Initially a "teenybopper" band, Golden Earrings had their first chart success with their debut single Please Go, recorded in It reached number 9 on the music charts in the Netherlands. Unsatisfied with Dutch recording studios, the band's manager and co-discoverer Freddy Haayen arranged for the next single to be recorded at Pye Studios in London.
The record cut at Pye, That Day, reached number two on the Dutch charts, having been prevented from rising to number one by The Beatles' "Michelle". This was followed by the success of their psychedelic album Eight Miles High, which featured an eighteen-minute version of the title track, itself a cover of The Byrds hit. The live version, which could last 45 minutes, was considered by some to be a highlight in their first and second American tours.
Golden Earring embarked on their first major US tour in -and were among the first European bands to do so. Due to American influences, their music evolved towards hard rock, and they performed along with Led Zeppelin. Between andGolden Earring completed thirteen US tours.
They enjoyed a brief period of stardom but were unable to secure further chart success until 's "Twilight Zone", which was followed by "When the Lady Smiles" in After a rather disappointing reaction in the US to the latter, Golden Earring turned their focus towards Europe where they continue to attract standing-room-only crowds.
Golden Earring has recorded over 30 gold and platinum albums and singlesand a number of artists like U2, White Lion, R. In total, over covers exist of this song. Golden Earring is known for powerful live performances, performing over concerts a year,mainly in homecountry The Netherlands and occasionally in Belgium and Germany. Their energetic live performances have led to several live albums.
Golden Earring has kept the same line-up since The band is the longest existing rock band in the world, as they were founded inone year before the Rolling Stones. While Golden Earring has almost faded from the international concert scene, they still maintain a core group of loyal fans, and their music is still played on US, Canadian, British, Australian and other radio stations. However a new American or European tour is something the band is undecided about, although their record Millbrook USA was recorded in Millbrook, New York state, at the studio of fellow-musician Frank Carillo, which indicates the band still have not lost touch with the US.
Golden Earring was one of the first major European rock bands to tour the United States, in Golden Earring has released music worldwide and enjoyed brief superstar status in the Seventies when the single version of 'Radar Love', from the album 'Moontan' became a hit in both Europe and the USA.
A non nude album cover was distributed for the North American release. Moontan itself was awarded a gold record in the US. George Kooymans wrote 'The Twilight Zone' in which brought Golden Earring a second international round of success.
This song, was accompanied by one of the first rock videos, directed by Dick Maas. When the Lady Smiles, from the album N. A newly cut version of the clip failed to capture the true intentions of the director and Golden Earring, although When the Lady Smiles did make hit number 3 in Canada and became their fifth number one hit in their home country. Golden Earring celebrated its 45th anniversary in and has been performing almost continuously ever since ,and in the same line-up since making this band the oldest rock-band around.
Labels: Eighties Rock. Buddy Guy. Buddy made a huge impression on the young Jimi Hendrix. Many of the blues artists on this blog have been influenced by Buddy Guy, and many of the great blue and blues rock artists include Buddy's songs on their albums. Ironically, Buddy Guy has been inclined to cover other artists songs, and the album here is a great example of that.
Bill Dahl from allmusic made the comment, - "A Buddy Guy concert can sometimes be a frustrating experience. He'll be in the middle of something downright hair-raising, only to break it off abruptly in midsong, or he'll ignore his own massive songbook in order to offer imitations of Clapton, Vaughan, and Hendrix".
Here's an important quote from Wikipedia concerning Buddy Guy, - [ Buddy Guy has been called the bridge between the blues and rock and roll.
Take the blues out of contemporary rock music—or pop, jazz and funk for that matter—and what you have left is a wholly spineless affair. A tasteless stew. Makes you shudder to think about it However, it's still a thrill to listen to all these classic tracks in one collection from this legendary Blues king. Magical stuff! Yet there was a time, and not all that long ago either, when Buddy Guy couldn't even negotiate a decent record deal.
Times sure have changed for the better — Guy's first three albums for Silvertone in the '90s all earned Grammys. Eric Clapton unabashedly calls Buddy Guy his favorite blues axeman, and so do a great many adoring fans worldwide. High-energy guitar histrionics and boundless on-stage energy have always been Guy trademarks, along with a tortured vocal style that's nearly as distinctive as his incendiary rapid-fire fretwork.
