1980s boyband Bros are to reform for 30th anniversary

Bros, one of the biggest boy bands of the 1980s, are reuniting to mark their 30th anniversary.

Although the Record Press author once nicknamed Bros “Dross”, I acknowledge their huge popularity for a month or two at the end of the 1980s!!

Twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss will play London’s O2 Arena next August, although original bassist Craig Logan will not take part in the reunion. Bros had eight top 10 hits between 1987 and 1989 with songs like When Will I Be Famousbros and I Owe You Nothing.

Bros have stated that they have no plans to release any new music ahead of the shows. “We’re going to honour the songs, some of the key sounds,” according to Luke. So that’s a merciful outcome!!

Craig Logan left Bros at the height of their fame after suffering ME. He later became a successful music impressario, managing the likes of Sade and Tina Turner and playing a key role in the success of Robbie Williams.

Matt and Luke Goss have indicated that he is “welcome” to return. Matt said: “I’m very proud of Craig’s success but we started the band in school and Bros is Matt and Luke, without question.”

The Bros reunion show will take place on 19th August 2017 – exactly 28 years after the brothers played to 77,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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As Cliff Richard & Elvis team up here’s a Top 20 Best Duets

Cliff Richard is performing a “duet” with none other than the late Elvis Presley on his new album, albeit posthumously ( for Elvis not Cliff!! ).

Sir Cliff, 75, sings Blue Suede Shoes with the late Elvis Presley on his latest album release, Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll which is to be released in November.cliff-richard

News of the forthcoming album comes days after the Crown Prosecution Service upheld a decision not to prosecute Cliff Richard over claims of historical sex offences. Sir Cliff, who always denied the allegations, said he was “pleased” with the decision and said he hoped the review “brings this matter to a close”.

Cliff Richard recorded the album in the Blackbird studio in Nashville, Tennessee, fulfilling his boyhood dream of a “duet” with Elvis Presley. The album also includes Cliff Richard’s rendition of songs recorded by his “heroes”, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke and John Lee Hooker. Tracks on the album include Roll Over Beethoven, Great Balls Of Fire and Sweet Little Sixteen, as well as a new, original track, cliff-richard-fabulous-rock-n-roll-imageIt’s Better To Dream, and Sir Cliff’s debut single Move It, first released in August 1958.

Cliff Richard commented that the album reflected “a happy, creative, and in many ways an innocent time”, adding: “Not only do I find it hard to believe that my career has spanned this length of time, but also that I still get the chance to do the thing I love best, and that is to get into a studio.”

This got the Record Press author musing over the greatest duets in pop and rock history. There really have been some classic duets, where the fusion of two vocals, especially male and female, have combined to create the perfect harmony. Most of the time it comes down to great chemistry between the two artists in the duet, although ironically the No1 in the following Record Press Top 20 Best Duets is an exception to the rule as Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye loathed each other so much, that their vocals were recorded separately!! However this does not stop “You Are Everything” being the perfect duet!!

Top 20 Best Duets

 

1) Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – You Are Everythingpet-shop-boys-what-have-i-done-to-deserve-thisvinyl-single

2) Neil Tennant & Dusty Springfield – What have I done to deserve this?

3) Jay-Z & Alicia Keys & – Empire State Of Mind

4) Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

5) Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel – Don’t Give Up

6) Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silencekate-bush-peter-gabriel-dont-give-up

7) Righteous Bros – You’ve lost that loving feeling

8) Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes

9) Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream

10) Shane McGowan & Kirsty MaColl – Fairytale of New York

11) David Bowie & Freddie Mercury – Under Pressure

12) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Lovesimon-garfunkel-sound-of-silence-vinyl-single

13) Barry Gibb & Barbara Streisand – Guilty

14) Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits

15) Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley – I had the time of my life

16) John Travolta & Olivia Newton John –You’re the one that I want

17) Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I knew you were waitingjennifer-warnes-bill-medley-i-had-the-time-of-my-life

18) Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

19) Sam & Dave – Soul Man

20) Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright – With you I’m born again

 

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Patrick MacNee, who played John Steed in The Avengers, dies

Six months after Brian Clemens, the scriptwriter and producer behind the iconic cult TV series The Avengers passed away, Patrick Macnee who played the star of the show John Steed, has also died.

