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 from George Michael’s WHAM! days, and of his solo tenure in the early-90s, while a “later” range of MVs can be heard HERE on #tunestalk.

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).


The Music of Miami Vice

Spurred on by seeing Daimen Darhk dressed like “Sonny Crockett”, and of my recent rewatch of the 2006 “Miami Vice” adaptation by director Michael Mann (who himself was the Executive Producer for the tv series back in the day too!) - here are a few select MVs for the MIAMI VICE television series (1984-1990) - including Jan Hammer’s infamous “Miami Vice” opening theme, and Phil Collin’s “In The Air Tonight”, Godley and Creme’s “Cry” (ED for 'Definitely Miami' ep), and Phil Collins & Sting’s “Long Long Way To Go” (ED from the second season’s final episode 'Sons and Lovers’) - both by fan-made by StevenMighty :)


DC's Legends of Tomorrow Goes the 80s in Season 2 Episode 5 on The CW

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 5 is titled "Compromised”, features the team in the 1980s! Which of course is PERFECT for this flashback-blog, and as well I adore the show myself haha

Here’s the write-up for the episode, and while the above is a featuerette, you can scroll down for the promo for this ep :)
PLOT: "When the Legends trace a timequake to President Reagan’s White House, they are shocked to discover their old enemy Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) is now a Senior Adviser to Reagan.

As the team works to uncover what Darhk has up his devious sleeve, Sara (Caity Lotz) struggles with the choice of getting revenge or helping with the team’s larger mission.

Thinking that the JSA members could be of help, Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Nate (Nick Zano) break into the JSA and are surprised at what they find.

Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) tries to prevent his younger self from creating an even bigger time Abberation. Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell and Brandon Routh also star."

David Geddes directed the episode written by Keto Shimizu & Grainne Godfree (#205). Original airdate 11/10/2016.


"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" #remixed

Bjork & PJ Harvey perform 'I Can't Get No... by JesseeOuida

Seen above is the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" covered by Björk & PJ Harvey and performed at the Live BRIT Awards 1994. Originally sung and released in 1965 by The Rolling Stones, the song has endured thru the decades, and seen a myriad of covers, from folks like The Beach Boys, Cher, Take That, Britney Spears, Tom Jones and even Alvin and the Chipmunks!

Featured below are a couple of tracks from DEVO (used in the 1995 Martin Scorsese-directed "Casino" movie soundtrack) and a 90's version by Samantha Fox! But seriously though, nothing ever did beat the "original"…

""(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards' three-note guitar riff‍—‌intended to be replaced by horns‍—‌opens and drives the song. The lyrics refer to sexual frustration and commercialism." (Wkiki)


#SilverHawks 1986 TVC from Kenner

"SilverHawks" toy commercial from Kenner, circa 1986. The metallic-looking surface and liking the cartoon itself made me hanker for the action figures / toys! But I never did seem to get my hands on them, rarely seeing them at the shops I go to in my childhood anyways … and even as an adult, I never did attempt to buy them off the secondary market - which by that time the cost of which was beyond my personal toy-threshold anyways … years later, I would still enjoy looking at the on display at toy-museums and trade sales tables, and of course, the tv commercials! LOL


(Above ad image via haveageekasm.com)
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