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Band Name Origins:

  • So named because all of the band members had platinum blonde hair. Bass player Kenny MacLean and singer Mark Holmes were previously hairdressers amongst other jobs. :) Submitted by: Celeste

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: The Canadian Duran Duran. Submitted by: Celeste

Known informally as: The Blondes. Submitted by: Celeste

New Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Resturaunteur"After he left Platinum Blonde in 1987 Chris had a resturaunt called Twiggy across the street from the former Chum/City building. - Celeste
"Night Club DJ"10 years ago Mark and his business partner Bobbi Guy opened up Mark's Mod Club Theatre in Toronto where Mark worked for 9 years. After 9 years working at the Mod Club Theatre he decided that it would be good to get back together with the band. - Celeste
"DJ"Mark is part owner of the Mod Club Theatre and is a DJ. Mark says that his DJ career helped him stay current with all of the latest electronic innovations. - Celeste
"Nightclub owner/DJ"Mark and his business partner Bobbi Guy entered into a partnership to open up the Virgin Mobile Mod Club Toronto. - Celeste
"Architect"After his days as the guitar player in Platinum Blonde, Sergio Galli decided that he wanted to become an architect however he was turned down by every architecture school in town. He just decided to open up his own firm without any formal eductaion. :) - Celeste

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Sergio Galli""P.A. Rental"Sergio mused that he used to rent out P.A.s to Mark. - Celeste
"Mark Holmes""Welder"Mark also took a job as a welder in a muffler shop. - Celeste
"Mark Holmes""Welder"Another one of Mark Holmes' various jobs before his years in Platinum Blonde. - Celeste
"Kenny MacLean""Hair Dresser"Kenny and Mark were both hair dressers. - Celeste
"Mark Holmes""Hairdresser"Before he took the riegns of lead singer for Platinum Blonde Mark worked as a hairdresser and even gave the band their signature platinum blonde hair. :) - Celeste

Better Off Solo?:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Kenny MacLean""After Platinum Blonde broke up in 1991 Kenny went on to release a string of successful solo albums which netted him a Juno nomination for Most Promising Male and a SOCAN award for songwriting." - Celeste
"Sergio Galli""Sergio was about to release a solo album at the time that Platinum Blonde was getting back together.
Sergio played guitar in a brand new band called The Ending with Jesse Stull. Sergio was apprehensive about returning to Platinum Blonde after Kenny's demise but rejoined the band after he saw new recruits Rob Laidlaw and Dan Todd's enthusiasim. "
- Celeste
"Kenny MacLean""After Platinum Blonde broke up in 1990 Kenny released a string of successful solo albums in the 1990s and early 2000s. But in late 2008 Kenny began to a renewed sense of purpose when he asked lead singer Mark Holmes about the prospect of getting the band back together and finishing some "unfinished business." " - Celeste

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Sad Sad Reign""Sad Sad Rain"D. Melody Dole, MD

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Sad Sad Brain" originally "Sad Sad Rain"
Kristin Carpenter
"Sad Sand Rain" originally "Sad Sad Rain"
WOULD be sad if it rained sand (like in dustbowl?)
Arlene Titshaw
"Sad Sad Train" originally "Sad Sad Rain"
Arlene Titshaw
"Sad Sad Grain" originally "Sad Sad Rain"
Arlene Titshaw
"Sad Sad Drain" originally "Sad Sad Rain"
Arlene Titshaw

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Drying Over You" originally "Crying Over You"
Naomi Swanson
"Frying Over You" originally "Crying Over You"
Naomi Swanson
"Crying Over Lou" originally "Crying Over You"
Naomi Swanson
"Vireo Disease" originally "Video Disease"
A vireo is a kind of bird.
Liberty Anderson
"Standing In The Park" originally "Standing In The Dark"
That fits better don't you think? LOL!

