Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Making of Lady GaGa’s Halftime Performance at #SuperBowl51

If you haven’t witnessed the Halftime Performance by Lady Gaga at the recent Super Bowl #51, thanks to the wonders of the wwww and youtube, check out the above embedded video (I was there or the Film TV Spots myself), and check out the videos below, for peeks at behind-the-scene making of the performance. Pepsi is making a hardcore push fr their sponsorship too!

And if you were wondering about the “performing lights” behind Lady Gaga when she was singing at the top of the venus before diving off into the arena stage - check out THIS post on my #iliiike :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Within You'll Remain”: An Iconic Pop Song of the 80's in Singapore / Sandy Lam's 2016 Version

“Local-Singaporean band Tokyo Square's Within You'll Remain has to be one of the most enduring (if not endearing) local songs of the 80's - and as prolific as a local pop-song, and I would dare say even "iconic", IMHO. Admittedly, we never really gave it it's due and respect back then, most times belittling it because it had used oriental/chinese songs/tunes as influences. We labeled it "obiang" or "or-bit" (ie: backward and tasteless) because of that musical-mashup.

And as the butt of jokes it's popularity maintain at the lips of most folks ... which thinking back, was as "powerful" as any promotional marketing campaign could attain. And decades later I’m having a hard time to track down any tangible information about Max Surin and Tokyo Square on the www.”
(First blogged circa 2007 / Read more of my impressions on #flashback80s).

"Within You'll Remain" was a song written by Donald Ashley for his Hong Kong band, Chyna, originally released in 1983 (Source), to which Tokyo Square covered in 1985. Over 3 decades later, it had been covered by Julia Hsu and now Sandy Lam from Hong Kong (MV featured below);

Monday, January 30, 2017

"Automaton" - The latest single from Jamiroquai

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Songs from The Police - They don’t make songs like these anymore…

I don’t know why I stopped, after being so fanatical about THE POLICE in my teen years … perhaps I was attracted by the glossy “New Romantics”, or the mysterious sounds of “synths”, over the magical reggae rock and woking class glam of the trio … funny though, as I’d remember my “last tune” was “Every Breath You Take” - which I adored, but when Puff Daddy “adopted it”, I lost all sense of pride and sentimental worth for it hahaha … aaahhhh late-youth angst, I suppose…

Decades later, I am grateful for youtube, for me to be able to pull this list (where my “Best Of” CD has since lost amidst the sea of compact discs at home…


Roxanne. (C) 1978 A&M Records Ltd.

Message In A Bottle. (C) 1979 A&M Records Ltd.

Walking On The Moon. (C) 1979 A&M Records Ltd.

Can't Stand Losing You. (C) 1979 A&M Records Ltd.

So Lonely. (C) 1980 A&M Records Ltd.

De Do Do Do De Da Da Da. (C) 1980 A&M Records Ltd.

Don't Stand So Close To Me. (C) 1980 A&M Records Ltd.

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic. (C) 1981 A&M Records Ltd.

Spirits In The Material World. (C) 1981 A&M Records Ltd.

Invisible Sun. (C) 1981 A&M Records Ltd.

Synchronicity II. (C) 1983 A&M Records Ltd.

Wrapped Around Your Finger. (C) 1983 A&M Records Ltd.

King Of Pain. (C) 1983 A&M Records Ltd.

Every Breath You Take (Black and White Version). (C) 1983 A&M Records Ltd.

This post and a hankering for The Police and the sounds of Sting, from this video (seen and heard on Facebook, of Bruno Mars performing “So Lonely / Message in a Bottle”, at the Kennedy Center Honors, circa 2014;

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


David Bowie: The Last Five Years” is a documentary about David Bowie's final two albums "The Next Day" (2013) and "Blackstar" (2016) and Broadway musical "Lazarus". Directed by Francis Whately, this film was aired January 7th, 2017 in the UK, a few days to his one year death anniversary on Jan 10th. R.I.P. David Bowie.

Monday, December 26, 2016

R.I.P. George Michael (1963-2016)

RIP #georgemichael #wham! #faith #carelesswisper #lastchristmas

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The world “outside” sometimes seemed “immortal”. The realm of escape into non-reality are filled with larger than life-sized films and music that transported you to another dimension other than your own, field with dreams of a colourful life, a better life, a happier life, a life immortal!

Put on a pair of headphones and you shut off the rest of the world, while the music surrounds you, and the songs cradle you in sadness, in anger, in joy, in ways unknown to you to verbalize but to mouth the lyrics to, and brings you on a journey into the good old days worth remembering, or of a day when you tinkle the ivories on a smoke filled stage in a darkened club, or arms stretched out to embrace the love of 30,000 fans, on a stadium stage, a dream to be a STAR, personalised and fulfilled, in your own head, between your earphones.

Music is immortal, but the singers aren’t. The films you enjoy are encased in a DVD, but the actor and filmmakers may one day be encased in a coffin of pop culture.

The year 2016 has seen it’s fair share of lost artists and performers, and a few meant more to me than others, apologetically so … David Bowie, Prince, and since this morning, George Michael.

Born “Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou” in June 25th 1963, “George Michael” passed at home, at the age of 53, on Christmas Day 25th December, 2016. (Wiki)

All three gentlemen had been instrumental in making my teen years moe bearable than they should. I reminisce tons about the 80s, especially on flashback80s - but the reality was, it had been mostly about the toys, the comics and yes, the MUSIC, which played a part of nostalgia worth remembering, while the “real life” about “growing up wasn’t as cracked up to be as worth remembering LOL.

RIP George Michael

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The 80s has since long gone, 3 decades back, but the 80s still lived on, in my music heroes and heroines, but hey too are leaving us … and one day, all i’ll have left, are CD albums and unplayable cassette tapes, and a blog filled with recorded memories, twice over.

The music videos featured here ranged mostly post George Michael’s WHAM! days - which can instead be heard HERE on #flashback80s

In an age of “New Romantics”, WHAM! presented themselves as clean cut boys, in oversized tees with large text like “CHOOSE LIFE” - rage alongside Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “RELAX” and other simple life-affirming affirmations and seemingly “choices” manifest on their chests and bellies. “Bubbleum Pop” had a face, and they belonged to George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley).