Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"I tried to believe in God and James Dean"

New CD's in my record collection: "The Original High (Deluxe Edition)" by Adam Lambert, "Unbreakable (Target Deluxe Edition)" by Janet Jackson, "Glory Days (Deluxe Edition)" by Little Mix, "Red Hot (European Edition)" and "Snapshot" by RuPaul, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Remixes)" by Elton John & RuPaul, the reissue of "Jump To It" by Aretha Franklin and "Twang" by Trance Dance.

And finally the soundtrack to the 1988 movie "PS Sista Sommaren" including artists such as Lili & Susie, Tone Norum, Secret Service, Visitors and Trance Dance.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Urban Cone - Old School

I love finding new songs to listen to. This past week, I've been hooked on the funky song "Old School" by Swedish pop group Urban Cone from Stockholm. I really like the electronic retro sound, inspired by the seventies and eighties. Yet the track still sounds very 2017. Even the video is a cool throwback.

The song is out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US. I also recommend the Dave Audé remix for a clubbier experience.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sergey Lazarev - Lucky Stranger

Russian pop hunk Sergey Lazarev is back with a new hit single called "Lucky Stranger". The song is catchy as always and the eighties retro video is hilarious. I especially love the fashion of that era. Check out the video down below and don't forget to support the song.

The English version of the song does not yet have a video, but it's available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US. Get it now!

Check out my previous posts about Sergey Lazarev.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Steps - Scared Of The Dark (Video + Remixes)

I'm so excited about the comeback album "Tears On The Dance Floor" by British pop group Steps. Today, they finally released the video for the lead single "Scared Of The Dark", check it out down below. The song is absolutely fabulous and has quickly become a favourite of mine. The video is great too, it fits the song perfectly.

They have also released a brilliant remix EP with club mixes by 7th Heaven and Wideboys. They are out digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US. I just hope the longer club mixes are released officially too.

"Scared Of The Dark (Remixes)" tracklist:

1. Scared Of The Dark (Wideboys Step It Up Radio Mix)
2. Scared Of The Dark (Wideboys In The Shadows Vocal Mix)
3. Scared Of The Dark (7th Heaven Radio Mix)
4. Scared Of The Dark (Wideboys Dancefloor Radio Mix)
5. Scared Of The Dark (Wideboys In The Shadows Dub)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Outlast Trinity - The horror returns

One of the best horror video games released in the past few years is "Outlast" from 2013, developed by Red Barrels. On April 28, the sequel "Outlast 2" is finally coming out and I can't wait to play it... if I dare.

The game comes in a physical bundle called "Outlast Trinity" for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Not only is "Outlast 2" included, the original game and its bonus chapter "Whistleblower" are included as well. You can pre-order the game now from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

"You are Blake Langermann, a cameraman working with your wife, Lynn. The two of you are investigative journalists willing to take risks and dig deep to uncover the stories no one else will dare touch. You're following a trail of clues that started with the seemingly impossible murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe. The investigation has led you miles into the Arizona desert, to a darkness so deep that no one could shed light upon it, and a corruption so profound that going mad may be the only sane thing to do."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monthly chart - March 2017

1. Steps - Scared Of The Dark
2. Céline Dion - Loved Me Back To Life (Dave Audé Radio Mix)
3. Robin Bengtsson - I Can't Go On
4. Benjamin Ingrosso - Good Lovin'
5. Jeffrey - Dans For Mig
6. Jordan Fisher - Lookin' Like That
7. Le Freak - 25 Hours A Day
8. Carl Lewis - Break It Up
9. Pet Shop Boys - The Pop Kids
10. Jordan Fisher - All About Us
11. Sandra Kim - Tokyo Boy
12. Pet Shop Boys - Twenty-Something
13. Mariette - A Million Years
14. Hanna Lindblad - Manipulated (Remix Extended)
15. Aretha Franklin & George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Edited Remix)
16. Erasure - Love You To The Sky
17. Aretha Franklin - Rock-A-Lott (Street Mix - Radio Edit)
18. Dag Taylor - Trouble
19. Zayn - Like I Would (Dave Audé Mix)
20. Benjamin Ingrosso - Crystal Clear
21. Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
22. Steps - One For Sorrow
23. David Charvet - Teach Me How To Love (Graham Stack Radio Edit)
24. Céline Dion - One Heart (Original 3 Pop Edit)

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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Eurotix - Conquer The Universe (EP)

Artwork by Jimmy Dyrebrant
Mine and Larry Forsberg's synthpop project Eurotix just released the new digital EP "Conquer The Universe" so get ready for a retro synthpop and euro disco explosion!

Fans of Eurovision and Melodifestivalen – Sweden's preselection – might find it interesting to know that the title track started out as a demo for Swedish singer Magnus Carlsson of Alcazar fame. Our version is less "schlager" and more synthpop though.

The EP also includes the uptempo tracks "When Did Your Heart Grow Cold?" and "I'll Be Your Satellite", both inspired by eighties dance music. "If You Were A War" is the only ballad on the EP, with sad lyrics partly written by Dennis. Fun fact: Dennis' mum actually cried the first time he played the song for her.

Listen to the whole EP down under. Support us by buying or streaming the EP. It's out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Tidal, Google Play and more. You can still get our CD albums from our official store.

