Sunday, September 19, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/20/2010

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2.......with these urgent Oldies news bulletins

Where In The World Is...........M? 

While M was technically a band made up of session musicians that would go on to form the basis of 80's British hitmakers Level 42 ("Something About You", "Lessons In Love", etc.), the project was the brainchild of Robin Scott, whose musical resume is so diverse that the fact that his biggest commercial success was a song called "Pop Muzik" is rather ironic. 

Robin Scott was born in London in 1947.  His initial foray into music came as an attempt to become a folk troubador in the early 70's.  Other early projects included a multimedia BBC project called "The Voice", a Rocky Horror Picture Show-type musical, Heartaches and Teardrops, and winning a British talent contest (years before Simon Cowell made it fashionable).  He also had his own record label for a period and produced several artists in the punk rock and R&B genre. 

Most of Scott's collaborative efforts as an artist came in the progressive rock area.  In 1979, he formed M, a collaboration of some of his progressive rock colleagues.  The song he wrote more or less read as a resume covering his 25 years in the music business up to that point.  That resume became "Pop Muzik", and millions of record buyers and radio stations proved to be rather impressed with his credentials.  The song hit #1 on both sides of the Atlantic and secured a full album deal for M, resulting in the LP "New York - London - Paris - Munich", which also performed well on the U.S. and UK album charts. 

While the hits continued in Britain, M never had another American hit despite 2 more full albums in 1980 and 1982.  Robin Scott would go on to dabble in African world music throughout the 80's.  Today, he deals primarily in art and occasionally re-emerges to reinvent the "Pop Muzik" wheel.  To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the song, Union Square records released an album with 13 different remixes of "Pop Muzik".  It has also been remixed and covered numerous times, most notably as part of U2's "Popmart" concert tour in 1997. 

Find out more about Robin Scott at his official website by clicking here, and relive his approximately three and a half minutes of American fame directly below.........

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Burning Question of the Day

Prior to his superstardom thanks to his role on General Hospital and a #1 song with "Jessie's Girl", Rick Springfield was the star of a Saturday morning cartoon series.  What was the name of that series?

Check back tomorrow @ Everything Oldies for the Answer, and leave a comment with your best guess!

Thursday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

What was the first song ever played on American Bandstand when it debuted on ABC on August 5, 1957?

Answer: Jerry Lee Lewis's "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On".  The Killer would later become one of the only performers to play LIVE on the show and not lip sync to a record. 


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