Oh, Debbie Gibson!

After I had put the Best Of 2017 Spotify playlist together I mentioned in my previous post, I tweeted all of the artists to let them know that they had been included, but Twitter decided to “shadowban” me, so now none of my tweets can be seen! I have contacted Twitter Support, so hopefully they should fix it soon.

As I was feeling sorry for myself, I decided to listen to music (which usually cheers me up, and I’m on a diet so I can’t binge eat, like I usually would when something upsets me!), and I found that I had saved Debbie Gibson in my albums list.

When I was 11, Debbie Gibson brought out her album “Electric Youth” and somehow, I ended up with it on cassette. I would dance to that album in the house every chance I got, and I even made up a dance routine to the title track, though I couldn’t remember it now if my life depended on it. I just listened to it and ended up having a little dance, and it really cheered me up. It’s such a great song, so here’s the video for you, just in case you need a little pick-me-up ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy birthday Janet Jackson!

Today (16th May 2016) is Janet Jackson’s 50th birthday! I have always been a big fan of Janet’s, ever since I was given a cassette copy of her 1989 albumย Rhythm Nation 1814 when I was 11 years old. It’s such a great album and I was hooked from the start. Not only is it a great album, but her videos are filmic masterpieces. To celebrate Janet’s birthday, here’s my favourite song fromย Rhythm Nation 1814 ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy birthday Phil Collins!

Phil CollinsToday (30th January) is Phil Collins’ 65th birthday! I have been a big fan of Phil’s music, both his own and with Genesis, since I was small.ย While putting together a list of my favourite Phil Collins/Genesis songs, I realised that I liked 28 songs, so I created a playlist! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you click on the little icon in the top left hand corner of the video box, it will show you all of the videos in the playlist, and you can choose what to listen to. Or just play the first video, and listen to them all in turn!

Happy birthday Phil, thank you for all of your amazing songs and performances over the years ๐Ÿ™‚

The songs of Mark Nevin

I have been a fan of Mark’s work since I first heard “Perfect” by Fairground Attraction inย 1988. Recently I’ve been listening to Mark’s own music, and here are five of my favourite songs by Mark. I have his latest album Beautiful Guitars on my to-buy list ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 50th birthday Johnny Depp!

Aw, Johnny Depp has turned 50 today and he doesn’t look a day over 35 ๐Ÿ™‚

In celebration of his birthday, I thought I’d post my 5 favourite Johnny Depp films, although the choice wasn’t easy, because he’s been in so many brilliant films! ๐Ÿ˜€

4 of my favourite comedy routines

I’m a big fan of comedy, in fact I have been told that I am easily pleased. Not sure if that’s a compliment or not… Either way, here are some of my favourite comedy routines, because let’s face it: we all need a little cheering up every now and then ๐Ÿ™‚

Horror films I enjoyed even though I have necrophobia

I have necrophobia. Yes, I know that that’s unfortunate when I am married to a horror author. Especially when I handle a lot of the admin online and have to view stuff I’d rather not see that Michael helpfully tells me is “make up”. Hmm, it looks suspiciously realistic to me…

That being said, there have been a few films I have watched that, even though they were gory, I still enjoyed. I shall list them now for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Johnny Depp plays police constable Ichabod Crane who gets sent from New York to a village called Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders that seem to have been carried out by a Headless Horseman. This is another film where Johnny Depp teams up with Tim Burton (I love some of their other collaborations too such as Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which I’ll talk about below). There is an all-star cast in this film, including Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Christopher Walken, Richard Griffiths, Christopher Lee and Alun Armstrong. There is quite a bit of beheading in the film but because I have seen the film that many times, I know when to look away to avoid the really gory bits! It’s a great story-line and I would recommend this to fellow necrophobics, as the film really is worth watching ๐Ÿ™‚

 

28 Days Later (2002)
Activists break into an animal laboratory. They try to free chimpanzees that are being used for medical research. The activists are interrupted by a scientist (played by David Schneider). He warns them that the chimpanzees are infected with a virus dubbed “Rage”. He tells them it’s highly contagious and only one bite will cause it to spread. The activists don’t listen and open the cages anyway and release the chimpanzees. One of the chimps attacks one of the activists and she immediately becomes infected with “Rage”. She then infects other members of the group. 28 days later, Jim (played by Cillian Murphy), wakes up from a coma in a London hospital. He leaves the hospital after discovering that he is the only person in the place, and finds that London is completely deserted. He comes to a church but it is inhabited by zombie like humans so he runs. He is rescued by Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley). They then set about trying to survive. This film was directed by Danny Boyle and also stars Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston. Even though there are gory bits, I really enjoyed 28 Days Later, and I am yet to watch 28 Weeks Later.

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This is another film where the marvellous Tim Burton joins forces with Johnny Depp. Sweeney Todd is a barber and serial killer who murders his customers. Mrs. Lovett (played by Helena Bonham Carter) runs a meat pie shop and turns the murdered victims into pies. It is gruesome, but I was enjoying the film so much that I could see past all that. It also stars an all-star cast including the fabulous Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen.

My favourite Sia songs

I have been a big fan of Sia Furler since she released “Taken For Granted” in the UK back in 2000. She has featured on a fair few songs in the last year with established artists such as David Guetta (“Titanium” and “She Wolf”) and Flo Rida (“Wild Ones”) but these are my favourite songs where she is on her own. I was lucky enough to see her live in 2008 in Leeds, and she was just simply amazing. I love Sia so much that I walked down the aisle at my wedding to “Day Too Soon” ๐Ÿ™‚

The genius that was The Big Breakfast (1992 – 2002)

Back in the 90s, the best way to startย a week day was by switching on The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 and watching from 07:00 until 09:00 (if you were lucky enough to be off school/work). It was crazy, it was loud, but you felt like you were surrounded by your mates, and so you’d really start the day with a smile.

Below are some of my favourite TBB moments, because I know that there are people out there who haven’t heard of The Big Breakfast, mainly because I worked with one (who made me feel very old at that admission!).

Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams co-host with Gaby Roslin
I remember being VERY excited in February 1993 when a very young Gary (just 22) and Robbie (19, bless), along with the rest of Take That, co-hosted TBB. I used to VHS record every appearance of Take That that I could, so my collection was huge in the end. Enjoy if you’ve never seen them looking so cute!

 

More Tea Vicar?
Viewers were invited to call in and guess how many cups had been featured in a short clip. Whoever guessed the correct amount won a prize, a skiing holiday to Colorado no less in the clip below. Johnny would be dressed asย a vicar, and Denise would be a put upon nun, who Johnny would regularly abuse.

 

The Friday Song
The Friday Song was at 8:55am each Friday, that most of us missed as we had gone to school or work, so you’d set the video recorder (remember them?) before you left the house. The verses would be topical and the chorus would be a rousing sing-a-long. In the clip below, you also get to see the legend that is Phil Gayle who was the newsreader on TBB from 1996 to 2000, including a news item that “The International Festival of Chocolate kicks off later…” What? Is it still going? *heads to Google* Yes, there is one this year, good to know… (see my new upcoming post, “The Chocolate Festival” lol).

 

The last ever Friday Song with Johnny and Denise
The saddest day for Johnny/Denise fans, the end of their presenting TBB and the last ever Friday Song on 12th January 2001 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