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Neon Night - Stock / Aitken / Waterman SpecialWelcome to Neon Nights hosted by yours truly, John von Ahlen.

“When you can’t find the music to get down and boogie… all you can do is… Step Back In Time!”

Yes, the eagle eyed among you know these famous lyrics from Kylie Minogue back in 1990. This week we celebrate the genius that is Stock / Aitken / Waterman.

The trio had great success during the mid to late 1980s and early 1990s. S/A/W is considered to be one of the most successful songwriting and producing partnerships of all time, scoring more than 100 UK top 40 hits, selling 40 million records and earning an estimated £60 million (about $104 million). S/A/W started producing underground club hits, but earned worldwide success with a mix of Hi-NRG-influenced sound, romantic Motown lyrics and Italian disco melodies. During 1984–1989, their musical style was labelled Eurobeat or Hi-NRG. They were pretty much the Motown of Electronic Pop. For a few years everything they touched turned to gold. They were absolutely cutting edge in terms of sound and technology. Quite a few of my musical peers still hold them in high regard, and rightly so. What they did, they did extremely well.

This week I’ve chosen some totally obvious S/A/W tracks plus a few obscure tracks and one or two personal favourites. “Love, Truth & Honesty” is one of my all time favourite Bananarama songs, with “Cheers Then” coming in a close second, and then everything else they’ve done is pretty much amazing. Sinitta dazzles us with “I Don’t Believe In Miracles” which is a pristine, surreal, emotional and simply fabulous pop song which IMHO is her best ever (and Sinitta rates it as her worst ever, so there’s no accounting for taste!!). We also include Donna Summer with the unstoppable “This Time I Know It’s For Real“, which despite her homophobic statements in the past, is still a totally genius song. And then there’s the blisteringly amazing track which started the whole ball rolling…by the legendary Glenn Millstead aka Divine with “You Think You’re A Man“. I could go on about the rest of the tracks, but you can read the playlist below and then listen to the podcast and enjoy the whole thing over again. And again. And again….

Electronically yours,
John.

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Playlist for Show 008 – 29th August 2015
01 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
02 Donna Summer - This Time I Know Its For Real Donna Summer
This Time I Know Its For Real
03 Lonnie Gordon - If I Have To Stand Alone Lonnie Gordon If I Have To Stand Alone
04 Bananarama - Venus Bananarama Venus
05 Mel and Kim - That's The Way It Is Mel and Kim That’s The Way It Is
06 Neon Nights - 008 - Stock Aitken Waterman Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
07 Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have to Do Kylie Minogue What Do I Have to Do Australian Content
08 Bananarama - Love, Truth & Honesty Bananarama Love, Truth & Honesty
09 Divine - You Think You're A Man Divine You Think You’re A Man LGBTIQ Content
10 Neon Nights - 008 - Stock Aitken Waterman Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
11 Parralox - Sharper Than A Knife (Pete Hammond Remix) Parralox Sharper Than A Knife (Pete Hammond Remix) Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
12 Jason Donovan - Nothing Can Divide Us Jason Donovan Nothing Can Divide Us Australian Content
13 Sinitta - I Don't Believe In Miracles Sinitta I Don’t Believe In Miracles
14 Sonia - You'll Never Stop Me From Loving You Sonia You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You
15 Neon Nights - 008 - Stock Aitken Waterman Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
16 Rick Astley - Take Me To Your Heart Rick Astley Take Me To Your Heart
17 Carol Hitchcock - Get Ready Carol Hitchcock Get Ready Australian Content
18 Bananarama - Ain't No Cure Bananarama Ain’t No Cure
19 Neon Nights - 008 - Stock Aitken Waterman Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
20 Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now Samantha Fox Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now

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About the author: John

 

John von Ahlen is a Producer / Director based in Melbourne, Australia.

His current project is Parralox, an electronic act that has toured internationally (live shows with Erasure + Little Boots), and achieved chart success in USA, UK and Europe (Billboard / CMJ / German Web Charts / UK Commercial Club Charts).

John has remixed artists such as Erasure, Marcella Detroit, Delta Goodrem, Gina G, Doctor & The Medics, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and many more.

His work for TV / Film includes The Wog Boy, Rove Live, Before The Game, Who's On The Menu (Theme Tune) and music for Neighbors / Home & Away / Queer as Folk (USA).

He also Directs and Animates, check out some of his work here

www.youtube.com/parralox
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www.subterrane.com.au

 

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