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  • A great single from the late George Michael. Was it his best?

     A truly great  single by George Michael called Faith.

    We've now reached the first day of the new year which is 2017. 2016 is now a thing of the past; And now we all have to - "look to the future..."

    I was actually thinking of the Slades, Uk - Christmas Number one hit of 1973 when I mentioned that....

    However, during the middle of the day on Christmas day, 2016. I found out that George Michael had just died. It didn't strike me at first as real. Maybe it was a prank I thought. A cruel joke. However, they might be something into this........

    So I casually reached for the remote control device for my television and switch over to BBC News. And there it all was.

    In fact this is how I got the news. Other people/friends and fans that were much closer to George Michael then I could ever be - expressed how sad they were to find out themselves; and what he meant to them. - Please click on this below to read  about this... - http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/george-michaels-wham-band-mates-9515170

    So now I had to believe it It was all official and in black and white. The Funny thing was that I wasn't that much of a George Michael or Wham! fan, apart from a few singles in his Wham! days and this one. Now this one is a bit special.

    The Track in question was/is called "Faith". It was from his first debut albumsince going solo - when he used to be with Wham!. And what a single it was. It was also called "Faith"

    Many music critics thought that his time would over as soon as the band that was Wham ceased to be around any more.

    However he proved them wrong with this track alone. Of all the tracks that he did. This one has to be my favourite.

    Its quite a simple track really. And for the impact it had it’s a very short track indeed. One of the shortest tracks in time length to reach number one that’s for sure.

    This was the second release from the album of the same name. And this was the one that turned heads! It was released during October, 1987, just weeks before the album officially release. And it held the number spot for 4 consecutive weeks on the Usa Billboard Hot 100; and reached number 2 in the Uk singles chart.

    The musicians behind the single were:

    Vocals: George Michael

    Guitars: Hugh Burns

    Bass Guitar: Deon Estus

    Cathedral Organ: Chris Cameron

    The Scottish session player (Hugh Burns) worked wonders here and did all the guitar solo work and rhythm guitar work which was modelled on the "Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm".

    For the solo Hugh Burns played in the style of a 1950's Rock Roll rhythm guitarist, which the engineer Chris Porter then drenched heavily in reverb effects. George Michael, the ever prefectionist worked hours with Hugh Burns to ge the guitar sound correct to match the vocals that he was preparing for the track. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2695

    To be fair George Michael couldn't play the guitar, and was completely faking it when we see him brandishing one around within the video for "Faith".

    This was one of the first digital recording that allowed George Michael to put together a song piece by piece. His vocals were done line by line, and sometime - word by word, as he would write the lyrics down at the microphone; and then record them on the spot.

    It  was a tedious process, but it worked and resulted in a outstanding piece of work  http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2695

    "Faith" the single by George Michael, is just one of a number of singles that has used the Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm. Other songs that come to mind that has used this rhythmn are:

    1. Elvis Presely - Lastest  Flame - 1961

    2. Shirley and Company - Shame, Shame, Shame - 1973

    Bo Diddley (30th Dec, 1928 to 2nd June, 2008) has in himself influenced the crème de la crème in modern day pop music. From Buddy Holly to the Rolling Stones, The Beatles to Elvis Presely, Eric Clapton to  Jimmi Hendrick and from the Yard Byrds to Funkadelic/Parliament.

    He is inducted into Rock N Roll hall of fame, and has received the Life time Achievement award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. He is/was recognized for his technical innovations, including his distinctive rectangular guitar.

    The "Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm" is essentially the "Clave Rhythm" - one of the common bell patterns found in Sub Saharan African musicTraditions.

    Bo Diddley has given  various accounts on how he came about the "Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm. In its simpliest form the  it can be counted as either one-bar, or a two bar phrase. Many songs often have no chord changes,; that is musicians play the same chrod progressions thoroughout the song

    As with the rest of the Album also called "Faith" it was produced, written and arranged by George Michael apart from one song on the album.

