At last it’s the end of the week and a whole two days of weekend beckon. It doesn’t sound like much when you say it like that does it? And finally for the first time in a long while this is a very short post! See I did it eventually
So onto today Friday 20th March 2009. Just one birthday today, well I mean there are obviously many others but I’m only covering one ok! That birthday is the 50th birthday of one Mr Richard Drummie off of Go West a classic 80’s band. Wait a minute I can’t believe I just used classic and 80s in the same sentence. It was definitely not my favourite decade for music. Although Go West were pretty good I would grudgingly admit. Richard’s partner in Go West was Peter Cox and they released their first single “We Close Our Eyes” in 1985. At the 1986 Brits they were voted Best Newcomers. One of their bigger US hits was “King Of Wishful Thinking” which was covered by New Found Glory last year. That version also included Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump on guitar. Go west are indeed still around and released a new album last year called ‘futurenow’ here are the Go West boys closing their eyes with, of course, “We Close Our Eyes”
On this day in 1970 David and Angela Bowie (yes you’ve been hit with yet another Bowie reference) were married at Beckenham Registry Office in Kent in the UK. They were divorced in 1980. It always amazes me that Bowie won custody of his son in the settlement. He was snorting mountains of cocaine from the mid 70’s and allegedly living on just milk and peppers. He also believed he had been kidnapped by witches at one point. Either he had a superb legal team, (but remember at that time he was close to broke thanks to the awful contract he had signed with Tony DeFries) or Angie was in an even worse state.
On this day in 1982 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts began a mighty seven week run at the top of the US singles chart with “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” which only managed a number four placing in the UK chart. The song was originally a hit for the Arrows in the 70’s and was written by two of that very band, Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker. The song was produced by Mickie Most and was originally a B Side. The younger readers may be more familiar with a more recent cover of the song from Britney Spears. Here is Joan in the original colour version of the video for “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
And finally on this day in 2002 the Sun newspaper reported that Robbie Williams (yep him again) had become a priest. He had apparently been ordained by the non-denominational Universal Ministries via the internet. According to the report he officiated the wedding of Billy Morrison off of the Cult. Well it was in the Sun so it must be true right? 😉