Thursday, February 23, 2017

"You loved me back to life"

More CD's from my record collection: "I Want To Know What Love Is (Remixes)" by Mariah Carey, "Loved Me Back To Life" by Céline Dion including the lovely Dave Audé remix, reissues of "The Age Of Consent/Hundreds And Thousands" by Bronski Beat and "Read My Lips" and "Dare To Love" by Jimmy Somerville.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dynasty - Reboots, remakes and racism

Every time a movie or TV show is rebooted or remade, many of you – the fans – get angry. It's inevitable. "Ghostbusters" and "Annie" are two examples, and next in line is eighties primetime soap opera "Dynasty", one of my personal favourites. But what seems to anger you the most is that some characters are being cast by black and latino actors. I think you should ask yourself why that bothers you so much.

Don't get me wrong, it's totally fine to dislike the "Dynasty" reboot – even though you haven't seen one single episode yet – and the casting choices, but please leave race out of it. And before you start shouting: "I'm not racist, you PC troll", stop, take a deep breath and think about how the things you write online might come across.

I'm not saying that you are racist just because you criticise the reboot or the casting choice. But ask yourself: Would you have complained as much if the character was recast by a white actor? Probably not. Many of you have even written things like: "The PC catering has gone too far", "They are turning everyone black" and "Sammy Jo will be a man", which suggests to me that there is something more than just change bothering you.

I would like to think that "Dynasty" fans are open-minded, especially since many of us are LGBT, so we know what it feels like to be targeted simply for existing. But some of the online comments made by fans scare me. Have you forgotten how groundbreaking the original show was for having a gay main character?

I get that change can be tough, that you prefer things to stay exactly the same as they always have. But as much as we love the original show, this is a reboot, targeted at a younger audience – like most shows on The CW – who probably never heard of the original. Back when "Dynasty" originally aired, shows had at most one or two "token characters" of colour. But nowadays shows try to be more diverse, because that's what the world really looks like, it's not "all white". How is that a bad thing?

It's actually quite easy: If you don't like the reboot, don't watch it. I'm pretty sure they're not rebooting it for you anyway. Complain as much as you want about it being rebooted, but make sure you're not complaining because some of characters look different from the original, because that's shallow. If you want the original, watch the DVD's of that show. No one is taking that away from you, I promise.

I'm gay and I watch shows featuring straight characters all the time, so it's not obligatory to have a gay character to please me. But whenever one of the characters turn out to be gay, it makes me feel included, since I can easily relate to him or her. How can wanting to include others be a bad thing?

Reboots usually don't go down well with the original fans and I totally understand if you are fed up with remakes in general. I'm not saying the reboot will be good, because it hasn't even aired yet. I just wish you would stop using personal attacks and racist remarks when criticising entertainment. Because yes, that actually does make you sound racist, no matter how much you say you're not.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eurotix - Letting Go (Demo)

"Letting Go" is the early demo version of the Eurotix track "We Could Have Been", but with different lyrics, recorded back in 2013. We have made the demo version available to download for free through our Soundcloud page. You might enjoy comparing it to the final version, embedded down below.

"We Could Have Been" is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Riverdale - Archie Comics goes soap opera

I grew up reading the "Archie" comics and used to buy old copies in a local vintage shop. My sister loved them too and we even used to play Betty and Veronica. Now, The CW have created an exciting new TV series based on the comics, called "Riverdale".

I love discovering new drama series so I had to watch it. I must admit, I was a bit worried about the "darker" tone of the series, but after watching the pilot, I was hooked. I love the mystery and the fact that they have included so many of the characters from the comics, even smaller ones such as Josie And The Pussycats, Ethel, Cheryl Blossom, Dilton, Moose and the openly gay Kevin Keller.

The first three episodes are already on Netflix and a new one will be uploaded each Friday. So if you like teen soap operas such as "Pretty Little Liars", "Gossip Girl" and "90210", you will love "Riverdale". Fun fact is that Archie's dad is played by "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Luke Perry.

Other brilliant TV series I've recently started following: "The Crown", "The Halcyon" and "This Is Us". I highly recommend them!

Photo: The CW

Monday, February 06, 2017

"Love pains, hurting me through and through"

More CD's in my collection: "Nightlife" and "In The Name Of..." by Hazell Dean, nyutgåvor av "Say It Again" med Jermaine Stewart och "Real Love" med Lisa Stansfield. "Black And White" by Dag Taylor, also known as Taylor D., "Ma Voie" by Eurovision star Roberto Bellarosa, the rare promotion compilation "CD-Prom 101 - 9 Februari 1990" and finally "Teach Me How To Love (Graham Stack Remix)" by "Melrose Place"/"Baywatch" star David Charvet.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

My Traci Lords collection

This is my small but cherished Traci Lords collection: Her autobiography "Traci Lords: Underneath It All" where she even mentions my favourite soap "Melrose Place", her album "1,000 Fires" and singles "Fallen Angel" and "Control". Check them out. They're all great!