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Take It From MeDating ServiceCelete

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Four Non Platinum Blondes
Four Non Blondes combined with Platinum Blonde
Submitted By: JD
Platinum Blonde Weird
Platinum Blonde combined with Platinum Weird
Submitted By: Donna Gelpigi
Platinum Blonde Girlfriends
Platinum Blonde combined with The Girlfriends
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Platinum Blondie
Platinum Blonde combined with Blondie
Submitted By: Candy Welty

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Video Disease"
The Funny Lyrics:
Take me over
Take me over
Take me over
It's over!
Why They're Funny:
Ouch! Now that's funny. :)
Submitted by: Celeste

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Beautiful (2010s)"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Cause you are so beautiful
so very beautiful
But there is no beautiful in me
Why They're Repetitive:
This is the chorus.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Video Disease"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
It's over
It's over
It's over
Spoken: "It's over"
Why They're Repetitive:
It's just repetitive because this is the only line in the whole song.
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional repetitice lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Crying Over You"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Another mask of innocence
You hide a wave of convienece
It's just a change in attitude oh yeah
Why They're Nonsensical:
Amazing; in the nearly 29 years (as of 2013) I knew about this song, I still don't know what that verse means?
Submitted by: Celeste
"Video Disease"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
All American Hero
All American Dream
All American apple pie
All American cream

I see it on your wavelength
Your photograph in black and white
Is it any wonder what are you going
do tonight?
Why They're Nonsensical:
I'm not quite sure what one of these verses has to do with the other?
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"Standing In The Dark"
The Insincere Lyrics:
Which way is up? I really can't decide
but when I'm down you're like a parasite
you take my breath and you fall out of sight
Why They're Insincere:
Ouch! Mark Holmes must have been really bitter about someone to have writen a lyric that was this angry.
Submitted by: Celeste

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Situation Critical"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Some people say
I've lost my reason
and I don't give a damn
for opinions not in season
cause I'm on the road oh oh
and I like it.
Why They're Insulting:
It just seems like this song is Mark's way of being insulting towards the media that hated him and hated his band.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Crying Over You"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Another mask of innocence
You're on a wave of convenience
just a change in attitude oh yeah
Cause I ain't gonna be your fool no more
But I ain't crying; crying over you
all you ever want me to do crying over you
oh no! Oh no!
Why They're Insulting:
I think the girl just wants Mark and the guys to cry over her and none of them are going to cry over her because she's two-timing them.
Submitted by: Celeste

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"Standing In The Dark"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
We walk in circles
destined to collide
which way is up?
I really can't decide
When I'm down
You're like a parasite
You take my breath
and you fall out of sight.
Why They're Inappropriate:
I put this line in the Insincere Lyrics section, but I thought that this belongs here too since Mark seems to be saying the person who this song is about is leaching off of him. :(
Submitted by: Celeste

Dated Song Lyrics:

"It Doesn't Really Matter"
The Dated Lyrics:
They fight in England and Northern Ireland
The police they try to hold us still They can bleed us and they can feed us
But you know they'll never control our will
Why They're Dated:
This lyric, I think, refers to the political and social upheaval between England and Northern Ireland.
Submitted by: Celeste

Dirty Song Lyrics:

The Dirty Lyrics:
Some girls with black silk stockings
I swear, ooh, I've got to come up for air
but they don't compare
the way you take me there
Why They're Dirty:
Here's another song that I had no idea was dirty until I read further into it. I liked the song just the same.
Submitted by: Celeste
The Dirty Lyrics:
Some girls
in long black dresses
come close
but you impress me
the most but you
don't have to boast
Why They're Dirty:
Why would anybody want to boast about having a sexual encounter with someone?
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional dirty lyrics available.

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Crying Over You"
Opening Lines:
Crying; crying over you
I can't really comment on this one. Considering that this song is about knowing what somebody is about and then figuring out that you're not going to cry over them anymore.
Submitted by: Celeste

Scary Song Lyrics:

"Standing In The Dark"
The Lyrics:
Systems red we switch to overload
Def Con 5 we're ready to explode
You think were humble we take no prisoners
You drop that bomb, they'll be no prisoners
This song was written in a very scary time when people thought that nuclear war was imminent.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Somebody Somewhere"
The Lyrics:
Her boyfriend lives in a flat inside a country house
at night he posts all of his pictures of the mayor
He never calls to find out if she's all alone
Never stops to wonder if she's there
I know that Mark doesn't write songs about this kind of paranoia but come on. It sounds like the girlfirend is quite literally stalking him.
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional Scary Song Lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Cinder Ella Story" originally "Cinderella Story"
Submitted by: Celeste
"Some Body Somewhere" originally "Somebody Somewhere"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle

Band Name Anagrams:

Latin Mop Bundle Submitted by: Sylvia Curruca
Whatever THAT might be!
Lend A Numb Pilot Submitted by: Yvonne Sindri
Mounted Pinball Submitted by: Joe
Malt Pun Blondie Submitted by: Roxanne Drake
Someone named Blondie, who makes puns about malt?

