July 27th marked the 30th anniversary of the first album by Madonna. The self-titled debut included hits ‘Holiday’, ‘Lucky Star’, and ‘Borderline’. I love those tunes and the album, but my favorite tune is ‘Burning Up’. I love the music and the video wasn’t bad either. I would like any song that had Madonna dancing on the street.
The boys from Gold Fields
With the start of Summer coming up I think I might have found my jam for the season courtesy of the Australian band Gold Fields. I heard their song “Treehouse” on the Last Call with Carson Daly show and really loved the ode to New Wave dance music. It just sounds like summer.
Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe – Pet Shop Boys (circa 1986)
I saw on the Intertubes that the Pet Shop Boys announced that a new album will be released in September (“Elysium”) and they released the first single with a video today. It is titled “Invisible”. That got me thinking about their first album “Please” that I bought on cassette back in 1986. I love the whole album but one of my favorite early PSB songs is “Later Tonight” which is the 10th track from that album.
Back in my college days I was a huge fan of overly produced UK dance-pop from the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, and Bananarama. I guess it was more about the producers – Stock Aitken Waterman – then the singers themselves. One of my favorite albums from Bananarama was “WOW!” released in 1987. I was listening to it the other day and it reminded me of the days, long ago, walking through the oval to class with my Walkman on full blast. Good times….