Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Oh, sure, the phenomenon of "rickrolling"—in which an unsuspecting Web browser is led to an online rip of Rick Astley's Stock/Aitken/Waterman-penned hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," for the sole purpose of bringing lulz—originated in 2007. But it wasn't until 2008 that shocking people with a little bit of gleaming, synth-drum-laden blue-eyed soul really took on a life of its own outside of the Internet's echo chambers...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Do you remember this nice video? "Boys And Girls" it's the title. Here are the credits, it wasn't a S.A.W. production, but it was recorded in PWL Studios 1 & 2.
Engineer - Jamie Bromfield
Mixed By - Mixmaster Pete Hammond
Producer, Keyboards, Drums - Daize Washbourn
Programmed by Ian Curnow
Etichette: Mandy Smith
This isn't a S.A.W. production, but it's really similar to their productions! It's written by Burni Adams, John O'Hara by Legend Music Group Ltd. (1988). I think they used A LINN as drums and a lot of keyboards like the typical S.A.W. style!
Etichette: Michael Grant
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Same Difference ‘Pop’ (BMG)
For anyone who wanted a fourth Steps album or, more accurately, a second H&Claire album. We feel a bit funny for even listening to it, but it’s really not too bad and contains the third best version of the best song Stock Aitken & Waterman ever wrote.
You can buy it from Amazon.co.uk
(I've just bought it from Amazon.co.uk, I can't wait to hear it!)
...In 1989, his album Ten Good Reasons – featuring the unforgettable bubblegum fizzer Too Many Broken Hearts – was the highest-selling record in the UK, a staggering feat that placed Donovan in the realms of The Beatles and ABBA.
That same year, he broke up with Kylie Minogue, the woman he claimed in last year's autobiography, Between the Lines: My Story Uncut, was "the one – my first true love". Seeing pictures of Minogue on the arm of Michael Hutchence, he says, was "like salt rubbed into my wounds"....
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
See this wonderful performace. Their single was out on monday 24 and is available here from Amazon.co.uk, I live in Italy but I bought it from Amazon.co.uk and it will be sent using England Airmail. Their album will be out next monday.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
There's still hope of a Jason and Kylie reunion...
Jason Donovan has confessed that there is room for pint-sized pop star Kylie Minogue on his new tour if she's willing to join him.
The former Neighbours star – who is back with his first album in 20 years – told Entertainmentwise exclusively that Kylie definitely owes him one after all these years...
Jason's album Let It Be Me is released on November 10 and the single Dreamboats & Petticoats is out today...
Jason Donovan - Nothing can divide us - Live
Jason Donovan - Oxygen - Live 1992
Jason Donovan - When you come back to me
Des O'Connor Tonight Live
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Pop princess KYLIE MINOGUE is set for a big-screen return - after a chance meeting with British filmmaker JOHN MAYBURY.
The Spinning Around hitmaker began her career on Australian TV show Neighbours...
Sunday, October 26, 2008
JT says he is now determined to pick up 'where we left off' on his new album...
Monday, October 20, 2008
Southport Visiter reporter Gemma Jaleel has had the pleasure of meeting the Newton-le-Willows man himself – have you? Did you buy the Never Gonna Give You Up smash-hit single back in 1987, or did you prefer another act in the famous Stock, Aitken & Waterman stable?
Email your nostalgia memories to email@example.com or
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This isn't a Stock, Aitken & Waterman production, but the live is really nice.
Samantha Fox produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
Samantha Fox True Devotion (live at BBC) - This wasn't a S.A.W. production but I think this song was wonderful. I was used to listen and listen and listen it!
Etichette: Samantha Fox
Alphabeat get a PWL makeover...
Interesting news about Alphabeat's next single 'Boyfriend'. Pete Hammond, the producer and 'mixmaster' who had a hand in almost every Stock, Aitken & Waterman track on the face of the planet, has turned in his own remix of the track - and it's great.
