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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I'm Not Her by Clara Mae

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Swedish artist Clara Mae is back with a new song called "I'm Not Her" and you're going to love it! We do!




"I'm Not Her" is an awesome mid-tempo pop song that will have you wanting to dance in no time. In fact, when we listened to the song for the first time, it was at night and we were in the front yard with our dogs. And as soon as the beat kicks in after the first chorus, we started dancing around. It's that good! Just watch the video ...




"I'm Not Her" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You can also here her two other songs this year there: "Taped Up Heart" and "Drowning." Have a listen ...




Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. For the latest on Clara Mae, check out her official website. You can also like her official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Pop Life Fanzine 2017

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Once upon a time, I (Davearama) published a fanzine dedicated to Bananarama called Pop Life. The fanzine was published from 2003 to 2007. Well, ten years later, there is a new issue!

The new issue of Pop Life

Back in the 80s, there was an official Bananarama fanzine produced by their fan club called True Confessions. It was named after Bananarama's third album. The editor was Peter Lorraine, who went on to manage The Saturdays and now is behind the reunion tour.

The new issue of WOW!

In the mid-90s, Jason 'Jay' Berges published WOW! The Unofficial Bananarama Fan Newsletter. WOW! was the name of Bananarama's fourth album. This was so wonderful to get because at the time, any information about Bananarama was hard to come by. Yes, this was before we had access to the Internet. We got lots of updates around the album Ultra Violet.

The first issue of Pop Life

By 2003, we had the Internet, and we had Yahoo chat groups, including the Bananarama Mailing List and the Bananarama Club. We didn't have Facebook or social media back then. And I decided to have another go at creating another fanzine dedicated to Bananarama because there was something magical about having a physical copy to have. So I chose to follow the fanzines/newsletters than came before me. I named the fanzine after Bananarama's fifth and fabulous album: Pop Life.

Sara and Keren received issues of Pop Life

Pop Life, The Unofficial Bananarama Fanzine was published during a very exciting time. It was during the time that their 2005 comeback album Drama came out. I was lucky enough to interview Keren, Sara, and Jacquie for the fanzine. You can read those interviews by clicking on their names. Sadly, I was never able to interview Siobhan. Although we did have a lot of features about Siobhan and Shakespears Sister in the fanzine.

30th Anniversary edition of True Confessions

For Bananarama's 30th anniversary in 2012, Peter Lorraine published a 30th anniversary of True Confessions. Earlier this year, when the reunion tour was announced. Jay encouraged me to do another issue of Pop Life. I initially said no, because my life is busy enough as it is. Then Jay went and published a new issue of WOW! The Unofficial Bananarama Fan Newsletter. And well, I was inspired to give it another go! 

The 24 issues of Pop Life

So today, there is a new issue of Pop Life, The Unofficial Bananarama Fanzine. I'm not printing it and mailing it out. It is a PDF only. You can download the issue for free by clicking here. Please feel free to print a copy!

I hope you enjoy it.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can actually see the first 3 issues of Pop Life in the photos section of the Poptastic Confessions Facebook page!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Galaxy by Dannii Minogue

Dear Poptastic Readers,

YES! Dannii Minogue is back in a big way with a brand-new song and video for "Galaxy." We're so happy she is back to making music!



"Galaxy" is a piano-led pop stomper with a gorgeous melody. It was written by Sia, too! The video has lots of costume changes and Dannii is looking as fabulous as ever! Have a look ...



A great vocal performance from Dannii! Hooray! "Galaxy" is released tomorrow on digital outlets everywhere. So you'll have to wait until then. We will add it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify tomorrow.



Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. You can read our review of Dannii's music career here. Be sure to like Dannii's official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you are at it, you can like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Electric Nights by Parralox

Dear Poptastic Readers,

And now for the single release that we have waited all of 2017 for: "Electric Nights" by Parralox is their latest single and it is FAB-U-LOUS! We've been listening to it all year and it always brings us so much joy!



