This week it’s the UK’s most successful duo, The Pet Shop Boys. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe formed the synth band in London in 1981. Tennant worked for the massively popular music magazine “Smash Hits”. He met Chris in an electronics shop and discovered a common love of dance music. They produced songs and singles but didn’t hit it big until they signed to Parlophone and remixed some earlier material with new producer Stephen Hague. One of the remixes was “West End Girls” which started off slowly but then began a chart ascent ending at the number 1 summit in Jan 1986 (the first number one of that year)
It sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide and is still probably their most well known hit.
They have had a consistently successful chart career ever since. They have sold 50 million records worldwide, having to date had 44 top forty hits including 22 top tens and four number 1s.
In 2009 they got a Brit “Outstanding Contribution to Music” award and in 2016, Billboard named them the number one dance duo/group over the last 40 years. In 2017 they got NME’s “Godlike Genius Award”.
They continue to release music, with album “Super” released in 2016 and reached number 3 in the album chart.
There are just two of my favourites of theirs.
“Heart” was number 1 for three weeks in April 1988
(Uploaded to YouTube by Christoff Wehmeyer)
“Left to My Own Devices” reached number 4 in Nov 1988
(Uploaded to YouTube by PetShopBoysParlophone)
This week we have two funky tracks from 1987
(Click on “watch on Youtube” or try refreshing the page if they don’t play)
“Spy in the House of Love” by Was Not Was
(Uploaded to Youtube by Maori 1970)
“System of Survival” by Earth,Wind & Fire. (RIP Maurice White who died in February this year)
(Uploaded to Youtube by doggod86)
This week we have two lesser known tracks from two of the most famous pop stars ever.
“Secret” by Madonna from her underrated 1994 album “Bedtime Stories”. This was a more downbeat R&B style album, and sandwiched between its high profile predecessor “Erotica” and the massively successful and change of sound “Ray of Light”, it tends to be overlooked.
It is a forgotten gem and this was the first single from it.
(Uploaded to Youtube by Madonna Unusual)
Next to the late Michael Jackson.
“Liberian Girl” was the ninth (yes, ninth!) and final single taken from his 1987 album “Bad” and released in 1989! As a result it is not maybe as well known as some its other album mates such as the title track “Bad” and others such as “Smooth Criminal”, “Dirty Diana” and “Man in the Mirror”. However, this is a beautiful song and Jackson’s voice has never sounded better in it. A personal favourite of mine of his.
(Uploaded to Youtube by Luke Spencer)
Deary me, barely another week goes by and we lose another veteran musician. This week it’s lead singer and founder of Earth,Wind and Fire, Maurice White who died yesterday aged 74.
He is seen here on lead vocals on both of these classic disco tunes.
“Let’s Groove” by Earth,Wind and Fire from 1981
(Uploaded to Youtube by EarthWindandFireVEVO)
“Boogie Wonderland” by Earth,Wind and Fire and The Emotions from 1979
(Uploaded to Youtube by EarthWindandFireVEVO)
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Tagged 70s, 80s, dance, Disco, Earth Wind and Fire, EWF, Funk, Jazz/funk, Maurice White, Music, Music for the weekend
This week we have two iconic songs from two iconic bands from the “Madchester scene” . This was a name coined for music from bands from Manchester who emerged in the late 80s early 90s whose music crossed between alternative rock and electronic dance music. The singing style was generally laid back with some great memorable riffs and dance beats.
So here is some music from my home city!
Stone Roses – Fools Gold (Full Version) 1989
(Uploaded to Youtube by Dougie Dewdney)
Happy Mondays – Loose Fix (Loose Fit Remixed by Paul Oakenfold, Steve Osborne and The Grid) 1991
(Uploaded to Youtube by explor9806)
We welcome in the new year with two house tracks from 2003/2004
First up, “Can You Feel Me” by Charles Spencer feat “Sky”
(Uploaded to Youtube by House Head For Life)
Next “Push ’em High” by Stonebridge fear Therese
(Uploaded to Youtube by RaverX DouBle StAg XI )
On this special day we have four rather than the normal two tracks. No special theme just great tracks from different years. Enjoy!
Full Moon (C & J video remix) by Brandy from 2001.
This remix uses the electronic riff from I.O.U by Freeeze from 1983 to great effect
(Uploaded to Youtube by djulsy21)
I’m Your Baby Tonight (extended remix) by Whitney Houston from 1990. Whitney’s voice is sensational on this. So sad she left us so soon.
(Uploaded to Youtube by Patrik Józsa)
Lola’s Theme (Decade mix) by The Shapeshifters from 2004
(Uploaded to Youtube by Alex Bylund)
I Loved You by Blonde (feat Melissa Steel) from 2014
(Uploaded to Youtube by TrivalJoker3)