The new version an affectionate and (we think) really brilliant mix which as well as being totally authentic-sounding (Pete used the same equipment he used when he was at PWL, and even roped in the old session guitar player who worked on songs by Kylie 'et al') is the perfect match for a band who've already referenced pivotal 80s tracks like 'Footloose' and 'The Safety Dance'. [continue]
Saturday, October 11, 2008
FORGET the Great North Run this weekend, scores of people will be getting hot under the collar for a very different reason....
Having recently appeared on The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan, talking about his relationship with Kylie Minogue, Jason has been catapulted back into the spotlight. This is a rare chance to enjoy an original pop idol of the 80s and 90s, in anticipation of the release of his new single, and his first new album in 15 years, Let It Be Me.
“The aim is ‘all the hits and more’, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past,” says Jason. “I think the one thing with Stock Aitken Waterman was they had great pop songs.”
Jason Donovan in Japan Motormouth 1989
Jason Donovan - The Alan Titchmarsh Show - 24/01/2008
Jason Donovan - The Alan Titchmarsh Show - 24/01/2008 (2)
... Her father, Adrian White, aged 50, said: “There have been stories saying Laura had had a recording contract with Matt Aitken from Stock, Aitken, and Waterman and that she had been mentored by him and had recorded two singles that had subsequently flopped.
“It was nothing on the scale that has been portrayed at all.
“Laura did make three visits to Matt’s studio in Buckinghamshire, when she was 16 or 17, working on an old cover from the 1960s.”
Before the single was recorded, Matt was approached by his two previous partners with an offer to collaborate with them again...
Etichette: Laura White
The news that naff Eighties crooner Rick Astley is somehow in the running for Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe awards next month is both funny and mysterious. Why Rick? Where has he been all these years?
Britney, U2 and Green Day are on the shortlist with a man whose last big hit was 17 years ago. He was a proper star once, though, thanks to producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman: his first single, "Never Gonna Give You Up" got to No1 here and in the States back in 1987. Six years later, aged just 27, Astley retired. The big quiff and deep voice that didn't fit his boyish face were gone....
Popstar Kylie Minogue is penning a West End musical around her greatest hits.
The singer, who has hinted that the musical will be a treat for the eyes, is co-writing it with Aussie novelist and pal Kathy Lette.
Kylie’s sister Danni Minogue is also helping in the project.
The team is hoping that the musical will be made into a movie...
Monday, September 29, 2008
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue is worried about a terrorist attack at her upcoming Middle East concert.
The 40-year-old is currently dealing with the fallout from news that her performance at the world’s most expensive party, the opening of Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, could be the subject of an al-Qaeda attack... [continue] [also here]
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Jason Donovan is aiming to make the pop comeback of the year.
...Die-hard fans of the former Neighbours star are also in for a treat - with a revamped version of his 1989 hit, Sealed With A Kiss...
The Aussie first hit the charts in 1988 with his Stock, Aitken and Waterman song Nothing Can Divide Us and has since released four No.1 singles.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Cliff Richard wasn't famous in Italy, I was a boy and I know Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced him with a dance song called "Just Don't Have The Heart", I bought his album STRONGER and I found this wonderful song THE BEST OF ME. It's not a Stock, Aitken & Waterman production, but it's a wonderful song, the words are wonderful, I liked and I like it!
THE BEST OF ME
Cliff Richard - Just Don't Have the Heart (Remix)
The original video I saw on TMC Italian channel and taped! This is from YouTube.
Etichette: Cliff Richard
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Tickets to Kylie Minogue's Melbourne and Sydney shows have sold out in just two minutes.
Fans snapped up tickets for the KylieX2008 shows in Sydney and Melbourne in December, which went on sale at 9am, in record time.
The pop diva has added a second concert in each location, which went on sale at 9.45am today....
Monday, September 1, 2008
X Factor sensation Laura White was once signed to Kylie Minogue's record producer Aitken - and is even making an album....
...In 2002 she was spotted singing in a bar near her Bolton home by producer Matt Aitken - whose former company Stock, Aitken and Waterman has produced Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Paul McCartney.
