Thursday, 11 June 2015

A to Z of the 80s - S is for Sia, Swift, Stock, Aitken And Waterman

by Jo Michelmore

Do we really think pop has changed and grown up since the 80s and the old days of what was an English music making pop factory, Stock Aitken and Waterman? They were three producers and songwriters responsible for so much poop, I mean pop in the 80s, it was impossible not to like at least one of their songs. Kind of like Taylor Swift today (but not really). You think Swift and Sia and all the other pop stars of today have come a long way since the tacky fabulous days of the 80s? You know that old saying, they don't make 'em like they used to? Well, they kinda do, actually.

Sinitta, in 87, released 'Toy Boy'. Featuring big hair, manic arm waving and at 3:30, probably the exact same mobile phone featured in Britney and Iggy's latest clip.

Sabrina, in 88 released 'All Of Me'. Featuring large hair, manic arm waving and some beach moves at 3:05, which I'm sure I saw Beyonce attempt in that 'Drunk In Love' clip.

Donna Summer, in 89 released 'This Time I Know It's For Real'.  Featuring large hair, manic arm waving and a hat at 1:24 that wouldn't look pout of place in topshop right now. 

Samantha Fox, in 87, released 'Nothings Gonna Stop Me Now'. Featuring large hair, manic arm waving and the classic pop clip phenomenon of horses running on the beach at 2:20. 

Sonia, in 89, released 'You'll Never Stop me Loving You'. Featuring large hair, manic arm waving and some dance moves at 1:22 which I'm sure were in one all of Sia's recent clips.

There's a reason that Swift song fits so well with the 88 Aerobic Championship routine. Because it's all been done before. They do make 'em like they used to.

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