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.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Attention Rod Stewart fans!

Tomorrow is a very exciting day, as Rod Stewart will be releasing a four-disc boxed set of unreleased music sessions.

The recordings span 1971-1998 and give an intimate insight into Rod's secret studio history, in contrast to his very public, successful hits to date. Filled with 63 tracks and many outtakes, The Rod Stewart Sessions is a must-have for any fan of the singer - or for those who've already started their christmas shopping! It's a real chance to learn about the singer's creative process and see behind the scenes of what it takes to make it to the top.

From rough takes of Maggie May, alternate versions of Sailing, the unfinished Think I'll Pack my Bags, a cover of Frankie Miller's When I'm Away From You, and many more gems beside, Sessions provides a blend of the familiar and never-before-heard. A truly special release.

Buy The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chas & Dave split!

In 1991 they sang 'I Can Get Along Without You' but with news that Chas and Dave have decided to part ways, we can only wonder if they will.

After losing his wife Sue in July, Dave has battled with his grief and now thinks it's best for the cockney duo if he retires from the music business, leaving behind his music partner of 37 years.

Together, the cockney crooners warmed our cockles with their cheeky-chappie grins and ever-present trouser braces. We 'rockneyed' out to such delights as 'The Sideboard Song', 'Ain't No Pleasing You', 'Snooker Loopy' and, of course, 'Rabbit'. Everyone from the late John Peel to the Libertines has come out as a fan over the years, since their first album was released in 1975.

Thankfully, it might not be over just yet, as Chas has vowed to continue playing their hits under the new name Chas And His Band! Meanwhile, Dave will be indulging his other passions, which include painting gypsy wagons and riding his horses. DYR salutes you Chas and Dave!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Celebrity chef Keith Floyd dies

Keith Floyd broke new ground with his relaxed cookery programmes in the 80s. Fuelled by good wine and fine food, Keith became quite a personality to be reckoned with. So, it is with great sadness that we heard of the chef's death late on Monday evening, aged 65.

Marco Pierre White had this to say about the legendary chef: "He had this great ability at the stove, great confidence. He was a natural cook. But his very special talent was he could articulate himself and deliver inspiration with words... A little piece of Britain died yesterday which will never be replaced. He was a maverick, he was mercurial, he was magical, he was special, he was rare."

It has always been Keith's endearing, shambolic approach to presenting that won him fans. After dying from a heart attack at his home in Dorset, he will always be remembered. You can post your memories of the man below.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

He still makes us feel like dancing!

Fans of disco will be delighted to hear that the legend that Leo Sayer is back in our lives. From the man that once sang such hits as Giving It All Away, The Show Must Go On, When I need You and, of course, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, now comes a fantastic back catalogue of re-releases.

Available on CD and digital download, you can now buy all 10 albums of Leo's, produced between 1973 and 1983, thanks to Demon Music. The albums are accompanied by bonus tracks, and come in five double-CD sets, including booklets with photos and comments from the big-haired one himself. A video album, All The Best, is also available, as well as a five-track EP featuring hits available exclusively as a download.

To get your hands on the latest Leo Sayer releases, visit