Patrick Macnee, as the suave, urbane & debonair John Steed in The Avengers, with his trademark bowler hat & umbrella, was my first hero…..

In the past four years the Record Press author has written extensively and often referenced the character of John Steed in The Avengers as the object of my first hero worship at the age of five. Patrick Macnee shared this dubious status with Roger Moore, john steed patrick macneewho played Simon Templar in The Saint. Both were cult TV series in the 1960s and both heroes captured the imagination of the infant Simon Sterland. They were dashing and debonair, but John Steed edged it with his superior sartorial elegance epitomised by his Pierre Cardin tailored three piece suits, bowler hat and umbrella.

John Steed was the quintessential Englishman as was Simon Templar and Patrick Macnee and Roger Moore came together on the big screen in the 1985 Bond film, A View To A Kill. In a way it was fitting that they should come together in celluloid having been great rivals in competing cult TV series two decades earlier.

I’m not going to labour my hero worship of Patrick Macnee and John Steed as I have paid many tributes to actor and alter ego on the Record Press blog in recent years, but suffice it to say I’m very sad at the passing of Patrick Macnee. Let’s hope Roger Moore keeps the British flag flying for a few more years yet. In the meantime, Patrick Macnee – thanks for the memories……

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Christopher Lee, unlike Dracula, will not be rising from the grave

Film actor Christopher Lee has died aged 93. His film career began in 1947 with a role in gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors but it wasn’t until the late 1950s, when Christopher Lee started working with Hammer Horror Films, that he became a household name.

christopher lee as draculaChristopher Lee’s first role with Hammer Horror Films was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of twenty films that he made with Peter Cushing: the pair seemed inseparable on Hammer Films celluloid . Christopher Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula. In the 1970s he continued to gain fame in the horror genre with a role in The Wicker Man, a film which he and the Record Press author considered to be his best film. Christopher Lee described it as a “Wonderful film… had a hell of a time getting it made. Its power lies in the fact that you never expect what eventually happens, because everyone is so nice.”

Christopher Lee also played the Bond villain, Scaramanga, in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, another favourite christopher lee as scaramangafilm of mine and certainly in a top five best Bond films. However there were some career miscalculations and mistakes: Christopher Lee declined  a role in Halloween, which he later admitted was one of his biggest career regrets. He also turned down a role in Airplane!, something he also regretted. His anxiety over being typecast in horror films led him to Hollywood and roles in Airport ‘77 and Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Christopher Lee’s career saw a reprise in 2001 with a role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and then as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Christopher Lee also became a regular collaborator with Tim Burton, who cast him in Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Burton went on to award him with a Bafta fellowship.

christopher lee in wicker manChristopher Lee  also indulged a love of music throughout much of his career, including a song on The Wicker Man soundtrack. He released his first full-length album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010. It was well-received by the heavy metal community and won him the spirit of metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. His 2013 single Jingle Hell entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22, which made him the oldest living artist to ever enter the charts.

 

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As The Great Gatsby opens, here’s a Top 5 Best Hollywood Film Remakes

Leading actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann will in Cannes as their new film “The Great Gatsby” opens the annual Cannes Film Festival.

The “Great Gatsby” movie is based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel and although the initial reviews have been somewhat lukewarm, Leonardo DiCaprio has been praised in the lead role as bootlegger Jay Gatsby. The Recordpress author studied “The Great Gatsby” in the sixth form for A Level English and as such I feel that the multifaceted novel lends itself to a film remake as it’s complexity and subtle nuances offer the opportunity of a different interpretation from the original 1974 film, which starred Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as his love interest Daisy Buchanan.

“The Great Gatsby” is infact quite a depressing story, because essentially it is a tale about self delusion and self destruction. All the characters, bar Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, are shallow, superficial, self regarding and selfish and ultimately a good heart doesn’t triumph over evil self-interest in the end.

