Shampoo was a 90's girlband consisting of members Jacqui Blake and Carrie Askew. They first hit the charts with their third single "Trouble" (UK #11) and had a few subsequent minor hits, including "Viva La Megababes", "Delicious", and "Girl Power".
In 1996 "I Know What Boys Like" was their last UK single release, taken from the "Girl Power" album. It was a cover of a song originally recorded by The Waitresses. Unfortunately the song wasn't a hit and peaked at #42 in the UK charts.
Despite being virtually ignored in their homeland, Shampoo were still doing well in Asia and made it into 1995's 'richest women in Britain' list. The third Shampoo album 'Absolute Shampoo' was released solely on the internet in 2000, and the duo disbanded shortly afterwards.
I Know What Boys Like
I Know What Boys Like (Hed Boys Seka Mix)
I Know What Boys Like (Hed Boys Party Dub Mix)
Top Of The Pops
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Monday, 22 December 2008
As some of you may or may not know, the PWL catalogue should be going digital in the new year. Previously released and (hopefully) unreleased PWL gems will be available for digital download. Full details have yet to emerge, but in support of these downloads I will be removing all the PWL owned posts on the blog. This will happen over the next few days, so if there's something you haven't downloaded then grab it now before it disappears.
More information on the digital PWL/PWE catalogue can be found at the PWE Official site:
If you visit there you can also listen to clips of unreleased PWL tracks from:
Big Fun & Sonia
& many others..
Also there is news on the forthcoming re-releases of the Princess, Mandy Smith, and Lonnie Gordon albums.
Keep checking the PWE site for news, and PLEASE support the legitimate downloads when they happen.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
From 1994, this was the third single from Gayle & Gillian (a.k.a. The Twins) and was a cover version of the 1980 hit by Prince. Gayle & Gillian Blakeney are probably most famous for appearing in the Australian soap opera "Neighbours" in the early 90's. Following the success of former "Neighbours" actors Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan as recording artists, the Blakeneys went to England in 1991 to record with Stock Aitken Waterman as "The Twins". The resulting single, "All Mixed Up," became a modest club hit that year, and peaked at #77 in the UK Pop chart that year (peaking at #74 in Australia).
Second single "Mad If Ya Don't!" fared slightly better than the previous single, peaking at #75 in the UK charts. "Wanna Be Your Lover" became their biggest chart hit, peaking at #62 in the UK charts.
Wanna Be Your Lover (Superfly Radio Edit)
Wanna Be Your Lover (Club Edit)
Wanna Be Your Lover (Love Mix)
Wanna Be Your Lover (Underground Mix)
Wanna Be Your Lover (Superfly Club Mix)
Wanna Be Your Lover (Lots Of Love Mix)
Friday, 5 December 2008
Does anyone out there have any of the further mixes of "Living For Your Love"? House Mix and Garage Mix. If so, please contact me. Thanks!
From 1989, this was the debut single from boyband Big Fun. It was produced by respected dance music producer Marshall Jefferson. For its release it was given a set of remixes, including House Mix, Garage Mix and Blow The Amp Mix.
Unfortunately the track was not a chart success and failed to reach the UK top 100. Big Fun continued their career recording with Stock Aitken Waterman and other PWL producers. "Living For Your Love" was not included on their debut album.
Living For Your Love (7" Radio Mix)
Living For Your Love (Extended Mix)
Living For Your Love (Instrumental)
*Thanks to RV for these tracks.
Also, here's a mix that was featured on the album "Jive Presents Acid House".
Living For Your Love (Blow The Amp Mix)
*Thanks to Tim for this mix.
Monday, 1 December 2008
Does anyone out there have the video for "Hightime"? Or a higher quality version of the Jellybean 12" Mix? If so, please contact me. Thanks!
From 1988, this was the final single to be taken from Pepsi & Shirlie's debut album 'All Right Now'. For its release the track was remixed by John 'Jellybean' Benitez. Sadly the pop bubble seemed to have burst for the duo and the single only managed to reach #79 in the UK charts.