    Within the video which was directed by Andy Morahan (English Film and Music Producer) - We see George dressed in a black jacket, blue jeans, White tee-shirt, Cowboy books, Shades, Designer Stubble, 1 x black glove and a Guitar.

    The Performance within the musicreminded a little bit of an Elvis Presely performance, or some thing that he would have done.

    Whatever the performance. It was agreat one, and for me it was a case of the Music video truley helping to sell the song.

    Faith" by George Michael

    Well I guess it would be nice
    If I could touch your body
    I know not everybody
    Has got a body like you

    But I've got to think twice
    Before I give my heart away
    And I know all the games you play
    Because I play them too

    Oh but I
    Need some time off from that emotion
    Time to pick my heart up off the floor
    Oh and when that love comes down
    Without devotion
    Well it takes a strong man baby
    But I'm showing you the door‘

    Cause I gotta have faith
    I gotta have faith
    ‘Cause I gotta have faith, faith
    ‘Cause I gotta have faith, faith, faith

    Baby,

    I know you're asking me to stay
    Say please, please, please don't go away
    You say I'm giving you the blues

    Maybe

    You mean every word you say
    Can't help but think of yesterday
    And another who tied me down to loverboy rules

    Before this river

    Becomes an ocean
    Before you throw my heart back on the floor


    Oh oh baby I reconsider
    My foolish notion
    Well I need someone to hold me
    But I'll wait for something more

    Yes I've gotta have faith…

    Mmm, I gotta have faith
    ‘Cause I gotta have faith, faith, faith
    I gotta have faith-a-faith-a-faith

    Before this river

    Becomes an ocean
    Before you throw my heart back on the floor

    Oh oh baby I reconsider
    My foolish notion
    Well I need someone to hold me
    But I'll wait for something more

    Cause I gotta have faith
    Mmm I gotta have faith
    Because I got to have faith-a-faith-a-faith
    I gotta have faith-a-faith-a-faith

    For me that was the best song her did as a Solo artist. Maybe in regards to his whole Career. I know I am going to pounded with disagreements from Loyal fans of Wham! and George Michael Seperately. And if you do please let me know what is your favourite???

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • Culture Club are back with a confirmed tour - 2015. Or are we going to be unlucky for a 2nd time?

    One of the most Iconic bans from the 1980 are back - We are talking about Culture Club 

    Good news for all Culture club fans. The band have rescheduling new Tour dates for North America Leg of their comeback tour.

    Culture club created a major stir in 2014 as they announced that that were finally going to do a UK tour, and then after that a North American tour.

    During 2014, the band had reformed and announced that a new tour and a new album would be forth coming. Please click on this link which I myself wrote a piece on about the very same subject.

    Please click on this link to read it - Its a Miracle - Culture Club are back - 2014

    A new picture of the four members was also posted on the band's official website, along with the list of the 11 UK concert dates. Alison Moyet was to have been a special guest on the concerts. Instead of Helen Terry (Vocalist).

    Culture Club and Helen Terry - "Black Money" - (Live Performance!)

    I personally wish that Helen Terry (Vocalist) was part of this come back tour, She added very much so to the magic to the Culture Club sound. For me Helen Terry - was the "5th member" of Culture club. Just as George Martin was to the The Beatles

    Culture club and Helen Terry - Church of the Posion Mind

    Culture Club then travelled to Spain for a two week recording session.; and within that session 18 new tracks were completed for a new album which is produced by Youth (who has previously worked with Paul McCartney, The Verve, and Embrace among others).

    The new album, is to be called Tribes, and was scheduled for release in early 2015 on the band's own label called Different Man Music (via Kobalt Label Services).

    In mid-November 2014, two days before the start of their 21-date US and UK tour, Culture Club announced they had to cancel the tour due to Boy George suffering from a serious throat condition.

    The cancelled tour would have represented the full original line-up's first tour in 12 years. As of March 2015, the tour has yet to be rescheduled and the new album has been put on hold. That is what were told to believe.

