+ 23 - 19 | § ¶Saturday Night Partys
This is an Invite to all party animals.
The ALL80sRADIO Party Zone plays all the party hits back to back Saturday nights from 6pm. Starting Sat Nov 5th.
+ 37 - 32 | § ¶Leee John. Feel My Soul
Leee John of 80s pop soul group Imagination releases a new Jazz album.(more)
+ 26 - 35 | § ¶The Spirit Of The 80s
The 1980s are alive and well and living in Moldova!
…well, not forgetting France. And Sweden.
Alcazar - the 80s up to date...?
With their mix of rhythmic electronica and wistful vocals, the French group AIR seem to be the natural inheritors of ‘80s electro-pop. http://www.intairnet.org/ On the other hand, if you want a blast of up-tempo 80s-style electro dance music, the Swedish group, Alcazar is hard to beat. Their online Media Room has a great selection of their videos online plus a library of free downloadable MP3 remixes of their hits including some fine versions of The Human League’s Don’t You Want Me.
Numa Numa - such stuff as cults are made of...
But my personal vote for The Spirit Of The 80s goes to the Moldovan ‘boy band’, O-Zone. You may be familiar with the Internet cult song known as the Numa Numa Dance, in which the American teenager, Gary Brolsma, mimes Romanian lyrics into his webcam http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/numa.php. Entertaining as this video may be, the original video by the group themselves is better. According to an O-Zone fan site http://fan.edgeofnight.net/ddt/ the ‘theme ‘ of this video is the 1980s. If you watch it you may spot a few ‘guest appearances; from ‘80s icons such as Freddy Krueger.
The genuine article - Moldovan boy-band, O-Zone
The song itself is very much in the ‘80s spirit of, say, Duran Duran or Bros. But it definitely isn’t just a rip-off of other bands. O-Zone are real originals and, of all contemporary groups, they are one of my personal favourites - even if I have no idea what the lyrics mean! Watch their video on Yahoo http://search.uk.music.yahoo.com/search/?m=all&p=o-zone or download it from the video director’s site (this may be a slow download) at: http://www.moldovanin.com/ .
+ 29 - 14 | § ¶Leee John goes Jazz
The internationally-renowned and ageless front man from the 80s pop/soul team IMAGINATION, singer/songwriter Leee John steps into the jazz realm as he releases his tour de force CD 'Feel My Soul'
Leee is most proud of his much-anticipated solo debut, “Feel My Soul”. “A whole new world is opening up for me in doing this album and I've already started doing shows with this music. In some ways, I feel like I'm 'walking the plank' because I don't know how people will respond and I know some might say that if I've spent my career in pop music, I don't have the right to be doing jazz. But I've paid my dues musically. I'm walking through a new door and I'm singing with more confidence than ever.” Bold, creative and a musically satisfying experience, “Feel My Soul” is just the start of a new and exciting chapter for Leee John, ever a pioneer, as he steps out with a compelling album that is intimate and truly made with heart - and much soul.
+ 42 - 28 | § ¶How did I get into radio?
With a great deal of single minded bull headed determination. In my day (a long time ago) you were either IN radio or OUT of radio.
These days there are more areas to 'practice' in. Hospital radio, helping out free on local radio or starting your own internet radio.
I was very lucky indeed to get onto my local radio station Radio Trent in 1975. After this big break, I found it much easier to swap stations and let radio take me around the globe a bit. Israel/Italy/Malta to name a few.
Tips for folks wanting to get on today? simply --- dont give up - send tapes - send tapes and send more tapes. Then when you get a refusal or more likely - dont get a reply at all, send another tape.
I have never been a big fan of British radio, the best sounds always seem to come from a distance - either by listening to a tape someone recorded whilst on holiday or by picking up a fading signal on your radio. These days there are thousands of audio discoveries on the internet from both local stations on AM or FM in remote areas or internet only stations playing specialist mixes. Stuff you would never get from your local or national British radio station. Where will people get thier radio in the years to come? FM, AM, or the diverse world of internet radio?
This brings me nicely to our 80s radio suggestion, part of the new 80s Empire we do recommend all80sradio, it may jog your memoury of the songs you heard in the decade and maybe the stations you heard them on.
Without doubt the most exciting station I had the honour of working/living on in the 80s was Radio Caroline 1883/84. A new Caroline is available today on the internet.
We welcome your comments and views on everything 80s especially memouries of 80s radio, where and when your heard it.
Make a note of the 80s Empire, you will need to come back.