DD TV Playlist – 6th August 2017

Duran Duran – Girl panic!

Anna Ross – First day

Andy Taylor  – French guitar

Michael Kratz feat. Dom Brown –  Never take us alive

Arcadia –  The promise

The Power Station –  Some like it hot

Warren Cuccurullo – The chemical balance

John Taylor  –  Silent skin

The Devils –  Newhaven – Dieppe

Neurotic Outsiders – Union

Autohypnosis –  Luxury

Luke Skyscraper – Go to sleep Inc.

Michael Des Barres  (Silverhead) –  16 and Savaged

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Little Steven – Bitter fruit

 

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DD TV – Why was it the final encore?

Erasure

The band reached the peak of fame and of popularity around the mid-80’s, due to a very catchy mix of  80’s synth-pop music. How come today, although the band is still on the road, they are still recognized only in North Europe, South America and, of course, UK?

My memories

Well, of the band I can recall the hits of around 80’s. Catchy, radio friendly. The clips was the engine, the music did the rest. Erasure was a super-group because formed by a former band of Depeche Mode and of British singer Andy Bell, who to me was unknown. I did know well instead, Vince Clarke. I Trusted on him just because I knew where he was from. Mine wasn’t a crush, but I had positive feelings towards the band. I have to admit I learnt somehow – LOL! – the dance-y moves of Andy Bell off their clips and the peeps of my then circle copied me. It got viral!

Towards the late 80’s, I noticed they changed and their music sounded “wiser”: there was more awareness in their lyrics and they grew serious, so to speak. At the same time we were no longer “kids”, so I guess we grew wiser together, with the difference that their popularity rate had a drastic and dramatic change.

I still rate Vince Clarke as a keyboards genius, aside Martin Gore and Nick Rhodes, off of my generation, of course.

.Record companies then supported every tentative of forming “super bands”, which lived a golden era since the Seventies. Later the global awareness moved on other topics, we had the growth of the internet and of the social networking that brought us few prestigious duets.. There is more individualism today.

The story

The real reason for their deep change of popularity is that they became gay icons and  the singer is reportedly a gay and a gay activist. They dynamic duo is still making music, but the their interests are simply others. Being totally into that cause was a conscious choice and maybe a painful decision to take.

My opinion

I do not think there isn0t any sort of homophobia deep down, behind the change of direction of their fans;: if it was the reason, … alas! Their fans are open-minded, but … still wanted to have fun.

I’m proud they support a good cause like the LGBT one.

It is not homophobia against them, but I think the level of attention and of appeal changed because in certain areas the question is taken more seriously than in others.

The story and the wise evolution of another band of the ‘80s, made me notice how so mush “seminal” the Eighties were: it is amazing how so many things started off then and have grown, developed and evolved today.

 

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DD TV Playlist – 30th July 2017

Duran Duran – Being Followed

Anna Ross – First day

Andy Taylor  – Take it easy

Dom Brown –  Vanity

Arcadia – Election day

The Power Station –  Taxman

Warren Cuccurullo – Zoom out

John Taylor  –  The other side of the sun

The Devils –  Come alive

Neurotic Outsiders – Jerk

Autohypnosis –  Luxury

Luke Skyscraper – Go to sleep. inc.

Michael Des Barres  –  Recognition

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Level 42 – Leaving me now

 

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DD TV Playlist – 23rd July 2017

Duran Duran – Save a prayer

Anna Ross – First day

Andy Taylor  –  End of the world

Dom Brown –  Please, please

Arcadia – The flame

The Power Station –  Communication

Warren Cuccurullo (TVMania) – I wanna make films

John Taylor  –  A-Anon

The Devils – Newhaven – Dieppe

Neurotic Outsiders – Revolution

Autohypnosis – Hopeless American Summer

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres  –  Recognition

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Dire Straits – Heavy fuel

 

 

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DD TV Glam Pop Party – July 2017

We are close to say goodbye to July 2017: the second summer month…

We have to share the new end-of-the-month list!

We have decided to change the method to make the lists: the subject that we pick up “goes versus” the other topics we are used to discuss on our blogs. It must be said that not all the rest of the topics are suitable to the subject we have chosen.

This time the topic is “Live Aid and Live 8” (for this time only Live Aid and Live 8 as it was their anniversary)

Live Aid/8 vs. the question

“Would it be the same if the two events were organized today?”, “Is there a new sir Bob Geldof out today?”