    A television documentary, Boy George and Culture Club: Karma to Calamity, was aired on BBC Four on 6 March 2015. The programme documented the band's reunion in 2014 and the making of their new album in Spain, up to the announcement to cancel the tour. Please click on the You tube video to see they got on to bring this tour to life an the new album.

    Boy George and Culture Club: Karma to Calamity - 2014 - BBC Four on 6 March 2015

    The documentary You tube video above goes to show their UK successes, as well as their successes within the USA. Notching up ten top 40 hits alone in that country alone! Culture club were part of Band Aid which helped cemented them as stalwarts of the 1980s. This band helped to break down barriers on how people looked and their sexuality.

    However, they are a band with a past as colourful as their music. George had a secret affair with his drummer Jon Moss and when they split, the band fell apart and George descended into heroin addiction. Over the years there have been numerous failed attempts to reunite the band. But none has worked.

    Hopwever , in 2014 Culture Club decided to come back together again to record a new album and embark on a UK and US tour at the same time.

    Director Mike Nicholls had unique access in following the band as they first meet in George's London home to write new material for the new album. But not everything went according to plan as creative differences and tensions from their past begin to emerge. Further problems developed when the band travel to Spain to record the new album, spending two weeks working and living together in a remote recording studio.

    As the band return to London to prepare for the tour, they suffer a Twitter mauling after their first big public performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

    Relations were even more strained when George and the band sign to separate managers and a sudden illness threatens the whole reunion.

    The film looks at the band's troubled past, examining the themes of success, fame and ego, and reveals the personalities behind one of the most iconic bands of the 1980's.

     However, there is better news for all Culture Club fans in the long run.

    Checking the Official website of Culture club - you can clearly see the dates that have put out for their rescheduled 2016 Usa/World tour.

    Exciting times indeed, for fans of Culture club.

    When Culture Club first appeared on the world stage they were known as one of the bands that was involved within the Second British Invasion of the Usa.

    The term Second British Invasion refers to music acts from the United Kingdom that became popular in the United States from the summer of 1982 into the autumn of 1986. The groups dominated the Usa pop music chart of that time were The Human League, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Billy Idol, Wham, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, ABC, Tears for Fears and Phil Collins.

    For instance such was the Second British Invasion influence on the Usa pop music charts at that period of time; also influenced the Major T.V shows of the 1980’s within the Usa as well. Some T.V critics go as far and state that the TV series of the 1980 - Miami Vice – was heavily influenced by this music scene.

    During the episode known as "Brother's Keeper" (Miami Vice), we witnessed the song called “On the Air tonight by Phil Collins (England)” being featured within the pilot episode of the first season of Miami Vice.

    Within that episode which premiered on 16th September, 1984 we witnessed a two-hour show (including commercials) the season premiere. This particular episode was well received winning two out of three Emmy awards for which it was nominated for.

    Please click the You tube video below to see this classic TV Moment - which resemble MUSIC VIDEO rather then a TV SHOW

    "Brother's Keeper" (Miami Vice) - 16th September, 1984

    Other songs used within that ground breaking pilot show (Miami Vice) was:

    • "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones
    • "Body Talk" by The Deele
    • "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie (Sung by a band)
    • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
    • "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
    • "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins


    Boy George has himself has been the headlines recently. He appeared on American Idol XIV" 2015’s episode titled “Top 9 Perform: 80s Night” aired on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8/7c on the Fox TV Network.


    The remaining finalists performed as a group with British singer-songwriter Boy George who was a member of the band Culture Club. They sang "Karma Chameleon," Culture Club’s hit song from the 80s.