Hightime (Jellybean 7" Mix)
Hightime (Jellybean 12" Mix)
Can't Give Me Love
Can't Give Me Love (Extended Version)
Thursday, 27 November 2008
From 1987, this was a cover version of the Bee Gee's 1975 hit "Jive Talkin". The track was produced by Andreas Georgiou, who was the cousin of former WHAM! singer George Michael. At the time of the tracks release it was rumoured that the vocalist was actually George Michael. The animated video to the song gave no clue to whether the rumour was true, and the sleeve of the record also gave nothing away.
The rumour was of course true, as George Michael's vocals were instantly recognisable. The song peaked at #7 on the UK charts in August 1987. A further single "Give It All Away" was released was released in September 1987 but was not a hit, peaking at #88 in the UK charts.
Jive Talkin' (7" Version)
Jive Talkin' (12" Version)
Jive Talkin' (Fever Pitch Mix)
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
As some of you may know, the old Pop Gems forum was removed. I don't know what happened to it. It just seemed to disappear.
I've started a new one, which you're all welcome to join.
Renamed to Pop Gems Club. It's a forum where you'll be welcome to post your OWN Pop Gems, and request any that you've been searching for. And if anything good is posted on the forum by members then it may well find itself put onto the blog too!
So, please join if you can.
VISIT HERE TO JOIN: http://popgemsclub.proboards.com
Monday, 24 November 2008
Vanilla was a 4 member girl band which released 2 singles in the late 90's. Their debut single "No Way No Way" was based on Piero Umilani's "Mah Na Mah Na". At the time they were one of the many girl groups that had popped up in the wave of the Spice Girls. The song peaked at #14 in the UK charts in December 1997.
Though ridiculed at the time, this track is still remembered more than 10 years after its release but quite often referred to as one of the worst pop records of all time. They released a further single "True To Us" and then were unceremoniousy dropped from their record label.
No Way No Way (Original Radio Edit)
No Way No Way (Progress Radio Edit)
No Way No Way (Progress Fromage Mix)
No Way No Way (Disco Kats Mix)
No Way No Way (Xenomania 12" Mix)
From 1998, this was the 2nd (and final) single from short-lived British girl-group. The single peaked at #36 in the UK charts, and due to its lack of success the group were dropped from their record label shortly after. Vanilla are often quoted as being 'the worst girl-band ever', mainly due to the reaction from their first single "No Way No Way". "True To Us" however, is surprisingly good and is a fantastic pop single. Had this been their first single, then their career may have lasted a bit longer!
True To Us (Xenomania Edit)
True To Us (Xenomania Remix)
True To Us (Next Room Original Edit)
From 1971, this was the theme tune to the 1970 hit movie "Love Story". The track gave Andy Williams a top ten hit with it peaking at #4 in the UK charts.
In 1979, in the midst of the dance craze, a disco version of the song was released. Unfortunately it wasn't a success. I think though, it was Andy Williams only venture into dance/club music!
Where Do I Begin (Love Story)
Where Do I Begin (Love Story) (Disco Version)
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Girls@Play were a British five-piece girl group, consisting of Vicky Dowdall, Lisa-Jayne White, Rita Simons, Lynsey Shaw and Shelley Nash. They were produced by Mike Stock & Matt Aitken of former Stock Aitken Waterman fame.
Each member of the band had a different character that they played in their music videos. Dowdall played a cowgirl, White an executive, Simons a mechanic, Shaw a New York City traffic cop and Nash a pilot.
Debut single "Airhead" peaked at #18 in the UK charts in February 2001. Their second single was a cover version of the Mel & Kim hit "Respectable". The track stalled at #29 in the UK charts in October 2001. A third single, "Brand New Car" was planned and even performed on promotional tours. The track was never released as the band split-up in November 2001.
Since the split, other tracks from the band have leaked onto the internet. These include the planned third single "Brand New Car", "Everything I Need", "Outta My Head" and also a cover of the Donna Summer/Stock Aitken Waterman track "When Love Takes Over You".
Former member Rita Simons is now famous for playing Roxy Mitchell in the UK soap-opera "Eastenders".
I don't have these in any higher quality. If anyone does, then please do contact me.
Airhead (Piston Radio Mix)
Brand New Car
Everything I Need
When Love Takes Over You
Outta My Head
Respectable (Extended Mix)
Airhead (Extended Rodeo Mix)
Respectable (The System 3 Mix)
*Thanks to licho_steps on muzicmatters for these.
From 1989, this was a newly recorded version of The Nolans 1979 hit "I'm In The Mood For Dancing". The track is often mislabled and mistaken as being a PWL remix. In actual fact it was produced by Barry Upton, and remixed by Barray. Unfortunately the song didn't perform well in the charts, peaking at #99 in the UK.
The b-side is "No Question", a fantastic pop song, which in my opinion is better than the lead a-side track.
I'm In The Mood For Dancin '89 (Radio Version)
I'm In The Mood For Dancin '89 (Club Mix)
I'm In The Mood For Dancin '89 (Instrumental)
*Thanks to Jens for these tracks.
From 2001, this was a new song that Kim Wilde recorded for her album "The Very Best Of Kim Wilde". The track as a single across continental Europe, and featured a remix from Beam vs Pulsedriver. It had varying degrees of chart success, reaching #68 in Switzerland, #45 in Sweden, #19 in Finland, and #7 in Belgium.
Loved (Single Edit)
Loved (Pulsedriver Vs. Beam Radio Mix)
Loved (Pulsedriver Vs. Beam Remix)
Friday, 21 November 2008
From 1991, labled as a 'super super heavybass contest', "Ring My Bell" was a dance/rap collaboration between Monie Love & Adeva. The instrumentation for the track was heavily influenced from "Vogue" by Madonna. The track peaked at #35 in Australia, and #20 in the UK.
Ring My Bell
Ring My Bell (Touchdown Mix)
Ring My Bell (Upper Cut Mix)
From 1991, this was the second single released from Paula Abdul's "Spellbound" album. It had a varied performance around the world, reaching #86 in Germany, #52 in the UK, #31 in Australia, #8 in Canada, and #1 in the US. The track was Abdul's sixth chart-topping single, and her last #1 hit to date.
The Promise Of A New Day (7 Inch Edit)
The Promise Of A New Day (West Coast 12 Inch)
The Promise Of A New Day (Extended Club Version)
From 1992, this was the first single taken from Salt 'N' Pepa's 4th album "Very Necessary". In 1991 and early 1992 the group had had a string of hit singles, including "Do You Want Me", "Lets Talk About Sex" and "You Showed Me". Unfortunately "Start Me Up" wasn't a huge hit, peaking at #39 in the UK, #44 in Germany, and #84 on the US R&B chart.
Start Me Up (Radio Edit)
Start Me Up (Alternative Edit)
Start Me Up (Original Version)
Start Me Up (Club Version)
Start Me Up (DJ's Choice)
From 1983, this was the title track from their album from that year. The album also contained their biggest and most well-known hit "It's Raining Men". Although a dance hit, "Success" didn't perform well in the regular charts. The song peaked at #95 in the UK charts.
Success (7" Version)
Success (Full Length Version)
Monday, 17 November 2008
From 1988, "Such A Wicked Love" was taken from La Toya Jackson's 5th album "La Toya". For its release the track was given a remix by its producers, hip-hop production team Full Force. It was released on a 12" single in the U.S. but failed to gain an audience and never charted. No video was filmed for the song.
It's certainly one of the strong tracks from the "La Toya" album, and in my humble opinion "Such A Wicked Love" certainly deserved much greater success than it received. It's an awesome hip-hop 80's pop-dance track, and is certainly on par with anything her more famous brother & sister were releasing at the time. Well worth a listen, and definitely one of my favourites - a deserved Pop Gem.
Such A Wicked Love (7" Version)
Such A Wicked Love (F.F. Remix)
Such A Wicked Love (Instrumental)
Such A Wicked Love (Album Version)
After band member Jason Herbert left Big Fun, the remaining two members Phil Creswick & Mark Gillespie continued the band but slightly altered the band name, changing it to "Big Fun II".
