, thanks for the info, as usual - but please, don't quote the whole entry. The heading is more than enough Jerz
, I cannot comment on New Wave's popularity in Philippines in any way expertly, probably best to ask someone from that country if he or she may ever road the pages of UKMix
I just know the tale that everyone knows that lots of little-known NW artists were "all the rage" there. But it may very well be that they were played on some radio stations and/or clubs by some perceptive DJs. One thing I know firsthand is that quite a few of "Philippines-relesed" CDs of rare 1980s albums are actually done by Russian guys. Not all, mind, but a good number of them.Gambo
, thank you for the memories! "Here Comes the Rain Again" is a painful video to watch - seeing Annie in (presumably) only her nightie walking barefoot through this visibly cold and wet landscape, almost shaking in pain, while Dave films her while being almost completely covered in warm clothes... As a person who has troubl standing cold weather (and appropriately lives in Russia!) I sympathize with her immensely, almost feel sorry for her. Still, it was a transatlantic Top 10 hit, so the effort have surely been worth it!
Glad the Fiction Factory song triggered so many memories, it was very interesting to read, guys! I actually bought the single - not at the time of release, of course, but a couple of years ago at a vinyl fair in Moscow, seeing it sandwiched between some eurodisco stuff and wanting to rescue it
"Big in Japan" was my second ever piece of vinyl bought, some 10 years ago - still like the song, but its impact has dulled somewhat with passing years, like with other overplayed 1980s hits, "Fade to Grey", "Sweet Dreams" etc. I however absolutely adore its B-side "Seeds", it's fantastic and probably my fave Alphaville song ever. Recommend it to anyone.
Now let's meet King of Pop, shall we? The only way he could've qualified for a topic like this one is by some sort of collaboration - which he did most famously in 1984. Poor guy his collaborator is - he wrote the song, co-produced and performed it, starred in the video, and all everyone remembers of it all is the chorus line sung by Jacko! Not the nicest way to go down in history - especially being practically a one-hit wonder, with scant chart entries afterwards.
The song is practically unknown by the general public in Russia - but Jackson was as famous in the USSR as anywhere else after 1983. Of course up until the late 1980s the official press has been pretty scathing of him (especially his videos like "Thriller" and his adoration by fans), but that didn't mean any less popularity, more on the contrary
Afterwards - the same as in other countries, up until he started to go astray in late 1990s, after that his reputation took a nosedive. Still, there are fevered fan clubs across the country and songs played regularly on air and in clubs (once I watched a girl dancer attempting to do striptease to "Billie Jean" - and complaining how tough it was to even dance to the song, not to mention stripping!
Can't remember how did I get to that club in the first place, by the way
Ok, enough reminiscing, here's...