    The Top 9 that performed with Boy George were:Daniel Seavey, Quentin Alexander, Joey Cook, Tyanna Jones, Jax, Nick Fradinani, Clark Beckham, Qaasim Middleton and Rayvon Owen

    Boy George - American Idol XIV" 2015’s episode titled “Top 9 Perform: 80s Night” - 2015

    Culture clubare one of the most Iconic bans of the 1980'sThe band are known all over the world - literally. It will be interesting to see - what they come up with the new album; and the tour. We all wait with baited breath!

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • Here they come again - The Second British Musical Invasion of the Usa - The 1980s

    The 2nd British Invasion - The 1980's

    The 1980’s has a number of things to be remembered for. One of them would be the was the decade that gave birth to the “Yuppies”. Yes them. These young, upwardly mobile and professional peoples sprung up during the early to middle 1980’s. It was largely due to the political “atmosphere” of the time that lead to their creation.

    THE FILM - WALL STREET - 1987 (Trailer)

    The governments of both Ronald Regan within the USA; and also the government of the Margaret Thatcher within the UK. Both governments had nearly worked towards achieving the same political agenda. Both wanted to remove government interference from financial institutions and social platforms alike within their countries. The removal of Industrial deregulation, and tax cuts for industry and individuals alike was also phased in.

    Margaret Thatcher stand against - Socialisim

    The rewarding of businesses and individuals alike for success that they had achieved for the nation/s sake was also phased in as well. The thinking behind this was to allow the nation’s business and individuals to keep the more of the money and bonuses’ that they earned. With that they were able to keep more of this money instead of it being taken away in the form of taxes from their respective governments. The thinking was that, it would encourage them to buy more goods and invest in businesses within their respective countries. Thus the resulting nation’s economic growth would “trickle down” and benefit everyone.

    However on the domestic front, Reagan’s economic plans didn’t run entirely smoothly. For instances - balancing the budget. Huge increases in military spending - were not “righted” by spending cuts or tax increases elsewhere within the country.

    By 1982, the United States was experiencing its worst recession since the Great Depression. For instance, 9 million people were unemployed by November, 1982. Businesses did closed, families did lose their homes and farmers lost their land.

    The same sorts of the things were happening or did happen as well in the UK. Union laws within the UK were deregulated by the UK government, which helped to free business and enterpreneurs from their powers; and thus to stop hindering stopping production. However, as within the USA, the financial experts and other political factions within the UK were not impressed. They felt that this political thinking and upheaval was going to lead to business failure and jobs being lost  

    The thoughts of Margaret Thatcher as seen by Member of Parliment - Dennis Skinner (has was never a fan)

    Margaret Thatcher being heckled by Dennis Skinner - 1990 -about her thoughts about "European currency" and Europe

    However, this entrepreneurial political spirit that was within the “Air” allowed for the media, movie and musical industries to experiment and take chances. For instances at the movie theatre’s, the 1980s became known as the age of the blockbuster. Movies such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Back to the Future”, "Trading Places", “The Terminator”, “Cocoon”, “Predator” and “Beverly Hills Cops all appealed to moviegoers of all ages and made hundreds of millions of dollars at box office.

    The Movie  - "Back to the Future offical Trailer - 1985

    The 1980s was also the heyday of the "teen movies". Movies such as The Breakfast Club,” “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Weird Science”, “Ferris Buellers day off” and “Pretty in Pink are still popular today.

    Within the USA, people watched within their homes TV sitcoms such as The Cosby Show,” “Family Ties,” “Roseanne” and “Married…with Children for instance.

    Here in the UK, people watched similar TV sitcoms within their homes such Butterflies”, “Just good friends”, “Only fools and horses”, “To the Manor born”, “Blackadder” and “Birds of a feather for instance.

    The UK Sitcom called "Blackadder"

    However, if there is was a 2nd Invasion there music have been an 1st invasion. And this did happen. The 1st British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1960s when ROCKand POP MUSICacts from the UK,as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the USA. Pop and Rock groups such as the Beatlesthe Dave Clark Fivethe Kinksthe Rolling StonesHerman's Hermits and The Whowere at the forefront of the invasion.

