Random jukebox – Chicane

I’ll be honest, I’ve found most of Chicane‘s recent output a bit perplexing, and this “cover version” of Sigur Rós is definitely in that category. It’s nice enough, definitely – it just seems completely unnecessary – it’s as though he (for Chicane is just a he) has decided to spend unnecessary amounts of time creating generic dance versions of other people’s songs. Never mind, it’s not doing any harm – here’s Poppiholla:

The British Rock & Pop Awards 1981

The 1981 ceremony was held on 8th February 1982, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. The ceremony took place at the Lyceum, London, and was presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Cook.

Best Female Singer

Winner: Toyah

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Winner: Adam Ant

Best Group or Band

Winner: Adam and the Ants

Best Male Singer

Winner: Shakin’ Stevens

Best Album

Winner: The Human League, for Dare

Best Single

Winner: Ultravox, for Vienna

Nationwide Golden Award for the Artist or Group with the Most All-Round Family Appeal

Winner: unknown

Best Newcomer

Nominees included Duran Duran.

Winner: unknown (but not Duran Duran!)

Performances

Comparison with the BRIT Awards

If you would like to see the comparison, the 1982 BRIT Awards are covered here. While the nominee list was similar, Toyah Willcox and Shakin’ Stevens failed to win, and Ultravox and Bananarama weren’t even nominated.

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The British Rock & Pop Awards 1980

The 1980 ceremony was held on 24th February 1981, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was presented again by Dave Lee Travis. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 1, with commentary from Andy Peebles. A full recording of the audio is available online here, and the introduction of the TV coverage is here:

Best Album

Winner: The Police, for Zenyatta Mondatta

Best Group or Band

Winner: The Police

Best Female Singer

Presented by Mickie Most. Winner: Sheena Easton

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Presented by Una Stubbs. Winner: Cliff Richard

Best Single

Presented by Suzi Quattro. Winner: The Jam, for Going Underground

Nationwide Golden Award for the Artist or Group with the Most All-Round Family Appeal

Presented by Sue Lawley. Winner: The Nolans

Best Male Singer

Presented by Lulu. Nominees included:

  • Gary Numan
  • Cliff Richard
  • Paul McCartney
  • David Bowie

Winner: David Bowie

Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music

Presented by Mike Read. Winner: John Lennon, and accepted by Yoko Ono

Further Details

Showaddywaddy were listed as having been “in attendance”. There was also a suggestion that Ultravox may have won a video award for Passing Strangers, but this appears not to have been true.

Performances

  • Adam and the Ants
  • Madness
  • Hazel O’Connor
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra

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Preview – Westbam/ML feat. The Beloved

A little bit late, this one. I don’t know Westbam particularly well apart from a couple of remixes, but as is probably apparent to regular readers, I do know The Beloved. With shades of Be Angeled, they return together with this, Sky is the Limit. I haven’t made my mind up about whether I think it’s The Beloved‘s finest lyric or even vocal delivery, but it’s definitely a great song.

Chart for stowaways – August 2020

August saw flashbacks to 1990, with the return of The Beloved to the charts with their debut studio album Happiness. From a humble re-entry at number 4 at the start of the month, it climbed gradually to the top spot, sitting there for the latter half of the month. For the final week, their 1989 single Your Love Takes Me Higher finally climbed up to the top spot on both the Singles and Catalogue Singles charts, finally deposing Pet Shop Boys‘ latest recreation of West End girls from both charts after eight weeks. Meanwhile, Sparks continued their domination of all the charts, with three previous chart-toppers remaining in the top ten for the whole month.

Here’s the album chart for the final week of the month:

  1. The Beloved – Happiness
  2. Erasure – The Neon
  3. Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot
  4. The Beloved – Where it Is
  5. Sparks – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
  6. Sparks – Past Tense – The Best Of
  7. Sparks – Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
  8. Erasure – Hits! The Very Best of
  9. Erasure – Total Pop! The First 40 Hits
  10. Depeche Mode – Spirits In The Forest

The British Rock & Pop Awards 1979

The 1979 ceremony was held on 26th February 1980, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was simulcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 1, and took place again at the Café Royal, London. It was presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Lawley, with commentary by Mike Read on the Radio 1 broadcast.

Best Female Singer

Winner: Kate Bush

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Winner: Paul McCartney

Best Group or Band

Winner: The Police

Best Male Singer

Winner: Gary Numan

Best Album

Presented by Rick Wakeman, with remote help from Anne Nightingale.

Winner: The Police, for Regatta de Blanc

Best Single

Winner: Boomtown Rats, for I Don’t Like Mondays

Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music

Presented by John Peel.

Winner: Jerry Dammers with Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music for his work with The Specials

Nationwide Golden Award for the Artist or Group with the Most All-Round Family Appeal

Winner: unknown

Further Details

Presenters included Barron KnightsKate BushMarianne FaithfullAndy Gibb, and Leo Sayer, and possibly also Thereza Bazar of Dollar.

It was reported the following year that Gary Numan supposedly won “multiple awards”, which may tell us that he won the All-Round Family Appeal award, but we can’t tell that for sure.

Performances

Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra performed the music again, with Apollo performing dance routines.

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