Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Together Forever by Richard Burnett

..Samantha Fox and Astley are best remembered as bubblegum chart-toppers from London's Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) assembly line that gave us such acts as Bananarama and Dead Or Alive. But neither Fox nor Astley have fond memories of the production trio.

"I think they'd like to think of themselves as [Motown's] Holland-Dozier-Holland," Astley quips. "They had the same ethos, the same ideas, but they just didn't have the artists."

Says Fox, "At the beginning I was a bit miffed because they didn't get rock songs. SAW have no guitars, no guitar solos. Then I did pop songs. I did I Always Wanna Be With You but it was cheesy. Working for SAW was like working in a factory." ... [continue]

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