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    LASER 558 All Europe Radio

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Welcome to LASER 558

The MV Communicator, home to LASER558, was equipped in the US and set sail for her final destination, broadcasting from international waters in the North Sea. After initial testing, she began broadcasting on 24th May 1984 and attracted a huge audience due to the music format and the amount of music played each hour.

The Legend

LASER558 became an instant hit for listeners who wanted more music and less talk. The fact that LASER558 was dubbed a ‘pirate’ radio station made her all the more attractive. While operating legally, she dared to take listeners away from British stations and, therefore, became a target for the establishment to take her down. LASER’s music format changed how UK stations operated as more and more people started listening to the ‘pirates’. Although its life was short, LASER558 paved a path that is still followed today.

The Re-creation

This re-creation of LASER558 is for those of you who grew up in a world where the radio was on all the time somewhere and when the pirates changed the face of radio in the UK forever. Whether you remember LASER558 or not, we hope you appreciate what you hear. Remember, the music is NEVER more than a minute away!

You can listen to LASER558 using the player on this page or through any of the other ways to listen – you’ll find the full list here.

When you download our app, you’ll also find two extra channels, ‘LASER558 – AM’ where you can listen in glorious AM with all the hiss and crackle that you remember, and ‘LASER558 – Classic’ where you can listen to original shows recorded off-air over 1984 and 1985.

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The Ship And The Flag

What was with that flag? Why was it on badges, T-shirts, and everywhere else? The Flag The ship and the flag have more in common than people realised. The blue and yellow flag used by LASER558 had a much deeper meaning than most people knew. It wasn’t just a colourful logo or a bright picture to put on a T-shirt. The flag is actually a maritime signal flag with a […]

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Remembering the Golden Era: 1980s Radio and Music in the UK Will Bring a Smile to Your Face

1. Reflecting on the 1980s: A blast from the past Do you ever find yourself longing for the good old days of radio when the airwaves were filled with catchy tunes and the voices of unforgettable DJs? If so, you're not alone. The 1980s were a golden era for radio in the UK, with stations like LASER558 and other pirate radios capturing the hearts of music lovers across the nation. […]

1980s

The Music Of LASER558 – Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw is a British singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s with his catchy pop hits and distinctive voice. Born in Bristol, England in 1958, Kershaw first gained attention as a songwriter, penning tracks for artists such as Cher and The Hollies. However, it was his solo career that truly catapulted him to stardom. In 1984, Kershaw released his debut album "Human Racing," which featured the hit singles […]

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The Music Of LASER558 – The Human League

Catching up with some iconic singers and bands of the 1980s and seeing what they're doing now, we can't forget to mention The Human League. Formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England, The Human League quickly rose to fame in the 1980s with their unique blend of synth-pop and new wave music. Their breakthrough album, "Dare," released in 1981, featured hit singles such as "Don't You Want Me" and "Love Action […]

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The Music Of LASER558 – Blancmange

In the 1980s, Blancmange was a British synth-pop band formed by Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe. They gained popularity in the UK music scene with their catchy electronic beats and unique sound. Some of their most famous songs from the 1980s include "Living on the Ceiling," "Waves," and "Blind Vision," which all made it onto the UK record charts. In 1984 and 1985, Blancmange's music was a staple on LASER558, […]

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The Music Of LASER558 – Thomas Dolby

Iconic singers and bands of the 1980s have left an indelible mark on the music industry and continue to captivate audiences today. One such figure is Thomas Dolby, a British musician and producer who rose to fame in the 1980s with his unique blend of synth-pop and new wave sounds. Born Thomas Morgan Robertson in London, England, Dolby began his musical career in the late 1970s as a session musician […]

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The Music Of LASER558 – Sade

Throughout the 1980s, Sade emerged as one of the most iconic singers of the decade, captivating audiences with her smooth vocals and unique blend of soul, jazz, and pop music. Born in Nigeria and raised in England, Sade (born Helen Folasade Adu) formed the band named after her in 1982, consisting of guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, keyboardist Andrew Hale, and bassist Paul Denman. Sade's debut album, "Diamond Life," was released in 1984 and quickly became a commercial success, reaching the top […]

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The Music Of LASER558 – Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean, born Leslie Charles in Trinidad and Tobago, moved to the UK with his family at a young age. He began his music career in the 1970s, gaining attention for his soulful voice and catchy pop melodies. However, it wasn't until the 1980s that he truly rose to fame. In 1984, Ocean released the album "Suddenly," which included the hit singles "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" and "Loverboy." These songs quickly climbed the UK record charts, […]

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