Saturday, October 10, 2009

Retro Saturday: Nick Kamen

Back in the days before X Factor and Idol and reality TV, there was another way to get your 15 minutes of fame - through advertising. Back in the 80s, Nick Kamen took his jeans off in a launderette in a Levi's ad, and appeared in a Madonna video. Before we knew it, he was a pop star.

His biggest hit in the UK was his debut "Each Time You Break My Heart" although probably my favourite song of his is "I Promised Myself" from 1990. Despite failing to break the UK top 40, it did become a big hit in Europe and even today it's still a regular feature on oldies playlists on European radio stations.

If you're not familiar with this song, find it at

The other day I discovered that none other than Basshunter has done a cover version which will be the follow-up single to current hit "Every Morning", which is inevitably be in the style of "Now You're Gone" - and (IMHO) vastly inferior to the original.

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