Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
My love for pop princess Sandra has been well documented over the years. Her early work in girl group Arabesque has been less featured however.
Sandra joined the group in 1979 at the age of 17. Arabesque was a disco group also consisting of Michaela Rose and Jasmine Vetter and they had previously released one hit album when Sandra became the band's lead singer. At the same time Sandra met a keyboardist named Michael Cretu who would later become her husband and produce most of her solo material, as well as creating the hugely successful musical project Engima.
Arabesque became successful with their cheerful music and flamboyant, sometimes daring costumes, winning a massive following in Japan and Eastern Europe and scoring a top 10 hit in Germany in 1981 with "Marigot Bay". After nine albums, emerging differences in musical interests of group members and decreasing popularity of disco music signaled the group's break-up. Sandra and Michael, at that point romantically involved, moved to Munich and started work on her solo career.
Sandra was not entirely comfortable with the "silly", naive sounds of Arabesque and she left the group in 1983 (although a couple of singles featuring her vocals were released in the following years). The other two girls continued under a new name, Rouge, but found limited success. Sandra later said that she was left with huge bills for the whole group after she left, which took her some time top pay off.
The sugar coated sounds of Arabesque may not be very noteworthy compared to Sandra's solo material. But I am a sucker for tacky music, and the girls certainly fit the the bill. I recently bought several of their Japanese 7" singles for my Sandra collection - including this perky little number:
And a cover by Russian group Serebro:
Have a great Easter everyone!
Angela Lansbury has been made a Dame by the Queen of Britain. Lansbury was joined by her niece, her son and his wife when she collected the honour for services to drama, charitable work and philanthropy.
The 88-year-old actress spoke of her "proud" day after being recognised for her successful showbusiness career at a ceremony in Windsor Castle yesterday.
Lansbury - who was born in London but moved to the US during World War II - said of her honour: "It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth, and to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion."
Perhaps best known for playing Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury has starred in many TV shows and films during her long career, including Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Manchurian Candidate.
Lansbury is also a veteran stage actress, and is currently appearing in the West End's production of Blithe Spirit, a role which won her a Tony Award on Broadway. Last year, she was handed an honorary Oscar, having been nominated three times for an Academy Award in the past.
Comparing her Oscar to her latest honour, she said: "One [the Oscar] is for my work in motion pictures and this is for the overall accomplishments of my life as an actress. It has afforded me the joy of working in America and also in England a great deal."
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The new Lana Del Rey single "West Coast" will premiere tomorrow!
Until then, here is a wonderful live performance of what is probably my favorite Lana track (OK, one of them): the marvelous "Dark Paradise":
As it turns out, the song will be premiered on UK radio on Monday morning (April 14th).
And here it is!
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