SONG OF THE DAY: Erasure – “Gaudete”

It’s not even Halloween, yet the stores are already full of Christmas-themed merchandise to get us in the mood.? Leave it to Erasure to combine the two holidays for a darkly gothic take on a sacred Latin Christmas Carol.? The production has a ’90s Enigma and Erasure vibe (circa “Chorus”) with an updated beat similar to a minimalist Dr. Luke track.? Much of the buzz will be on the stop-motion animation video done by Martin Meunier (Monkeybone/Starship Troopers) and Tonya Hurley (ghost girl), which feels very ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.”? It’s kind of cool that this creative collaboration is with a member of the family (Tonya’s sister Tracy is married to Vince Clarke). If you tend to wear a lot of black and/or ever listened to Siouxie or The Cure, “Gaudete” is the holiday song for you.? As the lead single to the holiday-themed ‘Snowglobe,” it will be interesting to see what Erasure explores on the rest album.

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INTERVIEW: Frankmusik (2013)

Back in the ?80s, the TV show Dallas decided that a whole season had been bad for the overall storyline, so they wrote it off as an extended dream sequence.? That’s what we intend to do with? Frankmusik?s second album ?Do It In the AM,? since his new music (?Maps,? “Chasing Shadows”) is such an excellent return to the form of his landmark debut, ?Complete Me.?? Moving away from Los Angeles, a major record label, and a fianc?e brought piano prodigy Frankmusik back to his senses and the wonderful electronic dance pop music that we all fell in love with him for originally.? Now flying solo, or as he calls it, free, he is in control of his own destiny and has embarked on a US tour where his group is camping between cities and really seeing the states like never before.? We anxiously await to see how this journey will inspire his upcoming musical compositions.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: Have you played in Nashville before?
Frankmusik: No, I have never been to Nashville or anywhere near this place.

RS: But you have toured the US before?
Frankmusik: Yeah, but we never managed to get to the Music City, we are glad to be here now though.
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TOP TEN LISTS: 80s Dance Artists

Artists from the eighties coming back and hitting the dancefloor with even more wonderful dance music

1. Pet Shop Boys

The Pet Shop Boys have more than twenty years at the forefront of electronic pop/dance music. With their catalog of masterpieces, it’s hard to believe that they?ve yet to win a Grammy (despite six nominations), yet The Brits recently recognized them this year with a well-deserved award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

2. Laura Branigan

Unlike Madonna, unlike Cyndi Lauper, unlike Whitney Houston, she was never an icon of that particular decade, though her music from that time period remains just as relevant as that of those artists. She was a singer (and occasional artist) who for a brief period of time embodied the gloriously schizo nature of what pop music can encompass, spanning aerobics anthems (calling “Gloria”), searing ballads (“Ti Amo”), dancefloor apocalypses (“Satisfaction”), and girly-twirl disco (“Solitaire”).

3. Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper’s unique voice and vision have provided us not just with great pop records, but with standards. When you hear a song like “True Colors,” “I Drove All Night,” or “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” only Cyndi comes to mind. Her new album At Last features her interpretations of other’s standards inspired by the stories she has lived. Cyndi’s voice is also memorable whether you hear her live in concert, captured on DVD, or in the mix at your favorite nightclub.

4. Bananarama

And critics say that dance music doesn’t spawn real artists… Twenty-five years into their career as the most successful girl group of all time, Bananarama (the duo of Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin) have released “Drama,” a defiantly dance album, featuring the singles “Move in My Direction” and “Look on the Floor.” Already a hit on satellite and dance radio, will the ‘rams conquer the states again?

5. Taylor Dayne

When a performer is noted for finding the drama in a song and bringing it forward, you’ll notice a pattern. You can always find vocal drama at its finest in whatever songs that recur with drag queens throughout the world, and that tradition is a mark of quality for those who delight in musical performance.

6. New Order

New Order broke the mold as both an alternative artist and a dance artist in the 80s. Hits like “Bizarre Love Triangle” and “True Faith” are still heard in clubs today.

7. Robert Clivilles

Robert Clivilles is truly a dance music legend. Together with his late partner David Cole, C&C Music Factory redefined dance music as a producer-driven artist medium and successfully brought their international smash hits ?Gonna Make You Sweat,? ?Things That Make You Go Hmm,? and ?Here We Go,? to the people through clubs, video and touring. As a remix team, their work on Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and many others introduced many to the concept of remixing.

8. Erasure

For twenty years now, there has been no more tireless a pair of advocates for the glory of synth-pop than Erasure. Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have been making outstanding pop music that moves the dancefloor and the pop charts, and even when exploring new sounds and textures, their devotion to electronic music has never waned.

9. Tiffany

Everybody loves Tiffany. Her hits “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “I Saw Him Standing There,” and “Could’ve Been,” launched from her infamous mall tour, became pop classics. After spending a couple of years in Nashville, releasing the critically acclaimed Color of Silence album, and a popular Playboy layout, Tiffany moved to Los Angeles and created “Dust Off and Dance” ? the high energy dance album that her fans have been clamoring for.

10. Simply Red

Not many bands can claim that they have lasted for nearly 20 years, making music both creative and relevant. Always embracing dance music to enhance their innate r&b/soul flavor, Simply Red continue to produce wonderful music that spans all genres.