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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 1: In Your Car and In Your Room!


Welcome to my new series

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!


Hello, I'm Shady Seaweed! Unless you just crawled out from under a rock... you know that I have been emceeing the annual New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady blocast since 1974 and that I was recently tapped as Kelly Ripa's new co-host on the daily ABC morning show which has been renamed Live with Kelly and Shady. Some of you old timers might also remember me from the 50s and 60s when I hosted the wildly popular gymnastics TV show American Handstand.

I grew up watching Dick Clark's
American Bandstand and other U.S.
produced music TV shows for teenagers.
Apart from Hullabaloo's remote segments
from London, I never gave any thought to
similar shows that were originating in other
countries. In this new series I will present
high quality videos of solo artists, groups
and bands of the 1960s thru early 2000s,
many of them American, performing in
studios, big halls and clubs in the UK,
Germany and other countries. Join me
on this trip back in time as we visit
Bandstands in Foreign Lands!


 THE COOL-NOTES 

TOP OF THE POPS

Let's begin the series on a real cool note
with The Cool-Notes, a seven member
pop/funk band from London that had a
string of hits in the UK in the mid 80s.
One of the very coolest of the Cool is
"In Your Car," a 1985 single that the
act performed on Top Of The Pops,
the long-running music television
series that first originated from
studios in Manchester and
later moved to London.

"In Your Car" - The Cool-Notes
(1985, highest chart pos. #13 UK,
perf. on Top Of The Pops)





 THE BANGLES 

COUNTDOWN

Countdown was a Dutch music TV series
that ran from the late 70s through early 90s
on the public broadcasting system Veronica.
Countdown was considered the top music
show in all of Europe. That's where we
find Susanna Hoffs and her SoCal pop-
rock band The Bangles singing their
hit single "In Your Room," a song
from their 1988 album Everything
which charted higher in Europe
than it did in the U.S.

"In Your Room" - The Bangles
(Dec. 1988/Jan '89, highest chart pos.
#5 Hot 100, from Oct. 1988 album
Everything, perf. on Countdown)





 PET SHOP BOYS 

TOPPOP

TopPop is another Netherlands-based TV
series, this one from Dutch broadcaster
AVRO with studios in Hilversum near
Amsterdam. Most of the performances
on TopPop were recorded on location
at venues around the world because
few artists were willing or able to
travel to Holland. Pet Shop Boys,
the popular English electronic pop
duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe,
appeared on TopPop and performed
their award winning 1985 hit
single "West End Girls."

"West End Girls" - Pet Shop Boys
(Apr./May 1986, highest chart pos,
#1 Hot 100/#1 UK, from Mar. 1986 album
Please, live on Dutch TV series TopPop)





 ANITA WARD 

 (LEGS & CO) 

TOP OF THE POPS

In 1979 Anita Ward's disco single
"Ring My Bell" soared to #1 in the U.S.,
Canada and the UK. We now return to the
BBC music program Top of the Pops! where
Legs & Co, the series' 4th generation female 
dance troupe, is set to do their interpretation
of Anita's international chartbuster.

"Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward
(June/July 1979, highest chart pos. #1,
dance performed by Legs & Co
on Top of the Pops)





 SANDRA 

TOPPOP

Sandra Ann Lauer, known to her fans as Sandra,
is a German pop singer who racked up a string
of English language hit singles from the mid 80s
through early 90s. Sandra released a cover of
"Everlasting Love" a top 20 hit in 1967 by U.S.
singer Robert Knight. The song was co-written
by Buzz Cason, the guy who in 1960 recorded
"Look For a Star," the famous theme from the
film Circus of Horrors using the pseudonym
Garry Miles. Successful covers of "Everlasting
Love" include a 1968 single by the London soul
group Love Affair which topped the UK chart,
and a version by Detroit soul man Carl Carlton
that brushed the top 5 in 1974. Sandra's rousing
 rendition reached the top 10 in half a dozen
European countries. The beautiful songstress
appeared on several of the European television
music shows that will be featured in this series
including this great performance on TopPop.

"Everlasting Love" - Sandra
(Sept. 1987, highest chart pos.
#4 South Africa, #5 Germany &
Switzerland, #6 Austria, from
Oct. '87 album Ten on One
(The Singles), live perf.
on TopPop)





 ABBA 

STARPARADE

Starparade was a West German music TV series
hosted by German composer and big band leader
James Last. Starparade presented performances
by popular music acts and was broadcast live
from big halls throughout Germany. Starparade
was carried on ZDF, the public-service television
broadcaster based in Mainz. In the spring of 1978,
the Swedish super group ABBA stopped by to do
their international hit "Take a Chance on Me."