“The Great Gatsby” is really a parable about the falsehood of the “American Dream” – Jay Gatsby achieves great wealth and affluence, but remains a nouveau riche outsider unable to penetrate the old money, bourgeois class, represented by Daisy and Tom Buchanan. In essence, the moral of the story in “The Great Gatsby” is that you can achieve the “American Dream”, but still not be respected and accepted and worse still, be left unhappy and unfulfilled!! At the end of the novel / film, you are left with a hollow, empty feeling…

There will always be a validity and place for for film remakes like “The Great Gatsby”, provided a different angle or interpretation is sought and achieved. Far too often the Hollywood film studios have simply re-cycled old films just to make a fast buck!! Hopefully “The Great Gatsby” remake will offer a fresh approach and something new, although ultimately we know that things will not end well for Jay Gatsby at the denouement of the film.

Hopefully Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of the F Scott Fitzgerald novel will mean that “The Great Gatsby” remake will be regarded as worthwhile and join this Top 5 Best Hollywood Film Remakes –

 

Top 5 Best Hollywood Film Remakes

 

1) The Italian Job ( 1969 & 2003 ). The original film, starring Michael Caine leading a bank heist in Rome with it’s iconic Mini Cooper car chase has taken on a cult status and as such is an almost impossible act to follow. However the remake works, because it offers a sequel that is only possible because of the open ended finale of the original film.

2) King Kong ( 1933 & 2005 ). The original black and white film can still stand it’s ground in terms of credibility and the remake works because a good storyline harnessed with the advances of CGI special effects take the story to another level in another century.

3) Thomas Crown Affair ( 1968 & 1999 ). The later version starring Pierce Brosnan & Rene Russo stands up ok, provided you don’t compare it too closely with the original film, starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway with it’s classic chess game seduction scene and wonderful film theme “Windmills Of Your Mind” by Noel Harrison.

4) Oceans Eleven ( 1960 & 2001 ). The two versions of the film are well matched; the original starring the “Brat Pack” – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and Peter Lawford were almost peerless, but George Clooney and company created a great remake.

5) Scarface ( 1932 & 1983 ). Both films work because one is set in the era of the 1930s Depression, with it’s statutory gangster controlling the bootlegging market, whilst the 1980s Al Pacino remake is set in a world of cocaine dealing.

 

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Do you agree with this Top 5 Best Music Based Radio Shows Of All Time?

This year sees a new category at the Sony Radio Awards and the winner of the inaugural Sony Golden Headphones Award will be decided by public vote, rather than by the radio industry.

Any radio host or presenter over the age of 18 who has a regular slot on a UK-based radio programme, professional or amateur, can register their name to take part. The winner will be revealed at the Sony Radio Academy Awards on 13th May. Voting opens on 15th April and will run until 10th May, with a leaderboard featuring the Top 20 contenders updated in real time.

Sony Radio Awards chairman John Myers explained: “It is the public’s opportunity to vote for their favourite presenter and is open to any presenter on any station in the UK”. Who would be your choice? Let us know in the Reply Box below. Also tell us which is your favourite radio presenter / DJ of all time and also your favourite music based radio show of all time?

Here are the Recordpress Top 5 Best Music Based Radio Shows Of All Time –

 

1) Noel Edmonds Radio1 Breakfast Show ( 1973 -1978 ). Zany fun, involving Flynn the Milkman, Silly Phone Calls, Spoofs plus Garden Gnome, Welly Sticker & Back To Front Balaclavas Giveaways.

2) Jonathan Ross Radio2 Saturday Morning Show ( 1999 – 2010 ). Jonathan Ross at his creative and comedic best, with brilliant streams of consciousness and great banter and repartee with his sidekick Andy.

3) Noel Edmonds Radio1 Sunday Morning Show ( 1978 – 1983 ). Noel Edmonds at his brilliant best creating a wacky Sunday morning show broadcasting in fictitious locations – first of all at a cosy cottage called “Dingley Dell” and then when that was demolished to make way for a bypass, moving to Perkins Grange, the fictitious home of Radio4 presenter Brian Perkins who co-hosted the programme.

