I think actually I go back to the period just after I left school in 1985. Propaganda’s Duel was a summer chart hit, and I bought the album A Secret Wish later that year, just after I’d moved to Birmingham. Duel for me is one of the best out and out pop records of the Eighties.
I didn’t know anyone so I did a LOT of sitting in my bedroom, smoking endless Embassy Number 1 (or Marlboro soft pack when I could get them) angst ridden, reading the NME and books and listening to music, taping John Peel as often as I could. I was really into ZTT from the FGTH thing in '83 and '84, plus of course The Art of Noise.