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80s Glam

The Distinctive Soul Sound of The 80s

A very popular theme, 80's Glam appeals to people who were dressing up to go to the alternative club nights in the 80's (just like we were!). If you and your friends were into The Human League, Soft Cell, Duran Duran, Heaven 17, Visage, Culture Club, Japan, Gary Numan, Spandau Ballet and loved Bowie and Roxy Music then relive your decadent days with an 80's theme night. (And if you were even more alternative we can cater for the darker goth side of the 80's as well).


Our Top 10 Requested 80s Artists

Adam and the Ants

Adam & The Ants

Successfully transitioning from a late 70s punk band to 1980s new wave group under the watchful eye of Malcolm McLaren, 1980 brought hits for Dog Eat Dog and Antmusic, followed with number 1s in 1981 for Stand and Deliver and Prince Charming.

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

A late-70s London new romantic band, Spandau Ballet featured a mix of funk, jazz, soul and synthpop. One of the most successful bands of the 80s, hits included Chant No. 1, True and Gold, and a 1986 resurgence with Through The Barricades.

Human League

Human League

Cited as a major influence by many performers including Madonna, La Roux and Little Boots, The Human League are one of the best-remembered synthpop bands of the 80s particularly for their multi-platinum album Dare which featured their biggest selling single Don't You Want Me.

Soft Cell

Soft Cell

This synthpop duo is most widely remembered for their 1981 cover of Tainted Love and several other key 80s hits including Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Torch, Soul Inside and What! from four top 20 albums.

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

With total sales of over 100 million records, Duran Duran are arguably one of the most successful 80s bands, delivering memorable hits including Planet Earth, Girls on Film, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know? and The Reflex in 1981-84 alone!

Japan

Japan

Achieving more commercial success outside the UK, Japan were a British New Wave group formed in 1974 headed by vocalist David Sylvian. Despite limited UK sales, Japan remains hugely popular with electronic music afficionados due to their unusual percussive sound.

Gary Numan

Gary Numan

With a distinctive grungy synth sound, Gary Webb found commercial success as Tubeway Army in 1979 with Are 'Friends' Electric? and went on to deliver classics such as Cars, I Die: You Die, We Are Glass and She's Got Claws in the early 80s.

ABC

ABC

A British pop band popular throughout the 1980s and best remembered for hits such as Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love and All Of My Heart. Very popular songs for any 80s themed party - not always requested, but always appreciated!

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

With 48 UK hit singles and 12 top 10 albums, Depeche Mode have an enviable catalogue to choose from, and every group of party guests tends to have their own favourites! From the simple 1981 New Life to the complex 1989 Personal Jesus there's something for everyone.

Culture Club

Culture Club

Led by the flambuoyant Boy George, Culture Club burst onto the 80s pop scene with Do You Really Want To Hurt Me in 1982 and barely left the chart for the next 2 years. Our most-requested Culture Club song is definitely Karma Chameleon - a true 80s classic

Theme Ideas

SoulDisco specialises in a range of popular musical styles from the 60s, 70s and 80s including Motown, Funk and Soul.

If a whole evening of the best of the 80s isn't your bag, why not consider one of our other popular themes?

Alternatively, we'd be more than happy to put together a mixed playlist just for you!

Disco InfernoSwinging 60sAt The HopMotown Dance PartyGet Your Funk OnPeace and LoveRock80s GlamPure CheeseVintage

Playlist Faves

Other 80s Glam favourites that we play on a regular basis include:

  • Belouis Some
  • China Crisis
  • Classix Nouveau
  • Climie Fisher
  • Erasure
  • Fiction Factory
  • Johnny Hates Jazz
  • Kajagoogoo
  • OMD
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Simple Minds
  • Thomas Dolby
  • Thompson Twins
  • Ultravox
  • Yazoo

Any Questions?

Ask Martin a question about parties and events featuring 80s classics!

SoulDisco - Specialist 80s DJ

New Romanticism can be seen as a reaction to punk and a revival of the glam rock of the early 1970s, particularly that of David Bowie and Roxy Music. In terms of style it rejected the austerity and anti-fashion stance of punk. Both sexes often dressed in counter-sexual or androgynous clothing and wore cosmetics such as eyeliner and lipstick. This "gender bending" was particularly evident in figures such as Boy George of Culture Club and Marilyn. Fashion was based on varied looks based on romantic themes, including frilly fop shirts in the style of the English Romantic period, Russian constructivism, Bonny Prince Charlie, French Incroyables and 1930s Cabaret, Hollywood starlets, Puritans and clowns, with any look being possible if it was adapted to be unusual and striking. Common hairstyles included quiffs, mullets and wedges. New Romantic looks were adopted and adapted by major fashion designers, began to influence major collections and were spread, with a delay, through reviews of what was being worn in clubs via magazines including i-D and The Face. The emergence of the New Romantic movement into the mainstream coincided with Vivienne Westwood's unveiling of her "pirate collection", which was promoted by Bow Wow Wow and Adam and the Ants.