SIR - It's now 40 years since the greatest travesty in rock history. Vienna by Ultravox was stopped from getting to UK Number1 by Joe Dolce's Shaddap You Face. This was the most significant face-off in music history, forget Oasis and Blur.

Vienna was a grandiose masterpiece of pop and video. But the self deprecating irony of Midge Ure's line "This means nothing to me" was lost on a generation of hand-clapping bingo-goers who were happy to be at a Butlins variety show. And thought "new romantic" was the latest Mills and Boon novel.

However, later in 1981 the Specials classic Ghost Town did get to Number 1. We also had a novel by Dean Koontz, The Eyes of Darkness, which in some ways were both prophetic.

Alan Bates, Bowland Avenue, Baildon