“I’m Still Standing” is a song by British rock musician Elton John, from his 1983 album, Too Low for Zero.
Helped in part by a video promoting the song on then-new MTV, “I’m Still Standing” became a big hit for John on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at #1 in Canada and Switzerland,#4 in the UK, and #12 in the US.
The video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was shot in Cannes (InterContinental Carlton Cannes) and Nice on the Côte d’Azur in France and features the colours of the French flag.
Bruno Tonioli, later a judge on the hit shows Strictly Come Dancing for BBC (UK) and its American adaptation, Dancing with the Stars for ABC in the US, appears as one of the dancers in the video.
Alphaville is a German group which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold (real name: Hartwig Schierbaum, born 26 May 1954 in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia), Bernhard Lloyd (real name: Bernhard Gößling, born 2 June 1960 in Enger, North Rhine-Westphalia), and Frank Mertens (real name: Frank Sorgatz, born 26 October 1961 in Enger, North Rhine-Westphalia). The band was at first named “Forever Young” before changing to “Alphaville”.
Jet Set was the fourth and last single from Alphaville’s first album, Forever Young, and was released in March 1985.
Re-recorded and released after founding band member Frank Mertens left the band, the 7″ version drops the ‘The’ from the song’s title and is mildly different from the original album version.
Marian Gold said of the song, “We didn’t intend to write a proper song; it was supposed to be some kind of jingle that advertises things money can’t buy: anarchy, freedom, love, fun and a piece of the end of the world.”
“Jet Set” was remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez for the 12″ single release.
“Inside Love (So Personal)” was a single by American R&B singer George Benson, which entered the UK Singles Chart on 17 December 1983. It reached a peak position of number 57, and remained in the chart for 5 weeks.
The single was lifted from the 1983 album “In Your Eyes”, the only George Benson album produced by legendary producer Arif Mardin.
“Inside Love (So Personal)” was co-produced by Kashif.
Inside Love (So Personal) (Long Instrumental Version) 7:03
Charles Jeremy Jankel (born 16 April 1952, Stanmore, England) professionally known as Chaz Jankel, is a musician best known as the keyboard player and guitarist with Ian Dury and The Blockheads. He was co-writer with Dury of the band’s best-known songs during its commercial peak in the late 1970s.
As a member of the group Jonathan Kelly’s Outside, Jankel helped record the album …Waiting on You released in early 1974. First hooking up with Dury as part of the pub group Kilburn and the High-Roads in the early part of the 1970s, Jankel was asked by Dury to join his new outfit, and appeared on such Dury releases as 1977’s New Boots and Panties!! and Blockheads releases such as 1979’s Do It Yourself, before leaving the group. But in 1981, Jankel teamed up once more with Dury (sans the Blockheads), for the release Lord Upminster, which spawned the U.S. Top 40 dance hit “Spasticus Autisticus.” But by this time, Jankel had become more interested in pursuing a solo career and he issued several releases for A&M such as 1980s self-titled debut, 1981’s Chasanova and Questionnaire (the latter of which contained the U.S. dance hit “Glad to Know You,” a collaboration with Dury, plus the MTV video hit of the title track).
Quincy Jones had a UK chart hit with his version of Ai No Corrida which reached #14 in April 1981.
Jankel hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1982 with the triple A-side “Glad to Know You”/”3,000,000 Synths”/”Ai No Corrida”. His single “Number One” was went to #1 in the clubs in France and was used in the 1985 movie Real Genius.
In 1981, Prince, himself a rising musical star, suggested that his three female friends—his girlfriend Susan Moonsie, Boston native Brenda Bennett, and his personal assistant, Jamie Shoop form a girl group that would be called “The Hookers”. Prince’s vision was that the three women would perform in lingerie and sing sensual songs with lyrics about sex and fantasy.
The original trio recorded a few demos before Prince met Denise Matthews, a nude model and Canadian B movie actress, in January 1982. Prince was so taken by Matthews’ charisma that he decided she would be the perfect frontwoman for his “Hookers” project. Around this time, Prince and Matthews began a romantic relationship. With Matthews’ arrival, Shoop was dropped from the group. Matthews was eventually re-christened Vanity.
With the new trio finalized, Prince renamed the group Vanity 6. He provided the group, now dressed in lingerie and high heels, with provocative songs (although within the album credits, group members were sometimes given sole writing credits). Their first single, “He’s So Dull” did not do much on the charts, but did appear in the film National Lampoon’s Vacation. The second single “Nasty Girl” was a hit on both the U.S. R&B chart and U.S. Dance chart (where it hit number one), and it also made an appearance on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The third single, “Drive Me Wild”, was another minor hit.
