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2010 ➤ Index of posts for March-April

McLaren, O'Dowd,Shapersofthe80s,Index March April 2010

McLaren departs this world ... O’Dowd demands a place in the spotlight

➢ Kemp sets a new standard for rock memoirs

➢ Grace Jones turns her back on London ;-)

➢ Rich List puts George Michael top of the popstars from the un-lucrative 80s

➢ In Australia, Spandau make Jason feel like a kid again: one true pop fan reviews their show

➢ What a tear-jerker! McLaren mashes up his own musical ‘Requiem to Myself’

➢ Punk glitterati see McLaren noisily to his grave

➢ Nnnnn-na-na-na, nnnnn-na-na, Nineteen

➢ Midge stakes his claim as the weathervane of synth-pop who helped shape the British New Wave

➢ Sci-fi’s coolest Number 6 finds Gandalf in charge and relocated to 93-6-2-oh!

➢ McLaren — Svengali of Pistols and punk remembered by those who knew him


➢ Uh-oh, A2A is back and we’re about to be Quattroed in HD!

➢ Ex-jailbird George takes his first trancey steps on the path to sainthood

➢ A giant dies: Charlie Gillett, the man who defined rock’n’roll and world music

➢ Barcelona: Spandau wow lifelong fans in their other spiritual home

➢ Albums that defined the new 80s funk


1985 ➤ Nnnnn-na-na-na, nnnnn-na-na, Nineteen

Paul Hardcastle, Nineteen,pop video

Vietnam conscripts: their average age was 19

◼ IN 1985 THE LONDON MUSICIAN Paul Hardcastle stunned Europe with his hynotic anti-war hit, 19, which spent weeks at No 1 in the charts. It was effectively a rap sampled from the voiceover to the Emmy-nominated documentary Vietnam Requiem, which made the shock claim that “In World War Two the average age of the combat soldier was 26. In Vietnam he was 19.” This year, Hardcastle was watching a documentary about British soldiers serving in Afghanistan when he heard an officer say: “I looked at my men. The average age was 19 — my God, I’m taking boys to war.” For the 25th anniversary of his hit Hardcastle updated and wrote a new version of 19 called Boys To War which was released yesterday in the UK.

Sadly, the infinitely more visceral original from 1985 knocks spots off the languid new version, while this stark Tribute To Vietnam Vets achieves its own stomach-churning effect.

Paul Hardcastle, Nineteen, Vietnam war, video

The grim truth: field surgery for a teenage Vietnam combatant