Archive for December, 2015

Maxim_lucycover

Another great Lucy Lawless cover from the heyday of her Xena fame, Maxim (April 1999 issue) 17. Six pages with great photographic content by Alberto Tolot and a good interview by Bob Ivry (lucky bastards, that´s all I´ve to say).

This is a super hot cover in my opinion.

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Europe_Madison

Nice to find these singles in the old collection, both from 1986 and both from Swedish outfits. Europe of course, had a massive hit with “The Final Countdown” and took off like a rocket worldwide in 1986-1987. Guitarist John Norum left right in the middle of the promotional trek and he soon recorded his own album and then joined up with Glenn Hughes (see interview with Hughes on this blog from back in the day). I interviewed Joey Tempest around this time and I´ve seen it in print recently so I guess I could add that particular chat to this blog later on. We shall see.

Madison was a good band as well. I remember doing an interview live for my radio show Heavy Rock Paradise around this time, over the phone. Singer Göran Edman went on to join Yngwie Malmsteen and I met him backstage at Johanneshovs Isstadion in 1990 when the band hit town. The interview that I made with Malmsteen is up on this blog and I also reprinted it in RETROFUTURE 2 back in 2010. I saw Edman live again not long ago, at a local pub here in Östersund.

When I see this stuff I´m flooded with memories.

Pride_Glory

Here´s a couple of Classic Rock/AOR singles from 1988, Pride´s first single “You´re The Only One” and Glory´s “I´m Hurt”. Pride came from my neck of the woods and I tried to help them out a little (they actually got signed but the label went bust, there has been a couple of CDs in recent years though with stuff from back in the day). Not sure what happened to Glory, I don´t think I ever actually met them (although I could be mistaken, the 80s is a bit of a blur to be honest – only because it´s a long time ago now.

I still have a few copies of the Pride single in the old collection, I´ll get one signed by my buddy Jonas Öhlund (who was the guitarist) and give it away some day through this blog. Stay tuned.

As for that cover, the model was a friend of ours, a hairdresser we knew.

Tinamoe

I discovered Tina Moe – a local gal from my neck of the woods – in about 1983 (memory fails, but that´s the ballpark), told CBS about her and they signed her as a solo artist within weeks. It all happened very quickly and I´ve fond memories of seeing her perform live on many occations back then. These were her first singles, “Du förlåt mig” (1983) and “Oro” (1984), picked from her first LP.

Good times.

45 rpm – Tone Norum x 2

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Music (general)

Tonenorum

Tone Norum is the kid sister of Europe guitarist John Norum and back in 1985-1986 CBS in Sweden tried to launch her as a solo artist. Joey Tempest was brought in to write and produce and she had her 15 minutes of fame. Here´s a couple of singles from back in the day, “Stranded” (1986) and “Can´t You Stay” (1985).

Love the hairdo.

Nice Lucy Lawless cover

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Cool stuff, Magazines, TV & Movies

Stuff_lucycover

I probably own over a hundred magazines that sports Lucy Lawless on the cover, and that´s what I call a nice little collection. Here she is gracing the front page of Stuff For Men (June/July issue 2000). Six page feature inside with fantastic photographic content by Willy Camden and a cool interview by Jonathan Small (lucky bastards).

I´ll dig out a few magazines and showcase them on this blog in the next few weeks.

Xena Warrior Princess (2)

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Books, Cool stuff, TV & Movies

Xena_xenaverse

Here´s another book (official) about Xena Warrior Princess, but the show was in full flight when this was published so it only covers the first two seasons. However, Robert Weisbrot´s “The Official Guide To The Xenaverse” (Doubleday, 1996) is still better looking and far superior compared to that official companion that would arrive later (see previous post). 234 pages.

What a wonderful show this was.