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Now That's What I Call Music! 20

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compilation series has been defining generations for 40 years – ever since its first instalment lobbed Bonnie Tyler, Kajagoogoo, UB40 and the Rock Steady Crew onto the same crowded 12-inches of vinyl and told them to make like a sonic chef’s kiss together. It also seemed that it was the smart thing to do as vinyl seemed to be doomed (yeah right) and I wasn’t careful with my records (something I hugely regret now), so an “unscratchable” format was better. Forty years on and the genre-hopping records remain a bellwether of mainstream music for pop historians to come. How about PM Dawn’s “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” – the trippy hip-hop with which disc one concluded?

album, from June to August in 1993, a series of ten, 40-track yearly collections were released on CD and cassette (but not vinyl), covering the years 1983 to 1992. Maybe I’ll have the last two typed up by the time the lockdown officially ends… assuming this blog is still going in 2028. But for a couple of years, I had no idea that the Collins cut of “You Can’t Hurry Love” was a cover of the Supremes classic so I suppose I owe Phil my love of Motown.A New Career In A New Town is both arrival and departure gate; it’s a merger of two fragmented songs, of two musics. Somewhere, in the depths of YouTube, there is a video of me earnestly lip-syncing to Duffy’s “Warwick Avenue”.

I had to lift the image off Gumtree, so apologies if the seller ever finds this site, but as you can see, it was an Alba jobby. my least fave single next to the annoying, DISCUSTINGLY overplayed and very whiny and b-itchy Unfaithful. It is a game of two halves and in the second instalment, you really don’t know what you’re going to get.After all, these are albums that shaped my music tastes, so I guess they have to be early on in the collection. The Now Yearbook series continues both forwards, with Now Yearbook 1985 issued in November 2022, and backwards, with the release of Now Yearbook 1979 in September 2022 (an Extra followed in October). These compilations are very similar to the anniversary series, however, they contain a lower amount of tracks and retailed much cheaper than the former series. And the "dip it low and you pick it up slow" from the first verse directly copies from Christina Milian's "Dip it Low".

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