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And it's a happy 67th birthday to Walter Becker, best known as one of the main creative forces behind Steely Dan. After they went on hiatus in 1981 he moved into production and worked with RTE Gold favourites China Crisis on their excellent 1985 album 'Flaunt the Imperfection'.

Steely Dans most critically lauded album is probably Aja (1977) which contains the single 'Deacon Blues'. Apparently some 1980s group used this song as inspiration for their band name but I'm not sure who it is - I'm thinking maybe 'Curiosity Killed the Cat' ?
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20 years ago today we lost Brian Connolly, lead singer with Sweet, one of the most iconic bands from the glam rock era. Best remembered for 'Blockbuster', here's one of their other foot stomping hit singles (and RTE Gold favourite) - Fox on the Run.

Incidentally, this song is having a bit of a resurgence recently as it is featured on the trailer for the upcoming super hero blockbuster (see what we did there?) 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'.
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Can't face the three month wait until the summer starts ? Yearning for that big yellow shiny thing in the sky to make an appearance ? Well, why not tune in to the brand new show 'Groovin' with Karl Tsigsinos tonight at 7pm on RTE Gold. He promises to play the ultimate in sunshine pop from the likes of The Turtles and Petula Clark. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Lotus Eaters are surely one of the great one hit wonders of the 1980s. Their single 'The First Picture of You' was the definitive sound of the summer of 1983 (as one of the comments on YouTube says, "you can get a suntan just listening to it").

Anyway, it's a big happy birthday to lead vocalist Peter Coyle who turns 55 today.
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Coming up at 2pm Larry Gogan counts down the charts of January 17th 1981 including tracks by The Beat, The Police and ABBA.

Here's a clip of The Beat performing 'Too Nice to Talk To' - watch out for the stage invasion by members of Madness. Oh, those were the days.
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