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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 6: Three Flirts Produce Passion!


Welcome to volume 6 of  

my globetrotting series


BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!



I'm Shady Seaweed, here to bring you more great music performances that originated from TV studios, big halls and nightclubs in Europe and other parts of the world from the 1960s through early 2000s.



Join me now for another exciting

trip back in time as we visit

Bandstands in Foreign Lands!


 RICK ASTLEY 

THE ROXY
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND

Our 6th BIFL tour begins in the UK at The Roxy,
a mid 80s music TV series that originated from
Newcastle in North East England and was aired
on the British TV network ITA (Independent
Television Authority.) That's where we find
Brit popper Rick Astley performing his
international smash hit "Never Gonna
Give You Up," a single that topped the
chart in 25 countries including the U.S.

"Never Gonna Give You Up"
Rick Astley  {Aug./Sept./Oct. 1987 (UK),
highest chart pos. #1, Feb./Mar. 1988 (U.S.),
highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box,
live perf. on UK music TV series The Roxy}





 SISTER SLEDGE 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON

In the spring of 1979, a few months before I caught
their live show on the grandstand at the York (PA)
Interstate Fair, the Philly sibling act Sister Sledge
scored one of their biggest disco hits with the
chart-topping "Lost In Music." Here they are
in London performing the song on the long-
running TV series Top Of The Pops.

"Lost In Music" - Sister Sledge
(Apr/May 1979, highest chart pos.
#1 U.S. Hot Disco Singles,
#17 UK, live perf. on
Top Of The Pops)





 CANNED HEAT 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON

In 1959 R&B singer/musician Wilbert Harrison
had a #1 chart hit with "Kansas City," a song
covered by The Beatles and many other artists.
In 1962 Wilbert waxed the self-penned blues
song "Let's Stick Together" which failed to
chart. It took till the end of the decade for
Harrison to return to the top 40. He did so
with an updated version of "Let's Stick
Together," a musical appeal for peace
and unity with the title changed to
"Let's Work Together." Arguably the
best cover of the song was recorded by
the Los Angeles blues/boogie rock band
Canned Heat. To their credit, the band
generously insisted on delaying release
of their version in the U.S. until Harrison's
original had a chance to run its course in the
market. Harrison's single cracked the top 40
in the U.S. but failed to catch on in England.
Meanwhile the Canned Heat cover ignited
like sterno and became the band's biggest
UK hit, reaching #2 and lasting 15 weeks
on the chart. Gyrating to the Canned Heat
cover, here they are (gotta love 'em), the
studio audience dancers on Britain's
music show Top Of The Pops.

"Let's Work Together" - Canned Heat
{Feb./Mar./Apr. 1970 (UK), highest
chart pos. #2, Nov. 1970 (U.S.),
highest chart pos. #26 Hot 100,
#17 Cash Box), clip of studio
dancers on Top Of The Pops)





 DUSTY SPRINGFIELD 

READY STEADY GO!
LONDON

Arthur Alexander was a country-soul pioneer.
His songs were covered by The Beatles, Stones,
Otis, Tina, Killer Jerry Lee and other famous
recording artists. "Every Day I Have To Cry,"
penned by Alexander, was first recorded by
Steve Alaimo, the teen idol who went on to
host Dick Clark's series Where The Action Is.
BIFL now takes us to the UK and a mid 60s
British rock/pop music television show called
Ready Steady Go! That's where we find soulful
songstress Dusty Springfield set to perform her
version of the song. Ready - steady - GO!

"Every Day I Have To Cry"
Dusty Springfield (from Apr. 1964 EP
 Only Want To Be With You, live perf.
on Mar. 20, 1964, ep. of
Ready Steady Go!)





 BALTIMORA 

PETER'S POP SHOW
MAINZ, WEST GERMANY

Italo disco is a style of electronic new wave music
that reached its peak of popularity in the 80s. You're
about to hear one of the greatest hits of the genre -
"Tarzan Boy" - a single that topped the French
chart five weeks in a row, charted high in the
UK and other parts of Europe and lasted six
months on the U.S. Hot 100. "Tarzan Boy"
was recorded by an Italian band fronted by
Jimmy McShane, a singer from Northern
Ireland who relocated to Milan. In this clip,
McShane dazzles the audience on Peter's Pop
Show, the annual music special aired on the
West German public broadcaster ZDF.
Ladies and gents-- Baltimora!

"Tarzan Boy" - Baltimora
{Aug. 1985, highest chart pos.
#1 France, #3 UK, #13 Hot 100
(in Feb/Mar. 1986), live perf.
on Peter's Pop Show}





 THE FLIRTS 

DISCORING
RAI 1, Italy

Hi-NRG is a genre of electronic dance music
characterized by a fast tempo, reverberated
vocals and pulsating basslines. One of the
best examples of the style is "Passion" by
The Flirts, a sexy girl trio consisting of one
blonde, one brunette and one redhead, an
act conceived by New York genre mogul
Bobby Orlando. Released as a single in
1982 and 1983 in Canada, the UK and
other countries (but not in the U.S.),
"Passion" became a hit across Europe.
The Flirts performed their international
sizzler on Discoring, the Italian music
television series carried on Italy's
public service broadcaster Rai 1.

"Passion" - The Flirts
(1982 B single, highest chart pos.
#4 Germany & Switzerland,
#21 U.S. Dance, #22 Netherlands,
#36 Belgium, live perf. on
Italian TV series Discoring)




I hope you enjoyed vol. 6 of

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!

Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!