The Myth Factory: Myth 9 – Pete Wrote A Lot Of The Songs

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In the final instalment of The Myth Factory we cast our eye upon a topic that’s still a bone of contention, namely, Pete Waterman’s input to SAW…   The working partnership between Mike, Matt and Pete was a fateful combination, with each bringing a particular skillset to the mix. Mike and Matt were the songwriters [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 8 – Donna Summer Never Came Back To The Hit Factory

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Many believed that after the success of Another Place and Time, Summer never returned to SAW. In truth, Summer just had poor timing…   By the late 80s, Donna Summer’s career had stalled. The singer’s frequent record-label changes signalled a serious creative stutter, while an alleged comment about AIDS had served to alienate a large [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 7 – SAW worked with Roland Rat

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One of the unlikeliest of Stock Aitken Waterman credits was connected with Roland Rat, the puppet widely regarded as saving ITV’s TV-AM from cancellation after the show launched to a shaky start in February 1983. The children’s fave had scored a couple of small chart hits in 1984, and by the end of 1985 the [...]

Classic Pop Magazine – Issue 29: On sale now!

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The new issue of Classic Pop is on sale now! Grab your copy here. Available at WHSmith, Asda, Morrisons, Easons and independent newsagents, it’s an extra special occasion for us, too, as we celebrate going monthly. We’ve pulled out all the stops with a corker of an issue featuring an all-star cast. We meet the [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 6 – Kylie Minogue’s debut was a sure-fire smash

Though confidence behind Kylie Minogue’s debut was overflowing, cash was not… In the end, 1988’s Kylie album would sell more than five million copies – but cash flow was a serious problem. Naturally, the LP had to be pressed before a single copy could be sold, and the sheer numbers involved gave Pete Waterman some [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 5 – The Midas Touch

We’re past the half way point in The Myth Factory, and today we’re debunking the claim that everything SAW touched turned to gold… Despite their reputation as almost-unparalleled British hit-makers, SAW had their fair share of flops with a surprising number of singles stalling at the frustrating UK chart position of 41, thereby missing out [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 4 – A SAW credit or a sore point?

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Today’s addition of The Myth Factory looks at the adage that artists were always keen to get a SAW credit, not so… Some acts were actually rather coy about the involvement of Mike and Matt on their hits, sometimes leaving the SAW name off the credits. Most significant of these was the debut single from [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 3 – Bananarama Hated The First Cut of ‘Venus’

The myths just keep coming and today’s features the recently reformed Bananarama and their supposed hatred of the first cut of Venus…   It was Bananarama’s Siobhan Fahey who suggested approaching Stock Aitken Waterman in an attempt to inject some fresh creative energy into Bananarama’s by-then flagging chart fortunes. She had loved You Spin Me [...]

The Myth Factory: Myth 2 – Fights In The Studio

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Welcome back to The Myth Factory! Today’s myth is…’Fights in the studio almost erupted during the recording of SAW’s first UK No. 1 hit’   It’s a tale that has been trotted out many times over the years, and the image of the late Pete Burns almost coming to blows with Mike and Matt is [...]

The Myth Factory – Myth 1: SAW’s earliest success

Welcome to The Myth Factory, where we’ll digging deeper into the stories behind the trio’s production history, beginning with…’Pete Waterman was the catalyst for SAW’s earliest success.’   When Mike Stock and Matt Aitken started to tout their idea of a female Frankie Goes To Hollywood-inspired dance single around the record companies during the early [...]