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Radio Active LP


Radio Active 20 Electric Hits 

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A1. Ottowan - D.I.S.C.O. 
A2. Black Slate - Amigo 
A3. Robert Palmer - Johnny & Mary 
A4. Gillan - Trouble 
A5. Gary Numan - I Die You Die 
A6. Genesis - Misunderstanding 
A7. Korgis - If It's Alright With You 
A8. Selector - The Whisper 
A9. Surface Noise - Dancin' On A Wire 
A10. Gibson Brothers - Metropolis
B1. Kelly Marie - Feels Like I'm In Love 
B2. Linx - You're Lying 
B3. Odyssey - Use It Up And Wear It Out 
B4. Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark - Enola Gay 
B5. Manfred Man* - Lies (Through The 80's) 
B6. XTC - Generals And Majors 
B7. Black Sabbath - Paranoid 
B8. Locksmith - Unlock The Funk 
B9. Sue Wilkinson - You Gotta Be A Hustler 
B10. UB 40 - I Think It's Gonna Rain 

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November 15th 1980



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RTL 2049

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United Kingdom 

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Unknown Artist


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On November 15, 1980, Ronco‘s Radio Active (RTL 2049) entered the UK Albums Chart at #34. The following week it peaked at #13 and remained on the chart for nine weeks.


Includes 3 No 1 Hit Singles By Kelly Marie, Ottawan & Odyssey

The label on the cover claimed “D.I.S.C.O.” by Ottawan had gone to #1. Only in the Netherlands and Norway! In the UK, the song only made #2 and they could only manage #7 in their native France.

All tracks in this collection were hits in 1980, except the tracks from Gibson Brothers and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (listed as Manfred Man on the cover, and Manfred Mann on the label), which did not chart in the UK

“D.I.S.C.O.” by Ottawan, “I Die: You Die” by Gary Numan, and “Enola Gay” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark also appear on K-Tel‘s Chart Explosion, which charted the very same day as Radio Active.

Genesis had a bigger hit in 1980: “Turn It On Again” [UK #8]
Korgis had a bigger hit in 1980: “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” [UK #5]
Selecter had bigger hits in 1980: “Three Minute Hero” [UK #16] and “Missing Words” [UK #23]
Surface Noise had a bigger hit in 1980: “The Scratch” [UK #26]. Neither track is on Spotify. Listen to “Dancin’ on a Wire” on YouTube Music.
“Paranoid” by Black Sabbath went to #4 when it first charted in 1970. The 1980 re-release got to #14. Their debut album Paranoid had been re-released as part of a double cassette with the 1980 album Heaven and Hell, which featured Ronnie James Dio after Ozzy Osbourne was fired.
Locksmith and Sue Wilkinson were a one-hit wonders and the latter does not appear on Spotify. Listen to “You Gotta Be a Hustler If You Wanna Get On” on YouTube Music.
UB40’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” is listed as “I Think It’s Going To Rain” on the sleeve and label. It was a double-A side with “My Way of Thinking”. Their debut hit, the double-A side “King”/”Food for Thought” had done slightly better in 1980 [UK #4].