     The Kinks - All day and all of the night - 1964 (Uk Release)

    On October 29, 1963,The Washington Postpublished a story about the frenzy surrounding the rock/pop group the Beatlesfrom the UK within the USA.

    The Beatles' performed at the Royal Variety show (London, Uk) during November, 1963, in front of theQueen Mother which sparked parked further interest about them in regards to the music and media industry.

    Also during November, 1963, a number of major American print outlets and two network television evening programs published and broadcast stories on the phenomenon that became known as "Beatlemania".

    On December 10, 1963, CBS Evening News presenter Walter Cronkite, was looking for something positive to report. He decided to re-ran a story about Beatlemania that had been originally aired on the 22nd November 1963; but it got shelved that night because of the assassination of US President John Kennedy.

    After seeing the report, a 15-year-old, Marsha Albert of Silver Spring, Maryland, wrote a letter the following day to disc jockey, Carroll James at radio station WWDC asking, "Why can't we have music like that here in America?" (11th December, 1963).

    The Marsha Albert from of Silver Spring, Maryland, usa - who asked in 1963 - why can't we have more music like this in the Usa?

    On December 17, 1963, Jamesarranged for Miss Albert to come to the radio studio and introduce "I Want to Hold Your Hand" live on the air. WWDC's phones lit up, and within the Washington, D.C. area, record stores were flooded with requests for a record they did not have in stock.

    James went about to sent the record to other disc jockeys around the country sparking similar reaction. OnDecember 26th, 1963, Capitol Records released the record three weeks ahead of schedule.

    The release of the record during a time when teenagers were on vacation helped spread Beatlemania in the US. On December 29th, 1963,The Baltimore Sun newspaper, reflecting the dismissive view of most adults, and added this, "America had better take thought as to how it will deal with the invasion. Indeed a restrained 'Beatles go home' might be just the thing."

    That comment proved prophetic. In the next year alone, The Beatles would have 30 different listings on the USA Hot 100.

    On January 3, 1964,The Jack Paar Programran a Beatles concert footage licensed from the BBC "as a joke" but watched by 30 million viewers. While this piece was largely forgotten, Beatles producer George Martin has said it "aroused the kids' curiosity".

    In the middle of January 1964, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" appeared suddenly, then vaulted to the top of nearly every top 40 music survey in the United States, launching the Fab Four.

    "I Want to Hold Your Hand" went to number one on the January 25, 1964.

    On February 7, 1964, the CBS Evening News ran a story about the Beatles' arrival within the United States arrival that afternoon in which the correspondent said, "The British Invasion this time goes by the code name Beatlemania."

    On Sunday, February 9, 1964 - The Beatkes appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

    Not many of the 73 million viewers who watched the event on the 9th February 1964would fully understand what impact the band they were watching would have.

    By the 4th 1964, the Beatles held the top five positions on the USABillboardHot 100 singles chart, and to date no other act has simultaneously held even the top three.

    The group's massive chart success, which included at least two of their singles holding the top spot on the USA Hot 100 during each of the seven consecutive years starting with 1964, continued until they broke up in 1970.

    After the demise of the Beatles and the other groups from the period in regards to their musical output. It was thought that this would never happen again. Many stated that it was a "fluke".

    However, it did happen again - only this time we had to wait another 20 years to see this come to fruition. In regards to the music industry at the time, the term that became known as the “Second British Invasion” refers to the many acts that came from the UK during 1981 to 1986 of the USA. Music videos were not the staple diet to the USA music loving nation until at least 1981.

    In fact it was Europe and more so the UK that were weaned on music video’s before the USA. Also Pop and Rock music acts within the USA had declined somewhat due to the magnitude of Disco music, which finally succumbed by the year 1980. Many of the UK acts that were making music at the time came out of the Punk Rock, Rock music Phase; and for Urban Acts from the UK, they came from the Disco music and Jazz/Funk musical movements within period of time.

