The Forever Young
Video Blog Series
What a blast we have had chatting to the amazing artists that will join us in July. There is so much you didn’t know about our wonderful icons. Watch the interviews here and please subscribe to our Video Blog channel for latest interviews and news updates.
The Marvelous Bananarama
Bananarama are a British and Irish pop group, formed as a trio in 1980 by friends Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, and Keren Woodward.
Fahey left the group in 1988 and was replaced by Jacquie O’Sullivan until 1991, when the trio became a duo.
The group’s UK top-10 hits include “It Ain’t What You Do…” (1982), “Really Saying Something” (1982), “Shy Boy” (1982), “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (1983), “Cruel Summer” (1983), “Robert De Niro’s Waiting…” (1984), “Love in the First Degree” (1987), “I Want You Back” in 1988, and charity track “Help!” in 1989. In 1986.
The Fantastic Andy Bell
Andy Bell is an English singer-songwriter and lead singer of the synth-pop duo Erasure.
The band achieved mainstream success and are popular within the LGBT community, for whom the openly gay Bell has become an icon. Erasure have penned over 200 songs and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
Cry Before Dawn
They achieved attention in 1987 in the UK when they released their album Crimes of Conscience on the CBS label. The lead single from the album was “Gone Forever”, which was released in Ireland in February 1987 and subsequently re-released there and in the UK in 1988. The follow-up singles were “The Seed That’s Been Sown” and “Girl in the Ghetto”. The album was a success in Ireland and was critically acclaimed in the UK. The band made an appearance on the UK’s Wogan chat show performing “Witness for the World”. Their popularity in Ireland was accounted by some to the fact that they came from Wexford, and lyrically their work connected more with the rural Ireland of the time than Dublin.
Its only the gorgeous Big Tone aka the amazing Tony Hadley . The sublime iconic voice of Spandau Ballet chatted to us ahead of his performance on Saturday 15th July at Forever Young Festival. A fascinating humorous interview with a totally top bloke.
The Phenomenal Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean is Britain’s biggest black recording star selling over 30 million records.
He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide in the pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.
We welcome Billy on Saturday 15th July. I just know you guys will rise to the challenge
The Hothouse Flowers
They were formed in Dublin in 1985 and started out as street performers.
Their first single,”Love Don’t Work This Way” was released on U2’s Mother records.
Their first album, People, was released in May 1988 and was the most successful debut album in Irish history. It reached the #1 slot in Ireland and No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart.
The Lovely John Parr
Episode 8 features the lovely John Parr.
Best known for his 1986 hit St Elmo’s Fire which reached No 6 in the UK charts and number 1 in the American charts.
He has released 22 singles and 5 albums during his incredible career and has appeared on numerous soundtracks and even continues to do so to this current day.
The Stunning Jason Donovan
Episode 7 is here and Sharon interviews the hard working Jason Donovan.
Jason’s career began in his native Australia at the tender age of 11 with an appearance on the show Skyways in 1980.
He released his debut single for Stock, Aitken and Waterman Nothing Can Divide Us. in 1988. His next release Too Many Broken Hearts became his first solo number one in Ireland and the UK.
He is also a versatile Actor on both stage and screen, having appeared in West End productions and numerous TV Shows throughout his career.
The Excellent Go West
Episode 6 has arrived with Sharon chatting to Peter Cox from Go West.
Go West were formed in 1982 by lead vocalist Peter Cox and rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Richard Drummie.
Their debut single, We Close Our Eyes, was released in 1985 and reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart.
The Brilliant Tom Bailey
In episode 5, Sharon chats to Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey.
Thompson Twins were a British pop band formed in 1977 in Sheffield.
The band’s 4th album, Into the Gap, was released in 1984 and sold five million copies worldwide.
In July 1985 they performed in Philadelphia as part of the Live Aid concert and were joined onstage by Madonna.
The Wonderful China Crisis
Welcome to Episode 4 of our artist interview series where we are joined by Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly from China Crisis.
China Crisis had huge success in the United Kingdom during the 1980’s with ten top 50 singles and three top 40 albums with two of these reaching the top 20 and gaining gold certification.
The band formed in 1979 and released their debut single African and White in 1981 with their debut studio album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain following in November 1982.
The Amazing Cutting Crew
For Episode 3, Sharon chats to Cutting Crew frontman, Nick Van Eede.
Cutting Crew gained worldwide success with their first hit, ‘I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight’ It went to number one in over 18 countries and is still featured in many films and TV shows.
The follow up single, ‘I’ve been in love before’ was also a success on a worldwide scale.
In 2020, showcasing a classical re-interpretation of classic Cutting Crew songs, the album “Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven” was released.
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