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1988

Here are playlists that detail what played during editions of Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show in 1988. Most are taken from cassettes that I recorded at the time and still have today. Everything in italic is taken from other sources.

January February March
1 Jan
8 Jan
15 Jan
22 Jan
29 Jan
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5 Feb
12 Feb
19 Feb
26 Feb
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4 Mar
11 Mar
18 Mar
25 Mar
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April May June
1 Apr
8 Apr
15 Apr
22 Apr
29 Apr
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6 May
13 May
20 May
27 May
complete
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3 Jun
10 Jun
17 Jun
24 Jun
missing
complete
complete
wip
July August September
1 Jul
8 Jul
15 Jul
22 Jul
29 Jul
missing
wip
complete
missing
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5 Aug
12 Aug
19 Aug
26 Aug
missing
complete
complete
complete
2 Sep
9 Sep
16 Sep
23 Sep
30 Sep
complete
complete
complete
complete
no show
October November December
7 Oct
14 Oct
21 Oct
28 Oct
complete
complete
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4 Nov
11 Nov
18 Nov
25 Nov
complete
missing
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missing
2 Dec
9 Dec
16 Dec
23 Dec
30 Dec
complete
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wip


1 Jan 1988

This show listing is a work in progress and is subject to change.

  1. Shark Island - Deja Vu
  2. Great White - Gimme Some Lovin'
  3. Onslaught - Let There Be Rock
  4. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
  5. Mammoth - Fatman
  6. Crazyhead - Baby Turpentine
  7. Blood Money - Gor
  8. Savatage - Beyond the Doors of the Dark
  9. Tony MacAlpine - The King's Cup
  10. Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls
  11. Kiss - Crazy Crazy Nights
  12. AC/DC - Heatseeker
  13. Georgia Satellites - Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  14. Cinderella - Hell on Wheels
  15. [gap]
  16. Voyager UK - Runaway Heart
  17. Vow Wow - Waited for a Lifetime
  18. Dio - I Could Have Been a Dreamer
  19. Vinnie Vincent Invasion - Boyz are Gonna Rock
  20. Racer X - Sacrifice
  21. Guns n' Roses - Nice Boys
  22. The Dogs d'Amour - How Come It Never Rains
  23. Tesla - Rock Me to the Top

Notes

Not my recording. Thanks to the Friday Rock Show Wiki.


8 Jan 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. AC/DC - Heatseeker
  2. Silent Rage - Wanting You
  3. Angus - Leather and Lace
  4. Glasgow - Secrets in the Dark
  5. Mammoth - All the Days
  6. Mötley Crüe - Wild Side
  7. McAuley Schenker Group - Love is Not a Game
  8. Intrinsic - Hit the Streets
  9. Blood Feast - Face Fate
  10. Ozzy Osbourne - Suicide Solution (live)
  11. Ozzy Osbourne - Never Know Why (live)
  12. Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley (live)
  13. Ozzy Osbourne - Shot in the Dark (live)
  14. Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Know (live)
  15. Ozzy Osbourne - Killer of Giants (live)
  16. Ozzy Osbourne - Thank God for the Bomb (live)
  17. Ozzy Osbourne - Iron Man (live)
  18. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train (live)
  19. Ozzy Osbourne - Paranoid (live)
  20. Queensrÿche - Warning
  21. Joey Tafolla - Out of the Sun
  22. Beowulf - Taste the Steel
  23. Impelliteri - Lost in the Rain
  24. Sinner - Gypsy
  25. Iron Heart - Running Away

Notes

Ozzy Osbourne live from the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington on 16 Aug 1986. This is a repeat airing as it was also broadcast on 12 Dec 1986.

Date is 8 Jan 1988 through deduction. It's after 18 Dec 1987 as the winners are announced for the Chris Tetley mystery voice competition which was held on that date. It's before 17 Jan 1988 as Tommy mentions that Blow Up Your Video would be released on 1st February; it was released earlier and he would have known if it was out. That leaves four possible dates but this isn't the Christmas 1987 show, which had a Judas Priest live set, or the New Year show which is inarguably dated on the Friday Rock Show Wiki. The dating of the next show to 15 Jan 1988 means that this must be 8 Jan 1988.


15 Jan 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. White Lion - Hungry
  2. Impelliteri - Play with Fire
  3. Def Leppard - Action Not Words
  4. Metallica - Damage, Inc.
  5. Whiplash - Walk the Plank
  6. Knightrider - Extraterrestial Girl
  7. Alcatrazz - God Blessed Video
  8. Armored Saint - Raising Fear
  9. David Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise
  10. Bonfire - Ready 4 Reaction
  11. UDO - We Want It Loud
  12. Hawkwind - Master of the Universe (live)
  13. Diamond Head - Heat of the Night
  14. AC/DC - Go Zone
  15. Dokken - Lost Behind the Wall
  16. Kiss - Creatures of the Night
  17. Robert Plant - Heaven Knows
  18. Chastain - Now or Never
  19. Anthrax - A.I.R.
  20. Iron Maiden - 22, Acacia Avenue
  21. Candlemass - Bewitched
  22. Kreator - Behind the Mirror

Notes

Tommy mentions that White Lion will be headlining the Marquee 'next Tuesday' before they go to Germany and come back to headline the Marquee on 1st and 2nd Feb. That Tuesday gig is 19 Jan 1988, dating this show to 15 Jan and the previous show to 8 Jan. This is backed up by news after the show, which includes the Tories quelling a back bench rebellion over efforts to rewrite the Official Secrets Act. That was 15 Jan 1988.

At the end of the show, Tommy mentions that next week's show will feature a session by Slammer.


22 Jan 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. David Lee Roth - Knucklebones
  2. Jimmy Barnes - Lessons in Love
  3. Tankard - Chemical Invasion
  4. Leatherwolf - Magical Eyes
  5. Deep Purple - Knocking at Your Back Door
  6. Haywire - Affection
  7. Slammer - If Thine Eye Offend Thee (st)
  8. Twisted Sister - Under the Blade
  9. Norden Light - Crossfire
  10. Rolling Stones - Bitch
  11. Jack Starr's Burning Starr - Go Down Fighting
  12. Pretty Maids - Love Games
  13. Rush - Losing It
  14. Marseille - Lady of the Night
  15. Led Zeppelin - The Immigrant Song
  16. Sweet - Sweet FA
  17. Slammer - Hellbound (st)
  18. Dead End - Dead Man's Rock
  19. Taramis - Doesn't Seem
  20. The Mission - Tower of Strength
  21. Mammoth - All the Days
  22. Slammer - Born for War (st)

Notes

Tommy mentions that David Lee Roth's Skyscraper is coming out on Monday. It was released on 26 Jan 1988, dating this show to 22 Jan 1988.

Session by Slammer (first broadcast). This was announced on the 15 Jan 1988 show, firming up three show dates.

Tommy mentioned a new idea, Romantic Rock, last week and mentions here that he did so. It's for the Friday following Valentine's Day, so 19 Feb 1988.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 13-16) from Steve Holland from Harlington, Middlesex.


29 Jan 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Mama's Boys - Higher Ground
  2. Foreigner - Say You Will
  3. Roger Waters - Tide is Turning
  4. Pink Floyd - On the Turning Away
  5. Megadeth - Wake Up Dead
  6. Heart - There's the Girl
  7. Def Leppard - Hysteria
  8. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
  9. Anthrax - I'm the Man
  10. Kiss - Reason to Live
  11. Flotsam and Jetsam - Hammerhead (live)
  12. Flotsam and Jetsam - Desecrator (live)
  13. Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver (live)
  14. Flotsam and Jetsam - I Live, You Die (live)
  15. Flotsam and Jetsam - Iron Tears (live)
  16. Flotsam and Jetsam - Metalshock (live)
  17. Flotsam and Jetsam - The Axe Came Down
  18. Megadeth - Wake Up Dead (live)
  19. Megadeth - The Conjuring (live)
  20. Megadeth - Bad Omen (live)
  21. Megadeth - Rattlehead (live)
  22. Megadeth - Killing is My Business ... and Business is Good! (live)
  23. Megadeth - Peace Sells ... But Who's Buying (live)
  24. Megadeth - These Boots (live)
  25. Megadeth - Devil's Island (live)
  26. Megadeth - Mechanix (live)
  27. Megadeth - Last Rites / Loved to Deth (live)

Notes

News after the show dates the show to 'the eve of the SDP conference'. In 1988 that was 31 Jan, dating this show to 29 Jan 1988. That's backed up by the show including theme tunes made by Mammoth which debuted on the 22 Jan 1988 show. If there was any doubt, Tommy ends the show with news that the next week's show will be the Comic Relief Special, which was 5 Feb 1988.

