I don't have to say they are brilliant because they just are. After fifty or so years in the music business and all that they have been through as a band too they just own it.. I love Fleetwood Mac, as me and my brother would say, it's 'proper music'. There are so many bands the younger generation need to educate themselves with and this is one of them.
So when Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie released their duet album in June of this year I wondered what it would be like and wow I'm not disappointed. It has a huge Fleetwood Mac feel and that's probably because it has input from Mick Fleetwood and John McVie too. I just love it, I love both of their voices and their music makes me so chilled and relaxed, the lyrics to their songs are ones you can just relate to which makes their work so meaningful and special.
The singles taken from the album are 'In My World', 'Red Sun', 'Feel About You' and 'Lay Down for Free' are great and if you are an avid Radio 2 listener you will have heard them played a lot especially 'Feel About You' with it's pop, 60's reggae influence, one that definitely stays in your head. I woke up with it going around my head this morning, it's a feel good tune, one that makes you smile and happy. Another track that I think makes an impact (struggling as they all do) is 'Game of Pretend', beautiful lyrics and a bit of a smoochy which for those who don't know is a song referred to as a slow dance, lovey dovey song. So if you're in love, grab your partner and have a dance to this one.
Great these aged rockers eh? They keep on going, still knocking out great classic songs and they look good too. If you are a Fleetwood Mac fan you will love this but even if you aren't I do think it will appeal to all really. Try it, have a listen and see what you think. Let me know by leaving a comment, I'd be interested to hear what you think too.
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It's Bucks Fizz and they're back! The 1981 Eurovision Song Contest winners haven't released anything for a good many years so now they have a new single and a brand new album. They have a slightly different name due to a bitter legal battle with ex band member Bobby G who apparently owns the legal rights to the name 'Bucks Fizz' and as I'm aware still performs under that name. So the other guys have broken away and made their comeback as 'The Fizz' with new member Bobby McVay.
I was listening to the new single on the radio and when the legend that is Ken Bruce on Radio 2 announced that these 80's stars were returning under a different name I did say out loud 'oh what as? The Fizz?' and then two seconds later Ken confirmed it, 'The Fizz'. I laughed a little to myself but I suppose the name has to still have some relevance otherwise all their hard work would have gone to waste.
So the new single 'Dancing in the Rain' is a good little pop tune, sounds very like Steps who are also back on the scene so I may well get very confused (nothing new there). The Fizz's new album 'The F-Z of Pop' is produced by Mike Stock from Stock Aitken and Waterman fame so that's why they have that pop sound similar to other tunes. It's good though and I will always appreciate them for one of those very rare wins in Eurovision. The UK will always have thanks for The Fizz. So well done Cheryl Baker, Jay Ashton, Mike Nolan and the new Bobby and hope things go well for them.
Cheryl did really well from the Bucks Fizz fame, she became a popular presenter on TV and quite a household name. I always use to think Mike Nolan was a Nolan brother but not to be, I was convinced the other musical sensation, singing sisters 'The Nolans' may have had a musical brother in the mix and he had gone and set his own band up. The disappointment was immense. I got over it.
If you're not over a certain age and born way after 1981 you are probably wondering who? Well you may need to go do some You Tubing. Let me tell you that skirt ripping off thing at the Eurovision was saucy at the time and we held our breath on the night incase there was a huge wardrobe malfunction. Some may have celebrated a faulty piece of velcro but it was tense times and could have affected the result massively, I feel it did anyway.
The Fizz were performing at Glasgow Pride over the weekend with all their classics and even wowed the crowds with the lovely soft heart melting Land of Make Believe'. You're going to love or hate them but they are great for a party and let's wish them luck with their comeback. They are amongst a lot of 80's artists to make that return, showing kids these days what real music is.....errrr well maybe showing kids what entertained us in the old days.
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My Music Monday this week is dedicated to the great Glen Campbell who passed away on the 8th August. An absolute legend in music with so many hits and awards spanning over his fifty year career.
An amazing man and musician with songs I will remember as long as I live. I've listened to him a lot recently with the release of his recent album 'Adios' in June this year. Aptly titled you could say and after six years suffering with Alzheimers it would be his 'goodbye'.