Aitken - a longtime rival of Cowell - was so impressed with her performance he signed her up for a five-year deal.
She spent the next year in the recording studio where she worked with producers to put together a six-track CD for record companies in between studying for two A-Levels....
Monday, August 25, 2008
... The charismatic Rick Astley continued to exude the same sex appeal as he did way back in 1987 with his chart-topping Never Gonna Give You Up written and produced by the legendary Stock Aitken Waterman. Twenty years and a few kilos later, it’s a friendly and charming Astley that returned to Singapore. And the crowd truly adored him....
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
11th of March 2008 saw Jason Donovan turn back time and perform his famous Kylie duet with new singer/songwriter Anna Krantz at The Lockout in Dingwalls, Camden Lock.
They're brother and sister and their record will be out in autumn.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Source: Exec Digital UK: Better known as a pop music impresario, Pete Waterman speaks to Exec about skills shortages, a life-changing brush with the law, and his lifelong passion – British railwaysHaving introduced the world to Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Steps and a number of other pop music acts who seemed to specialise in infernally catchy (and hugely successful) ditties – and created a multi-million pound empire along the way – there can be no doubting Pete Waterman’s business ability. His story could have been very different, were it not for a life-changing episode at the age of 14. He was interested in railways... [the full articole is here]
Monday, August 11, 2008
Lorella Cuccarini - Magic 1989: she's an italian dancer, singer and tv presenter, she wasn't produced by Stock, Aitken, Waterman but this song called "Magic" has a sound very similar to S.A.W. productions and here she is!
Italian version, "La notte vola":
Etichette: Lorella Cuccarini
We’re never gonna give him up: The real Rick Astley takes Manila by storm
By Paul John Caña, Contributor
Almost two decades after he hung up that infamous overcoat and retired those patented dance moves, Rick Astley—that 1980s pop sensation with the big voice and even bigger hair—is back. But before diehard addicts (especially fellow 1980s local icon Roderick Paulate) start hyperventilating in excitement, Rick was in town for a one night only show at the Araneta Coliseum sponsored by clothing brand Mossimo. For a few days last week...
It's always difficoult to find good friends who appreciate you, I remember this 90's song produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman and I liked. It reachead the 14° position on U.K. charts in Jun 1990.
They are Big Fun & Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle "You've Got A Friend":
Saturday, August 9, 2008
It isn't a Stock, Aitken, Waterman production. She's Ivana Spagna, my favourite italian singer. This video is under the real rain, and the song "Only Words" needs a view!
I remember very well this song. I liked it very much, it's Dance, come on, let's dance with Ivana Spagna and her "Why me"!
Also this remake is really nice with her wonderful voice:
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
...On Saturday, more than 8,500 people turned up to the 80s concert to see Bananarama, The Real Thing, Paul Young, Belinda Carlisle, Heaven 17, T'Pau, Midge Ure, Rick Astley, Nick Heyward and Toyah....
In 2004 I presented a television series called Trains, about the history and development of the railways. I still get letters from mothers about it, telling me their children watch it again and again.
Yet the children who loved my documentary, or who adored Thomas when they were five or six, have no interest in the industry by the time they leave school. And that means we have a problem.
The average age of the engineers working for my train maintenance company, London and North Western Railway, is 56. We need to recruit another 70 engineers but we just can't find them.
The situation is only going to get worse as our current crop of railway engineers - the average age at Network Rail is 54 - approaches retirement because we are faced with a number of what MPs like to call 'challenges'....
Saturday, July 19, 2008
One of my favourite songs of recent years was Bad Day by Daniel Powter. Brilliant song. And then I turn the telly on, it's on a fucking deodorant ad! What are you doing?! And people go, "well, he got paid £200,000". Hang on a minute - you write a song and all you care about is the money?
This may surprise people, but I'm totally against that. You've never heard a Stock Aitken and Waterman song on an advert. I've been offered millions of pounds for our songs to be on adverts, but absolutely not....
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Donna Summer's reign as the "Queen of Disco" may have begun in the 1970s -- more than 30 years ago -- but that doesn't mean she's slowed down in the 21st century.
With a new album, "Crayons," just out, and a tour coming up, Summer has re-entered the limelight as if she'd never left.
The woman known for "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "She Works Hard for the Money" appeared on the finale of "American Idol" and performed some of her greatest hits with the show's leading female singers. She also did a short duet with third-place Syesha Mercado.
The "Queen of Disco," now 59, sat down with CNN to talk about her upcoming tour, her performance on "Idol" and her status as a "gwammy." The following is an edited version of the interview.
CNN: Let's start with "American Idol." ... How did all that come about?
Donna Summer: Well, you know, I did the show about two or three years ago, the year Fantasia won. And they've been asking me to come back. And so this year it worked out that my album was coming out and ... they wanted to, uh, have a lot of surprises in the last show and so [the producers called and asked], "Do you wanna do the show?" And I'm like HELLO! Of course! (laughs) [It has] like the most high viewership in the world! So I said I'd do it.
CNN: How much fun was that, to see ... [the contestants] singing your famous tunes? ...
She now shares it with her fiancé, electrician Reece Hill, 40.
They’re currently adding two more bedrooms and another bathroom.
She says: “When I bought this place I wanted a big kitchen and dining area, so the builder knocked down walls and I helped us get a good deal at Magnet on the beech units.
"I think we spent about £6,000 on the kitchen, which is quite good value...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Kylie Minogue has already been crowned the princess of pop, now she has been honoured for a "lifetime of music making" with a prestigious OBE from Prince Charles...
...Her OBE comes after she collected France's highest cultural honour, the Order of Arts and Letters, in May this year and a Centenary Medal from Australia's governor general for "outstanding contribution to the music industry" in 2003.
Also sitting on her trophy shelf are a handful of Brit Awards, a Grammy, and several ARIAs and Logies.
Dubbed the "singing budgie" early in her career, Minogue shot to the top of the Australian music charts in 1987 with her single Locomotion.
Soon after she moved to London, where she quickly found fame and fortune by teaming up with hit producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman...
THE pop icon from Newton-le-Willows is back with a series of his greatest hits for fans wanting a taste of the 1980’s... His Greatest Hits CD is unlikely to break records, but is sure to be a must for all Stock, Aitken and Waterman fans.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Save your snickers: there's no "Rickroll" in this video. Three years after "Never Gonna Give You Up" made him a star, Rick Astley grew out his hair, ditched the Stock Aitken Waterman beats, and hired a gospel choir for the 1991 ballad, "Cry For Help." ...
It was Mr Waterman’s company that brought together the iconic 80s pop production team Stock Aitken Waterman, which was responsible for the success of Kylie Minogue, Bananarama, Newton-le-Willows’ Rick Astley and many others.
He claims sales of £500m worldwide, and his acts have had 22 UK number one singles. He was also a judge on two series of television talent contest Pop Idol.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The word on the web — from bloggers who have been comparing notes since the KylieX2008 tour kicked off in Paris in May — was that this show was, by her extravagant standards, a muted affair. The costumes, the choreography, even her singing, were all felt to be a little below par. Maybe the citizens of Belfast, the first stop on Kylie’s UK tour, don’t set much store by online gossip; or perhaps not having seen the recent Showgirl and Fever tours, or indeed witnessed any live headline performance by Kylie Minogue in their city since 1990, they were simply delighted to welcome her back. Either way, the 12,000 mainly female fans packed into the Odyssey Arena last Sunday were having such a raucously good time that, towards the end of her 2½-hour show, Minogue had to ask them to “calm down” to make way for a rare rendition of one of her older, more reflective numbers, Step Back in Time...
FOR most, it's a polite handshake, a curtsey and a 'how do you do?' lasting a few seconds.
