WHAT A BETTER WAY TO START A HOLIDAY MONDAY ( WELL IT IS IN BRITAIN ) THAN WITH THE NORWEGIAN 80’S STARS
They are a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by lead singer Morten Harket , Magne Furuhomen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy. They rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and had continued global success in the 1990s and 2000s.
Today I’m giving you a small selection of their biggest hits from the 80’s which always put a smile on my face.
They are : “Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines On TV”.
If I’m honest, “The Sun Always Shines….. ” pips “Take On Me” as my slight favourite.
Following the success of their debut, the band was nominated for a Grammy Award for in 1986 and won eight MTV Video Music Awards, six for “Take On Me” and two for ” The Sun Always Shines On TV” . “Take On Me” was also nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Video at the American Music Awards of 1986, and they have won 10 Spellemannprisen awards, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy awards.
In 2015 it was announced that A-ha would re-unite for two years. Their tenth studio album, Cast In Steel was released on 4 September 2015. A world tour in support of the album happened later.
A- Ha in 2015
The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide (till 2009). In less than a year, during 2010, the band earned an estimated 500 million Norwegian Kroner from concert tickets, merchandise and the release of a greatest hits album, making them one of the 40–50 largest grossing bands in the world
And so ladies and gentlemen I give you A-HA
The Take On Me video used a pencil-sketch animation/live-action combination called rotoscoping It became one of the most recognisable and popular music videos of it’s time.
DONALD CHRISTIE IS A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER WHO HAS BEEN WORKING FOR A LONG TIME AND HAS ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS AN ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHER FROM THE 90’S
I STILL WORK WITH DONALD ON CERTAIN PROJECTS AS HE NOW LIVES IN WALES.
This particular shoot was for iD magazine back in 1995. Wow, 21 years ago!!
It features 90’s Top Model Rosemary Ferguson ( now famous nutritionist) and her twin brother Edward who began modelling after Rosemary’s career took off. They were occasionally shot together and this was one of those rare occasions.
I hope you like the shoot. It brought back many memories when I dug it out of my archive.
CREDITS: iD MAGAZINE “THIS SUMMER” SHOOT AUGUST 1995
and starred Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Caroline Aherne, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Simon Day and Arabella Weir and ran until 1997, with specials in 2000 and 2014. It was one of the most popular sketch shows of the 1990s in the UK.
They created many unforgettable characters with the first series introducing many of its signature characters and sketches including Ted and Ralph, Unlucky Alf, the Fat Sweaty Coppers, Ron Manager, Roy and Renée, Ken and Kenneth (The Suit You Tailors), Jesse (of “Jesse’s diets”), Arthur Atkinson, Bob Fleming, Brilliant Kid, Insecure Woman, Janine Carr, Denzil Dexter, Carl Hooper, Ed Winchester, the Patagonian buskers, “Jazz Club” and this one featured today which was one of my personal favourites, the popular Latin based parody news channel, “Chanel 9.”
And so I leave you to have a giggle at this complete piss take of a sketch which I always imagined they thought up the idea from going on foreign holidays back in the 70’s and you would turn the TV on and see the new channel and have no clue what they were talking about apart from the odd English word or dropping the name of a well known celebrity, actor, actress or sports star.
For those of you who wish to know more about this sketch, here’s a synopsis of this particular sketch from The Fast Show’s Wikipedia page.
