I think bubblegum pop is what the world needs again. The best of that kind of simple innocent pop, for me, was Madonna's True Blue. It was Madonna tribute and homage to Motown or the Girl Group pop of the 50s. I can still remember seeing the video on TV for the first time. There was a couple of songs that featured her laugh and True Blue was one of them. Here's the Color remix that was released at the time back in 1986.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Here's one of those pop songs that was a huge hit on release and one that you never hear now. It's Kiss Kiss by Holly Valance. It went to number one in the UK in 2002 back when female Aussie soap stars had hits and weren't just a Minogue. Holly starred in Neighbours at the time and I'm sure the video, which was a little bit controversial, helped sell a few CD singles too. Kiss Kiss was Holly's version of the Stella Soliel song which itself was a cover of a Turkish song called Simarik first recorded by Tarkan. Kiss Kiss was a real Saturday morning CD:UK song and it's CD single had a couple of memorable remixes and here's two of them. The first is the Agent Sumo 2 mix. And the second was by Jah Wobble who later went on to work with Sinead O'Connor and many more.
Atlantic Starr had two big hits in the mid 80s. One was Secret Lovers which got to number 3 in the US and number 10 in the UK in 1986. They had their biggest hit with Always the following year in 1987 when it got to number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 in the UK. Both of those singles were slow jam classics. One single that didn't chart within the top 40 in either country was If your Heart Isn't In It but was an R'n'B top ten hit in the US in 1986.Here it is.
Here's the latest mash up from Robin Skouteris. It features two of his most sampled artists, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. The songs are Monster from Michael Jackson featuring 50 Cent which is featured on his 'new' posthumous album Michael and Lady Gaga and Monster which should have been a single. I first posted this without realising Monster was from the new Michael Jackson album and I thought it was one of those old bonus tracks from an album session. I think Monster would have been a better first single instead of Hold My Hand. I also think that it still feels weird to hear 'new' songs by him. Regarding the mash up itself I'm not completely crazy on the drawn out vocal of Gaga in the chorus but overall Robin is top of his game again. I still think that he should be a big star. Maybe he in his native Greece!