Monday, December 29, 2008

No. 14: The Internet Is Never Gonna Give Rick Astley Up

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

Christmas Remix - She's In Love With You

The Christmas dance remix of the track by SO OUT THERE Feat. Spencer.

You can get this mix as a FREE Mp3 download on the website above.

You also can grab the Christmas Ringtone too!

Boys & girls - Mandy Smith

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

Don't Turn Your Back

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!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Same Difference ‘Pop’ (BMG) out now in uk


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

(I've just bought it from, I can't wait to hear it!)

Jason Donovan heads to old-time classics for new album

...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

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bananarama - Movin' On (Live @ French TV)

Bananarama Megarama Mix

Same Difference talk 'Pop', X Factor and Louis Walsh

Same Difference - We R One - X Factor 2008 Live 7 [HD] OFFICIAL

See this wonderful performace. Their single was out on monday 24 and is available here from, I live in Italy but I bought it from and it will be sent using England Airmail. Their album will be out next monday.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jason Donovan: 'Kylie Owes Me One!'

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

Kylie Minogue heads back to the big screen

...Kylie, who hasn't acted on the big screen since Moulin Rouge in 2001, is taking a role in The Edge Of Love filmmaker John Maybury's next project after they were introduced by friends....


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...

O'Chi Brown - 100% Pure Pain

Sunday, October 26, 2008

'Timberlake and Kylie to reunite'

...The US smoothie says he is hoping to woo back the Aussie sugar puff to work with him, some five years after the pair hit it off on stage at the Brit Awards back in 2003.

JT says he is now determined to pick up 'where we left off' on his new album...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Were you a fan of Rick and SAW acts?

1980s chart star Rick Astley will compete with American pop princess Britney Spears and Irish rock legends U2 for the title of ‘Best Act Ever’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool on November 6.

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?

Share you memories with the Southport Visiter.

Email your nostalgia memories to or 

write to the Southport Visiter, 26-32 Tulketh Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1BT.

You can vote here:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cliff Richard | Dionne Warwick | Anyone Who Had A Heart

This isn't a Stock, Aitken & Waterman production, but the live is really nice.

Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You (TOTP '89)

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!

Alphabeat, "Boyfriend" (Pete Hammond Remix)

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]

Jayne Collins No Turning Back (MusicVideo)

I liked very much this song, a Mike Stock and Matt Aitken production!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jason Donovan is in the Toon this weekend, as Gordon Barr reports

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)

X Factor dad denies record deal rumours

... 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...

The Rick Astley Debate

Does he deserve his MTV EMA nomination or has Rickrolling gone too far?

Rick Astley is up for Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe Music Awards this November and it’s certainly causing a lot of debate in offices around the country...

Rick warned us he'd never say goodbye

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....

Kylie Minogue to pen West End Musical based on her greatest hits

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

Minogue to write musical based on her hits

London: Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue is set to write a musical based on her greatest hits and has promised that the show will be raunchy. [continue]

Kylie Minogue targeted by terrorists

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

The Hour: Kylie Minogue

Pop star Kylie Minogue on Sir Paul, acting, touring with her mom and X.

Kylie Minogue Feels 'X' Could Have Been Improved

Kylie Minogue says she is disappointed by her latest album 'X' and with the exception of a few singles, she feels she could have improved on the music...

15 years on and Jason is heading back

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 - The Best Of Me (not Saw!)

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!


Cliff Richard - Just Don't Have the Heart (Remix)

The original video I saw on TMC Italian channel and taped! This is from YouTube.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Becks and Kylie top for snogs

SOCCER ace David Beckham and pop star Kylie Minogue have been crowned the king and queen of kissing...

Australian Kylie shows sell out in two minutes

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 Laura groomed by Kylie's producer Aitken

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

Local indie acts not in spotlight

... 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

Young Divas & Kelly Llorenna videos

Young Divas - This Time I Know It's For Real

Kelly Llorenna - This Time I Know Its For Real

Absolute Kylie - Kylie Minogue Tribute

A demo for kylie minogue tribute show based in western Australia.