When you're Kylie Minogue, things are different. As she collected her OBE from Prince Charles yesterday in the imposing surroundings of the ballroom at Buckingham Palace, the normal rules were forgotten...
Read also here and here.
Kylie OBE Investiture
Kylie OBE Investiture Interview
The Queen honours Kylie
Just days after receiving her OBE from Prince Charles for services to music, Kylie Minogue played the first of four arena dates in Glasgow on her KylieX2008 tour, to be followed by six in Manchester, four in Newcastle and seven at the O2 in London. The majority of rock groups would view such a schedule with awe, but Minogue doesn't only take such an enormous level of fame and support in her stride, she manages to make satisfying it look easy...
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has revealed that Kylie Minogue was offered drugs at one of their shows in the nineties but turned them down... [continue]
Friday, July 4, 2008
It's not perfect the Sync, but I like it. It's one of the Step's song I prefer. I hope you like it too!
Steps "It's The Way You Make Me Feel" Live
This isn't a Stock, Aitken, Waterman production but I love it!
They have been writing in the studio with some of the best pop writers (the people behind a lot of the Steps songs and the people who wrote Hero for Enrique Iglesias!).
They just hope that to bring back the pop music that we feel the UK has been missing!
They wrote on their site: "We went to record one of the tracks with Mike Stock and Pete Waterman and it was legendary. We went to the recording studio with Mike (who is one of the masterminds behind Kylie Minogue and loads of other 80's music!) to record one of the songs (we cant tell you the name of the track, you will just have to buy the album to find out! hint hint). We went to his house which was in the middle of the countryside and it was such an amazing day. We learnt so much from being with Mike as he is such an inspiration and we have both decided that we would like a house like his one day!!!"
X Factor 4 - Same Difference - Never had a dream come true
Same Difference Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now
Same Difference Wake Me Up Before You GoGo
Same Difference Any Dream Will Do
X Factor 4, The Final, Same Difference
Monday, June 30, 2008
I didn't buy her album yet, but I love the song "Stamp Your Feet". The video is nice but poor. Here's a news by Metro Uk:
She's the nightlife diva supreme, famed for hi-NRG rudeness and more razzle-dazzle than a club full of glitter balls - so there's solid reason to hope that Donna Summer's first studio album in 17 years should be a stormer...
...Summer has exhibited plenty of eccentric turns over her career but at best she's caused unforgettable sparks with benchmark producers and songwriters, whether it's Giorgio Moroder or Stock/Aitken/Waterman...
It’s one of the laws of pop music that nobody is allowed to say a bad word about Kylie Minogue. She is an icon of our times: the girl we grew up with on Neighbours and the pop star who defied the odds to sign a contract with Stock, Aitken & Waterman and live to tell the tale...
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
This is one of the Bananarama's video I prefer:
Bananarama Video - Nathan Jones
Bananarama - Nathan Jones (Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party)
And here there's their chart positions:
|5||Bananarama with Fun Boy Three||Really Saying Something||Apr 1982||Notes|
|4||Bananarama||Shy Boy||Jul 1982|
|5||Bananarama||Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye||Feb 1983|
|8||Bananarama||Cruel Summer||Jul 1983|
|3||Bananarama||Robert De Niro's Waiting||Mar 1984|
|23||Bananarama||Rough Justice||May 1984|
|31||Bananarama||Do Not Disturb||Aug 1985|
|32||Bananarama||Trick Of The Night||Feb 1987|
|14||Bananarama||I Heard A Rumour||Jul 1987|
|3||Bananarama||Love In The First Degree / Mr Sleaze||Oct 1987|
|20||Bananarama||I Can't Help It||Jan 1988|
|5||Bananarama||I Want You Back||Apr 1988|
|23||Bananarama||Love Truth And Honesty||Sep 1988|
|15||Bananarama||Nathan Jones||Nov 1988|
|3||Bananarama / La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo||Help||Feb 1989||Notes|
|19||Bananarama||Cruel Summer (remix)||Jun 1989|
|27||Bananarama||Only Your Love||Jul 1990|
|20||Bananarama||Preacher Man||Jan 1991|
|30||Bananarama||Long Train Running||Apr 1991|
|24||Bananarama||Movin' On||Aug 1992|
|24||Bananarama||More More More||Mar 1993|
|14||Bananarama||Move In My Direction||Aug 2005|
|26||Bananarama||Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)||Nov 2005|
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Etichette: Bret Hart
Etichette: Malcolm McLaren
Surfing you tube I found this lovely song. The author is R.Kelly and it's dedicated to Whitney Houston. She was never produced by Stock, Aitken, Waterman.