Some history of the song: It was written and originally recorded in 2004 with Parralox mastermind John von Ahlen and original Parralox singer Roxy. They submitted the song to the Music Oz awards in 2004 and it won Best Dance Australian Dance Track. But then Roxy left the group, and the song got put on hold. It was only ever included in Parralox's Megamix 2008



However, last year it was rerecorded for their new album Subculture with new singer Johanna and John on lead vocals. Johanna's big vocals really shine on the track! Some of Roxy's vocals remain on the track, too. And Louise Love and Johnny X add some backing vocals, too. And together it is one of the best records of the year!




We ordered the CD single and it arrived in the mail on Monday this week along with some other goodies. The digital release is coming November 24. Along with some fabulous remixes, there are brand-new songs, too! B-sides, if you will. See the track listing here.

A music video was filmed for the song and it is currently being edited. Hopefully it will be released before the digital release. Until then, you can enjoy this live performance of the song ...



We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You will also find other songs from their Holiday '16 album. Enjoy!~



Subculture
 is available on digital outlets everywhere. You can even buy the physical CD and the CD single for "Electric Nights" at Conzoom, if they have any copies left. Don't delay! Buy your copy today!


For more information on Parralox, check out their official website. You can also like their official Facebook page, and while you are there please like our Poptastic Confessions Facebook page! If Twitter is your thing, follow Parralox here and follow Davearama here.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Love You Like That by Dagny

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Norwegian singer Dagny has a new song out called "Love You Like That." This is her third single this week after the fantastic "Wearing Nothing" and the fun remake of "More, More More."




"Love You Like That" starts off a bit slow. However, it gains momentum and Dagny's vocals soar before going into the fun chorus. There isn't a video yet, but there is this lyric video ...




"Love You Like That" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify


Cheers then, 
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Dagny's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.




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Monday, November 6, 2017

Room For Love by Melanie C

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sorry we've haven't been churning out the posts lately. Life gets busy and we've got a lot of new music to share this week. First up is Sporty Spice Melanie C who has a new song out called "Room For Love."



"Room For Love" is a nice uplifting pop song. Melanie delivers a really nice vocal performance. It is very catchy, too. For the video, Melanie had fans send in videos for the song, which really is endearing. Three other Spice Girls (Geri, Emma, and Victoria) also sent in cameos. Enjoy the video ...



"Room For Love" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Have listen ...


Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Melanie C's official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Stupid Lovesong by Laser Dreams

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Scandipop featured this new song by a new artist and the artwork totally made us check it out. It didn't disappoint either. The song is "Stupid Lovesong" by Laser Dreams. Isn't the artwork totally awesome?




Who are Laser Dreams? They are a Swedish duo made up of producer Urban "Hurb" Ericsson and singer Malin Lybeck. The music to "Stupid Lovesong" is pure synthpop! The vocals are fun and charming. Check out the video ...





Wasn't that fun? Yes, it was! We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions playlist on Spotify. Check it out!





Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Remember to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Don't Owe You by Alice D

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The lovely Alice D is back with a new song called "I Don't Owe You."




"I Don't Owe You" is a soulful slow-paced space-age R&B song. Alice's vocals sound effortless as she shares her feelings about a broken heart. The song has a really beautiful melody. Have a listen ...



We know that Alice filmed a video for the song, but it isn't out yet. We'll update you here when the video is out. Here is photo from the video as posted on her Facebook page.

In the meantime, "I Don't Owe You" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today! Also, we've added it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Spotify playlist. Have a listen here ...


Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Alice D's Official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Somebody (Is Out There) by Paul Lekakis

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Paul Lekakis is out with a new single called "Somebody (Is Out There)" and it was written and produced by John von Ahlen of Parralox!





Who is Paul Lekakis? Well, he is probably most known for his 1987 song "Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)." Well, fast forward 30 years and the new song is POPtastic! 



