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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
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You’re still somehow alive, just be grateful.
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Hey, followers: thinking of trading in some old books/CDs/DVDs/videogames? Use this "refer a friend" promo code the first time you trade with and we both get £5: LSL6MBJMG (NB: First 10 people only)
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Top Of The Pops returns next Friday at 7.30pm with the 16 February 1989 edition, featuring Def Leppard, Gloria Estefan, Texas and The Style Council.
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
The video for “The Living Years” was shot in Somerset, and features Porlock Weir harbour and the church in the village of Culbone. The boy with Mike Rutherford is his son Tom, who was eight at the time.
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Mike Rutherford: "The lyrics were written by BA, and the song is about something he went through. He lost his dad, and it's about the lack of communication between him and his father before he died."
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
“The Living Years” was co-written by Mike Rutherford (formerly of Genesis) with BA Robertson - yes, him of "Bang Bang", the Swap Shop theme, and Annabella Lwin's ire.
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
The second and biggest of seven UK top 40 hits for MIke & The Mechanics, “The Living Years” was at its number 2 peak.
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
(Does quick maths) Marc Almond is now 14 years older than Gene Pitney was at this point.
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It was A&R man Clive Black who suggested getting Pitney to sing on the single release. Pitney sang his vocal in the studio with his shirt off, topless!
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Marc Almond: "I'd grown up with Gene Pitney, loving his songs, that 'cry' voice he had... which is why I wanted to cover one of his songs later."
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Marc Almond originally recorded “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart” as a solo version for his LP "The Stars We Are":
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“Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart” was written by Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook, whose other songs include "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" and ""I Wa s Kaiser Bill's Batman". The duo also had 2 UK top 40 hits themselves, as David and Jonathan.
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“Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart” first charted for Gene Pitney in 1967, peaking at 5:
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The fifth of 11 UK top 40 hits credited to Marc Almond, and the last of 22 UK top 40 hits for Gene Pitney, this new recording of “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart” was also Gene’s only number one (and his first top 40 hit since 1974).
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Kray Twins autobiography Our Story records Reggie's verdict on "The Last Of The International Playboys": "I liked the tune, but the lyrics in their entirety were lacking a little. They came quite close…"
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Morrissey's said to have sent wreaths to both Ronnie and Reggie Kray's funerals. The run-out groove of 1991 single "Our Frank" also includes the message "FREE REG, FREE RON".
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Morrissey explains: "The Krays became celebrities in England for being notorious and for being powerful… A lot of people, in order to be famous and in order to be acknowledge do something destructive. Or commit murder."
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
Backing up Morrissey here: former Smiths Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon - everyone but Johnny Marr, basically.
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Top Of The Pops Facts Jan 24
The third of 33 UK top 40 hits credited to Morrissey, “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys” was already at its number 6 peak.
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"My Prerogative" was a hit again in 1995, when Bobby Brown's version charted again (peaking at 17), and in 2004 when covered by Britney Spears (a no 3 hit). (Bobby Brown's verdict: "The only thing I can say is the check was good.")
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