Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Duran Duran (Album)

Duran Duran are an English rock band from Birmingham, United Kingdom. They were one of the most successful of the 1980s bands and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States. The band was created by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor and, after numerous personnel changes, Andy Taylor, and Simon Le Bon (none of the Taylors are related.) The group has never disbanded, but the line-up has changed to include guitarist Warren Cuccurullo from 1989 to 2001, and drummer Sterling Campbell from 1989 to 1991. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the band's fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the band in summer 2006, and London guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player and touring member. A full time replacement guitarist for Andy Taylor so far has not been appointed.
The band's first album, Duran Duran, was released on the EMI label in 1981 and reissued to greater success in 1983 (re-released in the USA on 25 April 1983, after the wild success of their second album Rio in America). The album reached #3 on the United Kingdom charts on 27 June 1981, and remained in the chart for 118 weeks, although the initial release was largely ignored in America. The 1983 reissue reached at #10 on the US charts, and remained on that chart for 87 weeks (although it was overshadowed by the ongoing American success of the Rio album from 1982). Duran Duran was certified platinum (a shipment of one million units) by the RIAAon 4 June 1985.The first single, "Planet Earth", reached the United Kingdom's Top 20 at Number 12. A follow-up, "Careless Memories," stalled at Number 37. However, it was their third single, "Girls On Film", that attracted the most attention. The song went to Number 5 in the UK, before the notorious video was even filmed. That video, featuring topless women mud wrestling, pillow fighting and stylized depictions of other sexual fetishes, was made with directing duo Godley & Creme in August. The video was filmed just two weeks after MTV was launched in the United States. The band expected the "Girls On Film" video to be played in the newer nightclubs that had video screens, or on pay TV channels like the Playboy Channel. The raunchy video created an uproar and was banned by the BBC and heavily edited for MTV. The band unabashedly enjoyed and capitalised on the controversy. The album peaked in the UK Top 20 at Number 3. Later in 1981, the band embarked on their first United States club tour, followed by more dates in Germany and the UK. This second tour of Britain coincided with a wave of riots sparked by unemployment and racial tension, including those of Moss Side and Toxteth. The band played an eerily quiet Birmingham the day after the Handsworth riots. Duran Duran began to achieve worldwide recognition in 1982.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

First Blood

First Blood (also known as Rambo: First Blood or Rambo outside the US) directed by Ted Kotcheff. It was released on October 22, 1982. Based loosely on David Morrell's 1972 novel of the same name, it was the first of the four-film and ongoing Rambo series. First Blood, with a shooting budget of $15 million and a total domestic gross of $47 million,was a moderate financial success, compared to other films released that year. For example, E.T., with a budget of just $10.5 million, brought in nearly $12 million in its opening weekend and went on to gross over $350 million.
First Blood is the Sylvester Stallone film that unleashed "Rambo" onto an unsuspecting world. Wandering into a small, hostile town, ex-Green Beret John Rambo (Stallone) is targeted for persecution and abuse by potbellied Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When he can stand no more, Rambo goes bonkers, killing a deputy and heading into the surrounding hills, armed to the teeth. Only after Rambo has picked off practically every law enforcement officer within a radius of 50 miles do the local authorities bring in his former commanding officer, Trautman (Richard Crenna), for advice. Trautman's response -- that the locals had better get a lot of body bags ready -- is hardly encouraging. First Blood proved to be one of Stallone's biggest non-Rocky hits. Kirk Douglas had originally been cast as Trautman, but he quit the project when the producers refused to cave in to his demand that Trautman kill Rambo in the finale. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
For the scene where Rambo jumps from the cliff and falls through the trees, Sylvester Stallone opted to do the last part of the stunt himself, much to the concern of director Ted Kotcheff. His concerns were apparently well founded, as the stunt didn't go as planned and Stallone broke three ribs. This apparently took place on camera and the shot is in the movie. The rest of the stunt fall, was performed by Bobby Sargent. Sylvester Stallone accidentally broke the nose of a stuntman during the prison escape scene by elbowing him in the face, which is why he is seen wearing a band-aid throughout the rest of the film. The end of the chase between Rambo (on motorcycle) and Sheriff Teasle, where Teasle's police car rolls off an embankment and flips over upside down, was not scripted in such a way, but when the car ended up in that position, Director Ted Kotcheff liked the result so much, that he continued shooting the scene, and had Brian Dennehy get into the police car while it was still upside down, and filmed the scene as it appears in the movie. Al Pacino, Nick Nolte and Michael Douglas rejected the role of John Rambo.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Berlin Wall