Live Aid/8 vs. Live shows

Several artists shared the same stage, they were due to perform together on the same stage, which was awesome to us music fans. Everyone had its room, its share of time for performing. These things made them two unique types of “concerts”. The organizers used the traditional concept of concert to spread the message to the highest number of people.

Live Aid/8 vs. Legacy

We have the memories and the DVD, the video footage. We only have to find the right occasion, the right moment to put all these elements together.

Live Aid/8 vs. the challenge

The main challenge was to leave politics out, but to address to the politics to then leaders: in the then intentions the organizers wanted entertainment to spread a certain message, or a certain “inconvenient” truth, avoiding using a boring, rhetorical language and being entertainers. Seen the results, after few years, the two events won only 50% of the challenge!

Live Aid/8 vs. a DD TV Music Award to …

Certainly, we’d give one of our DD TV MAs to Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure each, for their intuition and for their bravery, their determination, for their good heart, for their wisdom. Another special Award to us fans, who, every year at any anniversary, we still speak of it, we still share our memories.

Live Aid/8 vs. video clips

The masters of the video clips, the pioneers and other younger breakthrough acts performed together for a good cause. The major couple of new clips were shot only for Live Aid, in 1984/85: they’re the most memorable ones, due also to 1985, one of the years of the growing video music industry decade.

Live Aid/8 vs. news

All events were televised: it depended if and which TV/cable station covered it: reaching the most of people was the challenge in Live Aid in 1985 and it was won. Live 8 didn’t have any trouble in spreading the message and of media coverage: the challenge was to keep the attention of people alive, despite the again big names on the bills.

Live Aid/8 vs. Radio

Few radio stations were even sponsors or direct supporters of the two events, in particular Live 8. The risk that had to be considered was to make business purely on a big cause, because the border of “campaign”/”business” is, in every kind of  social campaign, often very thin.

Live Aid/8 vs. forming a fantasy line-up super group

Both in 1985 and in 2005 we could see spontaneous forming of line – up for duets and performances and given the names on the lists, they were often … “a dream come true” for us!!!

 

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DD TV Playlist – 16th July 2017

Duran Duran – A view to a kill

Andy Taylor  –  Visible target

Dom Brown –  Dr. Feel

Anna Ross – First day

Arcadia – Election day

The Power Station –  Still in your heart

Warren Cuccurullo – The power (is wot it is)

John Taylor  –  Hole in the mud

The Devils – Signals in smoke

Neurotic Outsiders – Feelings are good

Autohypnosis – Beyond beyond

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres  –  I want love to punch me in my face

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Indeep – Last night a DJ saved my life

J-Ax Fedez feat. T-Pain – Senza pagare

Imagine Dragons – Thunder

The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – Something just like it

 

 

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DD TV The viewer – July 2017

Aside the only official Oscar’s ceremony held in LA every year, this is the place where we post our feedback on the most impressive movies we have watched in these past few months.

We use the following “rough” method for the rating.

*** (3 stars) good movie, but not excellent

**** (4 stars) great

***** (5 stars) don’t miss it, highly recommended

ESYLIUM (2013) with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster

In a post-atomic futuristic time on Earth, humans are divided in two factions: the rich ones who can have it all and take care of their loved ones, living in “Esylium” and the poor ones, who are forced to live isolated because they get ill and have no access ro any kind of treatment. The poor ones have to reach the others to try to get a better life

The leader of the rich ones is despotic and can’t tolerate the presence of the poor ones. She asks for the help of the intelligence service, of her guards service (cyborgs and robots). The humans too try to approach to Esylium with all weapons types they know.

Although the story might appear a little rhetoric and boring, this science-fiction story, reflects the division period we are living in every country  right now

Amazing special effects!

Matt Damon performed the character I supported in the dispute

MINIONS (2015) directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda

It was premiered in mid-May on the Italian TV.

A really funny cartoon, which totally recalls “The Simpsons”: the creator was the same for both.

It is actually a spin-off of “Cattivissimo me” another recent successful manga

The funniest things were their facial expressions and their “language”

Highly recommended to the kids and to the ones who need to have a laughter.

MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOM (1985)with Mel Gibson and Tina Turner

SHARKNADO USA, 2015 with Ian Ziering and Talia Reid

They are a couple of silly movies I had the chance to watch for the first time this past summer: I rate them “silly”, because both stories, both plots are silly a very banal, trivial story, a vacuum of thrills and action that led me to cry with a laughter.

Mad Max is the sequel of Interceptor. It is a sci-fi movie overproduced in the ‘80’s, starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. Gibson played the part of an immortal fighter. I do rather the soundtrack!

