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NEW MUSIC PROFILE - PUNK POP ROCK BAND "THE SOAPGIRLS"

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The SoapGirls are Camille and Noemie Debray, known as Mille and Mie and are a fun, sexy and quirky Alternative Pop/Rock/Punk duo.  With Mille on bass and Mie on guitar they provide a blistering flashback to the Punk bands of the late 70s and early 80s.


On a journey to find their true musical identity the girls have travelled from their birth nation of France via USA and now based in South Africa, they started out at a very early age street performing.  At 15 years old they released a Pop Dance album called "Xperience" which gave them a few hits on International labels such as UMG Africa.  As The SoapGirls they released their debut abum, "Calls For Rebellion" in 2015.  I had just done a mini review on the girls at the same time.

The album contained "Hater" which reminded me of the old Punk of the early 80s, a little Grunge and Goth Rock combined with the attitude and devil-may-care attitude of girl bands Elastica and Fuzzbox.  The song had a cool …

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - TRANSVISION VAMP - "VELVETEEN"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
TRANSVISION VAMP

"VELVETEEN"

Transvision Vamp burst onto the scene in 1988 with their debut album, "Pop Art"With the "sexy wild child" Wendy James as the frontwoman and some exhilarating Pop Punk tracks they stormed the charts.  Like I have said numerous times in these blogs the late 80s leading into the 90s was a scarce time for music in my opinion.  The "Vamp" were one of those bands that lifted the mood, like a New Wave/Punk band I loved their music and was very disappointed they split up after their next album.  I remember seeing this band in '89 at Birmingham's NEC and it was a brilliant show.  On top form Wendy, looking fantastic proved she was not to be trifled wit…

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - NIK KERSHAW - "THE RIDDLE"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
NIK KERSHAW

"THE RIDDLE"

Nik Kershaw was years ahead of his time, a brilliant songwriter and had an ability to write stories within his songs with great hooks and memorable melodies and choruses.  His debuit album, "Human Racing" was like nothing I had heard before.  Was it Electropop, Synth Pop or just superb creative music.  Nik among others inspired me to write songs and poems during my teen years.  When I heard the "Human Racing" demos were written, composed and recorded at his home on a Portastudio I soon began writing my own music but not recording until many years later.  I loved that all Nik's music seems to have lots going on in the background that you don't hear on first lis…

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - TEXAS - "SOUTHSIDE"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
TEXAS

"SOUTHSIDE"

When I first heard "I Don't Want A Lover" with its thudding marching band beat and Country tinged twang slide guitars with a distinct American Rock vibe I was taken aback.  Thinking this was an experienced band from USA calling themselves Texas.  The voice of Sharleen Spiteri is just pure, soulful and effortless.  She is still one of my favourite vocalists today, a fantastic voice.  Along with their other Scottish counterparts Del Amitri, Hue & Cry, Deacon Blue and The Proclaimers they brought a brand new sound to the late 80s when music was getting very stale indeed.  Although this album didn't lead to mega success until another 8 years later ("White On Blonde")…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - INDIE ROCK BAND "RADIO DRIVE"

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Emerging from the capital of St.Paul in Minnesota, Kevin Gullickson launched a solo career after appearing in various bands and kept one of the names, that of Radio Drive.  He has travelled through Europe to fine tune the music style which is positive, uplifting and motivational.  Rock how it should be.  The band have been described as Pop and Indie, but I'm not sure a label can be put there as there is such a variety in the music.  Everyone can find something different that means something to them.


I have reviewed the band in an earlier article a few years ago and Kevin was very appreciative and humble at the mention.  I recently reviewed the latest fifth Radio Drive album in full, "She Colors My World".  Check out that review on this blog for more info on every track.  My favourite song being "Time To Rise", Electronic Rock including elements of all genres, it is a bit of everything and a superb "live" sound.


I first heard the band on the vid…

THEME ARTICLE - "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE KIDS FROM "FAME"?"

