After 1984’s gargantuan greatness with the dominance of Frankie and meteoric rise of Madonna and Prince, 1985 had a lot to measure up to. …And indeed, some have said it’s a rather more forgettable year for pop.
In terms of pop, 1982 was a strong year: Madness took a further step towards songwriting sophistication with their album ‘The Rise & Fall’, Prince made a huge breakthrough with his ‘1999’ double platter of much filthiness and Phil Collins showed us that the previous year’s ‘Face Value’ wasn’t just a one-off solo success when his “tricky second album” spawned a #1 hit single and a few of his best solo tunes.
We’ve hit December 2019 and that can mean only one thing. It’s time for The Real Gone Advent Calendar!
As is traditional, over the next twenty four days, we’ll be posting a new link. It might be a video. It might be audio only. It might be an old favourite. It might be something brand new and unfamiliar. The only way to find out is by coming back each day and opening a new window.
At the end of 2018, Kate Bush’s catalogue of albums was reissued as two expensive box sets. The first, covering the earlier albums, featured remasters of ‘The Kick Inside’, ‘Lionheart’, ‘Never For Ever’ and ‘The Dreaming’ for the first time. The big draw for most fans – especially those without a copy of the now rare 90s box set ‘This Woman’s Work’ – was the inclusion of several b-sides and non album tracks.
With that second set retailing at over £80, it seemed like a lot for fans to shell out, especially since there were still various b-sides and leftovers not included.
The countdown to Christmas has begun at Real Gone Towers. What better way to celebrate than with a few clips? Below, you’ll find a new link to open on each day leading up to the big event. It may involve a band you’ve read about here previously, it might not. It might be something classic, it might be something dubious…you won’t know until you click!