Etichette: Whitney Houston
Stamp Your Feet- Donna Summer on David Letterman (2008)
A new Album after 17 years! Today Show Interview
Call it a roller-coaster career: Few artists have risen to such great heights then dropped so tremendously as dance diva Donna Summer. In the late 1970s she was producing topnotch, genre-defining disco such as 1977's opus "I Feel Love" in Munich with music production legends Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder. But by 2000 she'd been reduced to singing the theme from that Pokemon movie. Ouch. Between that, she's released some fairly dodgy pop (the bloodcurdling "She Works Hard for the Money"), some catchy fluff (the Stock-Aitken-Waterman gem "This Time I Know It's for Real") and rare flashes of brilliance ("State of Independence"). A most disjointed career, to say the least.
The chart-topper who sold 40 million albums quit the business 15 years ago, when he was at his peak, and has turned down dozens of big-money offers since......In 1985, he caught the eye of Waterman, part of the prolific Stock Aitken Waterman hit factory, who groomed him for success...
...He has continued to tour in recent years and fans are invited to lobby him for a new record by clicking on a website link that reads: “Click here to help us persuade Rick to make a new record.”...
Just weeks after Mandrake disclosed that a High Court writ had been issued against Pete Waterman by his accountants over disputed claims that he owed them £525,000, I hear that his former record-producing partner Mike Stock has struck a similarly discordant note with his own bean counters...
You can read about it here, here, here.
However the man dubbed "the Lizard of Oz" for his 1992 protocol breach could have a chance to do it again, with a controversial push to make him "the face" of Australia in a new tourism campaign in the UK.
The semi-retired 64-year-old Keating could take centre stage with eminent Aussies overseas such as Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson, Natalie Imbruglia, Greta Scacchi, Jason Donovan and other unofficial Aussie ambassadors after being short-listed to head a "G'Day UK" campaign...
London (ANI): When it comes to facing the camera, celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Brad Pitt and Kate Moss all have one thing in common - they never fail to look their best. However, the one who almost never fails to put the right foot forward is pop princess Kylie Minogue.
By Moscow correspondent Scott Bevan: Pop princess Kylie Minogue will hold two concerts in Russia. (AFP: Anne-Christine Poujoulat). As Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue embarks on her first concert tour of Russia, a newspaper is reporting she fears for her safety... [continue]
Sunday, June 15, 2008
This was Kakko's "What Kind Of Fool", it's a wonderful pop song. For me it's one of the best Phil Harding and Ian Curnow productions, here are the credits:
Produced & Arranged by Phil Harding and Ian Curnow for PWL
Written by Clift/Harding/Curnow
Engineer, Mixed by Phil Harding
And here she is, Kakko!
Monday, June 2, 2008
She's my favourite singer, Ivana Spagna. She wasn't a S.A.W. production, she writes her songs with her brother Theo (and with Larry Pignanoli in the past years). She now has a really different look but for first italian channel Rai 1, 3 months ago she celebrated her biggest hits "Easy Lady" and "Call Me". These songs were really famous in all Europe in 1986 and 1987. I bought the "Call Me" mix when I was 14 years old! It was my first record and I played it about 600 times! I think it's one of the best songs ever written. Here is her Uk chart position in the past years:
|2||Spagna||Call Me||Jul 1987|
|23||Spagna||Every Girl And Boy||Aug 1988|
SPAGNA - Call me - Top Of The Pop 1987