Angry Anderson Suddenly

NEWS: 30 Years Of Angry Anderson and THAT Wedding!

Yes, it’s THIRTY years since ‘the other wedding of the decade’ was broadcast on UK television and of course Scott and Charlene’s wedding song!

Thirty years ago today, ‘episode 523’ of Neighbours was broadcast in the UK, and it was watched by over 19.6 million people! Originally broadcast in Australia on 1st July 1987 (seen by over two million), the UK was a full fifteen months behind, but by November 1988, Neighbours madness had caught the UK, where it was broadcast twice a day!

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But on 8th November 1988, millions of Britain’s sat down to watch a very special episode in which Scott Robinson married his long-term girlfriend Charlene Mitchell. It was not just a normal soap opera wedding, this was the nation watching the biggest selling music artist of the year marry her real life boyfriend (we didn’t know that at the time!). By late 1988, Kylie Minogue (Charlene Mitchell) had achieved four UK smash hit singles and a huge selling No.1 debut album, and now her character was getting married!

And of course it wasn’t just about the ceremony. The charm and popularity of ‘episode 523’ also extended to the song that accompanied the wedding itself. It was one Kylie herself chose and in keeping with Australian tradition, actor and singer Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson wrote and performed the killer theme. The song “Suddenly” had actually been recorded a year previous (1986) for his studio album “Beats From A Single Drum” but after Kylie heard the track, she insisted that it was that song she wished to walk down the aisle to.

Anderson had already made a big splash appearing in ‘Mad Max 2: Beyond Thunderdome’ in 1985, starring opposite Mel Gibson and Tina Turner in the movie, as well as being a member of Australian rock bands Buster Brown (1973-75) and Rose Tattoo (1976-1987). Following the collapse of the latter, Anderson decided to go solo and recorded “Beats From A Single Drum” during 1986 and 1987. The track “Suddenly” is a soft rock ballad, uncharacteristic of the style of music he had previously been associated with, and begins with a sumptuous piano instrumental before Anderson’s heartfelt and romantic lyrics begin.

When the song was released in Australia in the wake of ‘episode 523’ it quickly raced up the chart to peak at No.2, ironically kept off the top by non other than Kylie with her version of Little Eva’s 1962 classic “The Locomotion”, itself a seven week chart topper which would become the biggest selling single of the year AND the decade in Australia! Following the episode’s broadcast in the UK, the song was released as a single and, once again, shot up the chart to peak at No.3, spending a total of three weeks there and was prevented from going any further by…yes you’ve guessed it, Kylie AGAIN! This time with her duet with Jason DonovanEspecially For You”! Nevertheless, the single sold over 400,000 copies in the UK and ended up the 16th biggest seller of the year!

For interested factworms, its UK chart positions are as follows:
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‘Episode 523’ remains by far, the most watched episode of the Australian soap opera that has been broadcast since 1985, and perhaps its enduring, fairytale like quality is mostly in part to the magic of both Kylie and Jason themselves, and the song that was played throughout the most important part of the episode. In 2011 it was voted the third greatest TV wedding in a Channel 5 poll and in 2015, the thirtieth anniversary of the soap, it was voted the top moment in the show’s history, perhaps unsurprisingly!

So pull up a pew, grab a box of tissues, and relive the moment when all our hearts melted that November teatime, thirty years ago… “suddenly, every part of me, needs to know every part of you”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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