The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was erected by the German Democratic Republic (GDR) (East Germany) completely encircling West Berlin, separating it from East Germany, including East Berlin. Construction began on The Berlin Wall early in the morning of Sunday, August 13, 1961. It was a desperate – and effective - move by the GDR (German Democratic Republic) to stop East Berliners escaping from the Soviet-controlled East German state into the West of the city, which was then occupied by the Americans, British and French. The Berlin Wall stretched over a hundred miles. It ran not only through the center of Berlin, but also wrapped around West Berlin, entirely cutting West Berlin off from the rest of East Germany.
Later on even these measures were deemed insufficient and a concrete wall was added in 1965, which served until 1975 when the infamous ‘Stützwandelement UL 12.11’ was constructed. Known also as Grenzmauer 75 (Border Wall ’75), it was the final and most sophisticated version of the Wall. It was made from 45,000 separate sections of reinforced concrete, each 12 feet (3.6 m) high and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, and topped with a smooth pipe, intended to make it more difficult for escapers to scale it. The Grenzmauer was reinforced by mesh fencing, signal fencing, anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds”, barbed wire, over 300 watchtowers, and thirty bunkers. The border cut through 192 streets, 97 of them leading to East Berlin and 95 into the GDR. After its erection, around 5,000 people attempted to escape circumventing the wall, with estimates of the resulting death toll varying between 100 and 200. The last of killed was Chris Gueffroy (February 2,1989). He shot while attempting to escape.
In the year 1989, there were dramatic events such as a massive flight of inhabitants of the GDR via Hungary and big demonstrations in Leipzig on Mondays. After weeks of discussion about a new travel law, the leader of East Berlin's communist party (SED), Günter Schabowski, said on November 9, 1989 at about 7 p.m. in somewhat unclear words that the border would be opened for "private trips abroad". Little later, an onrush of East Berliner's towards West Berlin began, and there were celebration at the the Brandenburg Gate and at the Kurfürstendamm in West Berlin. On November 10, demolition works began with the aim of creating new border crossings. On November 12, a checkpoint at the Potsdamer Platz was opened, and on December 22, a checkpoint for pedestrians was opened at the Brandenburg Gate. So-called "wall woodpeckers" hammered pieces out of the wall, many of which were sold as souvenirs. A few larger segments were officially donated or sold.
On July 1 1990, an economic, monetary and social union between East and West Germany was formed, and all restrictions concerning travels were dropped. The wall had vanished almost completely by 1991; there are a few remainders at the Bernauer Strasse, the Niederkirchnerstrasse (near the building of the former Prussian parliament, now housing the parliament of Berlin) and as the 1.3 km long "East-Side-Gallery" near the railway station "Ostbahnhof".
On August 13 1998, a wall memorial was inaugurated at the Bernauer Strasse (at the corner to the Ackerstrasse, city districts Wedding/Mitte). It consists of a remainder of the Berlin wall with a length of 70 m, provided with slits in the inner wall and steel sheets at the ends.
On November 9 1999, The physical wall disappears. Although only few places remain where parts of the wall and watchtowers can be seen, an invisible wall divides the country in two. The disunity of between the East and the West us even felt in Berlin to this day. The German people must overcome their differences in history, education, upbringing, language, and culture.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The UK's Top 10 Best Selling Singles of 1982

  1. 1. Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  2. 2. Fame - Irene Cara
  3. 3. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  4. 4. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? -Culture Club
  5. 5. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tight Fit
  6. 6. Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
  7. 7. I Don't Wanna Dance - Eddy Grant
  8. 8. Seven Tears - Goombay Dance Band
  9. 9. Ebony & Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  10. 10. Town Called Malice/Precious - The Jam