Apparently a video is coming soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can download "Somebody (Is Out There)" on digital outlets everywhere. We have even added it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Spotify playlist. Enjoy!~



Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like the Paul Lekakis Facebook fan page here and follow him on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bananarama to tour North America in 2018

Dear Poptastic Readers,

As you know, the original lineup of Bananarama (Sara, Keren, and Siobhan) are touring the UK in November and December this year. Well, they've just added 4 dates in North America! Hooray!


And the best news is that they are coming to San Francisco! It is a stop they missed on their their 2012 tour (just as a duo). And I live in the San Francisco Bay Area! The other dates are L.A., Toronto, and New York.



Check out their official website Bananarama.co.uk for all of the details! Tickets go on sale tomorrow! Like their official Facebook page, and you can follow them on Twitter here. Plus, Instagram!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page, and follow Davearama on Twitter.

P.S.S. Be sure to check out former Bananarama member Jacquie O'Sullivan's new song with Slippry Feet: "Thinking About..."

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thinking About... by Slippry Feet

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Once upon a time, there was a British disco duo called Slippry Feet, which members were Jacquie O'Sullivan (formerly of The Shillelagh Sisters and Bananarama) and Paul Simper (author, columnist, and journalist, formerly of No. 1 Magazine). They performed and recorded songs as Slippry Feet from 1992 to 1996, but never was able to release music until their demos were released in 2001 with the album Freak Time Viewing. However, there is a new song! And Poptastic Confessions has the premiere!



Slippry Feet are Paul Simper and Jacquie O'Sullivan

Slippry Feet had some AMAZING songs like "Horny, Hairy & Handsome", "Could Be Raining", and "Slippry Feet Theme" (Click on the song title to see the full video) and many more. You can track down the Freak Time Viewing CD on Discogs, or the songs are on iTunes




Last year in June, Slippry Feet went back in the studio to record a new track "Thinking About..." for the upcoming (now out) book by Paul called Pop Stars In My Pantry: A Memoir of Pop Mags and Clubbing in the 1980s. It was originally called Just Got Lucky: My Life In Pop and we featured the book last year.



The fantastic book was directly funded by readers through a company/website called Unbound. Certain readers like me (Davearama) pledged a certain amount to get the book as well as the new song on CD. Others pledged to get fun stuff from Paul's pop collection, or tickets to the launch party for the book.


Slippry Feet first started work on the song with Alex Godson (ex Eighth Wonder) in 1996. They finally finished demoing it last year with Phil 'Polecat' Bloomberg. And the song has been released year! The result is so wonderful, that it is one of our favourite songs of the year! 



The cover of "Thinking About..."
Painting by Sue Tilley based on a photo by Brad Branson.
Artwork by Pete Barrett.

I told Paul that more people need to hear this song, so I asked him if I could make a video of it for YouTube featuring photos of Slippry Feet. He agreed. It look a few attempts to get it to where we wanted it, but in the end, both Jacquie and Paul gave their blessing for the video. Enjoy!~




Wasn't that awesome? Yes, it was! Hopefully the song will be on iTunes and Spotify soon! Perhaps this is the start of the Second Act for Slippry Feet! We can only hope!

Be sure to like the official Facebook page of Jacquie O'Sullivan & Slippry Feet. And if you haven't bought Paul's AMAZING book, please order it here. It is deeply fabulous.

Cheers then,
—Davearama


Jacquie & Davearama, April 2017

P.S. You can follow both Jacquie and Paul on Twitter. You can even follow Davearama on Twitter! And please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook Page!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

More, More, More by Dagny

Dear Poptastic Readers,

One of our favorite songs this year is "Wearing Nothing" by Dagny. Now the London-based Norwegian singer has covered the disco classic "More, More, More" originally by Andrea True Connection.




Chances are, if you live in the US and watch TV, you might have already heard Dagny's version of "More, More, More" as it is in the new TV ads for Target.




You can listen to Dagny's full version by clicking here. While Dagny's version certainly is catchy, we have to mention some other remakes of the song. 




