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FlinterFile: Prince- If I Was Your Girlfriend

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Originally, Prince had some plans to do a project as a female alter-ego named Camille. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Firm- Star Trekkin’

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In the eighties, the Firm was mainly known for their novelty hits. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Stock, Aitken and Waterman- Roadblock

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In the eighties, a very important producer trio was Stock Aitken and Waterman. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Freddie Mercury- The Great Pretender

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This song dates back to 1956, when the Platters took it to the charts. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mel & Kim- Respectable

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In 1987, Stock, Aitken and Waterman had their first number 1 hit (UK) they composed and produced together. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Joe Smooth- Promised Land

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In 1987, Joe Smooth released his biggest hit. The DJ and producer helped to develop the House genre with this song. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Wendy & Lisa- Waterfall

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In 1987, Wendy & Lisa made their debut with this song. They first met each other in the band The Revolution. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Icehouse- Crazy

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In 1987, the Australian band Icehouse had a big hit in the US. The band once started as Flowers, playing covers of songs by for example David Bowie, T.Rex and Lou Reed. After hitting the charts in 1980, they signed up at Chrysalis, which meant they had to change their name. The song Crazy was written by Iva Davies and Andy Qunta for the album Man of Colours. The song is about a man who thinks it is crazy if a woman loves a man like himself. It was number 38 in the UK, and number 14 in the US. Enjoy

Icehouse- Crazy

FlinterFile: Labi Siffre- (Something Inside) So Strong

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In 1987, Labi Siffre released his protest against Apartheid. Labi Siffre was already retired from music (he did so himself), but forgot all that when he saw a white soldier shooting at black children. Actually, he first thought of giving the song to another singer, but when he finished writing, he was convinced he should record it himself. And so he did, with success: it became a number 4 hit in the UK, one of his highest chart positions. Enjoy

Labi Siffre- (Something Inside) So Strong

FlinterFile: Breakfast Club- Right On Track

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In 1987, a new wave band that was formed in the late seventies had their only charting hit from their only album. And in that time, Madonna (not yet famous, as she debuted in 1983) played drums and guitar in the band. The band would rehearse all through the night and eat breakfast together in a local diner, hence the name. Madonna left the band when she was not allowed to be the frontlady… this particular song was produced by Jimmy Iovine (producer at the time of U2, the Pretenders, and Bruce Springsteen), the background vocals were sung by Jocelyn Brown. And Madonna? She was furious… the song ended on number 7 in the US and number 54 in the UK. Enjoy

Breakfast Club- Right On Track