Friday, 26 December 2008
The legendary EARTHA KITT died today (December 25th 2008). She was the last of the original singing divas. I actually met Eartha (and her daughter kitt) last year in her dressing room after seeing her perform. I'm pleased i got to meet her as i've been a fan for decades :)
Eartha would want the show to go on.... so in memory of Eartha, here is the AMAZING New 2007 PROMOTIONAL DANCE REMIX of her #1 Smash Hit "WHERE IS MY MAN"!
Download the "WHERE IS MY MAN (2007 DANCE REMIX) here:
Sunday, 21 December 2008
DIVINE aka (Harris Glenn Milstead) (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988) was an actor and singer known by his drag persona "Divine". He appeared in several of John Waters' films, including Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Polyester, and Hairspray, as part of Waters' regular troupe of actors known as Dreamlanders. The New York Times said of Milstead's films in the 1980s, "Those who could get past the unremitting weirdness of Divine's performance discovered that the actor/actress had genuine talent, including a natural sense of comic timing and an uncanny gift for slapstick."
In the 1980s, Divine released several dance music records which were club music hits in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Divine's records comprised synth-heavy disco music, most of it composed, created, performed, and produced by Bobby Orlando. In the United States, Divine's highest-charting songs were "Native Love", peaking at #21 on the Club Play Singles chart, and "Shoot Your Shot", which reached #39 among Club Play Singles. Divine's early UK releases on the Design Communications label included "Love Reaction" (which many said "borrowed" elements of New Order's big hit "Blue Monday"), "Shake It Up", and "Shoot Your Shot". All of these releases were big gay club hits and minor mainstream chart hits.
The Stock, Aitken & Waterman-produced song "You Think You're A Man" was Divine's most successful UK hit, reaching #16; the song was also a Top 10 hit in Australia, reaching #8 (Due in part to a popular promotional tour in that country which included an appearance on the popular Australian music show Countdown.) Among the material Divine released on the Proto label in the United Kingdom was "I'm So Beautiful" (the follow-up single to "You Think You're A Man"), "Walk Like A Man" and "Twistin' The Night Away".
Download the DIVINE - Disco Diva (Megamix)
Mel and Kim were an English musical act that achieved success in the late 1980s.
Sisters Melanie (July 11, 1966 - January 18, 1990) and Kim Appleby (born August 28, 1961) to English and Jamaican parents, were noticed dancing in a nightclub in their native London and signed to a recording contract with Supreme Records under the guidance of production team Stock Aitken Waterman in 1985, and began releasing records under the name of Mel & Kim.
"System" was intended as their first single, but they and the producers were unhappy with it, and it became the "B-side" of their first single "Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)" which reached number three on the British charts and got the no #1 status in the Dance charts of USA. Their next single "Respectable" reached number one in Britain and became one of the year's biggest hits. They became well known celebrities, particularly in Britain, and were known for their visual style which combined urban street wear with high fashion; prior to their music career Mel had worked as a fashion model. Their single "FLM" reached #7 in the UK, while "That's the Way It Is" reached #10, giving them their last two Top Ten singles.
During a promotional visit to Japan in June 1987, Mel became ill with a suspected spinal disc herniation, after complaining of a back problem for several months. Upon returning to the UK, Mel was diagnosed with secondary cancer of the spine, after previously being treated for liver cancer when she was 18, prior to the duo's rise to fame  . The cancer was reported to be paraganglioma by The Sun. The sisters withdrew from publicity while Mel underwent treatment, and footage from their Montreux Festival performance was used to compile the "FLM" music video. While the media speculated that Mel was terminally ill, both sisters categorically denied this, stating that Mel had suffered a debilitating back injury.
Eventually, it was confirmed that Mel had been diagnosed with cancer, following the release of a new single, "That's the Way It Is", in February 1988. Mel discharged herself from a cancer hospital to record the vocals for the track. Work on a second album was not continued, however, due to Mel's illness. Both sisters appeared on the Wogan show in April 1988 while Mel was still undergoing treatment, as part of European Cancer Week. She died of pneumonia on January 18, 1990, after contracting a cold; her immune system weakened by chemotherapy.
With the aid of her boyfriend, ex-Bros bassist Craig Logan, Kim launched a solo career with much of her debut solo album composed of songs cowritten with Mel, for what was intended to be the next "Mel and Kim" album. The album, "Kim Appleby", contained her debut solo single "Don't Worry" which reached number two on the British charts in November 1990. A follow up single "G.L.A.D was also a UK Top 10 hit. Subsequent singles from her debut album were "Mama" [#19] and "If You Cared" [#44]. Kim's second album "Breakaway" was not a commercial success and had a limited release. She released three further singles, "Light Of The World [#41, 1993], "Breakaway" [#56, 1993], and reunited with Stock and Aitken on "Free Spirit" [#51, 1994]. A download only single called "High" was released in 2007.
Download the Megamix here:
Friday, 19 December 2008
"BOOM BOOM ROOM" The band started in 1985 and the main members were:
with help from Charlie Morgan, Ian Trimmer and Martin Hooker. They recorded some demo's and released their debut single on Fun After All Records..... This was 'Here Comes The Man' which became a cult classic and was soon spotted by a few majors. It was in 1986 that they signed to Epic. Here Comes The Man was repackaged and re-released on the general public!
"Here Comes The Man" was a #1 Radio Hit in South Africa, and was featured in an television advert for "Storm Deodorant" during the 80's. The song was also popular in Australia.
Three singles and one LP later they were gone!
Download the 7'' radio version of "HERE COMES THE MAN" here:
Here's the 12'' Maxi version of "HERE COMES THE MAN" (many thanks to Glen)