It's my birthday tomorrow. 39! Each year, present wise I usually get money. Which is always very fine indeed. Today, after spending a lovely day with my parents, they gave me a wrapped up present. A record player, one with CD and MP3 malarkey as well. It was around 1990 when I last played any of my vinyl records. How different and gorgeous is the sound from a record player. It is 1984 all over again, hooray! The first song I played on my new record player was Madonna's "Holiday" from her album "Madonna" which I bought in a Co Wexford record shop a million years ago. I had to play Madonna first as my friend John Jennings would say, it would be rude not to. I have also being playing "Now That's What I Call Music 3", which I bought for my 15th birthday back in 1984, and for an album played a thousand times is still sounding wonderful. That album is pictured above. The cover is like a history of quality 80's pop. Duran Duran, Wham!, Queen, Nik Kershaw and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. There were so many perfect pop songs on that 30 track double disc album such as "White Lines (Don't Do It)" (Grandmaster and Melle Mel), "What's Love Got To Do With It" (Tina Turner), "Love Resurrection" (Alison Moyet), and "Love Wars" (Womack and Womack). The full track list is here. Here's three videos from "Now 3" with the original sleeve notes that appeared on the album. The Thompson Twins and "You Take Me Up". "Charted at No. 13 on 27th March - reached No. 2 on 17th April. From LP/Cassette "Into The Gap"." Bananarama and Robert De Niro's Waiting. "Charted at No. 48 on 28th February - reached No. 3 on 27th March for 2 weeks. From LP/Cassette "Bananarama"." Propaganda and Doctor Mabuse. "Charted at No. 64 on 13th March - reached No. 27 on 17th April."