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In the 80s there was, in my opinion, a better version of the popular TV show Glee.  The show was called Fame, based on the film of the same name.   It contained drama, some cutting edge storylines for the time and great songs and dance routines.  The show was began in 1982 and ran until 1987 although it's best years were probably the first three, as the original cast members left one after another.  The "kids" were all students at the New York High School of Performing Arts , and although they were the stars, the teachers were also much loved characters.   Similar to Glee you might say, but the one difference was, that the cast also made records and toured.   It also gave TV breaks to Cynthia Gibb and a certain Janet Jackson as well as a cameo appearance from Jimmy Osmond.


I thought it would be nice to have a look and see what the original "kids" and their "touring" dance tutor Lydia have been doing since the show ended...

Deborah Kaye All…

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - ZZ TOP - "ELIMINATOR"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
ZZ TOP

"ELIMINATOR"

I didn't know much about Blues music apart from seeing "The Blues Brothers" film and seeing various artists playing this genre, including one of my idols Prince.  So when I got into the music of ZZ Top, having in their ranks one of the finest Blues guitarist's in Billy Gibbons I heard a lot more.  Their music is a kind of Blues Rock N' Roll mixed with Classic Rock elements.  It still tickles me today that they have a drummer called Frank Beard who actually doesn't have a beard! He and bass player Dusty Hill provide the fabulous rhythm section backing Billy's unique slant on the Blues and his music arrangement.I love this band, they seem so down to earth and haven…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - POP SOUL ARTIST "PHIL MIDDLETON"

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Phil Middleton got his first guitar at 11 and has toured the UK and Europe for many years.  He has fronted bands, played in bands and also as a solo artist. He plays a number of original songs interspersed with some great covers of various genres.  A man for all seasons you might say!


Phil is an accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist and plays a unique brand of Soul/R n' B/Pop. With over 40 years experience playing solo and working with other artists he has enjoyed success and has jokingly said he might have actually got the hang of it now!

Phil has already released his first solo album, entitled "SoFa So Good" and hopes to release another in the near future.  He plays electric guitar and bass as well as being a vocalist.  He comes from Manchester and has played with many different artists including 70s band Sad CafĂ© and punk poet John Cooper Clarke!


Already this year he has played a number of intimate gigs spreading the words of his motto, "Effort = Re…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - R N' B ARTIST "PHE PHE"

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Pheleba Akima Johnson aka Phe Phe is an accomplished dancer and singer/songwriter from Birmingham, England.  Sister of Kezia Soul , talent definitely runs in the family! Not only is Phe Phe a great singer, she competed and won gold at British Championship level in Rhythmic Gymnastics! 


She has already collaborated with several producers, DJ's and Hip Hop/Dubstep artists and has a great career ahead.  After her debut E.P. "LIMA (Lost In My Aura)" was released on iTunes was received very favourably among fans and industry professionals her light was sure to shine even more sooner than later.

The atmospheric Club style music backdrop colliding with Phe Phe's sweet vocals makes an interesting blend.  To me it's a Kelli Ali (Sneaker Pimps) sound but with a deeper mystery.  Such as her prominence on the album "Daydreaming" with French Dubstep producer Von D she has gone from strength to strength.  She recently featured as one to watch in 2015 on Sia…

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - DEACON BLUE - "WHEN THE WORLD KNOWS YOUR NAME"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
DEACON BLUE 

"WHEN THE WORLD KNOWS YOUR NAME"

Deacon Blue, along with fellow Scottish bands Texas, Del Amitri and The Proclaimers gave me hope for a better future in music after the dismal end of the 80s with Acid House, Stock Aitken & Waterman, boy bands and dreadful rappers.  They had a refreshingly soulful Blues/ Folk/Pop vibe and the band were awesome live.  Energetic performances on stage with the the lovely Lorraine McIntosh harmonising brilliantly with Ricky Ross with his gruff Rock/Soul voice.  I was introduced to the band by a friend of mine Stuart, after I introduced him to Prince, it was a fruitful friendship.  We saw the band a few times at Royal Court in Liverpool and the closeness to the stage …