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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Don't Owe You by Alice D

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The lovely Alice D is back with a new song called "I Don't Owe You."




"I Don't Owe You" is a soulful slow-paced space-age R&B song. Alice's vocals sound effortless as she shares her feelings about a broken heart. The song has a really beautiful melody. Have a listen ...



We know that Alice filmed a video for the song, but it isn't out yet. We'll update you here when the video is out. Here is photo from the video as posted on her Facebook page.

In the meantime, "I Don't Owe You" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today! Also, we've added it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Spotify playlist. Have a listen here ...


Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Alice D's Official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Somebody (Is Out There) by Paul Lekakis

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Paul Lekakis is out with a new single called "Somebody (Is Out There)" and it was written and produced by John von Ahlen of Parralox!





Who is Paul Lekakis? Well, he is probably most known for his 1987 song "Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)." Well, fast forward 30 years and the new song is POPtastic! 



Apparently a video is coming soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can download "Somebody (Is Out There)" on digital outlets everywhere. We have even added it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Spotify playlist. Enjoy!~



Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like the Paul Lekakis Facebook fan page here and follow him on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bananarama to tour North America in 2018

Dear Poptastic Readers,

As you know, the original lineup of Bananarama (Sara, Keren, and Siobhan) are touring the UK in November and December this year. Well, they've just added 4 dates in North America! Hooray!


And the best news is that they are coming to San Francisco! It is a stop they missed on their their 2012 tour (just as a duo). And I live in the San Francisco Bay Area! The other dates are L.A., Toronto, and New York.



Check out their official website Bananarama.co.uk for all of the details! Tickets go on sale tomorrow! Like their official Facebook page, and you can follow them on Twitter here. Plus, Instagram!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page, and follow Davearama on Twitter.

P.S.S. Be sure to check out former Bananarama member Jacquie O'Sullivan's new song with Slippry Feet: "Thinking About..."

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thinking About... by Slippry Feet

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Once upon a time, there was a British disco duo called Slippry Feet, which members were Jacquie O'Sullivan (formerly of The Shillelagh Sisters and Bananarama) and Paul Simper (author, columnist, and journalist, formerly of No. 1 Magazine). They performed and recorded songs as Slippry Feet from 1992 to 1996, but never was able to release music until their demos were released in 2001 with the album Freak Time Viewing. However, there is a new song! And Poptastic Confessions has the premiere!



Slippry Feet are Paul Simper and Jacquie O'Sullivan

Slippry Feet had some AMAZING songs like "Horny, Hairy & Handsome", "Could Be Raining", and "Slippry Feet Theme" (Click on the song title to see the full video) and many more. You can track down the Freak Time Viewing CD on Discogs, or the songs are on iTunes




Last year in June, Slippry Feet went back in the studio to record a new track "Thinking About..." for the upcoming (now out) book by Paul called Pop Stars In My Pantry: A Memoir of Pop Mags and Clubbing in the 1980s. It was originally called Just Got Lucky: My Life In Pop and we featured the book last year.



The fantastic book was directly funded by readers through a company/website called Unbound. Certain readers like me (Davearama) pledged a certain amount to get the book as well as the new song on CD. Others pledged to get fun stuff from Paul's pop collection, or tickets to the launch party for the book.


Slippry Feet first started work on the song with Alex Godson (ex Eighth Wonder) in 1996. They finally finished demoing it last year with Phil 'Polecat' Bloomberg. And the song has been released year! The result is so wonderful, that it is one of our favourite songs of the year! 



The cover of "Thinking About..."
Painting by Sue Tilley based on a photo by Brad Branson.
Artwork by Pete Barrett.

I told Paul that more people need to hear this song, so I asked him if I could make a video of it for YouTube featuring photos of Slippry Feet. He agreed. It look a few attempts to get it to where we wanted it, but in the end, both Jacquie and Paul gave their blessing for the video. Enjoy!~




Wasn't that awesome? Yes, it was! Hopefully the song will be on iTunes and Spotify soon! Perhaps this is the start of the Second Act for Slippry Feet! We can only hope!

Be sure to like the official Facebook page of Jacquie O'Sullivan & Slippry Feet. And if you haven't bought Paul's AMAZING book, please order it here. It is deeply fabulous.

Cheers then,
—Davearama


Jacquie & Davearama, April 2017

P.S. You can follow both Jacquie and Paul on Twitter. You can even follow Davearama on Twitter! And please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook Page!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

More, More, More by Dagny

Dear Poptastic Readers,

One of our favorite songs this year is "Wearing Nothing" by Dagny. Now the London-based Norwegian singer has covered the disco classic "More, More, More" originally by Andrea True Connection.




Chances are, if you live in the US and watch TV, you might have already heard Dagny's version of "More, More, More" as it is in the new TV ads for Target.




You can listen to Dagny's full version by clicking here. While Dagny's version certainly is catchy, we have to mention some other remakes of the song. 