Lyrics Pronunciation:

"Manchester United Theme Song"
The Lyrics:
Man United, Man United,
we're the boys in the back, white, and blue
Man United, Man United
and we're going to take the heed
off of you, you, YOU!
Heed or Head. Platinum Blonde sang Heed for Kenny MacLean who was of Scottish decent and always sang it that way.
Submitted by: Celeste

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Cinderella Story" Length: 1:53
The last song off of the Seven Year Itch CD and the shortest song on there. :)
Submitted by: Celeste
"Cinderella Story" Length: 1:52
The shortest song on Alien Shores and the 7 Year Itch CDs.
Submitted by: Celeste

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Make It From Tea" originally "Take It From Me"
Submitted by: Mary Byram

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Beautiful (2010s)"
The Lyrics:
They say that life is an empty maze
with faith or something in between
Your eyes see what they want to see
in your world what do you see in me?
This video was released 4 years after the demise of Kenny MacLean. I think Mark was still feeling the sting of losing him so suddenly.
Submitted by: Celeste
"It Doesn't Really Matter"
The Lyrics:
They fight in England and Northern Ireland
the police they try to hold us still
They can bleed us and they can feed us
but you know they'll never control our will
The lyrics of this song refer to the "Troubles" which was the political and social upheaval in England and Northern Ireland which went on from 1968-1998.
Lead singer Mark Holmes says that he never intended to make a political statement when he wrote this song but still it's one of Platinum Blonde's most famous, and unintentional, hits.

This song is upbeat yes but depressing as hell because of the song being about the "Troubles" in England and Northern Ireland from which Mark's family fled.
Submitted by: Celeste

Lyrics Alliteration:

"Cryin Over You"
The Lyrics:
Cause I ain't crying
crying over you
all you ever want me to do
Crying over you (oh no, oh no)
Hard C sound.
Submitted by: Celeste

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"It Doesn't Really Matter"
In the video Mark Holmes shouts out "NO!" But when the song is performed live Mark always seems to shout out "SERGE GALLI" or "GUITAR!"
Submitted by: Celeste

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Starting Out As A Police Cover Band"

Platinum Blonde started out in 1982 as a Police cover band and then started interjecting their own songs into the sets as well as Sting's songs. :)
Now Mark isn't sting but this cover is a WOW!
Submitted by: Celeste
"Zombie Apocolypse Video"
In Platinum Blonde's latest video Valentine there's a hint of love in the air as a street full of Zombies wreek havoc on Toronto. There's one zombie in particular whom, before being bitten, was getting married.

He then realizes the mistake that he's about to make but makes up his mind to go and find her, bite her, and make her his own.

In my opinion I think Platinum Blonde did the zombie apocolypse thing a bit better than Michael Jackson did.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Granting A Dying Teenager Her Wish"
"Mary Louise," which is not her real name, a teenaged cancer patient wrote to the local newspapers with a wish. Her wish was granted by the Children's Wish Foundation.
Her dream? To meet Platinum Blonde and to have her favourite song, If You Go This Time, sung just to her.
Sadly "Mary Louise" died at the age of 24 from a brain tumor.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Comparisons to Duran Duran"
The comparisions were few and far between but included the fact that they wore nice clothes, had spiky hair, and wore more makeup than most people's mothers did.

Even their music was given the "Duran Duran" stamp of approval even though one band was New Wave and Glam Rock and the other was New Wave and New Romantic music. And yes both bands were fronted by a brit, Mark Holmes for Platinum Blonde, and Simon Le Bon for Duran Duran.
Submitted by: Celeste

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Loreal Paris Hair Colour
This one is so very obvious. :)
Submitted by: Celeste

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Cast A Shadow"
The Lyrics:
I never could get the hang
of hanging on
I was not that strong
If I ever got the hang
Of hanging on
I've been here too long.
Ouch! I wouldn't want this going off if I was trying to talk a jumper down from a window ledge.
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional Bad Ringtone Choices available.

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