Revival of a feature running through the rock top ten of the month (tracks 1-10). These songs are not played in entirety because Tommy only has 33 minutes to play 41 minutes of music.

The Flotsam and Jetsam and Megadeth live sets from the Hammersmith Odeon are repeats, first broadcast (I believe) on 24 Apr 1987.


5 Feb 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. AC/DC - Two's Up
  2. Megadeth - Set the World Alight
  3. David Lee Roth - Two Fools a Minute
  4. Faith No More - Chinese Arithmetic
  5. White Lion - Broken Heart
  6. Sabbat - A Cautionary Tale
  7. [unknown band] - [unknown track]
  8. Michael Monroe - Too Rich to Be Good
  9. Robert Plant - Heaven Knows
  10. Guns n' Roses - Rocket Queen
  11. Vow Wow - Helter Skelter (acetate)
  12. ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Loving
  13. Magnum - Wild Swan (edited)
  14. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
  15. Metallica - Master of Puppets
  16. Mammoth - All the Days
  17. Van Halen - Panama
  18. Whitesnake - Fool for Your Loving
  19. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird
  20. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
  21. Iron Maiden - Moonchild

Notes

This was the Comic Relief Special, which dates the show to 5 Feb 1988, which was the first annual Red Nose Day.

The unknown track sounds like Biff Byford with a slight German accent. The lyrics don't google: 'And you can save me from the cold outside the door...'

Many songs are not played in full, especially the last three, which are clips only.


12 Feb 1988

This show listing is believed to be complete but may be missing a track at the beginning.

  1. Great White - I Don't Need No Doctor (live)
  2. UDO - They Want War
  3. Megadeth - Anarchy in the UK
  4. Prophet - Asylum
  5. Steeler - Shadow in the Red Light
  6. The Dogs d'Amour - Everything I Want (st)
  7. Sanctuary - Soldiers of Steel
  8. Velvet Underground - Heroin
  9. Blue Öyster Cult - Burning for You
  10. AC/DC - Nick of Time
  11. The Dogs d'Amour - Kid from Kensington (st)
  12. David Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise
  13. Blind Illusion - Vengeance is Mine
  14. Barren Cross - Close to the Edge
  15. The Dogs d'Amour - How Come it Never Rains (st)
  16. Heathen - Breaking the Silence
  17. Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley
  18. Joey Tafolla - The Summon
  19. Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour
  20. Vendetta - Mortal Sin
  21. The Dogs d'Amour - I Don't Want You to Go (st)

Notes

News after the show dates it to 12 Feb 1988. American and Soviet warships collide in the Black Sea. Tommy backs that up by talking about the previous week's Comic Relief Special, Sunday being Valentine's Day and the next week's Romantic Rock show.

My recording isn't a complete show, as the beginning is missing, but the track listing may be complete. Tommy timechecks 10:12pm after the UDO track and, as the two tracks prior to that point combine to about 8 minutes, there may or may not be a track before them.


19 Feb 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Vow Wow - Cry No More
  2. UFO - Love to Love
  3. AC/DC - Ride On
  4. Marillion - Lavender
  5. ZZ Top - Need You Tonight
  6. Poison - Talk Dirty to Me
  7. Def Leppard - Love Bites
  8. Bon Jovi - Silent Night
  9. Billy Idol - To Be a Lover
  10. Heaven - Take Me Higher
  11. Thin Lizzy - Still in Love with You (live)
  12. Mötley Crüe - You're All I Need
  13. Whitesnake - Is This Love
  14. Megadeth - My Last Words
  15. Pegasus - Look in My Eyes
  16. Scorpions - Still Loving You
  17. Kiss - Reason to Live
  18. AC/DC - Touch Too Much
  19. Warlock - Für Immer
  20. Bon Jovi - Never Say Goodbye

Notes

This is the Romantic Rock special, with all songs requested by and selected by ladies. This had been pushed over the previous weeks, which date the show to 19 Feb 1988, the Friday after St Valentine's Day. This is backed up by news after the show including an IRA grenade attack in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.

The Bernadette Pinto track is an amateur recording sent in as a birthday present. It was later issued as by Pegasus, as per this page.

Tommy mentions that a session by Wolfsbane was scheduled for this week but moved because of this Romantic Rock special and because the band were playing live tonight but not next week, so they'd be able to hear it.


26 Feb 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Def Leppard - Hysteria
  2. Mötley Crüe - You're All I Need
  3. Anthrax - I'm the Man
  4. McAuley Schenker Group - Love is Not a Game
  5. Megadeth - Wake Up Dead
  6. Robert Plant - Heaven Knows
  7. Billy Idol - Hot in the City (Exterminator Mix)
  8. Heart - There's the Girl
  9. Whitesnake - Gimme All Your Love
  10. AC/DC - Heatseeker
  11. Saxon - Ride Like the Wind
  12. Wolfsbane - Money to Burn (st)
  13. Chrome Molly - Thanks for the Angst
  14. Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction - Holy Gasoline
  15. Wolfsbane - Paint the Town Red (st)
  16. Jethro Tull - Hunting Girl
  17. Hawkwind - Rock Your Paths (live)
  18. Rush - Limelight
  19. Yes - Parallels
  20. Wolfsbane - Can't Stop Shaking (st)
  21. Magnum - Days of No Trust
  22. Kingdom Come - Get It On
  23. Vow Wow - Don't Tell Me Lies
  24. Wolfsbane - Fell Out of Heaven (st)
  25. Steeler - Bad to the Bone

Notes

Date confirmed by Tommy mentioning on the 19 Feb 1988 that next week would include a session by Wolfsbane.

The Wolfsbane session is new and would be repeated on 15 Apr 1988.

The first ten tracks are a countdown of the most popular rock tracks in the UK during February.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 16-19) from Ray Matthews of Solihull.


4 Mar 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Running Wild - Diabolic Force (live)
  2. Kingdom Come - Chase My Heart
  3. Hellion - Run for Your Life
  4. Whiplash - The Burning of Atlanta
  5. Cry Wolf - Girls Like You (st)
  6. Fastway - Change of Heart
  7. Robert Plant - Tall Cool One
  8. Eloy - Invasion of a Megaforce
  9. Dokken - Burning Life Aflame
  10. Megadeth - Mary Jane
  11. Cry Wolf - Be My Lover (st)
  12. Tank - None But the Brave
  13. Sabbat - The Church Bizarre
  14. AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
  15. David Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise
  16. Cry Wolf - Light Up My Life (st)
  17. Chrome Molly - Thanks for the Angst
  18. Iron Maiden - Can I Play with Madness
  19. Magnum - Days of No Trust
  20. Scanner - Galactos
  21. Cry Wolf - Goodbye Forever (st)
  22. Metallica - Motorbreath

Notes

News after the show dates the show to 4 Mar 1988. Senior Oxfam official Peter Coleridge and a Syrian colleague were seized 'yesterday' in Sidon in Lebanon. That was 3 Mar 1988. Also, Russian reports state that 31 people died in the riots in Azerbaijan on 1 Mar 1988.

Session by Cry Wolf, a first airing that would be repeated on 22 Apr 1988.


11 Mar 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Krokus - Axe Attack
  2. John Norum - Love is Meant to Last Forever
  3. Anacrusis - Disemboweled / Annihilation Complete
  4. Dirty Looks - Tokyo
  5. Impelliteri - Play with Fire
  6. Alice Cooper - Freedom
  7. Slammer - Born for War (st)
  8. Status Quo - Ain't Complaining
  9. China - Wild Jealousy
  10. Iron Maiden - Can I Play with Madness
  11. Coroner - Arrogance in Uniform
  12. Roxanne - Do It All
  13. Slammer - If Thine Eye Offend Thee (st)
  14. TNT - Seven Seas
  15. Fifth Angel - Call Out the Warning
  16. Magnum - Days of No Trust
  17. Bulldozer - The Derby
  18. Henry Lee Summer - I Wish I Had a Girl
  19. Lita Ford - Under the Gun
  20. Slammer - Hellbound (st)
  21. Vow Wow - Don't Tell Me Lies
  22. First Offence - Breaking the Mould
  23. Kingdom Come - Living Out of Touch

Notes

News after the show dates it to 11 Mar 1988. Two Royal Navy helicopter pilots serving on the Engadine, the same ship as Prince Andrew, die off Portugal. Prince Charles returns home early from a holiday in Klosters in which Major Hugh Lindsey was killed by an avalanche. The killings of three Sinn Fein members in Gibraltar was a week ago on 6 Mar 1988. The budget is next Tuesday, which was 15 Mar 1988.

