Musician, Singer
Entertaining, Music

Let’s face it, the 1980’s were responsible for some truly horrific crimes against fashion: shoulder-pads, leg-warmers, the unforgivable mullet !

What’s evident though, now more than ever, is that the 80’s provided us with some of the best music ever made. It doesn’t seem to matter if you were alive in the 80’s or not, those songs still resonate with people and trigger a joyous reaction for anyone that hears them.

Auckland band 80sX take the greatest new wave, new romantic and synth pop hits and recreate the magic and sounds of the 80’s with brilliant musicianship and high energy vocals.

Drummer and programmer Andrew Maclaren is the founding member of multi platinum selling band stellar* co-writing mega hits 'Violent', 'All It Takes' and 'Taken' amongst others. During those years he teamed up with Tom Bailey from iconic 80’s band The Thompson Twins to produce three albums, winning 11 x NZ music awards, selling over 100,000 albums and touring the world.

Andrew Thorne plays lead guitar and brings a wealth of experience to 80’sX having played all the guitars on Bic Runga’s 11 x platinum debut album ‘Drive’. He has toured the world with many of New Zealand’s leading singer songwriter’s including Bic, Dave Dobbyn, Jan Hellriegel, Tim Finn and played support for international acts including Radiohead, Bryan Adams and Jeff Buckley.

Bass player Brett Wells is a Chartered Director and Executive Management Professional with over 25 years operations experience in Webb Group (incorporating the Rockshop; KBB Music; wholesale; service and logistics) and foundation member of the Board. He also sits on the Board of Starjam, a non-profit, which empowers young people with disabilities through music and performance opportunities. A musician since his late teens, he's fortunate to be able to combine his passion for performance with his business interests.

This is not a covers band of journey-men doing their version of well known songs. 80sX recreates the music and sounds of the decade with staggering accuracy and a genuine passion for the music. It’s also a really fun night out and the best soundtrack to a party or event you can imagine…

80sX set list example;

Alive and kicking - Simple Minds
Beds are burning - Midnight Oil
Bette Davis eyes - Kim Carnes
Brass in pocket - The Pretenders
Burning down the house - Talking Heads
Call me – Blondie
Come On Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Cars - Gary Numan
Dancehall days - Wang Chung
Do you really want to hurt me - Boy George
Everybody wants to rule the world - Tears For fears
Fade to grey – Visage
Forget about me - Simple Minds
Funky town - Pseudo echo
Get enough - Depeche Mode
Get Into The Groove – Madonna
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cindy Lauper
Girls on film - Duran Duran
Gold - Spandau Ballet
Great southern land – Icehouse
Heaven on earth - Belinda Carlisle
Hold me now - Thompson Twins
Hot in the city - Billy Idol
Hungry like the wolf - Duran Duran
I’m Your Man – Wham
I ran - Flock Of Seagulls
It’s my life - Talk Talk
Keep me hanging on - Kim Wilde
Kids in America - Kim Wilde
Let’s dance - David Bowie
Let’s go - The Cars
Love is a battlefield - Pat Benetar
Material girl – Madonna
Need You Tonight – INXS
Original sin – INXS
Our house – Madness
Pride - U2
Poison arrow – ABC
Power Of love - Huey Lewis And The News
Radio Gaga – Queen
Rebel yell - Billy Idol
Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Rock the casbah - The Clash
Safety dance - Men Without Hats
Send me an angel - Real Life
Shout - Tears For fears
Sierra leone - Coconut Ruff
Spin me round - Dead Or Alive
Sweet dreams - The Eurythmics
Tainted love - Soft Cell
Take on me - A-Ha
True - Spandau ballet
Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie
We can get together – Icehouse
We Close Our Eyes - Go West
Whip it – Devo
White wedding - Billy Idol
Would I lie to you - The Eurythmics

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