Margaret Urlich began her career as the vocalist for the new wave group Peking Man with her brother Pat, Tim Calder, Perry Marshall, Jan Foulkes, Neville Hall, John Fearon and Jay F-bula. Peking Man won the 1984 Shazam! Battle of The Bands, (a TVNZ pop show) nz on screen, had a number of hit songs in New Zealand, “Good Luck to You”, which reached No. 6, “Lift Your Head Up High”, reaching No. 21 and the number one, “Room That Echoes”, in 1985. Later she was a member of an all-girl pop group in New Zealand called When The Cat’s Away. Urlich moved to Australia during the late 1980s and released her solo debut album Safety In Numbers in 1989. The album peaked at No. 4 on the New Zealand album charts and No. 5 on the Australian album charts and went triple platinum in Australia. Urlich winning an ARIA Award in 1991 for “Best Breakthrough Artist.”
“Number One (Remember When We Danced All Night)’ was the debut single from the Safety In Numbers album and is most well known for having one of the most obscure PWL remixes, being released on 12″ single in Australia only.
The single went to #10 in New Zealand and #24 in Australia, Pete Hammond was responsible for the remix.
Number One (Remember When We Danced All Night) (PWL Remix) 7:10
Number One (Remember When We Danced All Night) 4:00
Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer. She was born in Skewen, Wales, and spent seven years performing in pubs and clubs around South Wales before being signed to RCA Records in 1975. Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles “Lost in France” and “More Than a Lover”. Her 1978 single “It’s a Heartache” was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number 4 in the UK and number 3 in the US. After winning the 10th World Popular Song Festival in 1979, Tyler converted from country music to rock music.
“Holding Out for a Hero” was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 film Footloose, and later appeared on the Bonnie Tyler album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (1986). It was written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford. Initially, the song only just reached the Top 100 in the UK Singles Chart, but made it to number 2 the following year, and re-entered the charts again at number 69 in 1991. The song reached No. 1 on the Irish Singles Chart on 28 September 1985.
The song’s instrumental break was reused from an earlier song by Jim Steinman called “Stark Raving Love”, which featured on Steinman’s 1981 album Bad for Good.
Bonnie Tyler re-recorded the song on her album Simply Believe (2004). German darkwave project Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows recorded a cover for their 2011 album Have You Seen This Ghost?. Another German band, van Canto, released a cover version of the song at their 2014 studio album Dawn of the Brave.
Holding Out For A Hero (Dance Version/Jellybean Remix) 6:19
Carol Douglas (born April 7, 1948) is an American singer whose hit “Doctor’s Orders” (1974) was a pioneer track in the disco genre.
In 1974, Douglas was recruited by Midland International Records via an ad in Showbiz magazine: label vice president/record producer Eddie O’Loughlin had heard the UK hit single “Doctor’s Orders” by Sunny and was seeking a female vocalist to cut the track for the U.S. market. Douglas’ audition led to a five-year contract and her version of “Doctor’s Orders”, became a hit reaching #2 on Billboard magazine’s Disco chart, #9 R&B and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100: the single also reached #4 in France.
Douglas’ other recordings included “Headline News” – a minor Edwin Starr hit from 1966 written by “Doctor’s Orders” co-writer Roger Greenaway remade by the latter track’s originator Sunny -, and in the tradition of “Doctor’s Orders” Douglas cut discofied covers of several songs which were current or recent hits in the UK including ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”, “I Wanna Stay With You” by Gallagher and Lyle and “So You Win Again” by Hot Chocolate. In 1977 she recorded the single “You Make Me Feel The Music” for the soundtrack to the film Haunted.
In 1981, Douglas’ cover of the Three Degrees’ “My Simple Heart” was released on 20th Century Records as by then the Midland International (aka Midsong) was defunct. “My Simple Heart” was also Douglas’ debut on Carrere Records based in Paris where Douglas lived for a time: in the early 1980s Carrère handled Douglas’ European releases while in the US Douglas was signed to O’Loughlin’s Next Plateau label.
Tracie Monique Spencer (born July 12, 1976 in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, actress, and model.
Spencer was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She began singing by the age of three and modeling in pageant competitions at age five. Tracie performed, produced and directed her first music videos before she was ten years of age. This led to her competing on Star Search the 1980s CBS televised talent competition. She performed Whitney Houston’s 1986 hit “How Will I Know” and won the competition.
Shortly thereafter, she became the youngest female artist to sign a record deal with a major label, Capitol Records, and to release a self-titled debut album on January 16, 1988. She found success with the singles “Hide and Seek”, “Symptoms of True Love” and her remake of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
“Symptoms of True Love” was written by German songwriter and producer duo Irmgard Klarmann and Felix Weber. Mixmaster Pete Hammond supplied the PWL Remix while David Todd mixed the Piano Dub.
“New York Groove” is a song written by Russ Ballard, the British glam rock band Hello first recorded the song in 1975, for their debut album, Keeps Us Off the Streets. The song was a number nine hit in the UK, and subsequently reached number seven in Germany.
Ace Frehley recorded the song for his solo album released in 1978. Frehley, like the other then-current members of Kiss, recorded and released a solo album. Released as a single, this song made it to No.13 on the American Billboard Hot 100 late that year, by far the highest charting single from any of the Kiss members’ solo albums.
Eleven were a German band who recorded four singles for WEA in the period 1986-87 and their third release was this dance version of “New York Groove”.