Repeat session by Slammer, first broadcast on 22 Jan 1988.

Tommy talks more about the Iron Maiden special that will be broadcast on 1st April.


18 Mar 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Saxon - Calm Before the Storm
  2. Will and the Kill - Restless to Reckless
  3. Deadly Blessing - Salem's Lot
  4. Assassin - Ready for the Fight (st)
  5. Rick Springfield - Rock of Life
  6. Kingdom Come - 17
  7. Magnum - Just Like an Arrow
  8. Ded Engine - Heads Down
  9. Toxik - Count Your Blessings
  10. Assassin - [unknown track] (st)
  11. Tank - It Fell from the Sky
  12. Twisted Sister - Day of the Rocker
  13. Steeler - Rely on Rock
  14. Lone Star - The Bells of Berlin
  15. Blackfoot - Dry County
  16. Alice Cooper - The Black Widow
  17. AC/DC - Sin City
  18. Assassin - Your Kind of Loving (st)
  19. Special Guests - Attack
  20. T'Pau - Sex Talk (live)
  21. AC/DC - That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll
  22. Atrophy - Chemical Dependency
  23. Assassin - Down to Love (st)

Notes

News after the show dates the show to 18 Mar 1988. The RUC are to charge a man after the Milltown cemetery terrorist attack on Wednesday. That took place on 16 Mar 1988.

Session by Assassin (the band from Eire). One track is never named and wasn't included in the repeat broadcast. It doesn't seem to be listed online either, so we're reliant on lyrics which suggest that the title could be something like Take a Chance.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 14-17) from Marty in Scunthorpe, who had a Polish surname that Tommy didn't attempt to pronounce.

Tommy's closing remarks mention that he's off to record a special in Germany with Bruce Dickinson that will be broadcast on 1st April.


25 Mar 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Magnum - Days of No Trust
  2. David Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise
  3. White Lion - Wait
  4. Kiss - Reason to Live
  5. Saxon - Ride Like the Wind
  6. Mammoth - All the Days
  7. Megadeth - Anarchy in the UK
  8. AC/DC - Heatseeker
  9. Whitesnake - Gimme All Your Love
  10. The Grip - When the Rain Comes Down
  11. Def Leppard - Armageddon It
  12. Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction - Planet Girl
  13. Motörhead - Killed by Death (live)
  14. The Dogs d'Amour - Everything I Want (st)
  15. The Dogs d'Amour - How Come It Never Rains (st)
  16. Jerry Laffy - Money and the Magic
  17. Loverboy - Break It to Me Gently
  18. Black 'n Blue - Rock On
  19. Noiseworks - Little Bit More
  20. Barren Cross - Close to the Edge
  21. First Offence - Rages
  22. The Dogs d'Amour - I Don't Want You to Go (st)
  23. Primal Scream NYC - Ignorance is No Excuse
  24. Viking - Valhalla
  25. Dirty Looks - Oh Ruby
  26. Running Wild - Prisoner of Our Time (live)
  27. The Dogs d'Amour - Kid from Kensington (st)

Notes

The show can be dated to 25 Mar 1988 because Tommy finishes up by reminding us that the next week's show is the Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son special, which previous shows have dated to 1 Apr 1988.

Tracks 1-10 are the UK Rock Ten, the ten best selling rock singles in the UK during March. Tommy doesn't play #2 because it's a live version of W.A.S.P.'s Animal (Fuck Like a Beast). Because of criticism about tracks in this section being so frequently played, Tommy suggests that, as of April, it will become the current chart rather than the month's.

Repeat session by Dogs d'Amour, first broadcast on 12 Feb 1988.


1 Apr 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Iron Maiden - Wasted Years
  2. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
  3. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
  4. Metallica - Battery
  5. Eric Clapton - I'll Make Love to You Anytime
  6. Monty Python - The Cheese Shop
  7. Iron Maiden - Prowler
  8. Goons - The Ying Tong Song
  9. Iron Maiden - Flash of the Blade
  10. B. B. King - And Like That
  11. Iron Maiden - The Evil That Men Do
  12. Deep Purple - Space Truckin' (live)
  13. Iron Maiden - Moonchild
  14. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  15. Iron Maiden - Can I Play with Madness
  16. Iron Maiden - Only the Good Die Young
  17. Marillion - Grendel
  18. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven (live)

Notes

Interview with Bruce Dickinson, who answers questions from people who wrote in. He begins by speaking about the upcoming Monsters of Rock festival, which was on 20 Aug 1988. Unusually for the Friday Rock Show, many tracks are edited, some severely, and there's a good deal of talking over them.

Date confirmed by Tommy mentioning before Grendel that it's a holiday (1 Apr 1988 was Good Friday) and reading out an April Fools joke from Kerrang! that Tom Jones was joining Black Sabbath.


8 Apr 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Iron Maiden - The Evil That Men Do
  2. Voivod - Experiment
  3. Kingdom Come - Get It On
  4. Warfare - Burn the Kings Road (st)
  5. Virus - Testify to Me
  6. Fastway - A Fine Line
  7. Y & T - Fight for Your Life
  8. Savage Grace - The Healing Hand
  9. Rush - Prime Mover
  10. Warfare - Ebony Dreams (st)
  11. Alice Cooper - Freedom
  12. Def Leppard - Armageddon It
  13. Kings X - A Shot of Love
  14. UFO - Easy Money
  15. Shok Paris - Rocked Outta Love
  16. Warfare - Death Charge (st)
  17. Sabbat - A Dead Man's Robe
  18. Iron Maiden - The Prophecy
  19. Judas Priest - Johnny B. Goode
  20. Slave Raider - Backstabbin'
  21. Loverboy - Break It to Me Gently
  22. Jimmy Barnes - Driving Wheels
  23. Warfare - Revolution (st)

Notes

Date confirmed by Tommy mentioning that Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son will be released on Monday. That was 11 Apr 1988, dating the show to 8 Apr 1988.

Session by Warfare, repeated on 27 May 1988.


15 Apr 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. The Who - Relay
  2. Testament - Trial by Fire
  3. Rush - Distant Early Warning (live)
  4. Black 'n' Blue - Gimme Your Love
  5. Wendy O. Williams & Ultra Fly - Early Days
  6. Leviathan - Leviathan
  7. Magnum - Start Talking Love
  8. Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly
  9. Wolfsbane - Paint the Town Red (st)
  10. Rick Derringer - Need a Little Girl Like You
  11. Judas Priest - Johnny B. Goode
  12. Iron Maiden - Only the Good Die Young
  13. Deathrow - Hell's Ascent
  14. Axe - She Had the Power
  15. Wolfsbane - Money to Burn (st)
  16. Saxon - Can't Wait Any More
  17. Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
  18. Scorpions - The Zoo (live)
  19. David Lee Roth - Perfect Timing
  20. Tony McAlpine - Autumn Lords
  21. Ratt - Dance
  22. Wolfsbane - Can't Stop Shakin' (st)
  23. Darxon - Banging
  24. Noiseworks - Burning Feeling
  25. Vicious Rumors - Minute to Kill
  26. Wolfsbane - Fell Out of Heaven (st)

Notes

Repeat of Wolfsbane session, first broadcast on 26 Feb 1988.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 18-21) from Robert Bryant in Truro.

There's nothing to confirm the date, but the logical flow suggests 15 Apr 1988.


22 Apr 1988

This show listing is believed complete.

  1. Thin Lizzy - Chinatown
  2. Kooga - Don't Break My Heart
  3. First Offence - Into the Night
  4. Pallas - The Hammer Falls
  5. D. Rose - D. Rose (st)
  6. Steve Vai - The Attitude Song
  7. Frank Zappa - Moggio
  8. Demon - Tonight (The Hero is Back)
  9. Dirty Looks - Get It Right
  10. Motörhead - Ace of Spades
  11. Poison - Nothing But a Good Time
  12. D. Rose - Can You Feel It (st)
  13. Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night
  14. Anthrax - The Enemy
  15. Status Quo - Backwater (live)
  16. Gringos Locos - Higher Than High
  17. Def Leppard - Lady Strange
  18. Toto - Only the Children
  19. D. Rose - To Be Content (st)
  20. Girlschool - Midnight Ride
  21. UFO - Hunger in the Night
  22. Rush - Anything Can Happen
  23. Rush - The Trees
  24. D. Rose - Step into My Living Room (st)

Notes

First airing of a session by D. Rose.

There's nothing direct to confirm the date but 22 Apr 1988 fits with the flow. It's also backed up by the Friday Rock Show Wiki, which lists this date for the D. Rose session debut.