He's come a long way from his beginnings on the s Baton Rouge blues scene — at his first gigs with bandleader "Big Poppa" John Tilley, the young Got To Get Better - Amii Stewart / Elkie Brooks - Sweet Songs Of Love (CD) had to chug a stomach-jolting concoction of Dr. Tichenor's antiseptic and wine to ward off an advanced case of stage fright. But by the time he joined harpist Raful Neal's band, Guy had conquered his nervousness. Guy journeyed to Chicago inready to take the town by storm.
But times were tough initially, until he turned up the juice as a showman much as another of his early idols, Guitar Slim, had back home.
It didn't take long after that for the new kid in town to establish himself. Willie Dixon produced the sides. When Cobra folded, Guy wisely followed Rush over to Chess.
With the issue of his first Chess single inGuy was no longer aurally indebted to anybody. Although he's often complained that Leonard Chess wouldn't allow him to turn up his guitar loud enough, the claim doesn't wash: Guy's Chess catalog remains his most satisfying body of work. Upon leaving Chess inGuy went to Vanguard. Guy's reputation among rock guitar gods such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan was unsurpassed, but prior to his Grammy-winning Silvertone disc Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, he amazingly hadn't issued a domestic album in a decade.
That's when the Buddy Guy bandwagon really picked up steam — he began selling out auditoriums and turning up on network television David Letterman, Jay Leno, etc.
Feels Like Rain, his encore, was a huge letdown artistically, unless one enjoys the twisted concept of having one of the world's top bluesmen duet with country hat act Travis Tritt and hopelessly overwrought rock singer Paul Rodgers. By comparison, 's Slippin' In, produced by Eddie Kramer, was a major step back in the right direction, with no hideous duets and a preponderance of genuine blues excursions.
InGuy switched gears and went to Mississippi for a recording of the type of modal juke-joint blues favored by Junior Kimbrough, R. Burnside, and the Fat Possum crew. The result was Sweet Tea: arguably one of his finest albums and yet a complete anomaly in his catalog. Oddly enough, he chose to follow that up with Blues Singer inanother completely acoustic effort that won a Grammy.
For 's Bring 'Em In, it was back to the same template as his first albums for Silvertone, with polished production and a handful of guest stars. A Buddy Guy concert can sometimes be a frustrating experience. He'll be in the middle of something downright hair-raising, only to break it off abruptly in midsong, or he'll ignore his own massive songbook in order to offer imitations of Clapton, Vaughan, and Hendrix.
But Guy, whose club remains the most successful blues joint in Chicago you'll likely find him sitting at the bar whenever he's in townis without a doubt the Windy City's reigning blues artist — and he rules benevolently. Of course, it isn't difficult to pick quality material out of Dixon's catalog, so the collection will sink or swim with the performances.
And, for the most part, they're pretty good, with some interesting, modern recastings of the More original arrangements. Although there are some misfires, it isn't for lack of commitment, falling more into the valiant-attempt category; plus, the vast majority of the songs are successful.
Hardly a day goes by without somebody releasing an album containing a song written by the great man. His ""Hoochie Coochie Man"has been covered by every modern day blues artist.
The great Jack Bruce told Goldmine how thrilled he was when Dixon offered him encouragement about Cream's version of "Spoonful. His songs will be played until "kingdom come". This tribute album is HR by A. If you want to hear more of Willie Dixon, then buy his masterpiece album from"Catalyst". Spoonful - Doug Wainoris 2. It was heart breaking. The Cult were a cult no more. They were pop stars!
And what was it about? Pure garbage. Just vile. Having already written over words for this post, a quick glance down the Top 10 fortunately gives me some relief as there is nothing there that requires anything but a cursory write up. How many weeks has this been at No 9? Is that some sort of record? Probably not. They missed a trick there eh? It will be out of the Top 40 completely within 3 weeks.
Just wrong. In a case of life imitating art, Glenn would appear in an episode of the hit TV series Miami Vice named after his song.
As forewarned in the last post, we have made the jump into hyper space and jaunted forward two weeks into March bypassing the 28th Feb show in the process.
