The DYR blog

The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Tribute to The King of Pop

Many of you will be waking up this morning to news that will both sadden and shock you - that music legend Michael Jackson has passed away, aged just 50.

The star is said to have suffered a heart attack, while staying in Los Angeles as he rehearsed for his upcoming concerts at London's O2 Arena. And in the hours that have passed since, celebrities and fans alike have paid tribute to a man that will forever be crowned the King Of Pop. "Absolutely devastated" were music producer of Thriller Quincy Jones' words; "Heartbroken" said Michael's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, and film producer Stephen Spielberg perhaps summed up the epicness of Michael's death when he said: "Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson."

Born on 28 August 1958 in Gary, Indiana, as one of nine kids, Michael has lived most of his life in the limelight, alongside his musical siblings in the Jackson 5, and later when he went solo.
He will be remembered for many things: his natural stage presence, having a pet monkey called Bubbles, selling 65 million copies of his Thriller album, wowing stadiums with his legendary moonwalk, being ambushed by Jarvis Cocker at the Brit Awards one year and wearing that white glove. But good and bad, he will always be remembered as a legend and our love of his music will remain stronger than ever.

What are your memories of Michael? If you would like to join us in leaving a tribute to the man behind such legendary hits as Billie Jean, Man In The Mirror, Earth Song and many, many more, please click here.

RIP Michael Jackson

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

James Bond: licence to chill

Many women will admit to wanting to get up close and personal with Bond film hearthrob Daniel Craig - and now they can! Del Monte Superfruit Smoothies has created a Daniel Craig-shaped lolly with a 'licence to chill'. 

Modelled on Craig's Casino Royale scene, where he emerges from the sea, all smouldering good looks and rippling torso, we think the lolly has an uncanny likeness to the actor. 

Do you agree? And which stars from the 70s, 80s or 90s would you like to see immortalised in lollipop form? We'd love to know...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brand new single from Norwegian Pop Masters A-Ha

A-Ha, Norway’s multi-million selling purveyors of instant pop gems, return on 6 July 2009 with the brand new single “Foot Of the Mountain” released on Universal Music Record label (UMRL).

Bursting to life with soaring synths, a memorable chorus and Morten Harket’s instantly recognisable vocals, “Foot Of the Mountain” is an A-Ha classic that sees a return to their early recording methods and synth sensibilities, reminiscent of tracks that made them the 36 million selling band they are today.

Check them out on tour in the UK in October.

A-Ha on Twitter

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Jump to it!

If you haven't already heard, the jumpsuit is THE must-have piece of clothing this year. I know many of you will be recoiling in disgust at the very idea, but if you've never tried one on then I urge you to do so immediately! 

Not only are jumpsuits mega comfy, but they can look ultra chic with a pair of killer heels, or dressed down for the day in gladiator sandals. They suit all ages and body shapes - the only rule being: leave orange to the inmates! For style inspiration, just look at Anneka Rice in her Treasure Hunt days - proving jumpsuits are perfect for mums on the run! Or Bianca Jagger, who married her Rolling Stone while wearing a stylish white all-in-on. Suzi Quatro showed us all the jumpsuit even worked in leather. And who could forget Elvis trying to do it for the men in his rhinestone-encrusted eye-catcher?

If you want a piece of the action and you long to slip into a bit of 70s nostalgia, head to your nearest high street (M&S has a range of jumpsuits available, like the one pictured), or visit

As of last week, I'm now the proud owner of two jumpsuits... soon to be three!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Hand-Bell Ringers of Great Britain vs The Orb

If you're not doing anything this Saturday 6th June, why not get yourself down to London's O2 Arena between 2-6pm? As part of The British Music Experience, the Hand Bell Ringers of Great Britain, Europe's largest Hand Bell and Chime Orchestra will be playing selections from Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, in celebration of the 35th anniversary issue of Mike Oldfield's tubular Bells and Mike Oldfield: The Collection. There will also be workshops to enable you to learn from the masters, plus a very special DJ set from ambient house pioneers, The Orb. It's more than enough to make an afternoon to remember for all the family. Better still, kids go free!

For more information and to buy tickets visit See you there!