29 Apr 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Kingdom Come - Get It On
  2. Aerosmith - Angel
  3. Judas Priest - Johnny B. Goode
  4. Alice Cooper - Freedom
  5. Magnum - Days of No Trust
  6. David Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise
  7. Status Quo - Ain't Complaining
  8. AC/DC - That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll
  9. Def Leppard - Armageddon It
  10. Iron Maiden - Can I Play with Madness
  11. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Faster than the Speed of Light
  12. Cry Wolf - Girls Like You (st)
  13. Judas Priest - Beyond the Realms of Death
  14. Anihilated - Final Dawn
  15. Scorpions - Media Overkill
  16. Fifth Angel - Call Out the Warning
  17. Ted Nugent - Spread Your Wings
  18. Cry Wolf - Be My Lover (st)
  19. Dweezil Zappa - My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama
  20. Cheap Trick - No Mercy
  21. Cry Wolf - Goodbye Forever (st)
  22. Pantera - Over and Out
  23. Robin Trower - Shattered
  24. Cry Wolf - Light Up My Life (st)

Notes

Rock Top Ten (tracks 1-10), now current rather than for the last month.

Repeat session by Cry Wolf, recorded on 20 Feb 1988 and first broadcast on 4 Mar 1988.

Again no direct confirmation of the date, though winners are announced for the Rush competition the previous week, so 29 Apr 1988 is likely.


6 May 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Megadeth - Mary Jane
  2. Riot - Fight or Fall
  3. Judas Priest - Ram It Down
  4. Cellarful of Noise - Temper, Temper
  5. Jimmy Barnes - Last Frontier
  6. Black Sabbath - Die Young
  7. Kooga - Don't Break My Heart
  8. Rosanna's Raiders - Serve Someone
  9. Heavy Metal Thunder - Heavy Metal Thunder (st)
  10. Aragon - For Your Eyes
  11. Hurricane - I'm on to You
  12. Mötley Crüe - Knock 'em Dead, Kid
  13. Rage - Don't Fear the Winter
  14. Heavy Metal Thunder - Kara (st)
  15. Honeymoon Suite - Lookin' Out for Number One
  16. Kingdom - We Got Love
  17. Assassin - Abstract War
  18. Judas Priest - Heavy Metal
  19. Heavy Metal Thunder - The Preacher (st)
  20. Led Zeppelin - Achilles' Last Stand
  21. Living Colour - Which Way to America
  22. Vinnie Vincent's Invasion - Breakout
  23. Heavy Metal Thunder - What's Left in You (st)

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Heavy Metal Thunder.

Show is firmly dated because of news recorded after the show: David Alton fails to change the abortion law, two RAF men are killed in a helicopter accident in Hanover and the foreign secretary condemns the BBC programme on Gibraltar shootings. Also, the 13 May 1988 show mentions Heavy Metal Thunder doing a session the previous week.


13 May 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Vinnie Vincent Invasion - Heavy Pettin'
  2. Leatherwolf - Cry Out
  3. Triumph - Just a Game
  4. Turbo - The Last Warrior
  5. Assassin - Ready for the Fight (st)
  6. Scorpions - Don't Stop at the Top
  7. Leslie West - Spoonful (live)
  8. Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
  9. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
  10. Holosade - Madame Guillotine
  11. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Rising Force
  12. Testament - A Day of Reckoning
  13. Assassin - Down to Love (st)
  14. Judas Priest - Monsters of Rock
  15. Fastway - Dead or Alive
  16. Living Colour - Desperate People
  17. Rainbow - Spotlight Kid
  18. Crimson Glory - Azrael
  19. Black Sabbath - The Sign of the Southern Cross
  20. Assassin - Your Kind of Love (st)

Notes

Repeat of a session by Assassin from Ireland, first broadcast on 18 Mar 1988. One track was omitted, probably because Tommy's wife rang him up to have him play Comfortably Numb. Tommy calls the last track Your Kind of Love, even though he called it Your Kind of Loving in March. The lyrics seem to include both, so your guess is as good as mine.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 17 to 19) by Neil Armstrong from Tonbridge, Kent, sans the unnamed fourth track because of time contraints.

Date confirmed by Tommy mentioning seeing Judas Priest in Berlin the night before. That would have been the Deutschlandhalle on 12 May 1988, so dating this to 13 May 1988. He also mentions that Heavy Metal Thunder did a session the previous week.


20 May 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Little Angels - I Can't Wait (st)
  2. Little Angels - Big Bad World (st)
  3. Judas Priest - Ram It Down
  4. Judas Priest - Hard as Iron
  5. Judas Priest - Turbo Lover
  6. Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather
  7. Judas Priest - Love Zone
  8. Judas Priest - Cheater
  9. Judas Priest - Grinder
  10. Judas Priest - Exciter
  11. Judas Priest - Rock You All Around the World (live)
  12. Judas Priest - Johnny B. Goode
  13. Judas Priest - Beyond the Realms of Death
  14. Judas Priest - The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (live)
  15. Judas Priest - Heading Out to the Highway (live)
  16. Judas Priest - Killing Machine
  17. Judas Priest - Some Heads are Gonna Roll
  18. Judas Priest - Heavy Metal
  19. Judas Priest - Ram It Down
  20. Dirty Looks - Oh Ruby
  21. The Dogs d'Amour - The Kid from Kensington
  22. Queensrÿche - The Mission
  23. John Waite - Love Collision
  24. Jimmy Barnes - Too Much Ain't Enough Love
  25. Little Angels - She's a Little Angel (st)
  26. Little Angels - No Solution (st)

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Little Angels.

Interview with Rob Halford interspersed throughout the Judas Priest songs.

Date confirmed by various shows around it in which Tommy talks about going to Berlin to record this interview and about the Judas Priest special generally.

That's backed up by Tommy mentioning that Little Angels signed a major record deal the night before with Polydor. That was on 19 May 1988, supposedly backstage at the Marquee.


27 May 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Riot in the Dungeons
  2. Van Halen - Black and Blue
  3. Gringos Locos - Sweet Little Sisters
  4. Tigertailz - Livin' without You
  5. Hawkwind - Heads
  6. Riot - Johnny's Back
  7. Warfare - Burn Down the Kings Road (st)
  8. Fastway - Dead or Alive
  9. Poison - Your Mama Don't Dance
  10. Queensrÿche - Breaking the Silence
  11. Queensrÿche - I Don't Believe in Love
  12. King Kobra - Redline
  13. Warfare - Ebony Dreams (st)
  14. Scorpions - Love on the Run
  15. Vinnie Vincent's Invasion - Boyz are Gonna Rock
  16. Alice Cooper - He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
  17. Megadeth - Devil's Island
  18. Twisted Sister - We're Not Going to Take It
  19. Warfare - Revolution (st)
  20. Peer Günt - Midnight Train
  21. MCB - Heavy Mörtel Mischmaschine
  22. The Quireboys - Mayfair
  23. Cheap Trick - The Flame
  24. Warfare - Death Charge (st)
  25. Megadeth - Mary Jane

Notes

Repeat session by Warfare, first broadcast on 8 Apr 1988.

Tommy is unable to name the King Kobra track because he's playing it from a white label with no track listing. 'The track is titled I Haven't the Faintest Idea but it's track one on the B side'.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 15-18) from Donald McDonald of Bywick, Caithness.

The date is confirmed by the news after the show, which includes the sinking of the Anna Broere in the North Sea on 27 May 1988. This also firmly dates the Judas Priest special to 20 May 1988 because Tommy talks about that being the previous week.


10 Jun 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Tigertailz - Livin' without You
  2. Deep Purple - Hush (live)
  3. Rush - The Big Money
  4. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
  5. D. Rose - Step into My Living Room (st)
  6. Avalanche Danger - Avalanche Danger
  7. Crazyhead - Time Has Taken Its Toll on You
  8. Status Quo - Cross that Bridge
  9. Masi - State of Rock
  10. Journey - Mother, Father
  11. James Young - Doctor on Call
  12. D. Rose - Can You Feel It (st)
  13. Ratt - You're in Love
  14. Brian Setzer - Nervous Breakdown
  15. Pink Floyd - One Slip
  16. Queensrÿche - Suite Sister Mary
  17. D. Rose - To Be Content (st)
  18. Vandenberg - Pedal to the Metal
  19. Mott the Hoople - The Ballad of Mott
  20. D. Rose - D. Rose (st)
  21. Cheap Trick - The Flame
  22. IQ - Nomzamo
  23. Ian Gillan - South Africa

Notes

Repeat of the D. Rose session first broadcast on 22 Apr 1988.

