Saturday, January 13, 2018

"So won't you jump start my heart"

New CD's in my record collection: "The Best (Deluxe Version)" by Sergey Lazarev, reissue of "The Goonies" soundtrack, "Everlasting" by Natalie Cole, reissues of "Phyllis Hyman", "Somewhere In My Lifetime" and "Can't We Fall In Love Again" by Phyllis Hyman, reissues of "Tantalizingly Hot" and "Feel The Fire - The 20th Century Collection" by Stephanie Mills, reissues of "I'm On My Way" by Jackie Moore, "In Love" and "Whatever It Takes" by Cheryl Lynn and "Redd Hott" by Sharon Redd.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

France Gall is dead

I just read the sad news about French singer France Gall passing away, seventy years old. It's so sad. I first heard her music as a kid when I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest and her winning song from 1965, "Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son", became one of my favourites from the competition.

But I also like her music from the eighties, especially the albums "Babacar" and "Débranche !". Check out the video to my personal favourite, "Ella, Elle L'a" from 1987, down below.

Rest in peace, France.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Mel & Kim - Where Is Love

Being a huge fan of eighties pop duo Mel & Kim – best known for their Stock Aitken Waterman produced hits "Respectable", "Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)" and "F.L.M." – I was thrilled to hear that a previously unreleased track of theirs is finally being released on February 23.

The song is called "Where Is Love" are you can pre-order it digitally from iTunes, Amazon UK and Amazon US. The "Kissy Sell Out Remix" is available as an instant download. There are also two limited CD releases available on Pledge Music. Just hurry up before they sell out.

Let's make this track a hit! I think that would be the perfect way to honour Mel's memory.

"Where Is Love" tracklist - CD 1:

1. Where Is Love
2. Where Is Love (7th Heaven Club Mix)
3. Where Is Love (Kissy Sell Out Remix)
4. Where Is Love (Extended Version)
5. Where Is Love (Final DJs Remix)
6. Where Is Love (US Radio Version)
7. Where Is Love (PSJ & Phil Harding Radio Mix)
8. Where Is Love (Alternative Radio Mix)*
9. Where Is Love (Zack Massagrande Remix)

"Where Is Love" tracklist - CD 2:

1. Where Is Love (Full Length Version)*
2. Where Is Love (Kissy Sell Out Radio Version)*
3. Where Is Love (7th Heaven Radio Version)*
4. Where Is Love (PSJ & Phil Harding Extended Version)*

Tracks marked with * are exclusive to the CD editions.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Yearly Chart 2017 - My most played songs

Happy new year! My year was filled with fabulous music. Check out my yearly chart of the tracks I've listened to the most in 2017, both old and new. Maybe you'll find something new to listen to that you haven't heard before?

1. Steps - Scared Of The Dark
2. Steps - Happy
3. Dannii Minogue - Galaxy
4. Steps - You Make Me Whole
5. Steps - Glitter & Gold
6. Dead Or Alive - Love Toy (Full Vocal Version)
7. Olivia Newton-John - Twist Of Fate
8. Dua Lipa - New Rules (Initial Talk Remix)
9. Dead Or Alive - Come Home (With Me Baby) (7" Version)
10. Steps - Dancing With A Broken Heart
11. Alessia Cara - How Far I'll Go
12. Urban Cone - Old School
13. Céline Dion - Loved Me Back To Life (Dave Audé Radio Mix)
14. Steps - Story Of A Heart (7th Heaven Radio Mix)
15. Jane Child - Don't Wanna Fall In Love
16. Lucie Jones - Never Give Up On You (7th Heaven Radio Edit)
17. Steps - September Sun
18. Citizen Four - Want You Back
19. Helena Paparizou - Baby It's Over
20. IMRI - I Feel Alive
21. Exposé - What You Don't Know
22. Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
23. Animotion - I Want You (7" Remix)
24. Angie Gold - Eat You Up
25. Lana Pellay - Pistol In My Pocket
26. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things
27. Robin Bengtsson - I Can't Go On
28. Benjamin Ingrosso - Good Lovin'
29. Austin Mahone - I Don't Believe You
30. Dinah Nah - One More Night
31. Kylie Minogue - This Wheel's On Fire
32. Jana Burčeska - Dance Alone
33. Deborah Harry - In Love With Love (London Extended Mix)
34. Steps - Neon Blue (Radio Mix)
35. Vanessa - Just A Game
36. Koit Toome & Laura - Verona (1985 Version)
37. Jordan Fisher - Lookin' Like That
38. Mariah Carey - You're Mine (Eternal) (Chus & Ceballos Remix Edit)
39. RuPaul - American
40. Dead Or Alive - My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor) (7" Version)
41. Rumorz - Tell Me It's A Lie
42. Sophie - Same
43. Whigfield - C'est Cool (Right Version)
44. Jeffrey - Dans For Mig
45. Britney Spears - Slumber Party (Bimbo Jones Remix)
46. Le Freak - 25 Hours A Day
47. Bananarama - I Heard A Rumour (Original Mix)
48. Carl Lewis - Break It Up
49. Dead Or Alive - Special Star
50. Goon Squad - Eight Arms To Hold You
51. Whitney Houston - My Name Is Not Susan
52. Caz Fernández - I'm No Good At Keeping Secrets
53. Hazell Dean - This Is My Life (Matt Pop Edit)
54. Steps - One For Sorrow
55. Exposé - Stop, Listen, Look & Think (7" Single Version)