"Take a Chance On Me" - ABBA
(May/June 1978, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#1 UK + four countries,
live performance May 10, 1978,
on James Last's Starparade)





I hope you enjoyed vol. 1 of

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!

Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon!

Have a Shady day!

35 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonMay 18, 2017 at 2:56 AM

    You didn’t tell me you were named Kelly Ripa’s new co-host lol.

    This is another great idea for a series— visiting bandstands in foreign lands. The Cool Notes really are cool. I like their stylish look and groovy sound. I never heard of them before and never heard of Sandra— but I like her version of Everlasting Love. I remember that song from years ago but never knew so many people recorded it.

    The performances by the Bangles, Pet Shop Boys and Abba were all terrific. I also enjoyed the dance company Legs on Top of the Pops. You were right about the high quality of the videos. It is hard to believe these performances took place thirty or more years ago. I remember you introducing the Top of the Pops dancers in another post but I didn’t know about those other European shows— Countdown, Toppop and Starparade. This series will most certainly be educational as well as entertaining!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for dropping in for lunch... uh, I mean... for the LAUNCH of yet another new series on SDMM, (The Best of) Bandstands in Foreign Lands.

      Yessum, I’m Kelly’s new co-host-with-the-most and, as you might recall, my old series American Handstand gave Cathy Rigby her start and made Nadia Comăneci a household name. : )

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed watching these artists and bands as they appeared on television shows in the UK and other parts of Europe in the 70s and 80s. The Cool-Notes and Sandra are brand new to me as well and
      I too love their look and sound. It just goes to show how many great artists came and went w/o many of us in the U.S. even knowing they existed, and how many fine TV programs and series there were that showcased these acts during the time we were focused on Bandstand, Soul Train, Solid Gold, The Midnight Special and other American made music TV series. I assure you that Bandstands in Foreign Lands will be as much a learning experience for me as it will be for you and the other readers, and I already have enough great material to fill 50 more volumes, so stay tuned!

      Thanks again for dropping in, Kathryn, and have a super day!

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  2. I never knew there were so many.
    Hopefully Kelly likes you better than she did Michael.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! Kelly and I already had our first spat at which point she stormed off the set shouting "Shady, I served with Regis Philbin. I knew Regis Philbin. Regis Philbin was a friend of mine. Shady, you're no Regis Philbin!" :)

      I discovered dozens of music TV shows and series in foreign lands and I am eager to present the best performances from them in this series.

      Thanks again, Alex,and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  3. How interesting! While I've heard of 'Top of the Pops' before, all the rest are new to me.

    Times change (TV was great, but radio had some fantastic music programs and DJs, too) so I guess these days kids (and adults!) are getting a lot of their music from podcasts and the like.

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend. I'm happy to see you!

      As I noted in the text, I remember the Hullaballoo London segment but, before I started doing research for this series, the only other music TV show on the other side of the pond that I knew about was TOTP. I was surprised and delighted to find dozens of other shows and vintage clips from them in marvelous, restored condition. I will bring you the best of the bunch in this BIFL series which will run 50 or more episodes.

      Yessum, times have certainly changed, and people get their music from a variety of sources now. Sometimes I think there are simply too many choices in the modern world. When we had fewer choices we got a lot more excited about what we had, know what I mean?

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. Hi Shady,

    You had me dancing in this entry. You chose a great selection and I loved every single song. :)

    Have a great Thursday evening, dear friend.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks so much for coming over this evening, dear friend!

      This batch of tuneage was playing on the radio, on TV, in clubs and on turntables years before you were born. I'm delighted to know that you loved every song and were inspired to dance. Maybe your dad knows some of these artists and songs. You should ask.

      Thanks again, dear friend, JM, and enjoy your Friday and weekend!

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    2. I have heard of the Bangles. I grew up listening to the Bangles. :) My British friend loves the Pet Shop Boys, but this was my first time actually listening.

      Have a great Saturday, dear friend!

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    3. And our oldies station used to play "Ring My Bell", but they switched over to the 80s now - I guess 80s are considered oldies now. :(

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    4. Hi again, Jessica Marie!

