The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1, 2, 3 etc from 10 different albums.

This month’s Fantasy Album has been curated by Tall Tales Mysteries Sara West:

Sara runs Tall Tales Mysteries which is one of the Uk’s finest murder mystery event companies. She was a former journalist and court reporter before moving into the world of crime writing and Sara writes and produces the interactive whodunits. Since the first Lockdown they have moved online and have hosted dozens of virtual murder mystery events on Zoom over real time as well as downloadable games to play at home. It’s also kept many of my professional actors from the breadline when there’s been no other work for them in the last year for which they’re all very grateful.

As a teenager of the late 70’s and early 80’s my musical taste is a bit odd. So odd that my family have actually asked me if I really want to put this Fantasy Album out into the world.But not everything is from the 80’s and there were some more modern tracks I could have added although I’m not sure any of those would have made you think my taste has improved at all.

1. I Don’t Want To Talk About it’ by Everything But The Girl

My first pick could have been one of two but at the end of the day the voice behind Everything But The Girl just swung it. I could listen to Tracy Thorn all day. I Don’t Want To Talk  About It was released in 1988 just as I was striking out on my own as a reporter living in Bournemouth. I played it over and over again and even now when I hear it played I just have to stop and listen.

2.’Stars’ by Simply Red

I could pick a lot from Simply Red but I’m restricting myself to this one track. It’s another one that has me dancing around the house and if I play it once I have to play it again and again. Is it too macabre to tell you this is the song I want played at my funeral? Not because its words mean anything particular just because I’d like everyone to dance along with me.

3. ‘Hold Me Now’ by The Thompson Twins

As  teenager in the 80’s I loved the Thompson Twins. Their’s was the first concert I ever went to in Brighton and I remember standing outside the stage door waiting for the three to sign my programme – I still have it. This song always transports me back. I just forget how long ago it was!I suppose I should really have picked We Are Detective given my work but Hold Me Now is my favourite track.”

4. ‘Leave Right Now’ by Will Young

I’m a proud mum that I played this so often when transporting my now grown up son to soft play and all sorts of other outings for four-year-olds that he now recognises this song from just the first few bars. And he might try and say otherwise but he knows the words to it too!I love Will Young’s voice.

5. ‘Smooth’ by Santana

There are two songs that bring back wedding memories for me but one of them wouldn’t fit in my fantasy album tracks so Santana’s Smooth will have to take spot number five. This was our first dance as a married couple and now if we ever go out dancing we have to ask for this one to be played. As the song goes “so cool!”

6. ‘No One Will Ever Love You’ by Charles Esten/Connie Britton

I did mention I have terrible taste in music! I loved the Nashville TV show with its blend of drama and country music – the earlier episodes were better and if you’ve not watched it I recommend it. There aren’t many shows I can watch again and again but this is one of them. I downloaded this album just before a holiday to Spain a few years ago and played it every chance I had. Everyone else in the family was grateful for my headphones.”

7. Read Em And Weep by Barry Manilow

Years ago when I was working in Bournemouth I was asked to go and review a Barry Manilow concert. I’m not sure I’d ever heard of him before – you can see the kind of 80’s music I was into – but I was blown away by his energy and the performance and I’ve been a fan ever since. When he was in the UK with his One Last Time tour I went to five of the concerts. I’m not sure I should be boasting about that!

8. ‘Hand On My Heart’ by Kylie Minogue

I need some Kylie on my fantasy album and I probably could have picked more or less anything from her Stock, Aitken and Waterman 80’s tracks but this one fitted in at no 8. It’s a great tune to have a bop to though. I really admire Kylie. I see her as a strong woman who has navigated her career from soap star to pop princess and beyond.”

9. ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ by Pat Benator

What a voice! I had forgotten about Pat Benatar until recently whilst flicking through 80’s music on my Alexa. There are some good things to be said for it. I don’t think this is the one that popped up but since then it’s become a regular for me to listen to. I first discovered her on a school trip to Germany. Hated the trip but loved the music!

10. ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Japan

Another 80’s concert trip to see Japan either to Eastbourne or Brighton, I can’t quite remember, but I do have the programme stashed away somewhere. They were so different and alongside the Thompson Twins one of my favourites. I still feel 16 whenever I listen to them. This one was a cover but done completely in their style and I think it’s better than anyone else has ever done it.”

Tall Tales Mysteries have a virtual murder mystery weekend planned next starting on Friday May 14th set on the Titanic and spread across a couple of days. There are lots of extras planned including meeting award-winning crime writer, Martin Edwards, for a chat and a chance to ask him any questions, a magic show and a get together with CSI experts from Think Forensic to discover how crime scenes yield clues to reveal whodunit in real life.