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Saturday, October 11, 2008

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....

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