      You can get hooked on Pet Shop Boys. I did. Most of their recordings could be described as wooden, robotic and emotionless, the opposite of emo, yet they work, they're cool. I hope you give more of their stuff a try!

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    5. "Ring My Bell" was a major disco hit in the summer of 1979 and I doubt your radio station will play it now that it has switched to an 80s format. You're right. The 80s and 90s are oldies now and it wouldn't surprise me if songs of the 2000s are played on oldies radio programs.

      Thanks again for your return visit and comments, dear friend JM. I hope you are having a great weekend!

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  5. Hello, Mr. Seaweed! Hope you don't mind my dropping in so late...it was another busy day in the Lone Star State. I did come by earlier this afternoon to get my feet wet, and learned of your plans to co-host with Ms. Ripa! You will be a welcome and exciting addition to the show!

    Where do we start with this cool post on Foreign Bands? They are all good and, some are very familiar to me. I think I've heard of the "Cool Notes", but I won't swear to it. However, 'In Your Car' grew on me as a pretty good pop dance song, and I really liked the video.

    "In Your Room". Hmmm, at first I thought of "In My Room" by the Beach Boys, lol. When I heard the song-I was really impressed. I always liked the Bangles for their musical capabilities as well as their colorful stage presence. This song and video clearly bring out their vocal talents, and, I'll bet quite a few crowd pleasing thumbs ups!

    And, hey-five stars for Sandra! I have not ever heard of her, but, you are correct, she is lovely! Her "Everlasting Love" is superb! I know that 'presentation' always helps, and this presentation is sensational! I loved the band and her back up. All of the dynamics made this song/cover a winner in my book!♥

    Of course I adore Abba, and I remember they are one of your all time favorites, Seaweed Shady! This is a group possessing top vocal qualities (here I am, the critic). They perform together effortlessly, it's a shame they weren't together longer. This was a special-magical group.

    What a cool song "West End Girls" is. I never hear that song anymore. The lead singer's voice is so casual, yet dominating. The keyboardist didn't seem to be totally into it though, lol. I remember seeing some performances of the Pet Shop Boys years ago, but, I didn't follow their music.

    I must say, this was really fun, Shady. A great mix of greats, who appreciate being dusted off from time to time. I hope Ms Ripa knows she's getting the best music entrepreneur around!

    Well, someone is "Ringing My Bell", and it is getting late. Thank you for dancing us into the weekend, Shady. Take care, dear friend! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for swinging over from Texas and for composing another long and lovely comment, dear friend! I read your comment late last night and decided to sleep on it and collect my thoughts in the morning. I am now guzzling black coffee in an effort to do so. :)

      Regarding the TV show Live With Kelly and Ryan, I realize that I am showing my age by revealing that I am old enough to remember the show when it was named Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, and that I also remember Regis Philbin as the sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show from 1967 to 1969. Did you watch that talk show and/or Joey's earlier sitcom The Joey Bishop Show, which ran from 1961 to 1965? Did you know that the sitcom was a spin-off of The Danny Thomas Show? It is interesting to note that Danny's daughter, Marlo (That Girl) Thomas was a member of the cast of The Joey Bishop Show in season one. However the series suffered from low ratings and in season two was completely revamped with different supporting characters. That's when Abby Dalton joined the cast in the role of Joey's wife. In 1965 Marlo Thomas starred in the pilot of a proposed series called Two's Company which never got off the ground. (They should have named it Three's Company :) How's that for a quick game of Six Degrees? :)

      I'm delighted to know you got so much out of this post, Suzanne. To clarify, this series is not about Foreign BANDS, it is about artists, groups and bands, many of them American, performing on TV in foreign LANDS. In other words, the venues are just as important to this series as the acts that perform.

      The Cool-Notes are the coolest act I discovered so far this year. They didn't have many releases or hits but their disco funk style was right in the pocket. The two cute women take turns on lead vocals and both of them soulful and terrific.

      Yessum, going into this series, the only "In Your Room" song I knew was the classic ballad by the Beach Boys. The song by Susanna H and her girls is another great one. In comments on YouTube, it was noted that Susanna perfected the seductive side glance. As you might have noticed, she employs that flirty glance when the director punches up the band on a camera positioned stage left or right.

      Sandra is another tremendous find. I had no idea she was such a popular singing star in Europe in the 80s. I love her rendition of the catchy song "Everlasting Love." I have more of Sandra coming up in other volumes of the series. Y/T videos indicate that Sandra is still performing in the 2010s.

