It reached number 1 on the UK album charts. Christians bought and burned the album in America (claiming that it contained Satanic lyrics).

28. Four streets in Liverpool were named after each member of The Beatles in 1982.

29. Madonna released her debut single “Everybody” on the 1st of November 1982. She only had her first Top 10 hit in 1984 with “Borderline.”

30. Michael Jackson’s Thriller album was released in November 1982. To date the album has sold more than 110 million copies (making it greatest selling album of all time). The album reached number 1 on the US charts in 1983. It spent thirty-seven (non-consecutive) weeks at number 1 in the 1980s.

31. Nicko McBrain joined Iron Maiden in 1982 (after the previous drummer was fired from the band).

32. Michael Jackson took the line “Mama Say Mama Sa Mama Coosa” from Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango’s 1972 afro-funk classic Soul Makossa and used for his song Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. Rihanna also used it with Don’t Stop The Music in 2007.

33. The first commercially available audio CD player, the Sony CDP-101, was released October 1982 in Japan. CD’s only became available in the USA one year later.

34. U2′s third studio album (“War”) was released in January 1983. It made it’s debut at number 1 in the UK.

35. Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica in April 1983. He formed Megadeth with David Ellefson shortly after that happened. Their debut album (Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!) was released in 1985.

Dave Mustaine - 80s music

36. The members of Kiss showed their faces without their makeup for the first time on MTV in September 1983.

37. Tapper Headon left The Clash in 1982 and Mick Jones was fired from the band in 1983. This punk rock band eventually disbanded in 1986.

38. The British rock band, The Cult, was formed in 1983. They were originally known as “Death Cult”.

39. The Melvins were formed in Montesano, Washington in 1983. They released their debut EP (containing 6 songs) in 1986.

40. German Pop Duo Modern Talking was formed in 1983. Their 1985 single “You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul” occupied top ten positions on charts in thirty-five countries. They split up in 1987, but re-united in 1997.

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