Kylie Minogue - Come Into My World (Fischerspooner Mix) TOTP

Saturday, August 16, 2008

'Jace' is interviewed by Dame Edna in 1989




Jason Donovan performs 'Especially For You' at The Lockout!

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.

The new Mike Stock production from X-Factor, "Same Difference"

They're brother and sister and their record will be out in autumn.

The Kylie Show (Comedy Moments) - The Horse Ride

The Kylie Show - Kylie & Jason Sketch

It's very funny to see Kylie and Jason perform this sketch!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pete Waterman: Cutting a different track

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 railways

Having 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":

Rick Astley interview

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...


Here you can here a Stock, Aitken & Waterman production I didn't know exist. The singer is Michaela Strachan and the title of the song is "Take Good Care Of My Heart":

Sonia on The Hitman and Her, 1989

Can't Forget You on The Hitman and Her, 1989

You'll Never Stop Me Loving You on The Hitman and Her, 1989



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

Spagna, Only Words

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:

Mandy in Italy, remembering the eighties

When Mandy Smith came in Italy in 1987 I was 14.

Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait (Live In Italy)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Review: Kylie at The O2 arena

A surreal evening, then, made all the stranger watching it elbow-to-elbow with Pete Waterman, the man who put the Aussie princess on the road to superstardom at the fag end of the 1980s... [read full article]

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Greatest party popper ever staged at Devon castle!

...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....

Saving trains will stop teenagers going off the rails, says former locomotive man Pete Waterman

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

Today's music business is selfish and greedy

One thing I find frightening about the modern music business is how it's all about money now. These kids, ooh, they have got it sussed. There's no room to see if anything happens by chance.

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....

Donna Summer: It's good to be the queen

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? ...

'Tragedy! I rarely cook in my posh kitchen!'

Claire, 30, who has a one-year-old son Charlie, bought her three-bedroom ’30s cottage in Middlesex in 2001 with her then partner and spent a year having it renovated.

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

Pop princess collects royal honour

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...

Rick Astley - A new Greatest Hits (Album)

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

Dancing Queen" Live @ (Sydney Olympics 2000)

Kylie's most watched performance, as she wows the world! "Dancing Queen" Live @ (Sydney Olympics 2000). I loved these performances.

Kylie at Sydney Olympics - On A Night Like This

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bananarama - Tripping On Your Love

This isn't a Stock, Aitken, Waterman production. I like it but I think it's not a wonderful song.

Bananarama - Australian Interview

This interview is from The Midday Show here in Australia circa 1990's. The girls were promoting the album ULTRAVIOLET..Gr8 interview..

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Meet the man behind Kylie and One True Voice

Surfing the Web I found this old Pete Waterman's interview.

You can read it here. He also talks about Robbie Williams...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

H and Claire's on MySpace

I found H and Claire's MySpace page. It's here, and it's very good! You have to see it!

Rick Astley "Cry For Help"

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." ...

Waterman to be guest speaker at Liverpool Daily Post Business Awards

MUSIC impresario Pete Waterman will be speaking at the Liverpool Daily Post Regional Business Awards next month.

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

Kylie Minogue at the Belfast Odysey Arena - the Sunday Times review

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...

Kylie OBE breaks protocol by shaking hands with Prince Charles

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

KylieX2008 Tour

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: 'Kylie Minogue Was Offered Drugs At Our Show'

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]

Morrissey mocks Minogue and Bush Ireland Online - Dublin,Ireland

British rocker Morrissey used his headlining slot at a UK music festival to mock pop superstar Kylie Minogue's OBE award.... [continue]

Read also here.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Steps - It's The Way You Make Me Feel (Sleaze Sisters Edit)

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

Donna Summer- ET Performance 'Stamp Your Feet' (2008)

This isn't a Stock, Aitken, Waterman production but I love it!

