FIVE-ORITES: The 1980's British Pop Invasion. Pet Shop Boys, Haircut 100, Simply Red, Fine Young Cannibals, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

The 1980’s brought a British pop invasion to music. With the launch of Music Television (MTV) in 1981, these groups had the chance to build their brands known as much for their “look” as their music. Their music was a mix of electronica, reggae, soul and pop. While Duran Duran, the Eurthmics, Boy George and Wham! were perhaps more popular during their day, these were some of my FIVE-ORITES during high school and college.

"Relax" was the debut single by British Dance Group Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and released in 1983. The song was later included on the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1984).

Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in 1984, by bassist David Steele and guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat), and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz).

Haircut One Hundred were a British pop group formed in 1980 by Nick Heyward. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" and "Love Plus One".

Pet Shop Boys were an English electronic dance music duo formed in 1981, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasional guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards.

Simply Red were a British soul band that sold more than 50 million albums. The band formed in 1985. "Holding Back the Years" is a single and track from the 1985 debut album, "Picture Book"

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