"Conquer The Universe" tracklist:

1. Conquer The Universe
2. When Did Your Heart Grow Cold?
3. If You Were A War
4. I'll Be Your Satellite

Saturday, March 11, 2017

"We will never break it up, break it up, break it up"

New additions to my record collection: "Super" by Pet Shop Boys, the super-rare "Modern Man" by Carl Lewis, "Two" by Visitors, reissue of "Faith" by George Michael and finally "The Definitive Collection" by Paul Parker, including the bonus remix collection.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Trailer: The Time Of Their Lives (2017)

I'm so excited to finally be able to see the trailer to the upcoming movie "The Time Of Their Lives". Starring soap icons Joan Collins and Pauline Collins, known from "Dynasty" and "Upstairs, Downstairs" respectively, and Italian actor Franco Nero. Let's hope it will be released on Blu-ray too.

"Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Ile-de-Re, former Hollywood siren Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla, a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage. Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road together by coach, ferry, car and foot in a race to get to the funeral on time, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another - and have the time of their lives."

For all things "Dynasty" and soap operas, like Plastic Retro on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Steps - Tears On The Dancefloor

It's official. One of my favourite pop groups Steps are finally back with a brand new tour and album, just in time for the band's twentieth anniversary. How time flies. The new album is called "Tears On The Dancefloor" and will be filled with dance-pop music. I'm excited beyond words.

The first single "Scared Of The Dark" will be released on March 10 and the album includes "Story Of A Heart", a cover of a song written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA. Other writers for the album are Ina Wroldsen (Calvin Harris, Britney Spears), Steve Mac (Jess Glynne, Little Mix), TMS (Years & Years, Sigma), Carl Ryden (The Saturdays, David Guetta), Fiona Bevan (One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer) and Metrophonic (Take That).

I have already pre-orded myself a CD copy. I just hope that the bonus remixes from the digital edition will also be available to buy separately later on. Or even better, include them on a maxi-single CD.

"Tears On The Dancefloor" can be pre-ordered now on CD, vinyl and as a download from the official Steps shop and from Amazon UK, Amazon US and iTunes. I will update the post with more stores as they come.

"Tears On The Dancefloor" tracklist:

1. Scared Of The Dark
2. You Make Me Whole
3. Story Of A Heart
4. Happy
5. No More Tears On The Dancefloor
6. Firefly
7. Space Between Us
8. Glitter & Gold
9. Neon Blue
10. I Will Love Again
11. Scared Of The Dark (Wideboys In The Shadows Vocal Mix)*
12. Story Of A Heart (7th Heaven Radio Mix)*

Tracks marked with * are bonus tracks on the digital edition of the album.

For all things Steps, like Plastic Retro on Facebook.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Miss Fisher And The Deathly Maze - Digital gamebook

I adore the mystery TV series "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" starring the brilliant Essie Davis as the title role. I just watched the final episode on TV. Sadly, it seems like there won't be any more seasons. Instead they are planning to make a couple of movies about a younger Miss Fisher.

While waiting for the movies, we can enjoy the newly released gamebook "Miss Fisher And The Deathly Maze" where you can take part in solving the mystery. The first episode is available to buy for iOS. More episodes will follow soon and the gamebook will also be released for more platforms.

Photo: Tin Man Games

Friday, March 03, 2017

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Feud: Bette Davis And Joan Crawford

Wow! I just saw the trailer to the FX Network's new TV series "Feud: Bette And Joan", about the famous feud between classic Hollywood movie icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I'm a massive fan of both stars and classic movies in general so I need to see this.

But the actresses in the series are great as well. Jessica Lange plays Joan, Susan Sarandon plays Bette, Judy Davis – who was amazing as Judy Garland in "Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows" – plays Hedda Hopper, Kathy Bates plays Joan Blondell and the fabulous Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Olivia de Havilland.

I hope this show will air on a channel I have or be released on Blu-ray.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Monthly chart - February 2017

1. Alessia Cara - How Far I'll Go
2. Dinah Nah - One More Night
3. Britney Spears - Slumber Party (Bimbo Jones Remix)
4. Hazell Dean - This Is My Life (Matt Pop Edit)
5. Chynna Phillips - Naked And Sacred (Radio Mix)
6. Rihanna - Love On The Brain (Gigamesh Remix)
7. The Cool Notes - Make This A Special Night
8. David Charvet - Leap Of Faith (Graham Stack 7" Mix)
9. Blue - We've Got Tonight
10. JAGMAC - Soldiers (Wideboys Future House Remix)
11. Jermaine Stewart - Don't Talk Dirty To Me (Single Version)
12. Carly Simon - My New Boyfriend
13. A-ha - Forest Fire
14. Laura Pausini - Un'emergenza D'amore
15. Blossom Tainton - Let Go
16. De Vet Du - Road Trip
17. Jordan Fisher - You're Welcome
18. FO&O - Gotta Thing About You
19. Hazell Dean - No Frills Love (Matt Pop Mix)
20. Paris King - My Addiction
21. Pet Shop Boys - The Pop Kids (The Full Story)
22. The Cool Notes - It's Over
23. A-ha - Mythomania

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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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.