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Choon Choosday: Stock Aitken and Waterman – Roadblock

21 April, 2015

You couldn’t move in the eighties for SAW producing cheesy pop for unknown stars-to-be or overexposed celebs who fancied themselves as singers. Some have gone on to other things – Kylie for example is now so famous she doesn’t need a surname (perhaps she could auction it off for charity) and Jason Donovan regularly pops up on the West End stage. Some haven’t faired quite so well – Rick Astley, for example is best known now for being linked on the internet when people are being Rick Rolled, and Pepsi & Shirley didn’t quite match the success of their prior employers, Wham.

You can love the SAW sound, or you can hate it. You can blame them as being the original Hit Factory that lead directly to the ubiquitous Simon Cowell TV voting shows, or you can point out they were just the latest in a long line of A&R men matching Artist to Repertoire and selling enormous amounts of records as a result. But you can’t ignore them.

This, IMHO, was there finest hour. Not the standard Soap Pop sound they became synonymous with, but an original, funky number which toyed with sampling in its very earliest days. Put aside any SAW prejudices you may have, this is a




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  1. While I love them for Kylie I can never forgive them for Jason Donovan and Rick Astley lol

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