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Fashion Sense - Platinum Blond
Platinum Blonde was known for their bleach blonde hair, nice chlothes, and their mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow.
They were known as a glam rock band.
in every TS tape card liner there is a paragraph that recommends how the listener should set up the stereo (bass, treble, etc.) for maximum full-spectrum audio enjoyment and listening pleasure, and so on and on... Then the last sentence in the paragraph sums it up by saying in other words to PLAY IT LOUD, MUTHA!
Turn It Up
Whenever Chris is nervous I notice that he laughs.
In a Now video interview Mark revealed that the story behind his band's hit single "It Doesn't Really Matter" was one of a very scary experience that he had in England when "The Troubles" were going on between England and Northern Ireland.
Mark was on his way to Heathrow airport in London from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where he's from when he got a very nasty surprise when a bomb went off in front of the car in front of him.
This is where he got the idea to write It Doesn't Really Matter and the line "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" maintaining that the "politically correct thing wasn't a part of what they did."
Kylie and Michael started dating sometime in the mid 1980s.
Shortly before he passed away Kenny MacLean asked his then former Platinum Blonde singer/bandmate Mark Holmes to perform with him on stage during his solo CD release party.
Mark was reluctant to do it since he was DJing at his night club under the name DJ MRK. Mark was worried that getting back together with his band might make him appear uncool to the kids that he was DJing for at the Mod Club.
Mark agreed to do it on provision that they have new music because he didn't his band to be like so many other bands who cash in on what they had done previously and stop writting.
Kenny's dream of getting back together with his Platinum Blonde bandmates was quashed when he was found dead in his apartment recording studio. Apparently from a heart attack.
2 years after Kenny's demise the decision was made by the three remaining band members Mark Holmes, Sergio Galli, and Chris Steffler agreed that they should get back together and pick up a new bass player in order to keep Kenny's dreams alive.
Regrets that his band ended on such a sour note - Rik Emmet (Triumph)
In a Much More Music interview Rik was taking about the past and how Triumph had ended on such a sour note.
He said to interviewer Bill Welychka that he "wished that Triumph hadn't ended on such a sour note" because they had to laywer up.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada when asked if there was any doubt that Kenny MacLean would have been the one "leading the charge!" They all agreed. Sergio said "Absolutely. Kenny, he really loved Platinum Blonde and Platinum Blonde loved Kenny MacLean very much."
The Orb Live 93 has for its cover art a parody of the Pink Floyd "Animals" album. That album has a pink pig floating and coasting in a dark sky over a factory. The Orb's cover art features a plush sheep hovering near a refinery or some sort of industrial complex. A silvery sun adorns and shines in the lemon-lime sky. The upper right corner says "orb live 93". The picture on the rear cover shows the plush sheep from the rear, floating away from the complex. On the upper left corner of the picture are the words in reverse. It now reads as "bro evil 39".
Baa Baa, Charade You Are!
This is a bonafide fact. Michael Jackson's biggest hit was "Billie Jean", the 2nd single from the classic groundbreaking "Thriller" album. That song occupied the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks. It was bumped off to the #2 position by "Come On, Eileen (Too-Ra-Ay)" by Dexy's Midnight Runners. That delightful Celtic folk flavored number had already hit the top in the UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and now the US. The next week that song was knocked down to #2 by another Michael Jackson hit, "Beat It".
During his acceptance speech into the Canadian Music and Brodcast Industry Hall Of Fame Mark broke down after mentioning his good friend and bandmate Kenny MacLean who had died two years earlier.
MacLean had spearheaded an initiative to get Platinum Blonde back together. Mark would always decline but on 11/21/08 he finally said he would do it. The band agreed to get back together on 11/24/08 but Kenny was found dead in his recording studio.
Mark said "This is very hard to talk about.... I miss him so much. We decided because of Kenny that we would get back together. It was very difficult. He always wanted us to get back together. It was great to play last night and we wish that Kenny was there."
In 1990 the controversial porno-rap group 2 Live Crew was the focus of a big scandal. Their album "As Nasty As We Want To Be" was banned outright in a Florida county. They were arrested on obscenity charges while performing at an adults-only show. Naturally the PMRC headed by the shrill superbitch Tipper Gore were flapping their big mouths and their arms like the hysterical obnoxious maniacal zealots they are. Later that year after the Constitutional issue was settled the album had made multi-platinum status. Luke and the other rappers issued a statement explicitly to Tipper thanking her for flapping her stupid yap because that brought more attention to their album resulting in it selling several million copies, making all those rappers MILLIONAIRES.
Popularity Makes Contempt
Taking Over Chris Steffler's Spot On The Drums. - Dan Todd (Platinum Blonde)
When Chris Steffler was afflicted with tinnitus in December 2012 the recruited a number of drummers that included Dan Todd. On a recommendation from bassist Rob Laidlaw Dan was recruited to take over Chris's spot while he was healing his ears.
Being A Party Boy Like His Dad Mark Holmes - Justin Holmes
Justin Holmes, who is the son of Platinum Blonde singer Mark Holmes, has become a "party boy" like his dad.
The only difference that I can see between father and son is that Mark has worked hard for everything that he's earned in his life and Justin just kind of slacks off.
When I first saw the Ramones in August 1990, Joey Ramone gave a brief between song introduction by saying that "There's a pretty big problem plaguing America today. It's called "censorship", and we are The Ramones and we believe in total artistic freedom and freedom of expression. Being that we are considered to be the first punk rock band, we say, "FUCK THE PMRC!!!!". They let their stance be clear a few years later with their song "Censorshit", which ironically doesn't have the title word or any cuss words in the lyrics.
Take That, Prudes!
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.
Sometimes Sarah will perform barefoot and other times she likes to go shirtless.
After the death of bassist Kenny MacLean two years prior Mark had been making up a million and one excuses for not returning to the recording studio. Rob is a producer and he'd say things like "I booked some time in the recording studio, NO EXCUSES!"
After Kenny MacLean's death in 2008 from a massive heart attack Platinum Blonde members Mark Holmes, Sergio Galli, and Chris Steffler recruited Rob Laidlaw, who previously played bass in Honeymoon Suite, and was a good friend of Kenny's to play bass for Platinum Blonde.
Everytime Mark announces Rob's name he remarks on how much the band misses Kenny.
Back then the record industry and serious musicians hated Platinum Blonde and thought that they were spoiled brats.
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