Date is confirmed as 10 Jun 1988 because of an advert for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert 'this Saturday' at Wembley Stadium, which took place on 11 Jun 1988.

Tommy erroneously mentions that the next week's show will be a Deep Purple special. See notes for 17 Jun 1988.

Tommy also mentions that he'll get together with Queensrÿche for a future special.


17 Jun 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Dweezil Zappa - My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama
  2. Joe Satriani - Always with Me, Always with You
  3. Holosade - Psycho (st)
  4. Slayer - Criminally Insane
  5. Magnum - It Must Have Been Love
  6. Tobruk - Girl Crazy
  7. Joanna Dean - Kiss This
  8. Saxon - Crusader
  9. Crazyhead - Time Has Taken Its Toll on You
  10. Sid Vicious - Stepping Stone (excerpt)
  11. Holosade - Look into the Mirror (st)
  12. Killer Dwarfs - Startin' to Shine
  13. Impellitteri - Secret Lover
  14. Dave Brock & The Agents of Chaos - Into the Realms
  15. White Lion - All You Need is Rock 'n' Roll
  16. King Kobra - Take It Off
  17. Deep Purple - Highway Star (live)
  18. Holosade - Computer World (st)
  19. Magnum - Kingdom of Madness
  20. Status Quo - Big Fat Mama
  21. Budgie - Napoleon Bona-Part One
  22. Budgie - Napoleon Bona-Part Two
  23. Holosade - Welcome to the Hellhouse (st)

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Holosade, to be repeated on 21 Oct 1988.

Date confirmed as 17 Jun 1988 because Tommy plays Crazyhead's Time Has Taken Its Toll on You for the second time, after offering a Friday Rock Show patch the previous week to five listeners who could identify which single it sounded like. This time he followed it with an excerpt of Sid Vicious's cover of the Monkees' (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone.

Tommy mentions that the Deep Purple special will be next week (again). Either it got delayed a week or Tommy got ahead of himself on 10 Jun 1988.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 19-22) from Ian Brown in Southampton.


24 Jun 1988

This show listing is a work in progress and is subject to change.

  1. Jimmy Page - The Only One
  2. Iggy Pop - Cold Metal
  3. Impellitteri - Leviathan
  4. Heavy Metal Thunder - The Preacher (st)
  5. Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
  6. Helloween - I'm Alive
  7. Heavy Metal Thunder - HMT (st)
  8. AC/DC - Ain't No Fun Waitin' Round to Be a Millionaire
  9. Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water (live)
  10. Deep Purple - Black Night (live)
  11. Deep Purple - Woman from Tokyo (live)
  12. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers (live)
  13. Deep Purple - Hush (live)
  14. Deep Purple - Highway Star (live)
  15. Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water (live)
  16. Heavy Metal Thunder - What's Left in You (st)
  17. Georgia Satellites - Hand to Mouth
  18. Bloodgood - The Messiah
  19. Judas Priest - Ram It Down
  20. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
  21. Heavy Metal Thunder - Kara (st)
  22. Def Leppard - Rocket (Lunar Mix)

Notes

Not my recording. Thanks to the Friday Rock Show Wiki.

Session by Heavy Metal Thunder.

Interview with Deep Purple during their tracks.


8 Jul 1988

This show listing is a work in progress and is subject to change.

  1. Vow Wow - Rock Me Now
  2. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
  3. Kreator - Lambs to the Slaughter
  4. Jimmy Page - Wasting My Time
  5. Joanna Dean - Kiss This
  6. Toranaga - Dealers in Death (st)
  7. The Cross - Manipulator
  8. Jethro Tull - Farm on the Freeway
  9. Overkill - Hello from the Gutter
  10. Q5 - I Can't Wait
  11. Magnum - It Must Have Been Love
  12. Crazyhead - Time Has Taken Its Toll on You
  13. Def Leppard - Love Bites
  14. Toranaga - Soldiers Be Brave (st)
  15. Queensrÿche - Eyes of a Stranger
  16. Queensrÿche - Breaking the Silence
  17. Queensrÿche - The Needle Lies
  18. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
  19. Queensrÿche - Speak
  20. Toranaga - Sentenced (st)
  21. Chaep Trick - The Flame
  22. Toranaga - Retribution (st)

Notes

Not my recording. Thanks to the Friday Rock Show Wiki.

Session by Toranaga.

Interview with Chris DeGarmo of Queensrÿche.


15 Jul 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Slayer - South of Heaven
  2. Slayer - Silent Scream
  3. Whitesnake - Walking in the Shadow of the Blues
  4. Uriah Heep - July Morning (live)
  5. Van Halen - When It's Love
  6. Jethro Tull - Song for Jeffrey (live)
  7. Jethro Tull - A New Day Yesterday (live)
  8. Jethro Tull - Aqualung (live)
  9. Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (live)
  10. Jethro Tull - Strip Cartoon
  11. Jethro Tull - Sweet Dream (live)
  12. Jethro Tull - Witch's Promise
  13. Jethro Tull - Minstrel in the Gallery (live)
  14. Jethro Tull - Blues Instrumental
  15. Jethro Tull - [unknown instrumental]
  16. Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath (live)
  17. Jethro Tull - Living in the Past (live)
  18. Cinderella - Second Wind
  19. V2 - Tonight
  20. Waysted - Heaven Tonight
  21. Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Know
  22. Well Well Well - Revolution
  23. Wehrmacht - Everb

Notes

The Jethro Tull special was called 20 Years on One Leg with a Flute. It's an interview with Ian Anderson and Martin Barre, with tracks taken from 20 Years of Jethro Tull Anderson appears after Song for Jeffrey and Barre takes over after Minstrel in the Gallery.

Tommy mentions the US Monsters of Rock show, which will be 'the week before the Donington weekend'.

At the end of the special, Tommy mentions that Jethro Tull are currently on tour in 'this month of July'. There's a promo for The Mighty Arms of Atlas, the Led Zeppelin episode of The Story of Atlantic, which was part 11. It's advertised as 'this Saturday at 2pm'. The BBC Genome lists that as Thu 21 Jul, but it seems that it played on Saturdays and was repeated on Thursdays, so 15 Jul 1988 seems reasonable for this show.

Tommy announces the winner of the Queensrÿche competition raised the previous week.


29 Jul 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Kings of the Sun - Medicine Man
  2. Manowar - Shell Shock
  3. Cinderella - Fire and Ice
  4. Blue Öyster Cult - Unknown Tongue
  5. Slayer - Mandatory Suicide
  6. Detective - One More Heartache
  7. Iron Maiden - Prowler '88
  8. Kiss - Firehouse (live)
  9. Michael Katon - Tight White Pants
  10. Lauren Smoken - Rock a Bye Baby
  11. Stone - The Final Countdown
  12. Evenrude - Raise Your Fist and Shout
  13. The Godz - Gotta Keep Running
  14. Vinnie Vincent Invasion - Ashes to Ashes
  15. Derek and Clive - Street Music
  16. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
  17. Circus of Power - Motor
  18. Intrinsic - Possessor
  19. Ram Jam - Gone Wild
  20. Black Sabbath - Born to Lose
  21. Helloween - Dr. Stein
  22. Smith and Jones - Status Quo
  23. Status Quo - Down Down
  24. Winger - Madalaine
  25. The Mission - Dream On

Notes

This show was guest hosted by Dante Bonutto of Kerrang! and, imminently, Raw, which would officially launch at the Monsters of Rock festival in August.

Dante mentions that Dr. Stein is brand new, dating the show to Jul 1988. The BBC Genome suggests 29 Jul 1988, which fits. He also mentions that it's almost a year to the day since he last guest hosted the show. That was 31 Jul 1987.

Dante plays a brief clip of Stryper's I Believe in You before Blue Öyster Cult as a joke. He also plays a brief clip of Jim Reeves's Sound of Distant Drums before Detective as another joke. The wag. Derek and Clive's Street Music and Smith and Jones's Status Quo are more comedy.


12 Aug 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Kingdom Come - Get It On
  2. Kingdom Come - What Love Can Be
  3. Kingdom Come - Pushin' Hard
  4. Dokken - So Many Tears
  5. Dokken - Mr. Scary
  6. Dokken - Kiss of Death
  7. Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow
  8. Metallica - The Prince
  9. Metallica - One
  10. Van Halen - Mine All Mine
  11. Van Halen - When It's Love
  12. Van Halen - A Apolitical Blues
  13. Van Halen - AFU (Naturally Wired)
  14. Scorpions - Rhythm of Love
  15. Scorpions - Believe in Love
  16. Scorpions - Still Loving You (live)

Notes

Tommy's in Los Angeles for the US Monsters of Rock special. This was a tour across the US that reached Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 'today and tonight', meaning that the special was recorded on 24 Jul 1988.