"Stomp" was released in 1994, and would prove to be their only single released. The track failed to chart in the UK but did reach #12 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Stomp Radio Edit)
Stomp (DT Radio Edit)
Stomp (UK Extended Version)
I Don't Wanna Hurt You
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Girl Talk was a British girl group formed by Karen Wright and Leigh Pearce. The girls, aged 12 and 13 respectively, released their debut single, "Can The Rhythm", in 1983 on Park Records. By the next year Pearce had been replaced by Karen's sister Julie. Signed to Innervision Records, the pair released the single "Marvellous Guy" in 1984, produced by Peter Collins, but it failed to chart.
Their only hit in the UK was their second Innervision single, a re-recorded "Can The Rhythm", which reached #92 in October 1984. The track was an early production of the hitmaking team Stock Aitken and Waterman. "Can The Rhythm" was also released in the United States, where it was released through Geffen Records and reached #26 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1985.
In 1987, the sisters moved to WEA records and released two further singles, Falling For You (produced by The Quick) and I Will Give You Love (produced by John Rocca) which failed to chart.
Of note, unlike most of the girl groups of the era, three of their singles were written solely by group member Karen Wright.
If anyone out there has anymore information on Girl Talk, or where they are today please do contact me.
Marvellous Guy (Extended Version)
Marvellous Guy (Instrumental)
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
A request from me. Does anyone have the single versions of "Hooked On You", "Never Let You Go", "Sincerely Yours", "Take It While It's Hot" & "Victim Of Love". If so, please contact me.
Sweet Sensation were a female dance music trio who specialized in freestyle from 1987 until 1991. Group members were Betty LeBron and sisters Margie and Mari Fernandez. Previous hits included "Hooked on You" (US #64), "Sincerely Yours" (US #14) & "Hooked on You" (US #23)
"Love Child", a cover of the 1968 hit from Diana Ross & The Supremes was the title track from their second album and peaked at #15 in the US charts. They would have a US #1 with their next single "If Dreams Come True".
Love Child (Single Version)
Love Child (Extended Version)
From 1993, this was the second single from Gayle & Gillian (a.k.a. The Twins). Gayle & Gillian Blakeney are probably most famous for appearing in the Australian soap opera "Neighbours" in the early 90's. Following the success of former "Neighbours" actors Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan as recording artists, the Blakeneys went to England in 1991 to record with Stock Aitken Waterman as "The Twins". The resulting single, "All Mixed Up," became a modest club hit that year, and peaked at #77 in the UK Pop chart that year (peaking at #74 in Australia).
"Mad If Ya Don't!" fared slightly better than the previous single, peaking at #75 in the UK charts. The b-side was "Sacred Kisses". One further single was released from the girls in 1994, a cover version of the Prince track "I Wanna Be Your Lover" peaking at #62 in the UK charts.
Mad If Ya Don't!
Mad If Ya Don't! (Club Mix)
Mad If Ya Don't! (Dub Mix)
Monday, 10 November 2008
From 1993, Mr Blobby was a HUGELY popular character from the UK TV show "Noels House Party". He was a large pink humanoid, covered with yellow spots, sporting a permanent toothy grin and jiggling eyes. He communicated by saying the word "blobby" in an electronically-altered voice, expressing his moods through tone of voice and repetition. He was distinctive, absurd and very popular.
Some found him completely hilarious, while others found him totally annoying. Regardless of this the character was popular enough to have his own song released and it actually became that years Christmas Number #1!! Blobby-tastic!!!
Mr Blobby's Theme
Mr Blobby (Instrumental Mix)
"Blobby, Blobby, Blobby"
Something a bit different - From 1991, this track by DJ Freeze was inspired by the then released movie "Terminator 2: Judgement Day". It's a hardcore dance track, and features samples from the original "Terminator" movie. It's hard, fast, and packs a powerful hardcore PUNCH but failed to make a dent on the UK charts.
Terminator 2 Judgement Day