Friday, February 03, 2017

"Gonna make this a night to remember"

New CD's in my record collection: "G.R.L." by G.R.L., reissue of "Friends" by Shalamar, "Looking For Freedom" by David Hasselhoff, "I'll Keep A Light On" and "I Think About You" by Evelyn "Champagne" King, "Galen" and "My Girl" by Christer Sandelin and finally "Leap Of Faith (Deluxe Edition)" and the "Leap Of Faith" single by "Melrose Place"/"Baywatch" star David Charvet.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monthly chart - January 2017

1. Dead Or Alive - Love Toy (Full Vocal Version)
2. Jane Child - Don't Wanna Fall In Love
3. Dead Or Alive - Come Home (With Me Baby) (7" Version)
4. Robert DeLong - Don't Wait Up
5. Dead Or Alive - Sex Drive
6. Jellybean Feat. Adele Bertei - Just A Mirage (12" Remix)
7. Karyn White - The Way You Love Me
8. George Michael - White Light
9. Baccara - I Belong To Your Heart
10. Liam Cacatian Thomassen - Playing With Fire
11. Karyn White - Secret Rendezvous
12. Dan Hartman - Vertigo/Relight My Fire
13. Dead Or Alive - International Thing (Nu-NRG 7" Remix)
14. Steps - Deeper Shade Of Blue
15. Shanghai - Bang Bang (Heart On Fire)
16. André Cymone - The Dance Electric
17. Niall Horan - This Town (Tiësto Remix)
18. RuPaul - Born Naked (Stadium Remix)
19. Eartha Kitt - Primitive Man (Radio Mix)
20. Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart (Frankie Knuckles Classic Radio Mix)
21. Olivia Newton-John - I Need Love (Club Mix Edit)
22. ATC - Thinking Of You (Allegro Mix)

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 06, 2017

Baccara - I Belong To Your Heart (New Baccara)

Lovely disco duo Baccara got their big break in 1977 with the single "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie". Now, María Mendiola and Cristina Sevilla are finally back with new material. The single is called "I Belong To Your Heart" and has an amazing eighties retro sound, just the type of music I love.

Does the sound sound familiar? Well that's because Luis Rodríguez produced it, just like he did with the duo's eighties singles "Fantasy Boy", "Touch Me" and "Call Me Up", when they called themselves New Baccara. He also worked with artists such as Modern Talking, C.C. Catch, Sweet Connection and Blue System.

Check out the video down below. The track is available from iTunes, Spotify and Amazon UK. Let's make it a hit!

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Robert DeLong - Don't Wait Up

My dear friend Sven recently recommended this song to me: "Don't Wait Up" by Robert DeLong, an American electronic musician and singer. Sven knows me so well. I love the electronic dance-pop track, all the cool sounds and the way he plays all the instruments in the video. And he's got a great voice too!

"Don't Wait Up" is out digitally on iTunes and Spotify, and on CD from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Monday, January 02, 2017

"Hold on for one more day"

New additions to my record collection: reissues of "Alf" and "Raindancing" by Alison Moyet, "Karyn White" by Karyn White and "She's So Unusual" by Cyndi Lauper. "At Her Very Best And All The Greatest Hits" by Yazz, reissue of "Wilson Phillips" by Wilson Phillips, "Naked And Sacred" by Chynna Phillips, "Primitive Man" by Eartha Kitt and finally "This Is Who I Am" by Linnéa Handberg.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Yearly Chart 2016 - My most played songs

Another year gone by and mine was filled of fabulous music. Check out my yearly chart of the tracks I've listened to the most in 2015, both old and new. Maybe you'll find something new to listen to that you haven't heard before?

1. Sergey Lazarev - You Are The Only One
2. Kylie Minogue - Night Fever
3. Zoë - Loin D'ici
4. Madleen Kane - I'm No Angel
5. ILY - Magic
6. Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
7. Take That - Hey Boy
8. Kylie Minogue - Bette Davis Eyes
9. Austin Mahone - Dirty Work
10. Kim Wilde - Say You Really Want Me (Radio Edit)
11. Michael Davidson - Turn It Up (7" Remix)
12. Samantha Fox - Touch Me 2016
13. Kylie Minogue - At Christmas
14. Denise Lopez - Don't You Wanna Be Mine
15. Cathy Dennis - Just Another Dream
16. Donny Montell - I've Been Waiting For This Night (Club Remix)
17. Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know
18. Pia Zadora - Dance Out Of My Head (7" Version)
19. Jellybean Feat. Adele Bertei - Just A Mirage
20. Nicole Scherzinger - Killer Love
21. Donna Summer - Fame (The Game) (Dave Audé Radio)
22. Amir - J'ai Cherché
23. Sandra - Japan Ist Weit
24. Nick Jonas - Levels
25. Bananarama - Now Or Never
26. David Bowie - Magic Dance (Single Version)
27. Kim Wilde - The Second Time
28. Joe And Jake - You're Not Alone (Cahill Club Edit)
29. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Come With Us (F9 Radio Edit)
30. Alexandra Stan - I Did It, Mama!
31. Justin Bieber - Get Used To It
32. Cathy Dennis - Touch Me (All Night Long)
33. Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)
34. Dami Im - Sound Of Silence (7th Heaven Radio Edit)
35. Krystol - After The Dance Is Through
36. Lidia Isac - Falling Stars
37. Kiwi & Tess - Give Your Heart
38. Justs - Heartbeat ([Ex] Da Bass Radio Mix)
39. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)
40. Poli Genova - If Love Was A Crime
41. Donny Montell - Don't Touch Me
42. Cathy Dennis - Everybody Move (7" Radio Edit)
43. Carly Rae Jepsen - First Time
44. Bananarama - A Trick Of The Night (U.K. Video Mix)
45. Ariana Grande - One Last Time
46. Alexis Jordan - Happiness
47. Alesha Dixon - Tallest Girl
48. Rose - Magic Carillon
49. Sheena Easton - The Lover In Me
50. Eartha Kitt & Bronski Beat - Cha Cha Heels
51. Courtney Act - Kaleidoscope
52. Christophe Willem - L'amour Me Gagne
53. Clairity - Velcro
54. Kylie Minogue & Dannii Minogue - 100 Degrees (7th Heaven Radio Edit)
55. Shawn Hook - Sound Of Your Heart (Jump Smokers Remix)

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this year, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.