Monday, April 02, 2007

Mel and Kim - "Respectable"

In U.K, at the end of march 1987, it were the nice looking sisters Mel and Kim that got us dancing with their hit "Respectable".

But behind their success it's mainly their producers' success: Stock, Aitken and Waterman who marked the end of the eighties with several hits easily recognisable... They are the ones that will produce in 1988 the first hits from Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley... and so many others... At that time, the music charts were "full" of their productions!

Mel & Kim's story quickly became very sad though... In 1990, Mel died of penumonia because she was very weakened already due to chemotherapy against a spin cancer!...

Kim tried a solo career with the help of her friend Craig Logan (ex-Bros bassist) She sang songs co-written with her sister that should have been on their second album... but her solo-career never really started...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Club Nouveau - "Lean on Me"

In the U.S., the last 2 weeks of march 1987, we discovered "Lean on Me" of Club Nouveau... This band made such a "career" that I was unable to find back their video... Though, I've found some "home-made" video on youTube using that song as sounddtrack... Don't ask me, who thos people are, I don't know but "thanks to them" we're now able to listen to that song again... and I'm quite sure, you'll remember that song:

Actually that song is again a cover of a "classic" song by Bill Withers (1972) and that since it has been covered several times by several singers or bands... So, there's no wonder if we do remember well of this nice little melody!

But regarding the band Club Nouveau, their career sums up to 7 singles (amongst which this one was the biggest hit) that came out between 1986 and 1992! This band was founded by Jay King after the split of his previous band: Timex Social Club. But quickly 3 other members left Club Nouveau to focus on producing other things... So, there's very few chance that Club Nouveau might be one of the 80's bands that regroup to make a new tour!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Huey Lewis & The News - "Jacobs Ladder"

On 14th march 1987 in the U.S., it's Huey Lewis & the News who reached the first place with "Jacobs Ladder". Well, ok, I know I'm too late to publish that post... but 20 years later, 1 week too late doesn't matter anymore, does it? Well, then quickly watch the video:

This californian band is probably much more successfull there in the U.S. than on this side of the ocean, and to be honest I don't remember this song "Jacobs Ladder"... But, they do have had some big successes in Europe... for instance, I'm sure you remember songs like "Stuck With You" and "Hip to be Square" in 1986, but most of all "The Power of Love" in 1985 because it was chosen as the soundtrack of "Back to the Future", huge popular succes starring Michael J.Fox.

So, to apologize for my late posting, I can't resist the pleasure to also show in here the "The Power of Love" video... Enjoy! ;-)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Boy George - "Everything I Own"

On 10th march 1987 in U.K. Ben E.King finally left his first place to the advantage of Boy George and his song "Everything I Own".

Well, when I say HIS song... actually it's a cover. The original version of the song was written by David Gates who sang it with his band Bread in 1972... This song already reached the 5th place on the famous American Billboard Hit100.
Since then, this song was sung by many artists: Jack Jones, Ken Boothe, Olivia Newton-John, N'Sync, Jude...

Ken Boothe's cover also stayed at he first place for 3 weeks on the U.K. charts in september 1974. So, the least I can say is that Boy George did take no big risk when he choosed that song to start his solo career... moreover the reggae mood of this song fits well with what made Boy George so popular in 1982 when he started with Culture Club and their famous "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"

P.S.: Videos shown here are not the original ones... Sadly enoug, I was unable to find those... Moreover, it looks like the end of the second video has been "hacked" by another video... So, I'll offer you a little game... Try to guess who's singing at the end of the second vido... But note that I don't have the answer, so I won't be able to tell you if you're right or wrong! ;-)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Elsa - "T'en vas pas"

I'm sorry for letting you without news for several days, but february 1987 was not a very active month regarding number ones in the U.K. and U.S. music charts... In U.K., Ben E. King stayed 3 weeks number one and in the U.S. it's even "worst" as Bon Jovi stayed 4 weeks at first place!

So, today I decided to let you know what was number one hit in... France! Why? First, because I'm a frenchspeaking guy from Belgium so, this is also part of my "culture"... Second, because I'm sure you could find the french singers quite "funny" to see and listen to...

Today, let me introduce you to a young and very romantic french singer aged only 14 at that time: Elsa. And this is probably her biggest hit, it's called "T'en vas pas" wich could be translated by "Don't go!"...

Maybe some english speaking people do know her though because she also sang some songs with Glenn Medeiros... but I'm not sure that was hits anywhere else than in France.

OR maybe you're a football fan and her face reminds you someone because she was for several years the girlfriend of world champion french soccer player: Bixente Lizarazu.

On the music point of view, she never really managed to lose that "young romantic girl" image she had... Luckily for her she's also acting in some french movies or tv-movies...

If you live outside France and heard about her, please let me know! :-)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer

In the United-States, only a week after having reached the top, Madonna has to leave her place to Bon Jovi and their hit "Livin on a Prayer". Don't laugh when you'll watch the video, at that time it was very "rock'n roll" to have long hair with "permanent wave"! Remember, the same kind of look was also the one used by Europe and their "Final Countdown"... :-))

"Permanent waves" or not, this song was a huge succes that stayed 4 weeks at number one position and also reachhed the 4th place in the U.K. charts...

For your information, Jon Bon Jovi (lead singer), didn't like that song and it's Richie Sambora (lead guitarist) that convinced him that the song was pretty good and deserved to be part of their second album "Slippery when wet"! Finally, that song became and still is one of their biggest hits, if not THE biggest... Well done Jon ! ;-)

In 2006, on VH1's website, people voted for the "100 biggest hits from the 80's", and guess who what? "Livin on a Prayer" reached the first place!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ben E. King - Stand By Me

It's no surprise that on Valentine's Day's week, it's a great love song that reached the top of the U.K. music charts! What might be a bit more amazing, is that it's not a new song but a pretty old one as its original release dates from 1961 or more than 25 years sooner! This song is Ben E. King's "Stand by Me".

So, how this song that already reached the U.S. top 10 in 1961, did to reach the top back in 1986 ?!? "Simply" because it was chosen as the theme song for Rob Reiner's movie "Stand by Me"... But it's also because that song has become a "classic" and is now part of our collective memory. Many covers of this song have been released (though King's stays the best one!), in 1975 for instance, John Lennon released his cover. Others like U2 performed the song in their tour, once, for their show in Philadelphia, they even sang it in duet with the boss itself: Bruce Springsteen!

In 1999, BMI named it as the 4th most performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances!!!...