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FlinterFile: Queen- It’s A Hard Life

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This song is a mix of the classic Queen rock ballads and the magnitude of Bohemian Rhapsody. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Michael Jackson- Farewell My Summer Love

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At Motown, they sometimes lose recordings. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Style Council- You’re The Best Thing

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The Style Council released their debut album Café Bleu (in the US My Ever Changing Moods) in 1984. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kenny Loggins- Footloose

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Dean Pitchfork wrote a script for a movie which was released in 1984. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Linda Lewis- Class/Style

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In 1984, Linda Lewis released her disco record Class/Style (I’ve Got It). As a small girl, she performed with her father, which led to her first small roles. She played in the movie A Hard Day’s Night. In the seventies, she released several songs, and sung in the background for artists like David Bowie and Cat Stevens. The albums she made in the seventies selled the best, but this disco song only was a minor hit in the Netherlands. Enjoy

Linda Lewis- Class/Style (I’ve Got It)

FlinterFile: Echo & the Bunnymen- The Killing Moon

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In 1984, Echo & the Bunnymen recorded one of their biggest hits. The song was inspired by several things. Firstly, Ian McCulloch (the singer) played Space Oddity by David Bowie backwards and changed it. Secondly, they got inspired by several balalaikas which were played in their hotel, with which they also played around to get the chorus. Thirdly, they had the line ‘Fate up against your will’, with which Ian woke up one morning. Together it made the song and a number 9 hit in the UK. Enjoy

Echo & the Bunnymen- The Killing Moon

FlinterFile: The Blue Nile- Tinseltown In The Rain

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In 1984, The Blue Nile released their only hit. They were without money and without record compagny to release their music, so they really had a problem. The demo of this song was played on a shoestring! Their engineer then took this song to Linn Hi-Fi, who saw changes to market their new equipment, if the Blue Nile used it. They were given 15 000 pounds to record their debut album. This song, the single of the album, was about their home town Glasgow, where the singer tries to find love between all the asphalt. It was number 87 in the UK, but a bigger hit in the Netherlands: number 28. Enjoy

The Blue Nile- Tinseltown In The Rain

FlinterFile: Evelyn Thomas- High Energy

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In 1984, a multicultural song was produced. The producers were the British DJ Ian Levine, the Irish composer Fiachra Trench, and the song was sung by the American singer Evelyn Thomas. The energetic song would be one of the first songs of the High-NRG genre to enter the normal charts. Later, Stock Aitken and Waterman would produce a lot of High-NRG songs which were picked up by the normal charts. This song was number 1 in the US dance chart, and number 5 in the UK chart. Enjoy

Evelyn Thomas- High Energy

Song of the day: Matt Bianco- Whose Side Are You On?

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In 1984, Matt Bianco started their career with the album Whose Side Are You On?. The title track of that album only was a small hit in the Netherlands, as it reached number 23. The text is about a spy, and this is a reference to the name of the band (as that was a spy). Enjoy

Matt Bianco- Whose Side Are You On?

Song of the day: Rockwell- Somebody’s Watching Me

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In 1984, Kennedy Gordy (yes, the son of the Motown founder Berry Gordy) recorded a demo with a Motown producer under the name Rockwell. Berry did not believe his son had capacities as an artist, but was convinced the demo could be a hit. Michael Jackson sang the backing vocals, something Kennedy strongly wanted. It would mean the guarantee the single would be a hit, which it was: number 2 in the US and number 6 in the UK. Enjoy

Rockwell- Somebody’s Watching Me