The Ultimate 80's
They say that "The Eighties" is coming back in vogue again, but for these guys, "The Eighties" never went anywhere in the first place! It was never a problem to try and locate appropriate stage wear like fluorescent sweatbands, or white socks, - this lot had never stopped wearing them! Deciding on which songs to cover was going to be no more of a deal either, as all of the songs chosen just happened to be on tapes, jammed in the cassette players of each of their respective Ford Capri's and XR3i's! Reproduction of the songs, did take some looking at though. These were going to be strong tracks, and with original production courtesy of the likes of Trevor Horn, live re - creation did take some thought and indeed work. However, this crowd are of course from the same stable as the highly sought after WHAM!DURAN act , who have maintained their reputation for excellence since establishing themselves in the UK in 1993. Therefore, by adopting the same attitude and indeed formulas to re-creating the original sounds of the 80's anthems to be covered, the music is needless to say first class.
This is not your average 80's cover band experience, not least because playing along to the original record has never been, and nor should it ever become an option for acts at this level, (guilty parties know who they are), but because this act had already set the standard in it's other guise. It has already dictated what peoples expectations should be, and delivers it to them , before they've even had the chance to merely take whatever they're given, which sadly goes on in this industry all to often.
The songs performed by "The Ultimate 80's", are all popular, up-tempo big selling 80's tracks. Check out the list below, of the songs performed.
It is also worth pointing out that each song is performed in its entirety, - something that you may well have taken for granted, however it was felt that this ought to be highlighted, as certain other 80's shows, experience a problem in being able to deliver more than a verse and a chorus, of each song! Anyway, not so here. Full intros, verses, choruses, bridges, middle eights, solos, key changes, outros endings, the lot, plus the odd costume change of course, puts this act head and shoulder pads above its main competitors. As stated before, this act do not believe in short cuts. If the song is good enough to perform, it gets the full treatment.
Formerly known as "The Ultimate 80's Extravaganza", this six piece act has enjoyed success all over the UK and Europe since 2002. The Seventy-five minute show will give you an evening, or indeed afternoon, to remember for a long time.
Images from a recent event for Heart Radio in Colchester. Photos courtesy of Gary Steers.
ULTIMATE 80's SAMPLE SET LIST
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Don't Go - Yazoo
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Is There Something I Should Know? - Duran Duran
Poison Arrow- ABC
Enola Gay - OMD
Don't You Want Me?- Human League
Lets Hear it for the Boy - Denice Williams
Don't Leave Me this Way - The Communards
Papa don't Preach - Madonna
Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown
Young Guns - Wham!
Holiday - Madonna
Night to Remember- Shalamar
Rio -Duran Duran
Faith -George Michael
Billie Jean- Michael Jackson
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Word Up - Cameo
Look of Love - ABC
So Excited - Pointer Sisters
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Knew You Were Waiting for Me - George Michael / Aretha Franklin
Notorious - Duran Duran
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
It's Rainin' Men - Weather Girls