In “Sharknado” you see sharks in the Pacific Ocean being like hoovered by the strong winds of the tornadoes and get thrown on the land, on the streets, scaring and killing people. To me it is not sci-fi, it is not a disaster movie: it is just a failing way to add more thrill in a disaster movie

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER  (UK, 2010) with Ben Barnes

I watched and enjoyed the very first movie of the saga and the sequel. I wanted to know this time how the three kids entered the fantasy kingdom of Narnia. This time they stared at a picture featuring a ship sailing in the ocean… after a spell, the water started to move. The water came out of the picture and invaded the room the guys were in, the guys have to swim towards a light they see and they find themselves in the ocean and are rescued by the ship crew. So the story begins …

Kids in the story have grown up and are teenagers.

I loved the special effects and I loved dreaming: these are the movies that can bring you back to your childhood. They are never boring, but you have to love the genre (fantasy, sci-fi)

Amazing movie: **** stars (4/5) my final rating

STEVE JOBS (USA 2015) with Michael Fassbender

This is the second biopic on the visionary co-founder of Apple, the late Steve Jobs. The movie was premiered in early July 2017 on the Italian TV. And I couldn0t wait to see it, to see the differences with the first movie with Ashton Kutcher.

In fact, I’d rather the first one.

I think it is not easy to perform the role of a visionary, smart, clever man (think of the many tentative types with Andy Warhol in the past), but the choice of the actor was wrong.

The dialogues portion looked confused. In the beginning it seemed whatever Jobs said was without a sense, a conclusion and without any effect.

In my opinion, there was somebody at Hollywood who sort of forced to shoot a second biopic on the character, to keep its myth alive, but no one did realize that the release of another movie was happening too fast from the release of the first biopic.

Do not force people to cry when legacy is still fresh.

YOUTH (UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, 2015) with Michael Caine, Harvey Kietel, Jane Fonda

Prior to say this is one of those “hard” movies you can understand after few viewings, I’m no fan of Paolo Sorrentino the Italian director, although I’m proud he got an Oscar, with his previous movie.

The story is simple: it is about the meaning of future, via the protagonists, who spend some time off on vacation in a luxury resort on the Alps, watching the other guests.

It recalled me “American beauty”: a movie with no relevant story, but it had deep meaning I caught few months later.

I didn0t find it a silly movie, but it wasn’t funny. I laughed because it all seemed to be without connection, like a collage of stories, due to the many characters involved in.

I can recommend it to adults, preferably.

My rating is ****:  4 out of 5 stars

 

Next update in October 2017

 

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DD TV Playlist – 9th July 2017

Duran Duran – Face for today

Andy Taylor  –  Dead on the money

Dom Brown –  Let’s begin again

Anna Ross – First day

Arcadia – Goodbye is forever

The Power Station –  Some like it hot

Warren Cuccurullo – Big stress

John Taylor  – Girl raw

The Devils – Dark circles

Neurotic Outsiders – Better way

Autohypnosis – Hopeless American Summer

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres  –  I want love to punch me in my face

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a prayer

Fabio Rovazzi featuring Gianni Morandi – Volare

Sean Paul feat. Dua Lipa – No lie

Imagine Dragons – Thunder

 

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DD TV The F*ck it list – July 2017

THE F*CK- IT LIST

You will find listed below in no particular order and with  a short, more or less hilarious comment, the things I think I just don’t love.

I don’t like eating too much of steamed meat

Whenever I have to store files on a USB drive I get into panic now

And also my Hard Disk drive of my computer at work got damaged: year 2017 was hit, for me, by  a 12 months curse on electronic device

I dislike that now after many innocent victims, on ours and on their side, we immediately use the plan B for safety and security

I dislike people who don’t want to learn anything: they are the ones who tell you “I’m not able to do it, can you do it for me?”, continually

I try to not thing negatively on whatever

Sometimes I feel shame for having meals slowly, but everyone’s has got his natural biological need of time supply.

I like it hot, but I like it less if it is humid.

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 2nd July 2017

Duran Duran – Love Voodoo

Andy Taylor  –  Don’t let me die young

Dom Brown –  Please. please

Arcadia – Say the word

The Power Station – Murderess

Warren Cuccurullo – Light years

John Taylor  – Immortal

The Devils – Memory palaces

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Autohypnosis – Beyond beyond

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres  – I can see clearly now

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Tom Hooker – Looking for love

Niccolò Fabi – Il giardiniere

Coldplay – All I can think is you

Shania Twain – Life’s about to get good

 

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