4) Chris Evans Radio1 Breakfast Show ( 1995 – 1997 ). Off the wall humour and antics from Chris Evans at the peak of his creative powers, playing off his zoo of co presenters. Sadly the show was shortlived as Chris Evans became a total megalomaniac and alienated his Radio1 boss Matthew Bannister.

5) Pick Of The Pops Radio2 ( 1997 – Present ). The original retro music chart format show, with chart rundowns from corresponding weeks in previous years. It’s appeal has never dulled under it’s three custodians, Alan “Fluff” Freeman, Dale Winton and current host Tony Blackburn.

 

Do you recall the days of Pearl & Dean adverts & cinema usherettes?

This Saturday, 19th January is National Popcorn Day ( #National PopcornDay for those on Twitter ) in the USA, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate it here in the UK. Traditionally popcorn has always been synonymous with a trip to the cinema, or movies for our counterparts in the States!! Of course these days films are watched as much at home on DVD as in the cinema and consequently popcorn is no longer the exclusive preserve of the picture house.

For those of a certain vintage, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, a trip to the cinema was a special treat and popcorn invariably accompanied the viewing. It’s hard to convey the excitement and anticipation of the cinema experience in those days. For those below the age of 40, we need to put “the trip to the cinema” into some sort of context. Essentially we are talking about an an era where there were only three TV channels, in a world devoid of rented or bought videos and DVDs and therefore a trip to the cinema was an exciting, rewarding experience. If you didn’t catch the new film release at the cinema, invariably you would have to wait at least five years before it was premiered on television.

Back at the cinema, before the big picture started, we had the commercials courtesy of Pearl and Dean, which was also an integral part of the cinema experience, with it’s glamorous commercials for Benson & Hedges cigarettes and Gordon’s Gin prefacing the start of the movie. There was always a tangible, audible thrill amongst the audience as the lights dimmed in the cinema, the thin veil curtain moved apart and the Pearl and Dean logo jumped out the screen, accompanied by that distinctive soundtrack. For those of you who have forgotten the Pearl & Dean theme music, here’s a reminder……. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0nei7gd3Uc

At the end of the glossy, glamorous Pearl & Dean commercials for national and international brands, were normally a couple of cheaply made, tacky ones for a local Indian restaurant, taxi firm or hardware shop. These bargain basement adverts signalled the end of the Pearl & Dean commercials and the commencement of the film. As if it to tease us, the thin veil curtain would move across the screen and almost immediately swish back as a man hitting a giant gong or Leo the Lion roaring would greet us.

Throughout the film, usherettes guided by torches, would circulate the cinema, with trays brimming with more more popcorn, Kia-Ora orange juice in square containers, orange ice lollies on wooden splinter sticks and tubs of ice cream with those distinctive pale blue mini spade spoons. A trip to the cinema in the 1960s and 1970s really was an adventure and as much as I like the convenience of DVDs, they diminish the exclusivity and excitement of going to the cinema as the only way of seeing a new film……Here’s a Top 10 Best Films I saw first at the cinema as a child / teenager –

1)     Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ( 1968 )

2)      Live & Let Die  ( 1973 )  

3)      Jaws  ( 1976 )

4)      Jungle Book ( 1967 )

5)      The Spy Who Loved Me ( 1977 )

6)      Taxi Driver ( 1976 )

7)      Oliver  ( 1968 )

8)      Mary Poppins  ( 1964 )

9)      Cromwell  ( 1970 )

10)    Saturday Night Fever  ( 1977 )

 

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The Dandy bows out signalling the end of the era of printed comics

As The Dandy comic’s printed life approaches retirement after 75 years of loyal service keeping generations of children entertained and occupied, the National Library of Scotland will be running an exhibition celebrating the Dandy’s 75-year history.

For my generation in the 1970s and so many others before and since, the characters in The Dandy,The Beano, Beezer and Topper were our imaginary friends. We became captivated and immersed in a surreal, zany world occupied by larger than life characters like Desperate Dan, Korky the Cat and Denace The Menace who was the archetypal naughty school kid. This was an era dominated by catapults, peashooters, mud pies, water bombs, stink bombs and general practical jokes.

