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even better than that!!!!

This morning my ongoing attempt to find Michael Nyman's musical piece Flicker (his first ever with electronic instruments) went well weird with the discovery that Howard Jones was in the "recently added" list. Struggling mentally to separate him from Limahl, I clicked through to see if any of my teenage favourites (note to self: there's a live version of Like to get to know you well) were up for download, only to find that they were talking about his recent stuff. Recent??? From his bio: Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late '80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the '90s. I guess it's not bad, as fates go: retreating into being a cult figure.

Then I spotted Nik Kershaw in the "related artists". Could it be that he too is a cult figure in a UK seaside town? Oh. No. Kershaw's main musical contribution since the late '80s is as a songwriter; he's written several songs for other artists, including Chesney Hawke's hit single "The One and Only." Hmmmm. I give the new work (of course there's new work) an experimental listen, and it's eerie. Like opening a time portal back to the radio I used to listen to in the caravan. Except the lyrics, now; they make more sense, although that's not necessarily a good thing ...
Nik Kershaw
Paging Nik Kershaw
Also, Chesney Hawke???


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20th Aug, 2007 13:14 (UTC)
the CBBC producer this morning was going through a website of this year's pantos, spotting which has-been children's presenters are still doing panto and trading on the fact, when we spotted that Chesney Hawkes was indeed also doing panto. I had to explain to everyone who he was...

HJ, pre-hit, did piano gigs in the High Wycombe area in boring shirts with flat hair, so Douglas tells me. I wonder if he's too bald for the spiky hair now...
20th Aug, 2007 13:33 (UTC)
I have a song on earworm that I think is the right one (and only)....

Still spikey, and now a podcasting, piano-playing star of BBC Wiltshire.
20th Aug, 2007 13:21 (UTC)
Chesney is in fact a friend of a friend - facebook wise
20th Aug, 2007 13:26 (UTC)
World is too small!!!! (brain explodes)
20th Aug, 2007 13:40 (UTC)
Smack down those puny talentless no-souls, Cleanskies, smack 'em down !
20th Aug, 2007 13:42 (UTC)
Dude, do not disrespect the Kershaw. He is the god (well, one of many gods, to be fair) of my teenage winters.

Jones was more the summer sort.
20th Aug, 2007 14:22 (UTC)
I quite like 'teenage winter'.
20th Aug, 2007 15:09 (UTC)
20th Aug, 2007 15:32 (UTC)
Didn't know it was a song..I should probably get some St Etienne stuff. I seem to have managed to miss out on hearing more than 2 of their songs.
20th Aug, 2007 16:27 (UTC)
Howard Jones
Oh how I loved Howard Jones. I went to see him do a gig once. Just him up there with a big rack of keyboards and a headset mic and his mime artist Jez (I still remember the name!) I remember thinking that it was like something out of the future but, now I'm in the future, I'm glad that it wasn't.
20th Aug, 2007 18:09 (UTC)
Howard Jones did a great piano-only version of Hide and Seek on ToTP back when nobody else was playing live. I wonder if that is available somewhere.

I can't remember if you know Mel Dymond-Harper but her claim to fame is being in the video for Things Can Only Get Better.
20th Aug, 2007 20:20 (UTC)
In the ladies toilets at Manchester Victoria Station, someone had written 'Mark Owen, will you be my boyfriend please?"
I liked that.
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