In 2004, former S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens covered it and changed the lyric to "How do you like MY love?" Click here to see a lovely performance of her performing the song on Top Of The Pops. We think we like Dagny's version better.





But our favorite version (Sorry, Dagny) is the 1993 remake by Bananarama. One of the reasons why we love this version the best is that Sara and Keren wrote a second verse for the song (the original just repeats the first verse twice), thus making it their own. Watch the video here ...




Edit: My friend Kirk reminded me that in 1999 the group Len sampled the original version of "More, More, More" for their song "Steal My Sunshine."


Now back to 2017, Dagny's version is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. And for your listening pleasure, we've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Cheers then, 
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Dagny's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dancing With A Broken Heart by Steps

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Steps surprised us this week with a brand-new single that is not on their comeback album released in the spring called Tears On The Dancefloor. The new single is called "Dancing With A Broken Heart." 




"Dancing With A Broken Heart" is actually a remake of Australian singer and songwriter Delta Goodrem. Delta released her version that she helped write in 2012. You can watch her video for it here




Steps version is a pretty faithful, but less electro and more glorious pop with strings and a euphoric key change. Have a listen on 
our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also find Steps previous three singles there: "Scared Of The Dark", "Story Of A Heart", and "Neon Blue."






The album is being reissued with four new songs. The reissue is being called Tears On The Dancefloor: Crying At The Disco Deluxe Edition. The new version will be available on October 27.


Until then, "Dancing With A Broken Heart" is available on digital outlets everywhere! Buy your copy today!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Be sure to like Steps official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Go To Work by Nadine Coyle

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Just in time for the weekend, Nadine has a new single out called "Go To Work." Just who is Nadine Coyle? She was a singer in the UK girl group Girls Aloud. We wrote about them back in October 2012 and their song "Something New" landed at our #10 spot in our 2012 countdown.




"Go To Work" is a piano-led house pop song. It will have you grooving in no time as it isn't too fast or too slow ... just right. UPDATE: Check out the fun video ...



"Go To Work" is available on digital outlets everywhere. We bought it on iTunes this morning and we've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Enjoy!~

Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. You can like Nadine's official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fantasy by George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers

Dear Poptastic Readers,

George Michael has a newish song out called "Fantasy" and it is fantastically fun that will have you remembering George in all the best ways possible.




"Fantasy" is actually a 1990 b-side song that originally sounded like BlackBox with horny horns. The song was included on two of George's singles "Freedom! '90" and "Waiting For That Day." The new version was given an update by legendary Nile Rodgers. Apparently before George died, he asked Nile to give the song a fresh funky feel to it. And that's just what Nile has done.


October 19, 2017 UPDATE: Yesterday, the official video of "Fantasy" was released on the George Michael VEVO account on YouTube. Check it out ...


Wasn't that awesome? Yes, it was! The new version of "Fantasy" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.



Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can read our Tribute to George Michael from back in January. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Drowning by KREAM & Clara Mae

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last year we fell in love with "Strip" by Clara Mae. However, at the end of the year last year, we missed Clara Mae's incredible single with KREAM called "Taped Up Heart." We featured the song in February and we have loved it ever since. 


KREAM & Clara Mae

Great news! They have teamed up again for a new song called "Drowning."


"Drowning" isn't that far away from "Taped Up Heart." It's a bit down tempo to start, but the beat picks up and the song has a lovely melody. Clara Mae's vocals are quite nice as she seems to wrap her lyrics around the notes and makes it all sound so effortless. The result, is a really nice song. Have a listen ...


"Drowning" is available on digital outlets everywhere. We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also find "Taped Up Heart" on the playlist, too.



Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. For the latest information on Clara Mae, please like her official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. You can also check out KREAM's Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter. And while you are at it, don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Release Me by Glass Slipper

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Our favorite deep-house duo released a song this summer called "Release Me" and we forgot to mention it. Whoops!




"Release Me" is a very dark electro number. However, Lisa's soulful vocals always pack a punch. And Bradley's beats will have you mesmerized in no time. Have a listen and get your deep groove on ...




Good news! "Release Me" is available on digital outlets everywhere! And we've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also notice the 3 other songs Glass Slipper have released this year there: "On One", "Cry A Little", and "Mighty Deep."


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. Like Glass Slipper's Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter. You can also like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.



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Friday, September 1, 2017

Hair Down by Mollie King

Dear Poptastic Readers,

All hair the King! The Saturdays singer Mollie King is back with her second solo song called "Hair Down." Now you might remember Mollie had the epic single out over a year ago called "Back To You."




"Hair Down" is a relentless brassy pop jam filled with "na-na-nas." It certainly is a bop with funny lyrics. Funnily enough, the song reminds us of Girls Aloud, not The Saturdays. And the video is quite nice with Mollie and her dancer troupe swinging their hair around while strutting around in different outfits. This is just a fun song and video. Just have a look ...




