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It’s that classic pub conversation that begins with: “What was the first record you bought?” I don’t know about yours, but I do know about Paul Weller’s and Neneh Cherry’s. And mine was bought quite by accident…

Perhaps the most pioneering record of 1980 was Ultravox’s Vienna. And I’d love to say that was the first record I ever bought, but, in the spring of 1980, I set off to Woolworths to buy the single that Ultravox – and all their fans – despise. Shaddap You Face by Joe Dolce. This was the novelty song that kept Vienna off the No. 1 spot.

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