However, Tommy mentions that the next week's show is the British Monsters of Rock special. That event was 20 Aug 1988, dating that show to 19 Aug 1988 and this one to 12 Aug 1988.

If there was any doubt, news after the show includes the resignation of Sein Lwin as president of Burma after 17 days. That was 12 Aug 1988.

Tommy interviews representatives from all bands: Lenny Wolf and Danny Stag of Kingdom Come; Don Dokken of Dokken; Lars Ulrich of Metallica; Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony of Van Halen; and Klaus Meine and Rudy Schenker of the Scorpions. He also interviews backstage crew and DJ Thrasher from KNAC.

Tommy also plays up US rock radio throughout, including a number of clips from KNAC DJs.


19 Aug 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. ZZ Top - Can't Stop Rockin'
  2. Lloyd Langton Group - Can We Be Free
  3. Helloween - Future World
  4. Helloween - Savage
  5. Iron Maiden - Prowler '88
  6. Iron Maiden - Can I Play with Madness
  7. Slayer - South of Heaven
  8. Kiss - Turn on the Night
  9. Kiss - All Hell's Breakin' Loose
  10. Kiss - Hell or High Water
  11. Megadeth - Hook in Mouth
  12. Megadeth - Mary Jane
  13. Guns n' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine
  14. Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
  15. Van Halen - When It's Love

Notes

After last week's US Monsters of Rock special, Tommy returns for the UK Monsters of Rock special. It's a day before the event, so 19 Aug 1988, as confirmed the previous week.

Tommy interviews representatives of most bands in the studio: Kai Hansen and Ingo Schwichtenberg of Helloween; Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden; Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss; Dave Ellefson and Jeff Young of Megadeth; and Izzy Stradlin of Guns n' Roses. Only David Lee Roth was unrepresented.

Dante Bonutto is the 'man in the field' (literally), chatting to fans on site and the site manager, Stuart Galbraith. Tommy takes phone calls from fans too.


26 Aug 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Precious Metal - Moving Mountains
  2. Precious Metal - Sweet Sweet
  3. Precious Metal - Anybody's Lover
  4. Vixen - Edge of a Broken Heart
  5. Vixen - Desperate
  6. Vixen - Rock Me
  7. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
  8. Pat Benatar - Cool Zero
  9. Pat Benatar - Let's Stay Together
  10. Pat Benatar - Suffer the Children
  11. Pat Benatar - Lift 'em on Up
  12. Britny Fox - Girlschool
  13. Bad Company - One Night
  14. David Lee Roth - Damn Good
  15. Mantas - Deceiver
  16. Helloween - Dr. Stein
  17. Guns n' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine
  18. Crazyhead - Rags
  19. Anthrax - Make Me Laugh

Notes

Date confirmed by Tommy's opening statement which puts this immediately after the two Monsters of Rock shows. As they were 12 Aug 1988 and 19 Aug 1988, that makes this 26 Aug 1988.

The majority of the show is comprised by the LA Ladies special (tracks 1-11), recorded in Los Angeles, with Tommy interviewing Precious Metal, Vixen and Pat Benatar.

Tommy announces at the end that next week will be a Bon Jovi special.


2 Sep 1988

This show listing is complete, even though my recording is missing Lay Your Hands on Me.

  1. Anthrax - Make Me Laugh
  2. Blue Öyster Cult - In the Presence of Another World
  3. Iggy Pop - Cold Metal
  4. Helloween - Dr. Stein
  5. Bad Company - Excited
  6. Vixen - Edge of a Broken Heart
  7. Excalibur - Come On and Rock (st)
  8. Metallica - The Prince
  9. Europe - More Than Meets the Eye
  10. Guns n' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine
  11. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
  12. Bon Jovi - Lay Your Hands on Me
  13. Bon Jovi - 99 in the Shade
  14. Stryper - Always There for You
  15. Magnum - Start Talking Love
  16. Soho Roses - So Alone
  17. Lauren Smoken - Rock a Bye Baby
  18. Kiss - Turn on the Night
  19. Metallica - Eye of the Beholder
  20. Britny Fox - Fun in Texas
  21. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine

Notes

Date confirmed by comments the previous week. In turn, next week will feature an interview with Anthrax in Holland.

The Excalibur track is a Friday Rock Show session track but it was actually released by the band.

Interview with Bon Jovi in New York City.


9 Sep 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Nuclear Assault - Fight to Be Free
  2. Little Angels - Ninety in the Shade
  3. Big Country - King of Emotion
  4. Rush - Vital Signs
  5. Little Angels - Big Bad World (st)
  6. Kings of the Sun - Black Leather
  7. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
  8. Robert Plant - Ship of Fools
  9. Little Angels - She's a Little Angel (st)
  10. Anthrax - Be All, End All
  11. Anthrax - Make Me Laugh
  12. Anthrax - Antisocial
  13. Anthrax - Finale
  14. Riot - Thundersteel
  15. Glasgow - Under the Lights
  16. Little Angels - No Solution (st)
  17. Pat Benatar - Don't Walk Away
  18. Death - Forgotten Past
  19. Television - Foxhole
  20. Little Angels - I Can't Wait (st)
  21. Metallica - Dyers Eve
  22. Precious Metal - What You See is What You Get

Notes

Date confirmed by the previous week's show mentioning the Anthrax interview. This was conducted in an Eindhoven hotel.

Repeat session with Little Angels, first broadcast on 20 May 1988. Ninety in the Shade is not part of the session.


16 Sep 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Riot - Fight or Fall
  2. The Dogs d'Amour - I Don't Want You to Go
  3. Marillion - Tux On
  4. Suicide Squad - Live It While You Can
  5. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin' (live)
  6. Tesla - Modern Day Cowboy
  7. Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow
  8. Metal Messiah - Nightwing (st)
  9. Bon Jovi - Lay Your Hands on Me
  10. Tank - Just Like Something from Hell
  11. Hydra Vein - Rabid
  12. Shout - Dancin' Round the World
  13. BulletBoys - Hard as a Rock
  14. Metal Messiah - Intro / Metal Messiah (st)
  15. Crazyhead - Rags
  16. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again (USA Single Remix)
  17. Rock City Angels - Our Little Secret
  18. Guns n' Roses - Move to the City (live)
  19. Metal Messiah - Curse of the King (st)
  20. Anthrax - Make Me Laugh
  21. Cloven Hoof - Nova Battlestar

Notes

Session by Metal Messiah.

Before the Marillion track, Tommy reads an EMI press release announcing that Fish is leaving the band.

Tommy announces a new rock show on Radio 1 called Night Rocking, which he will present as of 1 Oct 1988. 12.00am to 2.00am on Saturday nights.

Date confirmed by news after the show which mentions that the opening ceremony for the Seoul Olympics will start within a few hours. That was 17 Sep 1988, dating this to 16 Sep 1988.


23 Sep 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Helloween - March of Time
  2. BulletBoys - Smooth Up in Ya
  3. Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight) (st)
  4. Bon Jovi - Blood on Blood
  5. April 16th - Let It Roll (st)
  6. Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
  7. Crazyhead - Rub the Buddha
  8. Nuclear Assault - Stand Up
  9. Rock City Angels - Boy from Hell's Kitchen
  10. Kix - She Dropped Me the Bomb
  11. April 16th - Rattlesnake Shakedown (st)
  12. Tony MacAlpine - Tears of Sahara
  13. Slayer - South of Heaven
  14. Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
  15. Traffic - Stranger to Himself
  16. Metallica - Last Caress / Green Hell
  17. Camel - Captured
  18. Fairport Convention - Come All Ye
  19. April 16th - She's Mean (st)
  20. Death - Pull the Plug
  21. Little Angels - Ninety in the Shade
  22. [unknown band] - [unknown track]
  23. April 16th - Sleepwalking (st)

Notes

Repeat of a session by April 16th, which, according to the Friday Rock Show Wiki, was first broadcast on 3 Jun 1988.

After the BulletBoys track, Tommy re-starts some earlier competitions (Pink Floyd, Vixen, Bon Jovi and general junk) because there had been a postal strike and people couldn't write in. The 1988 strike ended on 13 Sep 1988 but the backlog took a few weeks to kick in.

Date confirmed after the Nuclear Assault and Little Angels tracks by Tommy detailing the upcoming Night Rockin' show, which will start in 'a week and a day' at midnight on Sat 1 Oct.

