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  1. working out the chords on a piano makes me realise what a fab song this is ( the lead singer of Manfred Man ... Paul Jones ... had a big hit with it back in the day ) anyone got any info ?
  2. something is nt right, I recently posted 2 topics, hit subscribe to topic etc but they aint on my subscription list . dont think I got e mail notif of responses to this topic either . But e mail notif is at least partly working on this forum, just got e mail notif for topic .... random video posts
  3. Could nt we call Abba ... a Synth Band ? Surely its the synth that seems to be at the centre of so many of their songs. Benny wrote the stuff... played the synth.. without that guy there would be no Abba !
  4. Is there no way you can get automatic e mail notif for any thread you create or any thread you post in ? just created 2 posts cant see them listed in my subscriptions
  5. Carol is pretty high up on my list of Rock Babes.... that main of red hair... that voice... Recently saw a vid of her in concert... black stockings, black hi heel boots... mini skirt... singing and walking backwards across the stage....! How cute is that babe ? I thought maybe she was writing those fab songs back in the 80s ... just like I thought maybe Blondie was writing their fab songs too. But I suspect both Carol and Debbie are in the song credits for contributing lyrics... dont think they are the main power behind the so
  6. You d think that Paul Mac and Justin Hayward would be big mates.... they are so alike... Both brilliant songwriters, Both very romantic Both very famous You d think they d be best mates !
  7. Wonderful biog type prog about Jeff last fri 5 oct on UK TV ... filmed for the most part in his fabulous home overlooking LA ( I believe ) You could see a few sky scrapers in the distance. We learned a lot about his life... teaming up with Roy Wood for ELO ... Roy did nt hang around very long. He showed us the guitar his dad bought him... for £2 and an antiquated tape recorder from the 60s which would actually allow him to multi-track ! What a brilliant guy, musician, song writer, producer.... performer.
  8. The guy and gals look back to their illustrious career http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnZ-5zBiBfA&feature=related .
  9. He co wrote songs with Gary Glitter, who is a bit of a Pariah these days, but theres no doubt about it, Mike was a brilliant song writer and with Gary he wrote some brilliant songs ... a kind of whole new genre of music !
  10. They saw themselves as a "synth " band and they seem to have been pretty faithfull to that idea you never hear a piano or an elec guitar on their tracks... its all synth !
  11. he does nt seem to have done much in the UK, have nt seem much of him over here !
  12. The original group seemed to split up and half became Heaven 17. But Phil Oakley stayed on and built up the bands success. He had the vision and the staying power, without him Human League would never have happened . I read that he had affairs with both Joanne and Suzanne... lucky devil. He was a big fan of Abba who had a blonde and a brunette fronting the band ( so Phil recruited a blonde and a brunette ) The formula worked and throughout the 1980s Human League put Sheffield firmly on the pop map
  13. I guess even abba can be accused of selling sex ..... with endless sexy costumes for Agnetha and Frida.
  14. The theory that he was scared to travel to the UK because the fbi would then stop him getting back into the usa but Im sure he visited japan with yoko during those years, why did nt they get him then ?
  15. Justin Hayward joined the Moodies in 1966 around the same time that John Lodge (bass ) joined The band was complete... they were ready to rock the 60s and the 70s The Moodies have sold 70+ million albums around the world.
  16. Hes put out a ton of LPs too, theres a couple on my HD not even listened to yet !
  17. Brotherhood of Man were England's answer to those Swedish upstarts.... Abba ... They had a foxy blonde and a brunette, just like Abba But why not a group with 2 foxy blondes in it ? " The Brotherhood of Abba "
  18. SO Jim wrote the lyrics while Meatloaf wrote the melodies ? Sure ! (go easy on the Bud Light Shawna ) '
  19. A very popular guy in the 60s and 70s, great jazz/ bluebeat sound and one great voice. Bet he was a hot act in clubs and cabaret and prob still has a loyal following to this day ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZTh9Hy5x5o Wonder how hot he was on the old keyboards ? .
  20. Jim Steinman had quite a few hits in the 1980s... maybe some of his best work was with Bonny Tyler..... Total Eclipse of the Heart..... Faster than the Speed of Night... Im holding on for a Hero .... Andy Webber approached him .. back in the 1980s .....to work as lyricist on Phantom of the Opera but Jim turned him down ............ ( bad career move Jim ! ) Very sad if the guy is unwell these days... just those 3 songs of Bonny Tylers are all classics and they put a bit of umph into the 1980s. The guy is no mean pianist either ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8Pry...eat
  21. Wonderful forum... big up to the guys and gals who got it together can't help thinking though that there should be seperate forums for each decade ie 1950s forum 1960s forum 1970s 1980s 1990s .... it would kind of 'concentrate the mind'.. and everyone has their own favourite era ( usu the decade they were teenagers in ! )
  22. Mike Stock ( of Stock/Aitkin/Waterman fame) has been in a few papers lately talking about how the music industry is turning to porn with so many raunchy singers... Katie Perry, Madonna, etc Their videos and stage acts are becoming overtly pornographic http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1301974/Mike-Stock-Pop-charts-porn-putting-children-risk.html There seem to be so many female singers around now, Diana Vickers, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen,Taylor Swift The female names go on and on. Record sales have fallen dramatically, is the music industry now more about sell
  23. Just listening to the song.. I dreamed I saw the silver space ships.... one of the classics of the 1970s without doubt... but listening to the record it all seems very amature. Neil's voice is just passable I suppose, there's a piano in there... then the French horn ? comes in.... It all seems very basic. I seem to remember reading an article that Neil was recording in a barn in the 70s ... with bales of hay piled up for soundproofing... maybe he was in the barn for that very basic recording. The song is up there with John Lennon's finest, just imagine ... if John
  24. Paul Mauriat had a big hit with the song, but from what I can work out Popp actually wrote that wonderful melody
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