1981: UK No.1 Singles and Artists

3 January "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma" - St Winifred's School Choir
10 January "Imagine" - John Lennon
7 February "Woman" - John Lennon
21 February "Shaddap You Face" - Joe Dolce Music Theatre
14 March "Jealous Guy" - Roxy Music
28 March "This Ole House" - Shakin' Stevens
18 April "Making Your Mind Up" - Bucks Fizz
9 May "Stand and Deliver" - Adam and the Ants
13 June "Being With You" - Smokey Robinson
27 June "One Day In Your Life" - Michael Jackson
11 July "Ghost Town" - The Specials
1 August "Green Door" - Shakin' Stevens
29 August "Japanese Boy" – Aneka
5 September "Tainted Love" - Soft Cell
19 September "Prince Charming" - Adam and the Ants
17 October "It's My Party" - Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
14 November "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - The Police
21 November "Under Pressure" - Queen and David Bowie
5 December "Begin the Beguine" - Julio Iglesias
12 December "Don't You Want Me" - The Human League

One Day in Your Life (Single)

Although Michael Jackson had long since moved on to Epic, Motown got a quick cash boost in the early '80s by issuing some tracks cut in 1975. "One Day in Your Life" is a song recorded by Michael Jackson for his 1975 album, Forever, Michael. This song written by Sam Brown and Armande. This title song even came close to making the R&B Top 40 and reached the middle of the pop charts. It was later released as a single in 1981 due to the strong buzz that generated from the sales of Jackson's hit 1979 album Off the Wall, even though Jackson released that album on a different label. While a modest U.S. hit, it was a bigger hit in the UK, where it became Jackson's first solo recording to hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart. It was number one in the UK for 2 weeks in June 1981, succeeding "Being with You" by Smokey Robinson. This song also featured strongly on the South African singles charts. It was released on the Motown label. It went on to become the 6th best-selling single of 1981 in the UK. In Australian Single Chart peak position #9, Dutch Single Chart #1, Irish Single Chart #1, UK Single Chart #1, US Billboard Hot 100 #55.

Here are The UK's Top 10 Best Selling Singles of 1981 :

  1. 1. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  2. 2. Stand and Deliver - Adam and the Ants
  3. 3. Prince Charming - Adam and the Ants
  4. 4. This Ole House - Shakin' Stevens
  5. 5. Vienna - Ultravox
  6. 6. One Day in Your Life - Michael Jackson
  7. 7. Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce
  8. 8. You Drive Me Crazy - Shakin' Stevens
  9. 9. The Birdie Song - The Tweets
  10. 10. You Drive Me Crazy - Shakin' Stevens

"One Day in Your Life" lyric

One day in your life
you'll remember a place
Someone touching your face
You'll come back and you'll look around you

One day in your life
You'll remember the love you found here
You'll remember me somehow
Though you don't need me now
I will stay in your heart
And when things fall apart
You'll remember one day

One day in your life
When you find that you're always waiting
For the love we used to share
Just call my name
And I'll be there

You'll remember me somehow
Though you don't need me now
I will stay in your heart
And when things fall apart
You'll remember one day

One day in your life
When you find that you're always longing
For the love we used to share
Just call my name
And I'll be there

Friday, October 30, 2009



B.V.S.M.P. were a United States.hip hop group, formed in the 1980s. B.V.S.M.P. was short for Baby Virgo - Shocking Mister P, and the band consisted of Percy Nathan Rodgers, Calvin Williams and Frederick Eugene Byrd. B.V.S.M.P. are best remembered for the hit single "I Need You", which became a worldwide hit in the summer of 1988. It spent 12 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 3 in July 1988. Goldie Lookin Chain's 2004 hit "You Knows I Loves You" is, in part, based around "I Need You", containing many of the same lyrics, for instance "I'm after your heart/Oh don't you see" (which on the B.V.S.M.P. original, concludes with "I'm not out to get your virginity", and on the Goldie Lookin' Chain version becomes "and your three kids doesn't bother me"), and "What's it gonna take to get your attention?" (which concludes with "You keep my mind hanging in suspension" on the original, and on the Goldie Lookin Chain version concludes with "track suit, gold chain and seven inch erection"). This group only have one studio album: The Best Belong Together (1988)