      Yessum, ABBA is one of my favorite groups and they will also be returning in this series. I think the whole idea behind the Pet Shop Boys act was for them to appear subdued and uninspired. It is a common thread that runs through their recorded work.

      I trust that whoever was "Ringing Your Bell" last night wasn't Anita Ward. I hope it was the Publishers Clearinghouse prize patrol. :)

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Suzanne!

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    2. Hi Shady, Thank you for clarifying the bands issue. I realized later that the bands weren't all foreign. It was pretty cool that they did perform on the foreign Bandstand-type programs. Great exposure! Growing up I had no idea that many of our American artists were so enjoyed in other countries, (except for maybe Jerry Lee, lol!).

      No Publishers Clearinghouse this time around...we were experiencing thunder and lightning last night (no rain in sight), and Scootie was nervous about it. He couldn't sleep! I think I was the tired one then!

      Thank you for your reply, Shady, and have a great weekend! ♫

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    3. Hi again, Suzanne!

      FYI - I was reading some of your comments from years ago when you used to go by the name "Susan." If I'm not being too nosy, I'd be interested in knowing why you decided to change your online name to "Suzanne."

      I have learned a lot already just by starting to assemble the posts in this series. It is no secret that many American artists enjoyed greater popularity abroad than they did stateside, but I am finding more and more artists of which this was true. There are also instances in which certain singles by U.S. artists were only released in other countries, and this series will give us a chance to hear them for the first time. It strikes me that while many U.S. artists were embraced in other lands, there weren't as many foreign artists (outside of the Beatles, the British Invasion acts and ABBA) that made a good dent in the U.S. chart.

      I hope Ed McMahon is ringing your bell at this very moment, check in hand. :) On second thought, I hope one of his helpers comes to your door instead. :) Thank you again for being such a wonderful friend, Susanne. I wish you and Scootie a fine weekend!

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    4. Haha, Hi again! The name Susan came from AT&T years ago. When I moved to Texas in 1971, and got a telephone account, they spelled my name wrong. To this day, my phone account is still in the name of Susan, and I finally quit asking them to correct it to Suzanne. When I got AT&T internet, the name Susan carried over into my email, etc. Now, I've been called Susan a lot in my life, and I quite like the name. But, I have tried to make the corrections to Suzanne. It was kind of fun, though!

      I guess I thought most of my favorite artists from the 60's were American. Like Clapton for instance. I didn't know for a lot of years that he is from England...just enjoyed his music and never heard him talk, lol! So, this is good, Shady! We'll find out a lot of great things, won't we! See you next time, take care (hey! I just saw that you spelled my name Susanne)! Thought you'd pull one over on me, eh? ♫

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    5. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thanks for coming back over to answer my prying question. It doesn't matter to me if you want to call yourself Susan or Suzanne. I call you a dang good friend, and I'm grateful to have you. I'm sorry I spelled your name wrong in my last reply. I think you must remind me of Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles. :)

      Thanks again for chatting with me, dear friend Suzanne. Take care of yourself, have a wonderful weekend, and please join me for another edition of my Spectorian Echoes series next week!

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  6. This is a cool new series Shady. I'm very familiar with Top of the Pops but the other shows I had never heard of before
    Memories are flowing this morning with this installment. I haven't heard the Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls in soooo long! LOVE that song. And who doesn't love a little Abba now and then?
    I don't recall hearing that Bangles song but I was never really into that group. The others were new to me.
    Oh, and that dance to Anita Hill's Ring My Bell was...ah, interesting. :) Lol.

    Now I'll have West End Girls stuck in my head all day...which I don't mind at all. Thanks!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming by today, dear friend, as I kick-off yet another new series, one that will run concurrently with Shady Train and total 50 volumes or more!

      I'm tickled to know that this ditty by Pet Shop Boys got your memories flowing back to the 80s when the synthpop duo had a string of hits. I'd have to say that "West End Girls" is also one of my favorites. The audio and video quality are astounding on this and other clips from TopPop and other European TV shows, and that is what inspired me to do this series. Many of the artists that will appear on Bandstands in Foreign Lands also performed on Soul Train, so if you liked Soul Train, please stay tuned for more goodies on Bandstand.

      I can think of worse fates than having "West End Girls" on repeat in your mind all day. :) Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Michele, and have a great weekend!

