memories of the ’80s – Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

Image result for never gonna give you up singleThe number one song of summer 1987 still gets regular airplay (in a different form) thanks to an internet meme of the 21st century: Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley.

The first single released from Astley’s debut recording Whenever You Need Someone, the song was written by Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW), a trio of songwriters/producers who produced and wrote the entire album.

Groomed by SAW on how to become a pop singer and managed by the trio, Astley recorded the song on New Year’s Day 1987, and the song was released on July 27, 1987 by RCA Records.

Hitting the top of the charts in the UK, the song started taking over music and video charts around the world, and became the hot single of 1987, and became the bestselling single of the year in the UK.

In 1988, the song won for Best British Single at the Brit Awards, while it was in 1988 when the song started climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one in March of that year. Astley was nominated for Best New Artist at The Grammys in 1989.

The album became a bestseller for Astley, with over 15 million copies sold and the song was reborn in the 21st century with the internet prank ‘Rickrolling’, when urls are reprogrammed to lead from one song back to this song. Youtube did this on April 1, 2008 as a joke, and became the internet sensation of the moment.




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One fish, two fish

As seen in Valparaiso, Chile


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memories of the ’70s – We Are The Champions by Queen

Image result for we are the champions singleA song that lives forever, especially for sports fan, We Are The Champions by Queen.

The first single from their sixth album News of the World, the song was written by Freddie Mercury, wanting to create a song that got fan reaction during a performance.

The song’s lyrics are simple, a call to those to persevere, to continue and to fight. The B side of the single is the equally memorable We Will Rock You.

Released in October 1977, the song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the US and number two on the UK charts. It went top of the charts in other parts of Europe including Norway, The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Sweden.

The promo music video for the song was the first time Queen invited fans to be a part of the video shoot.

A popular song at the band’s live performance, especially as the final song of a concert, We Are The Champions became the song of the winners in every sport, played as a celebratory anthem, and was the official song of the FIFA World Cup in 1994.

One of the famous versions of the song was when Queen performed the song at Live Aid in 1985.

A mainstay of classic rock radio, the song was analyzed in 2011 by scientists, who said this was the catchiest song in modern pop music history.


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Valpa creature

A colourful creature of Valparaiso, Chile:



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What is he is doing?

Seen in Valparaiso, Chile:


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memories of the ’80s – You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

YouShookMeAllNightLong.jpgFor hard rock lovers, AC/DC was hitting its peak, but despite a tragedy, emerged into the 1980s with a new lead singer and a hot track: You Shook Me All Night Long.

Finding success with their previous album Highway to Hell, the Australia band was planning to go back into the studio for their follow up album.

Sadly, their lead singer Bon Scott died, a result of over consumption of alcohol.

Hiring British singer Brian Johnson, the band went into Compass Point studios in The Bahamas to record Back in Black in spring 1980 with producer Mutt Lange.

You Shook Me All Night Long, written by Angus Young, Macolm Young and Brian Johnson, became the first single released from the album, and the first single with Johnson as lead singer.

The all-black album cover was designed in respect to the late Bon Scott.ACDC Back in Black.png

Released on Atlantic Records in August 1980, a week after the album release, the single rose steadily on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, hitting number 35.

Although not a chart topper, this song was certified platinum in Australia and the US as well as gold in the UK. The band toured for a year with the album, which has sold 50 million copies worldwide, one of the best-selling hard rock albums of all time.

A mainstay of AC/DC live performances, You Shook Me All Night Long has been voted to the number 10 spot by VH1 on the Greatest 100 Hits of the 1980s list.



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All the colours

…of the rainbow seen in this Valparaiso portrait:

colourful face

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