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The ABCs of '80s hitmakers should have included phd



Each August 1st, we remember the launch of MTV and over the years more information and stories emerge about the videos that appeared that historical day in 1981. With the help of the internet, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what songs were played on Aug. 1st, 1981, but you do have to have a phd.

Because of oral history books that have told the story of MTV and the vee-jays, we know that in the early days of MTV, because of the scarcity of videos, the station played a ton of videos by bands the America public never heard about. One band that made several appearances on MTV that first day was the Scottish band phd. phd is an acronym for the last names of three members of phd (Simon Phillips, Tony Hymas and Jim Diamond) and in 1981 they had a No. 3 hit in the U.K. with I Won't Let You Down.

The video for I Won't Let You Down is all fun as lead singer Jim Diamond tries his best to woo a beautiful dog walker while keyboardist Tony Hymas plots to kill Diamond so he can swoop in and take his crack at the girl. The MTV appearances never translated into U.S. success for phd and their follow up album in 1983 failed to chart in England too. When Diamond went solo in 1984, he had a number one hit in the U.K. with the ballad I Should Have Known Better. Diamond passed away on Oct. 8, 2015.

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