I loved his voice, so soothing and classic songs you could sing along to. Wichita Lineman had a place in our household and we all sang it to my youngest brother who became a 'linesman for the county' when he started his career as a linesman for the local electricity board. It just stays in my memories from back then and I will always associate it to that time but also most recently the end of the song marked the end of the Steve Wright in the Afternoon show on Radio 2, it fitted so well. His music always played on the radio when I was young, 'Galveston' is just a song you can belt out when you feel like it and 'Rhinestone Cowboy' was the ultimate country song which everyone knew. 'Southern Nights' a toe tapping cheery number and I loved him singing 'Everybody's Talkin', so relaxing.
He may have been 81 years old but his voice was timeless even with Adios which was recorded in 2012/2013 he sounded like he always did. According to his wife he wanted to preserve 'what magic was left' and although having problems remembering some lyrics his long time co collaborator Carl Jackson stated that Glen 'never lost his melodies and that beautiful pitch and tone'. I think he was right.
So Rest in Peace Mr Campbell and although you have left this earth your songs will live on I'm sure for many years to come. Goodbye and Adios, fly high cowboy!!
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Well it wasn't. very hot but it was an August night and it was filled with music and laughter. What a great all round music event, created ideally for everyone including all the family. There were people of all ages who came along to sing, dance and generally have a lot of fun.
The afternoon started with a Blues Brothers tribute called The Rayban Blue Brothers and they did a fantastic job of warming the crowd up, dancing to some classic tunes such as Everybody Needs Somebody, Respect, Jailhouse Rock and Shake Your Tail Feather. A great band and would suit any party or event, I really enjoyed them.
Now the Little Mix tribute band I was a little worried about, not for them but for me not knowing many Little Mix hits. It might be my age or just that I've not paid enough attention but actually I realised I knew more than I thought. They are called In The Mix and according to our younger friends whom we sat with they did resemble them a lot. I do have to say they did sound great and performed all the Little Mix hits and more, proved themselves to be very popular.
The Robbie Williams tribute blew everyone away and was probably the most popular of the day. Millennium performed lots of Robbie numbers and threw a few Take That songs in too. The crowd went wild for him and sang their hearts out especially to the anthem 'Angels'. A very entertaining act so if you do get to see him, he is worth a look at.
The Beatles Revolution were next with the good ole' songs everyone knows. I loved this band, really good and sounded very 'Beatle-ish'. Very entertaining and there is a short video clip of them on the 'Make a Brew Sue' Facebook page as I decided to 'Go Live' at the event, my first time so sorry for it being very wobbly. A nice rendition of 'Hey Jude' finished the set which had everyone singing.
Oh we all like a bit of Freddie Mercury. This was a tribute known as Bulsara and he belted out all the Queen classics, very good 'sound a like' as well as looking the part too. He got the crowd singing and I think everyone joined in with Bohemian Rhapsody, how could you not? The local Mickleover residents were probably joining in as well, the rare few that hadn't ventured out.
The Bootleg Bee Gees finished the evening in great style. I did feel a bit sorry for them though as people did start to leave early, maybe as the rain had kicked in a little or people just wanted to beat the traffic getting out of the car park. Even thought the audience had filtered out slightly they still produced those great disco numbers from Saturday Night Fever, you just can't help dancing to 'Night Fever' and 'Stayin Alive'. So many hits and some you never think are from the Bee Gees but they wrote a lot for other artists too. Great band and very entertaining.
Overall a great day and very well organised, even from providing bin bags for all the rubbish. Everyone used them so there wasn't any rubbish to clear. There was plenty of food and drink available and facilities for children. Toilets were clean and not at all festival like. A few queues here and there but nothing to put you off coming bak and doing it all again next year, and I would. For the price of £10 we had a very entertaining and enjoyable day. If I had to criticise it at all it would just be about the sound. There were places in the crowd where it didn't come over very well and we couldn't hear all the acts clearly but it didn't spoil it. I suppose it depends on where you sat but it needs a good 'all round sound'.
Even the weather wasn't too bad, a little disappointing for summer and we did experience a bit of drizzle here and there but hey you can't guarantee the weather at all especially here in the UK. People were happy and didn't really care so well done to everyone involved. I hope it does return next year as I think everyone would definitely go back for more.
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