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this year, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

Friday, December 29, 2017

My favourites: Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky (1987)

It's time for another one of my favourite tracks and this one just turned thirty years old: "I Should Be So Lucky" by Australian pop goddess Kylie Minogue. This and "The Loco-Motion" were the first of her songs I ever heard since they were played quite often on Swedish radio when I was a kid. However, I didn't really become a fan until the early two-thousands, after falling in love with eighties pop music.

Around the same time as I started listen to Kylie's eighties music, she made a huge comeback with the 2000 disco single "Spinning Around". I remember buying the CD maxi-single when I was in Dublin on holiday with my family. I fell in love with her newer material as well and since then, Kylie has been one of my all-time favourite artists.

But you know me, I'm a sucker for the eighties sound, especially by the brilliant production team Stock Aitken Waterman, so "I Should Be So Lucky" will always be my number one Kylie track. It always cheers me up when I'm feeling blue. The 12" remixes are amazing as well, especially "I Should Be So Lucky (The Bicentennial Remix)" where you really get to hear all the eighties sounds.

I also love the kitschy video with the retro special effects and the eighties hair and fashion. Check it out down below. "I Should Be So Lucky" was included on Kylie's 1988 debut album "Kylie", available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US. I also recommend the remastered and expanded deluxe reissue of the album.

Keep an eye on my blog label "favourites" to see, hear and read about more of my favourite tracks. You can also subscribe to my favourites playlist on YouTube.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Monthly chart - December 2017

1. Dua Lipa - New Rules (Initial Talk Remix)
2. Kelly Clarkson - Piece By Piece (Radio Mix)
3. Goon Squad - Eight Arms To Hold You
4. Mariah Carey - The Star
5. Teena Marie - 14K
6. Kylie Minogue - Every Day's Like Christmas (A Stock Aitken Waterman Remix)
7. Debbie Gibson - Love Or Lust
8. Jimmy Somerville - Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)
9. Deniece Williams - Special Love
10. Phyllis Hyman - You Know How To Love Me
11. Jimmy Somerville - Run From Love
12. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) (Hotline's Miami Vice Club Remix)
13. Austin Mahone - Silent Night
14. Kesha - Woman (Dave Audé Pride Remix)
15. Lisa - Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
16. Kit Rolfe - One More Hurt
17. Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me
18. Jimmy Somerville - Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You (Almighty Definitive Radio Edit)
19. Kelly Clarkson - Catch My Breath (Cash Cash Remix)
20. Debbie Gibson - Your Secret (Hot Vocal Radio Mix)
21. Lisa - Tempt Me
22. Lennon & Maisy - Christmas Coming Home
23. Magnus Carlsson - Christmas With You
24. Savage Garden - To The Moon & Back (Almighty Radio Edit)
25. Lonnie Gordon - Just A Matter Of Time
26. Christina Aguilera - Candyman (RedOne Mix)
27. Freddy Kalas - Hey Ho
28. Clare Bowen - Santa Baby
29. Sabina Corleòne - Småstadstjej
30. Hayden Panettiere - White Christmas

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dua Lipa - New Rules (Initial Talk Remix)

British pop singer Dua Lipa released the single "New Rules" this summer. Now, she's released an amazing retro remix of the track by Initial Talk and it's better than the original version. The sound is so eighties it gives me goosebumps. I wish all her songs had a similar sound. You can never go wrong with retro music.

Check out the video down below and support the remix, out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Martika - Martika's Kitchen (Re-release)

I'm a big fan of US pop singer Martika and in 2014, Cherry Pop Records reissued her amazing 1988 debut album "Martika". Now, the time has come to her second album, "Martika's Kitchen", originally released in 1991, featuring four Prince collaborations.

The singles "Love...Thy Will Be Done", "Martika's Kitchen", "Coloured Kisses" and "Safe In The Arms Of Love" are all included. The album has been remastered and expanded, including rare remixes and edits.

The reissue will be released on January 26. Pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK, Amazon US or Cherry Pop.

