Today’s artist used to live in one of the roads I happened to live (20 years ago now), just 5 miles up the road from where we are now. Marc Almond OBE is mostly known to those outside the UK as the lead singer of Soft Cell. One of the most notable songs was Tainted Love, originally performed by Gloria Jones, and in all honesty, you cannot beat her performance. Marc had a good career with Soft Cell, but his solo career gave him more hits, this track, a cover of “The Days of Pearly Spencer” got to No 4 in the UK charts. The original was done in 1967 by David McWilliams who came from Belfast
Wow, day 27 and I still have so many more local talent to share.
My father and his family are all from Liverpool, mainly from a suburb called Huyton, which is where today’s singer Carol Decker is also from. Some may know her name, some may not, but I am sure that everyone knows her band, T’Pau. They had many hits with their ballads/power ballads. Not my cup of tea, but as most know I am a heavy metal and goth boy. I give you Heart And Soul by T’Pau.
One band from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s was The Beautiful South. Jacqui Abbot the and Paul Heaton are the main vocalist of the group. Both come from Merseyside, which was a surprise to me many years ago as I knew that The Housemartins Paul’s previous band was from Hull, as was the basis of The Beautiful South.
The song I picked today has two versions, the official version that could be played on the radio, and an explicit version, so I thought I would put both versions on for you all, first one clean, the second naughty. Take ya pick!
Lets up the tempo and hit the synth-pop/electronic genre. This band is a little on the unusual side of the Merseybeat/Liverpool music artists. I like the video as it is a scene of winter that I would like to see again. Last time we had really bad winter weather and meters of snow was 10 years ago.
Check out some more of their other songs as most of the videos are really odd and quite hypnotic.
To quote Mary Hopkins “Those were the days my friend…”, I am giving you a bit of nostalgia from my gig-going past. Back in 1989, I went to see Engine (another band from the banks of the Mersey) at the Tivoli in North Wales, never realising that it was being filmed as it was a last-minute gig that D asked me to go to. I had at the time never heard of them as my music focus was on the dark side, i.e. Goth. Somewhere in the crowd is me. At most gigs, we have managed to get close to the front, but I cannot remember if we managed it on that gig. So today’s offering is I’m A Bad Dog by Engine.
Just as a bit of fun, Mary Hopkins sang “Those were the days”, which was produced by Paul McCartney (Beatles) 52 years ago.
One of the big names from the ’80s is OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark), today’s pic is Enola Gay.