Back in 1985 Norwegian band, a-ha, released Take on Me. The song did well in the UK, reaching number 2 in the singles chart, not least due to a very innovative video that combined pencil-sketch animation and live action video.
In 1998, Reel Big Fish recorded a cover of Take on me for the soundtrack of BASEketball. This song can also be found on the Favorite Noise compilation which was released in 2002.
I liked this song so much, that I went out and bought a completely different album.
Not only do I still buy CDs, but I still scrobble them to Last.fm. This means that, at the end of the year I receive an overview of my year in music.
For 2018, this tells me that I have been listening to a lot of ska. The band to which I have spent most time listening is Mustard Plug (no surprises there) but my most played album in 2018 was Honey, I’m Homely! by the Dance Hall Crashers.
This album also provided my most listened to song of 2018, The Truth About Me.
And here it is.
While looking up something else entirely, I was distracted by an interesting link and ended up on the website of Plastic Bertrand. It’s a name that rang a bell — how could it not — and I had to go and check whether my memory of seeing him on Eurovision sometime in the 1980s was accurate.
It turns out it was:
“Amour, Amour” (“Love, Love”) was the Luxembourgish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987, performed in French by Belgian singer Plastic Bertrand.
I’ll say this for him. He’s aged well
The other night the boys were talking about drinks and one of them expressed the view that beer is bad for you.
“Not if it’s Smurfing Beer,” said I.
“What?” They chorused.
Thank Google for YouTube.
I first encountered The Penguin Cafe Orchestra decades ago, when The South Bank Show was still a thing. The show started with Bean Fields and by the time they played Telephone and Rubber Band I was hooked. So much so that I spent the next few weeks accumulating as much Penguin Cafe Vinyl as I could. And for a band I hadn’t heard before, there was a surprisingly sufficient amount out there.
I used to love browsing record shops.
So here it is, Telephone and Rubber Band.
I have no idea who decided to attach the Metropolis visuals, but it does work remarkable well.
Today is the first round1 of voting for the French assembly elections and, because I am consistently amused by the fact that Macron’s La Republique En Marche is often abbreviated to REM, here’s REM with their least REMmy single ever.
- Not entirely true. Voting started on 3rd June in French Polynesia and on Sunday 4 June at French diplomatic missions outside the Americas. But for French voters in France, today is the day.
Singer Roger Waters immortalised in Brussels South station
The lead singer of the British rock group Pink Floyd will get his own mural in Brussels South station, Bruzz reports. The Liège artist Noir Artist was commissioned to make the wall painting of Waters at the Place Horta entrance.
This is where I attempt to make an obvious pun about the obvious album.
Captain SKA‘s Liar Liar is a catchy song with a smartly funny video. Watch it now, then buy it on Bandcamp.
It’s 35 years ago that the legendary Pimania was released by Automata and Alan Bilton has published a nostalgia inducing history of the game, the company and the creators.
I remember being caught up in the hype back in the mid-80s. Not only did I buy and failed to complete the (Dragon 32 version) of the game, but I also bought the music cassette. And if memory serves correctly, there was also a comic strip in one of the magazines that I was reading at the time.