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NEWS: ‘Pop Muzik’ Hits 40 and 30!

40 Years of “New York, London, Paris, Munich, everybody talk about pop muzik”, with a 30 year update!

by Christopher Smith

Yes, forty years have now passed since M (Robin Scott) released his weirdly sounding, futuristic ditty “Pop Muzik” and how appropriate for us here at talkaboutpopmusic.com to…well, talk about “Pop Muzik”!

I was two years old when it was released, so I can hardly remember it at all at the time, but it’s one of those songs, like “Video Killed The Radio Star” that never weathers with age or time and still sounds advanced today as it did back in early 1979.

It seems that the world wanted something weird and different that year, judging by the runaway success of the single, topping the charts in ten countries around the world, including America (it stopped at No.2 in the UK) and making the top five in total of twenty countries across five continents! To date it has sold over a million copies in the US and a further four million outside of The States.

Robert re-booted the song ten years later and in the Summer of 1989 it entered the UK top twenty peaking at No.15, and it’s this version that I can associate with more than the original. Nevertheless, as time marches on, we as human beings seem to regress backwards and now it’s the effortless brilliance of M’s 1979 original that still penetrates over and over, again and again in the brain.

The video for “Pop Muzik” was directed by Brian Grant in a time when music videos were largely ignored. It cost £2000 (£10,000 in today’s money) to make and first aired on The Kenny Everett Video Show. It wasn’t until MTV launched in 1981 that the video was broadcast globally and the song gained exposure in America. To date is is still one of the most popular music videos on MTV. Grant would go on to direct videos for The Human League, Duran Duran and many others.

“Pop, pop, pop muzik
Eenie, meenie, mienie, mo
Whichever way you wanna go
Talk about
Pop muzik”

Indeed!

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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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