Same Difference, here they are!

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

Donna Summer's comeback fails to storm the dancefloor

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...

Pick of the week: Kylie Minogue

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...

Monday, June 23, 2008

Martika - More than you know (live)

This wasn't a Stock, Aitken, Waterman production, but I like her. She came to Italy in 1988-89 and I remember this song and Toy Soldiers. I bought her album "Martika"!

Newton - Sometimes when we touch

This was this song chart position in Uk (I think it could reach a higher position! It's a very good production!):

32NewtonSometimes When We Touch Feb 1997

Newton - Don't Worry

Newton - Were All Alone

Bananarama Video - Nathan Jones

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:

PositionArtistTitle DateDetails
5Bananarama with Fun Boy ThreeReally Saying Something Apr 1982 Notes
4BananaramaShy Boy Jul 1982
5BananaramaNa Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye Feb 1983
8BananaramaCruel Summer Jul 1983
3BananaramaRobert De Niro's Waiting Mar 1984
23BananaramaRough Justice May 1984
31BananaramaDo Not Disturb Aug 1985
8BananaramaVenus May 1986
32BananaramaTrick Of The Night Feb 1987
14BananaramaI Heard A Rumour Jul 1987
3BananaramaLove In The First Degree / Mr Sleaze Oct 1987
20BananaramaI Can't Help It Jan 1988
5BananaramaI Want You Back Apr 1988
23BananaramaLove Truth And Honesty Sep 1988
15BananaramaNathan Jones Nov 1988
3Bananarama / La Na Nee Nee Noo NooHelp Feb 1989 Notes
19BananaramaCruel Summer (remix) Jun 1989
27BananaramaOnly Your Love Jul 1990
20BananaramaPreacher Man Jan 1991
30BananaramaLong Train Running Apr 1991
24BananaramaMovin' On Aug 1992
24BananaramaMore More More Mar 1993
14BananaramaMove In My Direction Aug 2005
26BananaramaLook On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) Nov 2005



Saturday, June 21, 2008

Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts 2007

Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts 2007

Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts - Xmas TOTP

Deuce - Call It Love

This isn't a S.A.W. production:

Pete Waterman talks about Reynolds Girls

The original song I'd rather Jack:

Bret Hart - Never Been A Right Time To Say Goodbye

MAGIC`S BACK, by Malcolm McLaren, feat. Alison Limerick

Big Fun - Don`t Say It`s Over

Pretty unknown track of the successful PWL boygroup. Produced by Stock, Aitken, Waterman, but the song itself seems to be an oldie from the past...

S.A.W. Radio! Live

A pop song - I Look To You-Whitney Houston by R. Kelly

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.

Stamp Your Feet- Donna Summer on David Letterman (2 June 2008)

Stamp Your Feet- Donna Summer on David Letterman (2008)

A new Album after 17 years! Today Show Interview

CD Review: Donna Summer

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.

Eighties music heart-throb Rick Astley revealed...

Eighties music heart-throb Rick Astley revealed he was looking forward to his live appearance in Shropshire this summer, saying he still gets a “tingle” from performing.

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.”...

Mike Stock dispute

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.

Kylie's life on screen

KYLIE Minogue has come a very, very long way since appearing on Australian TV show The Sullivans as an eight-year-old, then on Skyways three years later opposite her future lover Jason Donovan, who played her brother... [continue]

Paul Keating and Kylie Minogue stars in UK tourism campaign

By Charles Miranda in london:

IT has been 15 years since a fresh-faced Prime Minister Paul Keating shocked the British establishment by daring to touch the Queen.

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...

Most Photogenic Celebrity

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.

Kylie assassination attempt reports 'untrue'

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

Kakko - What Kind Of Fool

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

Ivana Spagna - Call Me

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:

PositionArtistTitle DateDetails
2SpagnaCall Me Jul 1987
23SpagnaEvery Girl And Boy Aug 1988

SPAGNA - Call me - Top Of The Pop 1987