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  7. Tom,

    This is going to be a good post series. I never thought about Bandstand type programs in other countries but it certainly makes sense to find similar programming to promote artists in their home land and that of others. Most of today's featured bands/artists I know. That's a first me, I know. :) The Cool Notes is an introduction, though. I found a nice YouTube playlist of their mewsic to listen to while I share my thoughts with you. According to Wikipedia the seven member band recorded/performed from 1984-1986 and that their best chart hit was "Spend the Night" peaked at #11 in 1985. I really love their whole 80s disco vibe and wonder why I never heard of them before today. Oh well, what a jewel I found here this afternoon. Thanks for educating this Curious CAThy! Thanks for visiting the other day at my place. I've been busy repairing broken links which I neglected to finish fixing after installing the cool plugin that flags these mistakes. Anywho, I enjoyed Volume One in this lineup! Have a tunetastic weekend, my friend!

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    1. Hi hi hi, dear Cathy!

      Thank you very much for dropping by as I begin yet another new series (The Best of) Bandstands in Foreign Lands. You will be amazed at the number of mewsic oriented TV series that originated in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Australia and other countries. I have collected the best performances from those shows for this series which, like Shady Train, will be a 50-parter and will run for the next 8 or 9 years, so please stick around!

      I am thrilled to know that you appreciate the Cool-Notes as much as I do. They are the biggest mewsic find of the year so far for me and, like you, I can't believe I never heard of them before. I have a few more of their songs coming up in this series including their biggie "Spend the Night" so stick around.

      It is always a pleasure to visit your CAAC site and I especially appreciate you coming over today while you are still technically on hiatus. That's the mark of a dedicated friend!

      Get some rest, take care, and have a wonderful weekend, dear friend Cathy!

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    2. Tom,

      I'm glad to hear you'll be featuring more of the Cool Notes mewsic! I made a mental note, I really need to write it down, to use this group in the future after discovering them here. That's how much I enjoyed them.

      I'm impressed to hear that you have this segment spaced out for 50 editions that's expected to span several years. That's amazing to me! I certainly plan to stick around for them Lord willing and the creek don't rise. That's an old saying my grandparents and parents used. :) Well...it's gonna be a wild day for me with three doctor appointments schedule - two annual check ups and the third is a dental consultation for Pin Hole Surgery (to repair receding gums). I plan to remain on break, except for Monday posts, for awhile yet. Have a good week and thanks for visiting, my friend!

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    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Oh my goodness! You really do have a lot of appointments scheduled in one day. I have three in a row coming up at the start of June spread out over a week. I hope each and every one of your checkups and procedures goes well, dear friend.

      Yessum, the more I listen to the Cool-Notes, the more I like them and wonder why their records weren't released here in the U.S. I think their look and sound would have gone over well with American mewsic lovers.

      Yessum, I believe in having something to look forward to, and making plans years into the future gives me a reason to get up in the morning and the drive to get something accomplished. I would love to have you with me 8 or 9 years from now when these long term series eventually come to an end. Let's make a vow to take good care of ourselves to improve the odds of that happening. :)

      I'll be thinking about you as your plow through your appointments today, dear friend Cathy. Thanks again for coming and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  8. Oh My Goodness !
    Love love love love this post.
    The Bangles, Walk Like an Egyptian, Manic Monday and everything from the Pet Shop Boys. Yes Please !
    So interesting to see how some music is loved better in different countries.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      It's great to have you back here with me at SDMM, dear friend. Thank you very much for coming over. You arrived just in time to catch this new series from the beginning.

      I'm very pleased to know that this BIFL series is of interest to you. In it you will see great performances by pop, rock, disco and disco funk acts of the 70s and 80s with a few offerings from the 60s, 90s and early 2000s.

      Yessum, you listed the Bangles biggies there, and I must admit that I don't remember "In Your Room," even though it was a top 5 hit in the U.S. (and cracked the top 40 in the UK). As I noted in the text, Everything, the album "In Your Room" was taken from, was a bigger hit in the UK than stateside, reaching #5 over there and #15 here.

      I do hope you will join me for this 50-part series along with my other posts, dear friend. I love to entertain you and I appreciate your support.

      I see that thehamish is poorly again and I am very sorry. I will be over to visit your page soon.

      I hope you have a good weekend, dear friend Gayle!