"Martika's Kitchen" tracklist - CD 1:

1. Martika's Kitchen
2. Spirit
3. Love...Thy Will Be Done
4. A Magical Place (Feat. Christopher Max)
5. Coloured Kisses
6. Safe In The Arms of Love
7. Pride & Prejudice
8. Take Me To Forever
9. Temptation
10. Don't Say U Love Me
11. Broken Heart
12. Mi Tierra (Feat. Celia Cruz)

"Martika's Kitchen" tracklist - CD 2:

1. Love...Thy Will Be Done (7" Edit)
2. Martika's Kitchen (7" Edit)
3. Coloured Kisses (7" Edit)
4. Safe In The Arms Of Love (Edit Version)
5. Spirit (Radio Edit)
6. Love...Thy Will Be Done (Prince Mix)
7. Martika's Kitchen (Remix 1 Alt. 7" Video Version)
8. Coloured Kisses (Remix)
9. Spirit (House Mix)
10. Martika's Kitchen (Extended Version)
11. Spirit (Hip-Hop Mix)
12. Martika's Kitchen (Alt. Dub Version)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Monthly chart - November 2017

1. Steps - September Sun
2. Dannii Minogue - Galaxy
3. Steps - Neon Blue (Radio Mix)
4. Whigfield - C'est Cool (Right Version)
5. Austin Mahone - I Don't Believe You
6. Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
7. LeAnn Rimes - Love Is Love Is Love (Dave Audé Disco Edit)
8. Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth (7th Heaven Club Mix)
9. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (Dave Audé Remix)
10. Exposé - What You Don't Know (Martineé Expo Mix)
11. Liam Payne - Bedroom Floor
12. Mariah Carey & Jussie Smollett - Infamous
13. Kelly Clarkson - Invincible (7th Heaven Radio Mix)
14. Debbie Gibson - Shake Your Love (Luke Mornay Remix)
15. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) (7th Heaven Radio Edit)
16. Manu LJ - That's Amore
17. Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth (Latin Edit)
18. Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
19. Taylor Dayne - Soul Dancing
20. Whitney Houston - Try It On My Own (Thunderpuss Radio Mix)
21. Kelly Clarkson - Heartbeat Song (IKON Radio Mix)
22. Secret Service - Broken Hearts
23. Taylor Dayne - With Every Beat Of My Heart (Make It Rock Remix)
24. Aretha Franklin - Everyday People (Single Remix)
25. Philip Glass - Helen's Theme

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nicollette Sheridan as Dynasty's Alexis

I'm really enjoying the reboot of eighties soap opera "Dynasty", but as a fan of the original, I've been looking forward to the arrival of my favourite character: Alexis. Now, the wait is finally over. The CW just announced that the new Alexis will be played by the one and only Nicollette Sheridan, known to soap fans as Edie in "Desperate Housewives", Paige in "Knots Landing" and Taryn in the short-lived "Paper Dolls".

Sure, no one will ever beat the fabulous Joan Collins, but I'm sure Nicollette will do a great job and I can't wait to see her. If you haven't seen the reboot already, the first seven episodes of "Dynasty" can be watched on Netflix and The CW's app.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dannii Minogue - Galaxy

One of my favourite artist, the fabulous Dannii Minogue, is finally back with a brand new single and video. The track "Galaxy" is a classic dance-pop track, co-written by Sia and produced by Ian Masterson. This is just what we needed this fall. Let's hope a new album is in the works.

Check out the video down below and don't forget to support the track. It's out now on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monthly chart - October 2017

1. Steps - Dancing With A Broken Heart
2. Whitney Houston - My Name Is Not Susan
3. RuPaul - U Wear It Well
4. Worlds Apart - Same Old Promises
5. Whitney Houston - Queen Of The Night (CJ's Single Edit)
6. Citizen Four - My Name (Say It)
7. Olivia Newton-John - Deeper Than The Night
8. Michael Fortunati - Give Me Up
9. Olivia Newton-John - A Little More Love
10. Taylor Dayne - Wait For Me
11. Steps - Dancing With A Broken Heart (Nathan Jain Radio Edit)
12. Bad Boys Inc. - Don't Talk About Love
13. Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston - It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be (House Radio Mix)
14. Giorgio Moroder - Ivory Tower (12" Version)
15. Princess - I Cannot Carry On
16. Taylor Dayne - Say A Prayer
17. No Mercy - Where Do You Go
18. A1 - Critical Love
19. No Mercy - Please Don't Go (Radio Edit)
20. RuPaul - Let's Turn The Night (Matt Pop Bootleg Edit)
21. Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen - If I Didn't Know Better
22. RuPaul Feat. Taylor Dayne - Be Someone (JROB Edit)
23. Bananarama - Last Thing On My Mind (Xtra NRG Mix)
24. Michael Fortunati - Danse Avec Moi (The PWL Remix)
25. Bad Boys Inc. - Love Here I Come (Hoax Mix)
26. Whitney Houston - Million Dollar Bill (Freemasons Club Mix)
27. Bananarama - Preacher Man (Shep's Club Mix)

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.