    When the Music TV Channel that was/s – MTV was created in August 1981. The original purpose of MTV was to be a "music television", playing music videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, guided by on-air personalities known as VJs, or video jockeys

    MTV - Ist came on air on the 1st August 1981 

    With this being a fact – MTV - had little choice but to play a large number of music videos from British 2nd Invasion acts – which had accompanied with their music and music video’s.

    The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles' - "Video Killed the Radio Star" originally only available to homes in New Jersey, USA.

    The Buggles - "Video killed the radio star" - 1979 (Uk release)

    I remember this time quite very vividly indeed. I was attending college at the time. And it seemed that this single was everywhere. It was on all UK Radio and Television that I can tell you. It seemed to leap frog over from the craze that was huge at the time within the UK. The return of the music that was – Ska and Rocksteady. It was known this time that as – Two Tone.

    Madness - "The Prince" - 1980 on Top the Pops

    The single and music video of -The Buggles' - "Video Killed the Radio Star" - took the music industry by surprise. As many of the records that got viewed and heard on MTV were soon being asked to be played up and down the land within the USA. The buildup of this impending invasion was identified as early as 1981. As more and more UK based music were making more and more inroads within the USA music charts.

    On the July 3, 1982, The Human League's - "Don't You Want Me" started a three-week reign on top of the USA Hot 100 charts. This song got considerable boost from MTV airplay, and has been described by many within the USA music industry as "the moment that the Second British Invasion, kicked off”.

    The Human League- Don't you want me baby - 1981 (Uk Release)

    By September 1982, the arrival of MTV within the media capitals of New York City and Los Angeles via the USA, led to positive publicity for the company. By the autumn of 1982, these UK music tracks kept coming, coming and coming. From A Flock of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)", the first successful song that owed almost everything to video, had entered the USA Billboard Top Ten. Duran Duran's glossy videos of the time would come to show the power of MTV.

    In 1983, Billy Idol became an MTV staple together with the songs such as "White Wedding" and "Eyes without a Face" and had commercial success with his second album Rebel Yell with the top selling single from the same album called “Rebel Yell”.

    Billy Idol - "Rebel yell" - single

    Pop/rock songs that topped the charts included Bonnie Tyler's - "Total Eclipse of the Heart", John Waite's "Missing You", and Robert Palmer’s "Addicted to Love". “New Music” as it became known within the USA (but known as in the UK – 2ND Invasion music); was a term used by the music industry to describe young, mostly British, androgynous, and musically diverse artists such as Culture Club, Yazzo, Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet, Visage, Abc, Heaven 17 and the Eurhythmics continue to thrive within the USA.

    Yazzo - "Don't go" - single - 1982 uk release

    It must added that the UK urban acts such as Central Line, Junior Giscombe, Level 42, Linx, Beggar and Co and Imagination all contributed to this success just as successfully; and had a good following as well at the time.

    Junior Giscombe - "Mamma Used to say" - 1981

    Another factor as to why the 2nd Invasion British music made such an impact so quickly was through the show called - Miami Vice.  Miami Vice was created on such a level that we saw Movie productions techniques, and Movie production sounds in creating a weekly TV SHOW for us each and every week. The clothes, the cars, the girls, the fashions, the sun glasses, the boats and yachts and even the colours used were all planned down to the last detail.And the last part of that jigsaw being the music. This is where the 2nd British invasion artists got a huge hand up. As this show ued alot of music from those artists. 