He had just turned 37 a mere three days before this his 50th TOTP appearance. Although not quite the quinquagenarian that Peel was making him out to be, he was surely too old to be busting the type of moves that he wheels out in this routine.
Indeed, at its end he collapses backwards and then forwards onto his front and lies there motionless. Megastar incoming! Up to this point, she had been unable to consolidate on her breakthrough success. It was a statement song but one which she would come to regret.
Nobody picked up on any of that though. Sure it was poppy a bit bubblegum even and her vocals were just a weeny bit annoying but it was immediately catchy and crammed with hooks. But for now, Madonna was launching into the stratosphere…. I never liked the song much. It was dreary mush as far as I was concerned and the success of the single it reached No 6 in the UK always perplexed me. It also seemed to come out of nowhere. Brother Michael on the other hand….
I guess they kind of paved the way for acts like Soul II Soul to make it big at the end of the decade so although not my bag, maybe their contribution to UK soul should not be ignored. Sad to say that this next lot were more to my 16 year old tastes…. This was their debut single which would also become their biggest ever hit reaching No 5 in the charts. Its the two Phils! In a year when Collins was a constant presence in the charts, this would be his biggest hit eventually making No 1.
I always hated it — it was another one of those songs that was always destined to get to No 1. It was generic and formulaic but the chemistry was just right to hoodwink the UK record buying public into thinking this was a stone cold classic. Bloody sheep. Years and years later I was on a stag do in Leeds and we ended up in a dingy nightclub somewhere in the city centre. I was advised afterwards by someone younger in our party that it was ironic and that the kids love a bit of irony these days.
Bloody weirdos. Yes the pretty boy superstar who was a contemporary of The Bay City Rollers and The Osmonds some 10 years previously was back in the charts almost inexplicably with this echoey ballad that featured George Michael on backing vocals. From to he had two No1 s and a No 2 hit in the UK and his concerts triggered mass hysteria from his adoring fans. Yet come the 80s David was broke and desperately needed this comeback to work.
I think I knew of Cassidy from a very vague recollection of the programme that launched him to superstardom The Partridge Family but he was hardly high profile in so his return to the UK charts was quite the surprise. Watching this TOTP performance back, you can see where my mate was coming from. Sadly David Cassidy died in November last year from liver failure. I have no idea why. I love Stephen Duffy and here he is with the first of criminally just two hit singles that he ever had.
So two things that you cannot avoid when discussing Stephen Duffy:. So firstly, the Duran connection. Janice Long advises in her intro that Duffy was denying that he was ever in the Brummie Fab Five at this point.
That was the name of the band he formed in with various members of the Birmingham musical scene and who were signed to WEA Records. Before the end ofhe had rebranded himself as Stephen A. Got that? Now, some more Duffy history…. A West Midlands region only release in sank without trace unsurprisingly before the version was a No 4 hit. If you listen to the original version and compare it to its hit counterpart, it initially sounds like its just a weaker production but it has a much more prominent dance groove to it with the backbeat much higher in the mix.
But its the poppier vintage that I will always go back to. It was produced by J. Jeczalik of the Art Of Noise and you can clearly hear his influence on the mix. And was it his decision to add that almost incongruous faded ending onto it?
Seriously, I never noticed it at the time despite them being in the Top 10 together simultaneously but they are very similar. And then there was this…. See for yourself…. Pete Burns and the boys are No 1 after a mammoth journey up the charts dating back to November of the previous year. And the story behind this particular performance? We miss three shows on the spin before the next broadcast which is from 4th April.
It occurs to me that the 7th March show featured an awful lot of people that are no longer with us…. This of course meant nothing to me in All I had for comfort was the Top 40 and the hope that one day I could get my hair to look like some of the male pop stars currently populating the charts. So who have we got this week? Originally released in Novemberit ricocheted around the positions outside of the Top 40 for an incredible 12 weeks before finally gaining entry to the elite club of official hit singles on its 13th week of release.
