Where Are They Now

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Ones YOU Miss The Most – 2019

Where Are They Now? – The Top Ten!

by Christopher Smith

In our hugely successful series “Where Are They Now?” we here at talkaboutpopmusic.com take a trip down memory lane and seek to find the stars and the one hit wonders of the past and ‘attempt’ to find out what they are all up to these days. But who do you miss the most? Who are the singers and bands that we’ve featured so far that fans are searching out the most?

This is our top ten most viewed and most popular features found through internet search engines and our own website. How many do you remember and how many do you wish would return to the recording studio? Equally, how many are you glad that they have never burdened us all again?! So here they are, in reverse order (just to build up shock and surprise!).

Click on the pictures for each feature article.

10. The Shamen (NE)

The Shamen

They started as they meant to go with hits like “Move Any Mountain” and “LSI”, but it was their controversial song “Ebenezer Goode” that got them talked about everywhere, even in The House of Commons! Welcome to the most missed list, wherever you are…

9. Five Star (NE)

Five Star

They’ve made a return of sorts this year with a “Gold Best Of” album, but what really has happened to the biggest pop band of the 1980’s? Mark Keen went undercover (and if anyone has seen him, let us know!).

8. Dina Carroll (3)

Dina Carroll

People still want to know what has happened to the biggest selling British female artist of the 1990’s, but she’s up against it this year. Get in touch Dina, so we can satisfy the many thousands that want to hear from you!

7. Martika (8)

martika

It’s not surprising that 30 years after the release of her global smash hit “Toy Soldiers” that interest in Martika was at fever pitch this year. So what did the “Love, Thy Will Be Done” singer do to celebrate this landmark anniversary?

6. Shampoo (7)

Shampoo

A quarter of a century ago they were in “Trouble”. And they still will be, if they don’t let us know where they are and what they’re upto!

5. Pepsi and Shirlie (4)

pepsi & shirlie

Many thousands of fans still have a “Heartache” about WHAM!’s backing singers not releasing records these days. So we celebrated their career after George and Andrew went their separate ways and went door knocking to find them too!

4. Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield (9)

Natasha Daniel Bedingfield

Woah, a massive leap for brother and sister Bedingfield, possibly brought on by the release of Natasha’s album “Roll With Me” this year. So what of her brother…?

3. Jimmy Somerville (NE)

Jimmy Somerville

2019 saw an enormous interest in Jimmy Somerville, with many wondering what the former Communard and “Smalltown Boy” was doing these days. Read our lips, Jimmy, you still make us feel, mighty real!

2. The Reynolds Girls (1)

Reynolds Girls 1989

They may of been toppled this year, but exactly thirty years on from their infamous single “I’d Rather Jack”, tens of thousands want to know why? when? how? and more importantly, WHERE? Are they themselves now “golden oldies” and do WE want them back?

1. Yazz (2)

Yazz 1988

Doing a swap with Linda and Aisling Reynolds to become the years most missed is none other than Yazz! 30 years ago it was a “Fine Time” for her with hits like “Where Has All The Love Gone?”, but what we and an army of followers really want to know is: where has all the Yazz gone?

 

But it doesn’t end there. We’ve greatly expanded this section in 2019 with a new feature every week and we are always constantly seeking out those elusive artists of yesteryear, celebrating their career and asking ‘where are they now?’. Is there anyone we haven’t yet covered that you would like to see featured? Get in touch with us!

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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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