    Miami Vice was an American television crime dramaseries created by Anthony Yerkovichand produced by Michael Mannfor NBC. The series starred Don Johnsonas James "Sonny" Crockettand Philip Michael Thomasas Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, as two Metro-Dade Police Departmentdetectives working undercover within Miami, USA.Unlike other standard police shows,Miami Vicedrew heavily upon 1980s New Wave (2nd British Invasionculture and music). The show became noted for its addition of music and visual effects. It is still to this day recognized as one of the most influential television everIn keeping with the show's title, most episodes focused on combating drug trafficking and prostitution. Episodes often ended in an intense gun battles, claiming the lives of several criminals before they could be arrested. The choice of music and cinematographyborrowed heavily from the emerging New Wave (2nd British Invasionculture and music)culture of the 1980s

    The  Cast Of Miami Vice - 1984

    As Lee H. Katzin, one of the show's directors, stated, "The show is written for an MTV audience, which is more interested in images, emotions and energy than plot and character and words." Miami Viceis noted for its use of countless pop and rock hits of the 1980s and the distinctive, synthesized instrumental music of Jan HammerWhile other television shows used made-for-TV music, Miami Vice would be looking spend around $10,000 or more per episode to buy the rights to original recordingsGetting a song played on Miami Vice usually meant that a artist would receive a boost to themselves and the record labels. In fact, some newspapers, such as USA Today, would let readers know the songs that would be featured each week. The clothes worn on Miami Vice had a significant influence on men's fashion around the world and not just in the USA. They popularized, if not invented, the "T-shirt under Armanijacket"-style;and popularized Italian men's fashion in the USA. Don Johnson's typical attire of Italian sport coat, T-shirt, white linen pants, and slip-on sockless loafers became a hit.Even Crockett's perpetually unshaven appearance sparked a minor fashion trend, inspiring men to wear a small amount of beard stubble, also known as a  five o'clock shadow(or "designer stubble") at all times.

    Miami Vice - 30 years plus later  Click on video below

    In an average episode, Crockett and Tubbs wore five to eight outfits, appearing in shades of pink, blue, green, peach, fuchsia, and the show's other "approved" colours”.Designers such as Vittorio Ricci, Gianni Versace, and Hugo Bosswere consulted in keeping the male leads looking trendy. Crockett also boosted Ray Ban'spopularity by wearing a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer(Model L2052, Mock Tortoise),which increased sales of Ray Bans to 720,000 units in 1984. Probably one if not the most famous episode to come from the Miami Vice series is  called – “Brothers Keeper” –  (16th September, 2016 – within the USA),allowed for that episode to gain cult status. The song that was played during a particular gun battle within the episode was by Phil Collins – “In the air tonight”. It’s an episode that many whom saw claim its’ one of the best in the entire show. Phil Collins – “In the air tonight” gained even more popularity as the song rose through the charts because of its inclusion within this episode.

    Phil Collins – “In the air tonight” - being used within the episode - Brothers Keeper - 1984

    Many of the Second UK Invasion artists started their careers within the Punk music era and desired to bring change to wider audience, resulting in music that, while having no specific sound, was characterized by a risk-taking spirit within the context of pop music. Rock-oriented acts that knew how to use video, such as Def Leppard, Big Country and Simple Minds, became part of the new influx of music from Britain.

    Culture Club, Duran Duran and The Police lead 2nd Invasion by Rogar Kaye - October, 1981 via the Newspaper - The Pittsburg Press 

    Early in 1983 radio consultant Lee Abrams advised his clients at 70 album-oriented rock stations to double the amount of New Music (Second UK Invasion artists) they played. 

    Newsweek magazine ran an issue which featured Annie Lennox and Boy George on the cover of its issue with the caption Britain Rocks America – Again, while Rolling Stone magazine would release an "England Swings" issue in November 1983. Culture Club and Duran Duran created "hysteria" similar to Beatlemania during the 1st British Invasion.

    At the Second Invasion's height, during a three-month period the UK acts claimed eight consecutive Hot 100 1 hits, from - Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" through to Tears for Fears' "Shout". For instance Simple Mind - "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (which was featured within the movie called The Breakfast Club) was the first of 3 x British acts to provide the theme songs for then knownBrat Pack movies.

    Trailer for the Movie called The Breakfast Club

    The other songs were John Parr's Hot 100 1 charting single "St. Elmo's Fire" (which featured in the movie called “St. Elmo fire") and The Psychedelic Furs -"Pretty in Pink” (which featured in the movie called -"Pretty in Pink).