Chanel 9, a low-budget television channel from a country known only as “Republicca”, or full title “Republicca Democratia Militaria” ruled by “El Presidente” who resembles a stereotypical Latin American dictator. Chanel 9 parodied the sort of programmes that British people end up watching on holiday around the Mediterranean. The stars, usually Paul Whitehouse, Paul Shearer, Caroline Aherne, would speak a concocted language loosely based on Italian, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese, mashed together with nonsensical phrases (e.g. “sminky pinky”) and incongruous English names and words (e.g. footballer Chris Waddle). Early segments featured the Chanel 9 Neus, read by anchormen Poutremos Poutra-Poutremos (Whitehouse) and Kolothos Apollonia (Shearer), followed by the weather forecast with meteorologist Poula Fisch (Aherne), invariably reporting a temperature for all locations of 45 °C (113 °F) while exclaiming “Scorchio!” with apparent surprise. Sports news was presented by Antonios Gubba ( Simon Day) – whose name is based on the commentator Tony Gubba- seated at a much lower desk and talking with a low voice. The news would be interspersed with parodic advertisements for the ubiquitous “Gizmo”, a bizarre mechanical product which could be used with equal efficacy in the kitchen, garden or bedroom. Later Chanel 9 sketches consisted of several short segments featuring other Chanel 9 programmes, including a cartoon, a current affairs discussion, a quiz show, a soap opera (“El Amora Y El Passionna“) and a variety series, were added in later sketches. The Fast Show Christmas Special featured the Chanel 9 musical nativity play, “Holy Sprog”, which parodied the celebrity Christmas Special genre, and the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Key Chanel 9 catchphrases included the Republiccan greeting and farewell, “Buono estente” and ” BOutros Boutros- Gahli” (the name of the then UN Secretary-General)
Creative HEAD’s annual business networking event. Taking place in London on 20-21 March, once again Salon Smart will deliver all the ideas, advice and fresh new thinking you need to grow your salon business. Celebrating 10 years with a extra special line-up.
I’LL BE THERE ON MONDAY AT THE WINDLE AND MOODIE STAND – COME AND SAY HI……
HURRY GUYS THERE’S A FEW EXTRA TICKETS BEEN RELEASED IF YOU WANT TO GO……
14.00: Hotel check-in opens for Weekend Pass ticket holders.
15.15: Sunday sessions open A welcome to Salon Smart from Creative HEAD publisher Catherine Handcock, and a look back over the past 10 years.
15.25:“How we made it big in our local town” Owner of Jas Hair Group – two-time winner of Most Wanted Best Local Salon and celebrating 25 years in business – Jayne Prigent will share her experiences (some good, some not so!) about engaging and working with her local community.
15.55:Staff wanted, apply within A firm Salon Smart favourite, Marcus Allen– group head of salon at Urban Retreat Harrods – will be focusing on recruitment and team development this time around, with an aim to employ 10 new members of staff in the months leading up to the event. Look out for his unique diary of his recruitment journey.
18.00:Meet & Mix Sip a glass of bubbly and talk shop with Marcus Allen, Simon Harris, Lee Stafford, Ken West and Abbyand Karly Whittaker in this convivial session.
19.30:Time to eat Three-course dinner with wine. Enjoy!
21.00:About Adam Sit back and enjoy a creative presentation by – and conversation with – Most Wanted Hair Icon Adam Reed and his Percy & Reed team.
Overnight accommodation with breakfast, based on two sharing a twin/double room, is included within the Weekend Pass ticket price
09.15:Monday sessions open Creative HEAD publisher Catherine Handcockintroduces the theme of the day – how to get yourself noticed.
09.40: Grand designs Laundry in Sheffield stormed to victory as Most Wanted Best New Salon in 2014, with a branding and communications strategy that blew everyone away. Hear from the owner and the designer on how they got it right.
10.00: NEW! Famous 4:5 The Boutique Atelier’s Richard Phillipart talks about balancing international Fashion Weeks and his Cheshire salon.
10.10: PR boot camp Not everyone can afford to hire a PR agency. Here, the team at LWPR (selflessly!) share tips and tricks for a DIY strategy that will turn all the right heads.
10.30:The Salon Smart Workshops Roll up your sleeves for the Salon Smart masterclass in marketing your salon online. Part 1 focuses on building and engaging your community, Part 2 on reaching a new audience. Unmissable.
11.20: NEW! Famous 4:5 In this slot: Katie Mulcahy. She won Most Wanted’s One To Watch award in 2009 – six years later and she’s the reigning Most Wanted Colour Expert champ. What’s her stand-out?
11.30:Go, West! Ken West – education director for 3•6•5 – reveals how a drop in the number of young people pursuing hairdressing has had an impact on training.
11.50: NEW! Showcase 90 minutes of precious business networking with a host of leading industry brands, including Goldwell, KMS California, 3•6•5, BaByliss PRO, Hairaisers, Heat Treat, Millennium, National Hairdressers’ Federation, Nicka K New York, Salon IQ, Santander, Treatwell, Viviscal and Windle & Moodie. Plus, meet Stars at the Bar Errol Douglas MBE and Trevor Sorbie’s Johanna Cree Brown, and win £1,000’s of prizes in our Salon Smart prize draw! See prize draw terms and conditions
13.20:Lunch is served
13.50:Team Talk: George’s Hairdressing This Leicester salon group has a reputation for breeding industry stars – Rita Ora’s stylist Chris Appleton and Layered Salon Star Natalia Maxwell to name but two. So what’s their secret for identifying, inspiring and then profiling new talent?