In 2004, former S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens covered it and changed the lyric to "How do you like MY love?" Click here to see a lovely performance of her performing the song on Top Of The Pops. We think we like Dagny's version better.





But our favorite version (Sorry, Dagny) is the 1993 remake by Bananarama. One of the reasons why we love this version the best is that Sara and Keren wrote a second verse for the song (the original just repeats the first verse twice), thus making it their own. Watch the video here ...




Edit: My friend Kirk reminded me that in 1999 the group Len sampled the original version of "More, More, More" for their song "Steal My Sunshine."


Now back to 2017, Dagny's version is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. And for your listening pleasure, we've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Cheers then, 
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Dagny's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dancing With A Broken Heart by Steps

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Steps surprised us this week with a brand-new single that is not on their comeback album released in the spring called Tears On The Dancefloor. The new single is called "Dancing With A Broken Heart." 




"Dancing With A Broken Heart" is actually a remake of Australian singer and songwriter Delta Goodrem. Delta released her version that she helped write in 2012. You can watch her video for it here




Steps version is a pretty faithful, but less electro and more glorious pop with strings and a euphoric key change. 


UPDATE: Check out the Blade Runner/Mad Max–inspired video here ...


And see a live TV performance here.

You can have a listen on our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also find Steps previous three singles there: "Scared Of The Dark", "Story Of A Heart", and "Neon Blue."





The album is being reissued with four new songs. The reissue is being called Tears On The Dancefloor: Crying At The Disco Deluxe Edition. The new version will be available on October 27.



Until then, "Dancing With A Broken Heart" is available on digital outlets everywhere! Buy your copy today!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Be sure to like Steps official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Go To Work by Nadine Coyle

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Just in time for the weekend, Nadine has a new single out called "Go To Work." Just who is Nadine Coyle? She was a singer in the UK girl group Girls Aloud. We wrote about them back in October 2012 and their song "Something New" landed at our #10 spot in our 2012 countdown.




"Go To Work" is a piano-led house pop song. It will have you grooving in no time as it isn't too fast or too slow ... just right. UPDATE: Check out the fun video ...



"Go To Work" is available on digital outlets everywhere. We bought it on iTunes this morning and we've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Enjoy!~

Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. You can like Nadine's official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fantasy by George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers

Dear Poptastic Readers,

George Michael has a newish song out called "Fantasy" and it is fantastically fun that will have you remembering George in all the best ways possible.




"Fantasy" is actually a 1990 b-side song that originally sounded like BlackBox with horny horns. The song was included on two of George's singles "Freedom! '90" and "Waiting For That Day." The new version was given an update by legendary Nile Rodgers. Apparently before George died, he asked Nile to give the song a fresh funky feel to it. And that's just what Nile has done.


October 19, 2017 UPDATE: Yesterday, the official video of "Fantasy" was released on the George Michael VEVO account on YouTube. Check it out ...


Wasn't that awesome? Yes, it was! The new version of "Fantasy" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.



Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can read our Tribute to George Michael from back in January. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Drowning by KREAM & Clara Mae

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last year we fell in love with "Strip" by Clara Mae. However, at the end of the year last year, we missed Clara Mae's incredible single with KREAM called "Taped Up Heart." We featured the song in February and we have loved it ever since. 


KREAM & Clara Mae

Great news! They have teamed up again for a new song called "Drowning."


"Drowning" isn't that far away from "Taped Up Heart." It's a bit down tempo to start, but the beat picks up and the song has a lovely melody. Clara Mae's vocals are quite nice as she seems to wrap her lyrics around the notes and makes it all sound so effortless. The result, is a really nice song. Have a listen ...


"Drowning" is available on digital outlets everywhere. We've added the song to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also find "Taped Up Heart" on the playlist, too.



Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. For the latest information on Clara Mae, please like her official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. You can also check out KREAM's Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter. And while you are at it, don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter!

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