    U.S. radio stations that catered for black audiences also played Second UK Invasion acts. Music critic Nelson George added to this "reverse crossover" that this novelty of this music went down well on the dance floors. Another music journalist, Simon Reynolds (UK), added that, just as in the 1st British Invasion, the used of Black American influences by British acts such as Wham!, Eurhythmics, Culture Club, and Paul Young helped to spur their success.

    (The Courier Newspaper (USA) - June 8th 1984 - The 2nd Invasion - How it really happened)

    During the Second British Invasion, established British acts such as Queen, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins and Elton John saw their popularity increase. Counting his work with Genesis, Phil Collins had more top 40 hits on the USA Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist.

     "The guys were so beautiful. Not handsome in the classic "movie star" way, but actually pretty—lush lips, cheekbones a mile-high, porcelain skin—and they all knew how to apply make-up better than most women I knew"Nina Blackwood - MTV VJ.

    All of this activity and the unusually high turnover of artists in the charts caused a sense of upheaval in the United States. Commentators in the mainstream media credited MTV and the British acts with bringing color and energy back to pop music that had been missing since the 1960s, while rock journalists were generally hostile to the phenomenon because they felt it represented image over content and that the "English haircut bands" had not paid their dues.

    Great Britain initially embraced what was called "New Pop". However, by 1983, the song by the UK Punk group called Orange Juice – "Rip It Up" and "kill ugly pop stars" graffiti were expressions of both a backlash against the Second Invasion groups and nostalgia for Punk music.

    Orange Juice – "Rip It Up" on Top of the Pops - 1983

    "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)", which became an underground hit for Philadelphia punk group The Dead Milkmen, took a satirical shot at the American subculture that followed British alternative/new wave.

    "I hear the radio, it's finally gonna play new music you know the british invasion but what about The Minutemen, Flesh Eaters, D.O.A., Big Boys, and the Black Flag were the last American bands to get played on the radio please bring the Flag, please bring the Flag glitter disco synthesizer, night school all the noble savage drum drum drum"

    American Punk Band X from their 1983 song I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts According to music journalist Simon Reynolds, a majority of acts that signed to independent labels in 1984 mined various rock influences and became an alternative to the Second Invasion. Reynolds named The The Smiths and R.E.M. as the two most important "alt rock acts" among this group noting that they "were eighties bands only in the sense of being against the eighties".

    End of the Invasion As the 1980s wore on, American rock, heavy metal and pop music acts learned how to market themselves using video and make catchy singles. Martin Fry of ABC added that "The reality was that Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson did it better, bigger and more global than a lot of British acts."

    Martin Fry - The lead singer of Abc - (The one dressed in the gold suit)

    Martin Fry the lead singer of the Uk band that is - "ABC" - He is the one with the "Gold" suite in the middle of the picture

    From 1983 to 1985, several hair metal acts dented the U.S. charts and received some airplay on MTV, but heavy metal was still seen as a genre limited in popularity to teenage boys.

    In the spring and summer of 1986, acts associated with the Second UK Invasion music acts continued to have chart success, with eight records reaching the USA Hot 100's summit.

    That fall Bon Jovi's third album Slippery When Wet topped the Billboard 200 and spent eight non-consecutive weeks there, and the leadoff single "You Give Love a Bad Name" displaced The Human League's - "Human" atop the USA Hot 100.

    Such developments eventually led to decreased visibility of New Music.

    Human League - Human - 1986

    By 1987, "New Music(2nd British Music Invasion music) was now only being exposure on MTV via The New Video Hour within the station.

    But was that it? Over and out for the Uk? Well if I get time to do another one of this same article I will show you otherwise. I hope that you enjoy the article. Please let me know what you felt about it. It brought me back some what - especially seeing those old "Tops of the pops"(UK) moments.

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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