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The random ramblings of a Star Trek-obsessed schools ICT Systems Manager who likes a good moan.
This is a place where I can whinge about life, and express my love of my family, 80's music, retro computer gaming (especially on my Commodore 64),
 oh and Star Trek. I'm very open with my opinions and I like a good moan. If you don't like what I say, then you might want to consider not reading this blog.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 29 - Atmosphere (Russ Abbott)

Possibly the cheesiest song ever to come out of the 1980's...    Yet it is so much better than the utter rubbish that continues to fills the charts today.

Russ Abbott was quite a celebrity during the 80's.  He had several primetime comedy sketch shows on the BBC (Remember Cooperman, C.U. Jimmy, and Basildon Bond).  He also released a number of (unremarkable) singles, the most popular being this one.

Yes, the image of Russ Abbott arriving to a party on a bike, wearing a sweater, and showing us his moves on the dance floor will forever be imprinted in my memory until the day I die (and many others too it seems since it managed to peak at number 11 in the charts during February 1985 - obviously quite a few people went out and bought this).  It's a fun song, and not to be taken seriously. 

Come on, who is going to admit to having this in their vinyl/cassette singles collections?


 

Proof that good ol' Russ was actually beating Bryan Adams, Phil Collins and even Tears for Fears for a time.  Go Russ!
 

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 28 - Raumschiff Edelweiss (Edelweiss)

Erm....  Where do I start with this one?

I'm feeling a bit down at the moment and while going through my vast library of songs on my hard drive, I was trying to find some tunes to cheer me up and put a smile on my face.  After a bit of searching, I found this...

...  So...  My next "STRMOMC" is a rarity from Austria which never actually made it in to the UK charts.  It was released in 1992 but I didn't get to hear it until early 1995 during a Star Trek documentary on MTV to coincide with the then imminent release of the movie Star Trek Generations.

Yes 1995, which means it only barely passes as a song from my childhood (I had only just turned 18) but since the song originally came out in 1992  I thought I would include it here.

The song in question is...  Raumschiff Edelweiss (or in English, Starship Edelweiss). 

Edeweiss were a popular eurodance/pop group in Europe during the late 80's and early 90s.  I don't suppose many readers of my blog will know who they were and you might be surprised to hear that their hit song Bring Me Edelweiss actually reached number 5 in the UK charts in May, 1989).  Now, I'm no expert on the group, and as far as I can tell they only ever released one album - but what an album!

Raumschiff Edelweiss is a Star Trek inspired spoof song (which in my opinion is miles better than The Firm's Star Trekkin') and features the original Star Trek theme, mixed with a dance track and some whacky visuals and a video that could only have been made with the use of some drugs and high levels of alchohol consumption.

Have a listen, and give it a chance....  It's not all that bad!


AND if you liked that...  The song had a follow up - called Planet Edelweiss (featured below) which I swear sounds like something that could have been 'tracked' on a Commodore Amiga!  That’s a good thing by the way.  


Yes they're cheesy, but I'm proud to admit I actually have this album in my music collection, and it always makes me smile.  It's also the only place you will ever get to see a Klingon rapping and singing reggae!