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  9. Hey Shady! I think you should kick Kelly off that show and just do a solo act! I would actually watch it then! Wouldn't Dick Clark be happy to know he wasn't alone in the music world of dancing teens and singing acts. He probably knew that anyway! I'm happy to say I remember most of the these bands and the songs..just a few were new to me. I think this is a fun series. I love Abba...except when Pierce Brosnan was singing their tunes in that movie..it was awful! Anyway, have a wonderful week Shady!






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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for catching the launch of my new series Bandstands in Foreign Lands. I am very pleased to see you, dear friend!

      You are very sweet for suggesting that I could carry the morning show alone w/o Kelly. :) I don't know about Dick Clark, but Don Cornelius, the host of Soul Train, realized there was an audience for soul and disco funk style dance music. In the mid 80s Cornelius created a UK version of Soul Train, a TV series called 620 Soul Train. I have some great clips from that show coming up in this series.

      I'm glad you like ABBA, recognize most of the other acts in volume 1, and think this will be a fun series for you.

      Thank you again for your cheery visit and comment, dear friend YaYa. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  10. I hung out here for a while and made the trip through those videos. I have to say, when I got to Anita Ward's I sat up and paid close attention. That was quite a performance with those colorful foxy tails.

    Abba still catches and holds my ear. I can't sit still and listen to those two.

    Thanks, Shady. You put that Clark guy to shame.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      How are you this week, dear friend? Thank you very much for coming by!

      I'm excited to know that you spent some time in the Shady sampling sounds from Bandstands in Foreign Lands, and that you wound up tapping your toes and dancing in your seat to the tunes by Anita Ward and ABBA. The UK music TV showcase Top Of The Pops had dancing beauties as a regular program feature and there were five generations of them - The Go-Jos, Pan's People, Ruby Flipper, Legs & Co and Zoo, the latter of which included male dancers.

      It is sweet of you to suggest that I put that Clark guy to shame. Did you mean Dick Clark... or Clark Kent? :)

      Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend C-Lee!

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  11. I'm so glad you are Kelly's new co-host because I think Michael S would sell his mom's soul to get ahead...just saying:) who knew how big the music scene was in Europe?? Why wouldn't they?? It's funny how we don't think past North America...well, me anyway even though I have been over there. Now...so glad you ended with my favourite, ABBA, which shows how great they are even though they are lip synching which was common back then. Speaking of German...I didn't know Sandra was German but the Krauts had some big hits in the 80's. Now Anita Ward's song is good but those gals with the fox tails missed their stripper fans:) I don't know the first song, I don't know at all but how 80's with the hair and the neon pink. I don't know the song from the Bangles but I do know the group. Love Pet Shop Boys as they remind me of my dear friends who are brothers and we always danced to this tune in the 80's. I'm laughing at the keyboardist who looks so bored playing the keyboard with just one hand...cracks me up

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thanks for dropping in for the start of another series - BIFL (or "biffle," as we might call it. :)

      Thanks for the vote of confidence as I settle in as Kelly R's new second chair. I messed up big time on day one by calling her Kathie Lee. My dressing room is now the broom closet. :)

      I'm tickled silly to know that you enjoyed ABBA's lip sync performance. You are right. Lip syncing was common back then on shows like these and there was no shame or stigma attached to it.

      In addition to The Cool-Notes, Sandra is another great find for me this year. She was a major star, had a long string of hits and appeared on TV shows all over Europe. Several more of her performances will be presented in this 50-part series, so stay tuned.

      The TOTP Terpsichore troupes will also be a regular feature in BIFL, with most posts containing at least one performance by the dancing damsels.

      Pet Shop Boys had a distinctively bland, bleak, emotionless style which caught on and turned them into consistent hit makers. "West End Girls" is one of my favorites by the English duo.

      I'm so glad you came over, dear friend BB. Thank you very much for your fine comment. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  12. The Pet Shop Boys and Abba! Now those are music I could still remember. Especially Abba. Mama Mia has a sequel and we'll be hearing their songs again in the big screen soon. Can't wait!

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    1. Hi, Luxie!

      Thanks for coming by, my friend around the world!

      I'm happy to find out that Pet Shop Boys and ABBA trigger distant memories of your childhood. For me, they trigger memories of middle age! :)

      I didn't know that a Mamma Mia sequel was in the works. I just looked it up and found that Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, a movie that will use other ABBA songs in the soundtrack, has a planned release date of July 20, 2018. Thanks for letting me know about it.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Lux, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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