Thursday, April 28, 2005


Platinum Pop - This Year's Blonde

This was the week that was... Human League have just peaked at No.6 with 'Open Your Heart' their third single taken from Dare. OMD are at No.17 with 'Souvenir' (the first single to be released from 'Architechture and Morality'). New Order have just smashed their way into the Top 40 for the first time with 'Procession / Everything's Gone Green' debuting at No.38 and we've also got Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love' and Depeche Mode with 'Just Can't Get Enough' just hovering outside the top 10.

So when was this? 17th October 1981 of course. Now there is an obvious wealth of music to choose from here but what i'd like to point you to is a single I picked up at the Castle Coombe car-boot sale last weekend for only 50p. I was intrigued by the name, the alluring sleeve but most of all by the eight Blondie tracks shoehorned into one apparent seamless medley. "this might be a gem, I thought and worth at least 50p" I wasn't wrong! When Pink sang about getting the party started I reckon she was on about this record, so stick it on and crank it up a tog or two, 'tis Platinum Pop indeed. Now sadly it didn't make the Top 40 on this eventful week and only scraped into No.46 but then again Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin were at No.1 with 'It's My Party' and The Tweets were at No.2 so there's no justice.

These are the tracks:

1. Hanging On The Telephone
2. Denis
3. Dreaming
4. Union City Blues
5. (I'm Always Touched) By Your Presence Dear
6. Picture This
7. Sunday Girl
8. Dreaming

Platinum Pop tried again to trouble the charts with a Madonna medley six years later which i'm hoping to pick up at the Tollgate boot next week. I couldn't find much on the Internet about Platinum Pop except for this Google translation from a Japanese website.

"Perhaps, how good thing, but there is no this record っ て ジャケ it is not many, is? Respectively it is in the pad as though it is example. Just a little, the バブリー the A aspect may divide the taste easily with eighties pop, is, but the B aspect of the joke type ボッサ is highest."

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