Way to go, Mollie! "Hair Down" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Don't delay buy your copy today! And we've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Mollie's Official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cruel Summer Fan Video

Dear Poptastic Readers,

This video came to our attention this week of a three young girls who made a fan video for "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama. We think it is amazing.


Now, in case you aren't that familiar with the song or video, Bananarama released the song in the UK during the summer of 1983. The USA would get it a year later in 1984 as it appeared in the movie The Karate Kid. Bananarama filmed the video in New York City, and if you haven't seen the video, or need a refresher, then please watch it here ...


So now that brings us to the fan video that captures some of the same spirit as the original. Check it out ...


When the video was posted by Bananarama fan Michelle, I asked her about it.

"I have filmed videos of my daughter Sunny and granddaughter Peyton since they were little. They have their own YouTube channel and their own Instagram," Michelle said.

"The girls loved the song 'Cruel Summer' when I had it on in the car, and they asked me to do it for their next video. Their friend Malia joined in this time with them too.
Myself and my older daughter drove them around the area and filmed scenes in the two different parks, and our local supermarket." 

"The girls loved it all especially the supermarket scene. I then posted it on twitter and very happy that Sara Dallin commented on it, then on facebook Siobhan Fahey commented."

We love it! Way to go, girls! It deserves to go viral. Please share!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

Friday, August 25, 2017

All Men Must Die by RABBII

Dear Poptastic Readers,

RABBII are back with an amazing song called "All Men Must Die" and it references to Game Of Thrones




When we first heard the title of the song, we weren't sure what to expect, but we absolutely love this song and we are actually going a bit bonkers over it. During the first verse, a casual listener might mistake this as the new Robyn song. 


UPDATE: Check out the AWESOME video that will want to make you eat a hot dog! (By the way, RABBI say: "It's all veggie hot dogs, so no men or animals were harmed during the recording of this video.")


Hopefully you made it to the end of the video to read the disclaimer. If not, here it is ...

Disclaimer:
For anyone who feels like we’re out on a murder spree wanting to kill them, we’re not. Feel better? Good.
We want the social construct of Man to die. The Man that is responsible for almost all rapes, who fight wars, who marches in white supremacist rallies.. you get our point, right? Again, not the actual men, but the idea of that man that our culture has created. Still angry? Well, then we really can’t help you. You should try yoga.


This is one of the songs that we just want to hit repeat as soon as it is over. Well done, RABBII! Oh and apparently RABBII is no longer a duo of Jo and Felix, but there is a new guy named Mats!


RABBII are Mats, Jo, and Felix
Photo by Izabella England

"All Men Must Die" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.




Earlier this year, we featured RABBII's song "Majestic." Last year, their new "New Friends" was #5 on our year-end countdown. And in 2015, "Hang Us High" was #14 on our countdown. Support RABBII my legally downloading their music. All of these songs are also on our Spotify playlists, too!

Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. You can like RABBII's Facebook page here, and follow them on Twitter. While you are at it, you can like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page here, and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

One More Time by Benjamin Ingrosso

Dear Poptastic Confessions,

While we still can't get enough of Benjamin Ingress's song "Do You Think About Me", he has gone and released a follow-up single called "One More Time."


"One More Time" has a summer feel with what sounds like steel drums and a gospel choir joining in throughout. It's a mid-tempo number with a big-budget video that looks like it could be a movie. Have a look ...


Wasn't that nice? "One More Time" is available on digital outlets everywhere. We've also added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.

Cheer then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Benjamin's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. Remember to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and you can follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Shed My Skin by Eelke Kleijn featuring Therese

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last month, we featured the song "Don't Stop" by Swedish singers Velvet & Therese. We started following both of them on Facebook and Twitter and today we saw that Therese posted that she is the featured singer in a new song called "Shed My Skin" by Eelke Kleijn.


We weren't sure who Eelke Kleijn was so we looked him up and he is a producer from The Netherlands. "Shed My Skin" is a cool, hypnotizing track with a very catchy chorus. The video was done by Street Player (a youth-led creative network Livity, to provide paid training and work experience in media, content production and digital publishing) and features a dancer named Hsiao Lan Magnifique. Check it out ...


We love the track! We've added it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify! Click here to find other places to buy or stream the track.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Like Therese's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. You can like Eelke's Facebook page and follow him on TwitterDon't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Holding On by Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The year 2017 may be remembered for some pop comebacks! The latest is from the ever-fabulous Dannii Minogue. If you aren't familiar with her music, check out the blog entry we wrote on the history of her pop career. She's back with a new song called "Holding On." 




We aren't crazy about the artwork on the single cover (See some options below), but the song is pretty good. The song features a singer named Jason Heerah, who was on the Australian X Factor in 2014 with Dannii as a judge. They performed the new song last year in Australia. Have a look ...




"Holding On" is available on digital outlets everywhere. And we've added the track to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.



We can't wait to hear more from Dannii! See more cover options below!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. You can like Dannii's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Like Jason's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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P.S.S. Dannii-fan Karl Siniak made some alternate covers that we love ...