November 06, 2013
The new born (or already World famous) stars were giving the handle of the studio door to each other, it was well known that same as a really factory working in day, night and often in mid-day shifts PWL The Hitfactory never stopped working, so when an artist decided to move on from there it was really like leaving the conveyor belt.
Was it good or bad? Did it really had an impact of youngsters of the age? Difficult to tell from a 25 years view, but for sure hundreds of hits were left behind that are still often being played on radio, for example. Some people say it was one of the worst things of the “Thatcher era”.
It is true that there were many critics, rumors and stories and of course attacks against the music and the new celebrities – one of these is a funny one, based on the very similar sounding and song-structure of the PWL hits: when Kylie’s “I Should Be So Lucky” was released and became a hit some said that it was actually recorded with Rick Astley and then the tempo was speeded up for the release of the song… Well, let’s not forget that it was the time of the vinyl records and a single had to be played on ’45 and an LP on ’33. So yes, if someone listened the single of “I Should Be So Lucky” on ’33, he or she could easily hear Rick Astley singing the song.