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Simon's pre-fame career was basically:

1. 1980s Keep re-releasing Sinatta's single til it becomes a hit and turning down Kylie
2. Early 1990s Signing TV properties for novelty hits and being the laughing stock of RCA until Robson & Jerome hit big
3. Late 1990s Signing/Exec producing boybands (Five and Westlife) and trying to form his own Spice Girls
4. 2000-2001 Licking his wounds from Girl Thing and signing up for Pop Idol
 
Simon's pre-fame career was basically:

1. 1980s Keep re-releasing Sinatta's single til it becomes a hit and turning down Kylie
2. Early 1990s Signing TV properties for novelty hits and being the laughing stock of RCA until Robson & Jerome hit big
3. Late 1990s Signing/Exec producing boybands (Five and Westlife) and trying to form his own Spice Girls
4. 2000-2001 Licking his wounds from Girl Thing and signing up for Pop Idol
2.01: trying to create a new Sheena Easton on 'That's Life'..
 
I’m still showing up for Duckie’s extraordinary genre-hopping to this day!
I go much less that I used to – I haven't been since the last ever night at the RVT last year – but Duckie's staying power is amazing: very few club nights last as long as it has.

I'm guessing you already know but for anyone who on here interested in music played in LGBT clubs in the 1980s, Duckie DJs the Readers Wifes have compiled this brilliant box set:

https://townsendmusic.store/product/118469?awc=18214_1701778690_e7c5169db3b25354a3813606e620ae29

Only two complaints: the packaging for two of the CDs is so snug it's extremely fiddly getting them out; and the mix of 'Love Will Save The Day' is dreadful! Otherwise, amazing – a real (and pretty accurate) time capsule!
 
I *think* Jerome sang parts and maybe Robson didn't sing at all. According to a quote from Mike Stock that the TOTP Facts Twitter tweeted a couple of times anyway!

Now legendary producer Mike Stock - of hit-makers Stock Aitken Waterman fame - has broken his silence to reveal the truth about how he hired session singer Des Dyer and two others to assist Robson and Jerome.

'Des Dyer was brought in to assist with the Jerome part - because his voice and Jerome's were similar,' he said. 'The Robson part was done by a totally different singer and the high note was a totally different guy.'

He added, however: 'Robson and Jerome came into the studio and we did the vocals together. So they are singing on the record without a shadow of a doubt.

'In all sorts of recording contexts you have to look at the vocal and if it's not quite right you have to put it right. In this case we employed some backing singers to help repair some aspects of the vocal.

'It wasn't about being great singers. I've worked with loads of pop stars where the singing side of their attributes was the least important.
 
I *think* Jerome sang parts and maybe Robson didn't sing at all. According to a quote from Mike Stock that the TOTP Facts Twitter tweeted a couple of times anyway!
If that's the case, you would think that someone might have come forward as being the real voice of Robson & Jerome … but both actors are still quite high profile so we might have a long wait for the truth to emerge!
 
BBC4 is repeating Christmas editions of TOTP from 1986, 1977, 1991 and 1984 at 7pm Monday - Thursday in the week beginning 18 December:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00704hg/broadcasts/upcoming

Monday 18th December: 1986 (last shown 2022)

Tuesday 19th December: 1977 (last shown 2013)

Wednesday 20th December: 1991 (last shown 2021)

Thursday 21st December: 1984 (last shown 2022)

Looks like there’s no TOTP repeats on BBC4 in Christmas week apart from a repeat of 29 December 1983 on Friday 29 December:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl6b/2023/12/29

BBC4 are then repeating a load of Story of / Big Hits editions from the 1970s on Friday 5 January:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl6b/2024/01/05
 
I go much less that I used to – I haven't been since the last ever night at the RVT last year – but Duckie's staying power is amazing: very few club nights last as long as it has.

I'm guessing you already know but for anyone who on here interested in music played in LGBT clubs in the 1980s, Duckie DJs the Readers Wifes have compiled this brilliant box set:

https://townsendmusic.store/product/118469?awc=18214_1701778690_e7c5169db3b25354a3813606e620ae29

Only two complaints: the packaging for two of the CDs is so snug it's extremely fiddly getting them out; and the mix of 'Love Will Save The Day' is dreadful! Otherwise, amazing – a real (and pretty accurate) time capsule!
Something for the Christmas list perhaps!
 
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