The characters in the comics merely reflected the lives and activities of their readers. This was an era before computer games and CGI imaging and kids had to make their own entertainment. At school in the mid 1970s, we had the form practical joker by the name of Adrian Parkes, who was constantly riling the teachers with a greeting of a black board rubber on top of the class room door or a drawing pin on the teacher’s chair. His finest hour was when he smuggled a portable, battery operated record player into school and hid it in his desk…….In the middle of a Maths lesson, the soporific silence was shattered by the refrain of “Do do do the Funky Gibbon……We are here to show you how”……..as we were all serenaded by the Goodies. Inevitably the episode ended in Adrian Parkes having his portable record player and vinyl record confiscated and 500 lines as a punishment for his troubles!!

Comics like The Dandy,The Beano, The Beezer and Topper reflected the psyche, mentality and humour of their child readers and were an intrinsic part of the culture of childhood from the 1930s through to the 1980s. However since the 1990s, kids have become increasingly more sophisticated in their leisure pursuits. In fairness The Dandy and The Beano have tried to keep up with the changing times and computer technology advances as much as is possible in a print format, adapting to increasing competition from glossy magazines with free gifts and television tie-ins.

Regrettably comics no longer hold the place in the hearts of the contemporary child audience or the nostalgic adult audience and with a declining circulation The Dandy will publish it’s final print edition in two weeks time, henceforth purely focusing on a new online version. For adults, who grew up with the UK’s longest running children’s comic, first published in 1937, it will be a poignant day. However for the kids steeped in the internet and digitally interactive technology, it’s a natural progression and logical step forward.

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The Dandy mirrors Desperate Dan as it desperately avoids closure!!

The Dandy, the UK’s oldest children’s comic is mirroring it’s best loved character Desperate Dan, the cow-pie eating cowboy, as it desperately tries to avoid closure after 75 years.

In it’s pomp and glory between the 1950s and 1980s, the Dandy sold 2 million copies a week as readers followed the fortunes of Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat. The Dandy has experienced a steep circulation decline since then as successive generations of kids have evolved in their leisure habits and activities watching TV, playing video games and more recently surfing the internet and engaging with social media like Facebook..

In fairness The Dandy has outlived it’s comic rivals like the Beezer and the Topper by 20 years or more, but despite several facelifts and relaunches in the past five years including a switch to a fortnightly called Dandy Xtreme, and most recently a move in 2010 to introduce celebrity-themed comic strips featuring the likes of Harry Hill and Cheryl Cole, Desperate Dan and Dandy have not been able to put the brakes on its circulation decline.

By last year, circulation had dropped below 8,000 and the The Dandy is expected to be terminated sooner rather than later. Publisher DC Thomson confirmed that the closure of the printed version of The Dandy was “being considered as part of a review of the company’s magazine business”, but suggested that characters such as Desperate Dan would continue to exist online. It’s not all doom and gloom as Desperate Dan and some of his friends could also continue in print by switching to DC Thomson’s sister title the Beano, home to Dennis the Menace. The Beano had a circulation of 38,000 in six months to the end of December.

The Dandy first went on sale in 1937 costing 2p, with a free whistle. The Cartoon Museum in London is preparing an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary, which will open in October 2012. An anniversary edition book called The Art and History of The Dandy is already available for sale, and earlier this year Royal Mail released a collection of stamps commemorating Britain’s best-loved comic characters including Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace.

But Desperate Dan is an institution and as such there was a national outcry when Dan, immortalised as an 8ft bronze statue in DC Thomson’s home town of Dundee, was briefly “retired” in a storyline involving the Spice Girls in 1997. Well as of the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, the Spice Girls are back, so I wouldn’t write off Desperate Dan quite yet!! I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of this loveable rascal!!

Which are your comics and comic characters? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

This might help you……How about this for an Ultimate Top Ten Comics –

1)  Beezer

2)  Topper

3)  The Dandy

4)  The Beano

5)  Look-In

6)  Jackie

7)  Eagle

8 )  Valiant

9)  Tiger

10) Roy of the Rovers

 

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