Also after the Little Angels track, Tommy announces that there won't be a FRS the following week because of Radio 1's 21st birthday.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 15-18) from Vernon Holbrooke of Weston-Super-Mare.

The only band Tommy mentions in the intro who don't appear in this track listing are the Seers. There was a band by this name who issued a couple of singles in 1988, but they don't sound like track 22.


30 Sep 1988

There was no show on this date, as the Friday Rock Show (and others) made way for Radio 1's 21st birthday celebrations.


7 Oct 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Motörhead - Built for Speed (live)
  2. Armored Saint - Madhouse (live)
  3. Liege Lord - Broken Wasteland
  4. Kix - No Ring Around Rosie
  5. Femme Fatale - Waiting for the Big One
  6. Ozzy Osbourne - Fire in the Sky
  7. Risk - Strike
  8. Meanstreak - Snake Pit
  9. Guns n' Roses - Knockin' on Heaven's Door (live)
  10. Keith Richards - Locked
  11. Metallica - Trapped Under Ice
  12. Kiss - Cold Gin (live)
  13. Kiss - Black Diamond (live)
  14. Kiss - No No No (live)
  15. Kiss - Firehouse (live)
  16. Kiss - Crazy Crazy Nights (live)
  17. Kiss - Calling Dr. Love (live)
  18. Kiss - Tears are Falling (live)
  19. Kiss - I Love It Loud (live)
  20. Kiss - Strutter (live)
  21. Kiss - Shout It Out Loud (live)
  22. S.A.D.O. - I'm Never Ever Blue
  23. Girlschool - Girls on Top
  24. Danzig - Soul on Fire
  25. Mantas - Winds of Change

Notes

Kiss live at the Monsters of Rock Festival 1988 at Castle Donington.

Date confirmed after the Kix track by Tommy reminding us of the previous weekend's premiere of Night Rocking. That was 1 Oct 1988, so this must be 7 Oct 1988. He also mentions that the upcoming Night Rocking will feature a session by AC/DC.


14 Oct 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Only Child - Scream Until You Like It
  2. BulletBoys - Shoot the Preacher Down
  3. Nazareth - This Flight Tonight
  4. Craaft - Run Away
  5. Virus - Testify to Me (st)
  6. Bon Jovi - Born to Be My Baby
  7. Budgie - Crash Course in Brain Surgery
  8. Stormtroopers of Death - Kill Yourself
  9. Egypt - On the Road
  10. Mike & The Mechanics - Nobody's Perfect
  11. Virus - No Return (st)
  12. Ozzy Osbourne - Devil's Daughter
  13. Ozzy Osbourne - Fire in the Sky
  14. Ozzy Osbourne - Demon Alcohol
  15. Precious Metal - Push
  16. Toranaga - Bastard Ballad
  17. Virus - Justifiable (st)
  18. Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
  19. Poison - Fallen Angel
  20. Def Leppard - Run Riot
  21. Virus - Holy are the Blind (st)

Notes

First airing of a session by Virus, to be repeated on 13 Jan 1989.

Tommy speaks about lyrics bfeore playing the Stormtroopers of Death track.

Interview with Ozzy Osbourne, starting before his three tracks from the new album.

Oddly, Tommy runs two separate competitions, each of which ask the same question in reverse.

I dated the cassette when recording.


21 Oct 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Ozzy Osbourne - Miracle Man
  2. Belladonna - High on Rock 'n' Roll
  3. Holosade - Welcome to the Hellhouse (st)
  4. Razor - Edge of the Razor
  5. Kings of the Sun - Serpentine
  6. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Deja Vu
  7. Femme Fatale - Waiting for the Big One
  8. Romeo's Daughter - Don't Break My Heart
  9. Holosade - Computer World (st)
  10. Sieges Even - Repression and Resistance
  11. Saxon - Ride Like the Wind
  12. David T. Chastain - It Doesn't Have to Be
  13. The Dogs d'Amour - Last Bandit
  14. Crazyhead - I Don't Want That Kind of Love
  15. Keel - Because the Night
  16. Ratt - You're in Love
  17. Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Comin' (live)
  18. Fastway - Trick or Treat
  19. Holosade - Look into the Mirror (st)
  20. Hydra Vein - The House
  21. Groovin' with Lucy - That's Rock 'n' Roll
  22. Holosade - Psycho (st)
  23. Magnum - It Must Have Been Love

Notes

Repeat session by Holosade, first broadcast on 17 Jun 1988.

Lie Back and Enjoy It (tracks 15 to 18): Sarah Bridle (Vinnie the Metal Queen) from York.

After the Groovin' with Lucy track, Tommy mentions that Excalibur have lost £2,000 worth of gear to theft and appeals to the thieves to give it back.

At the end of the show, Tommy mentions that the next Night Rocking will feature Genesis from the Reading Festival.

I dated the cassette when recording.


28 Oct 1988

This show listing is believed to be complete.

  1. Girlschool - Too Hot to Handle
  2. 38 Special - Innocent Eyes
  3. The Dogs d'Amour - Everything I Want
  4. Iron Maiden - Prowler
  5. Kix - She Dropped the Bomb
  6. Alvin Lee - No Limit
  7. Pestilence - Systematic Instruction
  8. Helloween - A Little Time (live)
  9. Helloween - Hallowe'en (live)
  10. Helloween - Dr. Stein (live)
  11. Helloween - Future World (live)
  12. Helloween - Eagle Fly Free (live)
  13. Helloween - I'm Alive (live)
  14. Manowar - Shell Shock
  15. Great White - Face the Day
  16. God - Settling Down Now
  17. Living Colour - Cult of Personality
  18. Poison - Fallen Angel
  19. Iron Maiden - The Clairvoyant
  20. Blue Öyster Cult - Astronomy

Notes

Helloween live at the Monsters of Rock Festival 1988 at Castle Donington.

I wrote 4 Nov 1988 on my tape, but apparently erroneously. After the Helloween set, Tommy mentions that he'll be 'going to go and see them live on Tuesday at the Hammy O.' That's the Pumpkins Fly Free tour and the Hammersmith Odeon gig was on 1 Nov 1988, dating this show to 28 Oct 1988.

The upcoming Night Rocking show will feature Led Zeppelin in session from 1969.

Thanks to the Friday Rock Show Wiki for the first couple of tracks.


4 Nov 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Ratt - Chain Reaction
  2. Chrome Molly - Shooting Me Down
  3. Ozzy Osbourne - Miracle Man
  4. XL - Anthem (st)
  5. Crimson Glory - In Dark Places
  6. Crazyhead - Dragon City
  7. Judas Priest - Victim of Changes (live)
  8. Quireboys - There She Goes Again
  9. XL - Let It Loose (st)
  10. Night Ranger - Man in Motion
  11. Sieges Even - Apocalyptic Disposition
  12. Helloween - I Want Out
  13. Marillion - Freaks (live)
  14. Emerson, Lake and Powell - Touch and Go
  15. XL - Headstrong (st)
  16. Rose Tattoo - The Butcher and Fast Eddie
  17. Living Death - Schizophrenia
  18. Forbidden - March into Fire
  19. Raymonde - Destination Breakdown
  20. Uriah Heep - Easy Living (live)
  21. XL - Purple Hearts (st)
  22. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me
  23. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine

Notes

Session by XL.

I dated my cassette as 25 Nov 1988, but it's incorrect. The show is actually 4 Nov 1988 because:
a) Tommy's opening remarks mention a 'competition relating to our birthday which is coming up soon' and speaks more about it more throughout the show. The tenth anniversary show was 18 Nov 1988.
b) There's a fireworks warning after the Judas Priest track, surely tying to Guy Fawkes Night being the next day.
c) After the Uriah Heep track, Tommy mentions that they'll be playing live that weekend in London and Radio 1 will be recording the show. That will be the Hammersmith Odeon on 6 Nov 1988.
d) The Friday Rock Show Wiki lists this date because of track listings in the Sound & Moving Image Catalogue.

The ELP track was played because of a letter 'a couple of weeks ago' in which someone asked about a lyric from it.

The next Night Rocking will feature Jethro Tull from 1976.


18 Nov 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. House of Lords - Hearts of the World
  2. Craaft - Give It All You Got
  3. Britny Fox - Girlschool
  4. Crimson Glory - Lady of Winter
  5. Def Leppard - Satellite (st)
  6. Def Leppard - Rock Brigade (st)
  7. Def Leppard - Wasted (st)
  8. Def Leppard - Good Morning Freedom (st)
  9. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Rising Force
  10. Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Trilogy Suite Op: 5
  11. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Crystal Ball
  12. Tankard - Feed the Lohocla
  13. Dokken - Turn On the Action
  14. Kix - She Dropped Me the Bomb
  15. Kix - Cold Blood
  16. Kix - Blow My Fuse
  17. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden (st)
  18. Iron Maiden - Running Free (st)
  19. Iron Maiden - Transylvania (st)
  20. Iron Maiden - Sanctuary (st)
  21. AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
  22. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Notes

This was the Friday Rock Show's Birthday Show, celebrating ten years on the air.