It was then a direct route straight to the top finally getting to No 1 after a mighty seventeen 17! Twice within those initial 12 weeks the single seemed to have peaked and was coming down the charts again before recovering its momentum and going back up the placings. Enough of the statistics though, what did the 16 year old me make of it? Of course it was and for a very good reason, it was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
Little did we know Got To Get Better - Amii Stewart / Elkie Brooks - Sweet Songs Of Love (CD) what a vice-like grip this trio would come to have on the charts as the decade progressed. Ireland IRMA . US Billboard Hot . US Cash Box Top . Picture sleeve for the UK single.
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It was an eclectic mix of quirkily arranged cover songs, including a version of E. Labels: Beautiful South. Time to look at yet another song and artist that came to my attention via a promotional video of rare distinction. As the film progresses each of the characters come s up with new and devilishly fiendish ways to exact revenge upon one another, with some results that make you cry with laughter, as mu ch as wince with the shock of it all.
Dave Rotheray guitarSean Welch bassDave Stead drums-former roadie for the Housemartinsand a key ingredient Briana Corrigan vocals, ex-Anthill Runawaysrounded out the line-up when she joined ful ltime in Got To Get Better - Amii Stewart / Elkie Brooks - Sweet Songs Of Love (CD) Meanwhile former Housemartins bassist Norman Cook took a starkly different fork in the musical road and went on to form Beats International, later on becoming better known to the world as Fatboy Slim.
Heaton and Hemmingway kept the social conscience and no-frills image of the Housemartins, but worked on developing a much richerand more layered musical style.
Their sweet vocal mix was augmented by cheery, jazz tinged hooks and at times lush orchestrations, that perfectly counterbalanced the bitingly caustic undercurrents often contained within the lyrics.
Discs label in late it featured a controversial cover image of a woman with a gun in her mouth. It gave Heaton and Hemmingway their second U. Got To Get Better - Amii Stewart / Elkie Brooks - Sweet Songs Of Love (CD) this year the U. In Joe Ft. At the heart of the project was comedian, actor and writer Tony Hawks, whose alter ego was Morris Minor. The Majors were credited as Rusty Wing and Phil Errup puns very much intendedbut th eir real identities became, and remain, a bit of a mystery.
By the late 80s the novelty song had become less c ommon on the mainstream charts than at the star t of the decade. It was backed by a hilarious promotional video which played on the comica l lyrics, pushing the whole g eek rapper motif to the hilt, and also featured a cameo from Queen base player John Deacon wearing a blue wig. Got To Get Better - Amii Stewart / Elkie Brooks - Sweet Songs Of Love (CD) was written by, and starred, Hawks as a fictional bandleader who tries to balance an aspiring pop career with managing a garage.
Of course Tony Hawk has gone on Got To Get Better - Amii Stewart / Elkie Brooks - Sweet Songs Of Love (CD) have a great deal of success across a number of professional endeavours, from best selling author, actor, radio personality and still aspiring musician with his latest project called Probably Peru. If anyone out there has any inkling, please let me know by comment. Labels: Morris Minor and the Majors.
Many of the more successful artists in the synth-pop faction had roots firmly planted in the punk scene that had exploded during the latter half of the 70s. The straight forward melodic minimalism of punk crossed over relatively seamlessly into many of the elements of new wave. It proved to be more commercially a ccessible, via the slickly produced dress ing of synthesizer driven instrumentation, applied to the same stripped-down song arrangements.
One former punk pioneer, who t urned his attention briefly to synthesizer rock, was the one time front man for seminal British punk outfit the Buzzcocks. Devoto left the band in and went on to front Magazine who later on provided several members of Visage - see earlier postwhilst the Buzzcocks continued on with Pete Shelley taking over lead vocals and song writing duties. Despite a huge fan base at home, and a cult following gained from their U.
Guitarist Steve Diggle and drummer John Maher went on to form the band Flag Of Convenience, whilst Shelley turned his focus toward kick starting a solo career. Shelley signed with the Island lab el in Britain Arista in U.
The title track was issued as a single but also missed in the U. In sharp c ontrast to the blistering punk-rock tempos of the Buzzcocks, Shelley had come up with a very catchy synth-laden, dance-oriented pop song, and a very clever video lots of 80s cutting edg e chroma-key and blue screen effects. The single was reissued in Britain but yet again failed to find an audience, though it received solid airplay in the U. Blackfoot - Train, Train.
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