How well do you know Manchester music of the 1980s, particularly Martin Fry and his group ABC?

The Stretford-born singer and his band achieved six Top 20 singles during the decade, including the classic hits Poison Arrow, When Smokey Sings and Look of Love.

At the same time, the Smiths were setting the independent music scene alight and Madonna appeared live at Manchester’s Hacienda club.

Why not test your knowledge of the 80s in our weekly nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends? It could be just the tonic for the latest lockdown.

Many of the questions in our quizzes are based on Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They’re packed with memories and unmissable pictures from the M.E.N. archive.

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood sold out Manchester’s GMex centre in January 1987. What was the name of their lead singer?

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ABC’s single The Look of Love was the band’s highest charting hit in the UK in 1982. From which album did it come?

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Madonna’s first live appearance in the UK was a gig at the Hacienda club on January 27th 1984 for Channel 4 programme The Tube. What single was Madonna’s first UK Number One?

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Which fanzine was Martin Fry editing when he joined musicians Mark White and Stephen Singleton in the band Vice Versa, later to become ABC?

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Duran Duran were regular visitors to Manchester during the 1980s. In which UK city did the band originate?

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Martin Fry appeared on the BBC reality TV singing programme Just the Two of Us in 2006 with which well-known presenter?

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Manchester band the Smiths released their first studio album, titled The Smiths, in February 1984. It went to No. 2 in the UK charts. Which Smiths’ album was the first to go to Number One?

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Manchester group New Order were the flagship band for Factory Records in the 1980s. The band’s record Blue Monday became the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time. In what year was it released?

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Whalley Range band James, whose hits include Sit Down and Come Home, were formed in which year?

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Pink Floyd played Maine Road on their Momentary Lapse of Reason tour in August 1988. What was the name of their 1975 album that went to Number One in both the UK and USA?

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