So Freunde! Wenn ihr mal wieder was richtig witziges sehen wollt, dann guckt euch doch mal mich (aka Riki Hilton is klar ne) ganz konzentriert hinter den turntables an. Master @lucky.sound und ich spielen das ganze nice Zeug zum Ass shaken (shakira,Sean Paul, wir verstehen uns) und zum mitsingen (Atomic kitten jawoll). Alles was uns 2000-2009 eben so beschäftigt hat.
1. Mai is Feiertach, Ausreden zählen nicht. #djdebut#2000er#popmusicislife
On this day in 1987, Bananarama entered the UK charts with Trick of the Night. A ballad that's entirely atmospheric thanks to a haunting production by Jolley & Swain (the last single they'd release with them). But the "Number One Mix" is easily one of my all time favourite songs. It builds slowly and turns into a bigger sound without losing the feel of the original. The lyrics are about someone leaving what they know to seek fame only to end up selling themselves to get by - the video is moody and less glamourous then their previous ones. It was the last single off True Confessions and the last "topical" song they recorded. A real classic.
"Everybody’s got a story/ Let it be your blaze of glory/ Burning bright, never fade away/ And when the final curtain falls, we could say we did it all/ The never ending of a perfect day" - from "Dancing" written by Minogue, McEwan & Chapman (2018). There's something about this final verse of Kylie's new single that gets to me. I like the idea that at the end of the day we're our own people with our own experiences and it's all good. As a wise woman - @biancalefavre - once said "a good pop lyric can be read on multiple levels" and I think that's exactly right here. Of course, @biancalefavre also said I no longer suit my white denim short jumpsuit so she's not all smarts.
Various ephemera from Tiger Bay. A b&w promo poster; Top right is the alternative US cover (the US label wanted to change Like A Motorway to Like A Freeway. They said no); Middle right is a current picture of the setting for Hook's original painting; Bottom right is the terrible US rerelease cover with a still from the film Léolo; Bottom left, the album title came from terrific 1959 thriller of the same name.
On this day in 1994 Saint Etienne released Tiger Bay. If forced, in a life or death situation, I would pick this as my favourite album by them. Bob Stanley described it as "an album of modern folk songs done in twentieth century styles like techno and dub". It's perfect, from straight forward pop songs, moody, epic instrumentals. The front and back covers unfold to recreate James Clarke Hooks's Romantic painting "Welcome, Bonny Boat" (1856) with the band replacing the original characters.
Okay I did a fairly crap job of piecing it all together but you get the point.