14.20:Think Tank Your chance to put questions to our expert panel.
15.05: NEW! Famous 4:5 Magic Scissors founder and salon owner Tony Woodtalks about his charity initiative in this quickfire pop-up session.
15.15: The Salon Smart Workshops Time to attend your second session.
16.00:The Nicky Clarke story But not just another Nicky Clarke interview… Creative HEAD editor Amanda Nottage asks the eminent OBE what it’s like to be one of the most famous hairdressers on the planet. A fascinating session with an industry legend.
IN THE EARLY 90’S THERE WAS A RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE TREND FOR A GOATEE BEARD.
Below is the description given of Goatee as given on Wikipedia.
A goatee is a style of facial hair incorporating hair on a man’s chin and moustache. The exact nature of the style has varied according to time and culture.Until the late 20th century, the term goatee was used to refer solely to a beard formed by a tuft of hair on the chin—as on the chin of a goat, hence the term ‘goatee’. By the 1990s, the word had become an umbrella term used to refer to any facial hair style incorporating hair on the chin but not the cheeks. There is debate over whether this style is correctly called a goatee or a Van Dyke.
A Van Dyke is a style of facial hair named after 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck. A Van Dyke specifically consists of any growth of both a moustache and goatee with all hair on the cheeks shaven. Even this particular style, though, has many variants, including a curled moustache versus a non-curled one and a soul patch versus none.
as are the one i sported back in the 90’s where the hair was nearly on the chin – I think I decided on this to give my chin a squarer feel ( see pics below) followed by some pics of Goatees worn by some slightly more famous people than myself.
The above polaroid got slightly destroyed but I managed to salvage it.
and below the more famous goatees you amy know and love ( or hate)
LET’S FACE IT, MONDAY REALLY ISN’T EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE DAY OF THE WEEK.
this clip from the 1969 film “Love God” starring Don Knotts.
I ACTUALLY DON’T MIND MONDAYS, BUT IF I’M HAVING A BAD DAY ( AND NOT JUST ON MONDAYS EITHER, COME TO THINK OF IT) I’VE FOUND OVER THE YEARS THAT MUSIC LIFTS MY MOOD.
I CALL IT THE MOODIE BLUES WHEN I GET IT……..
and there’s no better way to lift that mood than a good old tune. Its been proven scientifically that music can change your mood. So if you’re having one of those dreary old Monday’s then go put one of your favourite tunes on and blast it out, and even have a bop around the room to it.
And so I decided to bring back my ” Just Another Moodie Monday” posts which is where I will post a video of a tune that I consider one of my all time favourites that just puts me in a better mood.
Originally Just Another Moodie Moodie consisited of my own video version of the song, but I figured that to bring it back you’d be more interested in seeing the real mccoy than me parading around hahahaha. I do still do that on Instagram sometimes so if you miss me parading around then take a look on my Instagram account ‘Neil Moodie” for the odd bit of buggering about by me, and of course, Moods Comedy Monday will still be around but I will interchange them every week from now on.
So here goes with a great song from 1967, the year I was born.
Music To Watch Girls Go By – Sung by Andy Williams.
This video is great with lots of clips from several 1960’s movies. Actresses include Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, Sue Ane Langdon, Sharon Tate, Lee Meredith, Annette Funicello and Diana Rigg.
This video is available on the channel on Youtube by RetroTVCentral.
As some of you may know, British Vogue magazine is very close to my heart. I have worked for the magazine regularly and for other Vogues around the world and have done the hair for a few of the covers too.
I’ve worked on over 30 Vogue covers in total worldwide with some of them starring the biggest Supermodels in the World. Naomi Campbell, Gisele, Stella Tennant, and Cara Delevinge to name a few.
I suggest you go and see this fabulous exhibition. There are there many famous images on show from the last 100 years, plus some unseen special treats, a book and other Vogue merchandise to purchase.