The Dogs d'Amour, Bob Catley (Magnum) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) recorded best wishes and these were played in between early tracks.

Interview with Yngwie J. Malmsteen. They also auctioned off a portrait of Yngwie for Children in Need. Producer Tony Wilson even gets to speak on air a couple of times, after tracks 11 and 16. So does Stephanie Hart, the artist. It sold for £1,750.

Interview with Steve Whiteman from Kix.

Two sessions from the archive, both recorded in 1979: Def Leppard (first broadcast on 26 Oct 1979) and Iron Maiden.

I dated the cassette when recording, but that's backed up by the first Friday Rock Show being 17 Nov 1978. It's also Children in Need, which was 18 Nov 1988. The very brief snippet of news is about a warrant being issued for the arrest of David John Evans; he would be arrested on 21 Nov 1988.


2 Dec 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Kiss - Detroit Rock City
  2. David Lee Roth - The Bottom Line
  3. Marillion - He Knows You Know (live)
  4. Quiet Riot - Coppin' a Feel
  5. Atrophy - Killing Machine
  6. Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey
  7. Toranaga - Soldiers Be Brave (st)
  8. Pendemia - Malignant Decay
  9. Tattoo - Nobody Gets Out Alive
  10. Risk - Alien Terror
  11. Jeff Healey Band - That's What They Say
  12. Ted Nugent - Spread Your Wings
  13. Toranaga - Execution (st)
  14. Gang Green - Put Her on Top
  15. Flotsam and Jetsam - Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
  16. Gringos Locos - Tough Kid
  17. Status Quo - Burning Bridges
  18. Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow
  19. Toranaga - Dealers in Death (st)
  20. Bon Jovi - 99 in the Shade
  21. The Michael Schenker Group - Attack of the Mad Axeman
  22. Toranaga - Sentenced (st)

Notes

Repeat session by Toranaga, first broadcast on 8 Jul 1988.

I dated my cassette as 9 Dec 1988 but that's incorrect because the prior tape is actually that date. It seems that this show is 2 Dec 1988 because:
a) After the Quiet Riot track, Tommy runs a competition to give away tickets for the Iron Maiden gig at Wembley on Sunday (11 Dec 1988). He says that entrants must have their answers in 'by next Tuesday morning'.
b) There's an ad for The Strat Pack, a Radio 1 special on the Fender Stratocaster, which the Radio Times Genome says was 6 Dec 1988.
c) After the Ted Nugent track, Tommy mentions that the Jeff Healey Band will be playing live at the Marquee next week. That was 8 Dec 1988. On the next show, Tommy mentions that he saw them 'last night'.
d) Tommy ends the show by mentioning that Toranaga will be supporting Sodom at the Greyhound in London on Monday. That was on 5 Dec 1988.
e) More tellingly, news after the show includes Margaret Thatcher being in Rhodes for the Common Market Summit (2-3 Dec 1988) and the Atlantis space shuttle being in orbit on a secret mission (the launch was 2 Dec 1988).

The next Night Rocking will feature a sixties session by Cream.


9 Dec 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Quiet Riot - In a Rush
  2. Wrathchild - Hooligunz
  3. Guns n' Roses - One in a Million
  4. Private Life - Runnin' the Race
  5. Wreckage - Blood on Their Hands (st)
  6. Beowülf - Fuzzy Princess
  7. Manowar - Kings of Metal
  8. Kiss - I Was Made for Loving You
  9. Vendetta - War
  10. Vendetta - Brain Damage
  11. Wreckage - Hanging Town (st)
  12. Marillion - Freaks (live)
  13. Wardance - Against the Grain
  14. Crimson Glory - Lady of Winter
  15. Don Airey - Death Zone White Out
  16. Gang Green - Bartender
  17. D.R.I. - Man Unkind
  18. Wreckage - Fifth Avenue Girls (st)
  19. Realm - Second Coming
  20. Iron Maiden - Stranger in a Strange Land
  21. Magnum - Red on the Highway
  22. The Jeff Healey Band - My Little Girl
  23. Wreckage - Dogs of War (st)

Notes

First airing of a session by Wreckage, to be repeated on 10 Mar 1989.

News after the show dates the show to 9 Dec 1988, as it covers 'Wednesday's earthquake' in Armenia, which happened on 7 Dec 1988.

Tommy mentions a couple of times that Marillion will be playing the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool the next day and may be trying out a new singer. This is the second 'The Web UK' fan club convention and the singer on that night was Dave Lloyd.


16 Dec 1988

This show listing is complete.

  1. Gary Moore - After the War
  2. Dirty Looks - Oh Ruby
  3. Hydra Vein - Rabid
  4. Vendetta - Precious Existence
  5. Metal Messiah - Nightwing (st)
  6. Hawkwind - Reefer Madness
  7. Niagara - Walking
  8. Kings X - Sometimes
  9. Gillan - No Laughing in Heaven
  10. Guns n' Roses - Nice Boys (live)
  11. Mania - Breakout / Mufty's Departure
  12. AC/DC - Back in Black
  13. Metal Messiah - Curse of the King (st)
  14. Lita Ford - Can't Catch Me
  15. Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell (live)
  16. Kiss - Put the X in Sex
  17. IQ - Drive On
  18. Hexenhaus - As Darkness Falls
  19. Metal Messiah - Intro / Metal Messiah (st)
  20. Crimson Glory - Masque of the Red Death

Notes

Repeat session by Metal Messiah, first broadcast on 16 Sep 1988.

I dated the cassette when recording, but that's confirmed by the news after the show which includes Edwina Currie's resignation as Junior Health Minister, which happened on 16 Dec 1988.


23 Dec 1988

This show listing is believed complete.

  1. Tigertailz - Livin' without You
  2. Flotsam and Jetsam - She Took an Axe
  3. Judas Priest - Freewheel Burning
  4. Henry Lee Summer - I Wish I Had a Girl
  5. Black 'n' Blue - The Snake
  6. Megadeth - Hook in Mouth
  7. Foxx - Badlands (st)
  8. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
  9. Sieges Even - Repression and Resistance
  10. Styx - Babe
  11. Foxx - Unwanted Life (st)
  12. Shark Island - Deja Vu
  13. Georgia Satellites - Open All Night
  14. TSOL - All Along the Watchtower
  15. Crazyhead - Time Has Taken Its Toll on You
  16. Raymonde - Destination Breakdown
  17. Deathrow - Samhain
  18. Foxx - SHC (st)
  19. Atrophy - Preacher Preacher
  20. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
  21. Dare - Abandon
  22. Cheap Trick - The Flame
  23. Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) (live)
  24. Foxx - Living in Samson's Dream (st)

Notes

First airing of a session by Foxx, to be repeated on 31 Apr 1989.

I dated the cassette when recording and that's backed up by Tommy mentioning that this is the 'pre-Christmas edition' and ads for Christmas shows.


30 Dec 1988

This show listing is a work in progress and is subject to change.

  1. Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour
  2. Robert Plant - Heaven Knows
  3. Marillion - He Knows You Know
  4. Mötley Crüe - You're All I Need
  5. Robert Plant - Tall Cool one
  6. Van Halen - When It's Love
  7. Bryan Adams - Run to You
  8. Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
  9. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of the Hell
  10. AC/DC - That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll
  11. Van Halen - Sucker in a 3 Piece
  12. Bon Jovi - Born to Be My Baby
  13. Metallica - Dyers Eve
  14. Def Leppard - Armageddon It (The Nuclear Mix)
  15. Magnum - It Must Have Been Love
  16. David Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise
  17. Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
  18. Heart - What About Love
  19. David Lee Roth - Knucklebones
  20. Whitesnake - Give Me All Your Love
  21. Pat Benatar - Suffer the Little Children
  22. Guns n' Roses - Sweet Child o 'Mine
  23. Heart - Who Will You Run To
  24. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
  25. Whitesnake - Crying in the Rain
  26. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
  27. AC/DC - Ruff Stuff
  28. Iron Maiden - The Clairvoyant
  29. Guns n' Roses - Nightrain

Notes

Not my recording. Thanks to the Friday Rock Show Wiki.

This was a show to highlight the best selling singles of the year and tracks from the bestselling albums.



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