Year : 1983 (Limited Remastered Edition 2018)
Style : Melodic Rock , Pop Rock
Country : Canada
Audio : 320 kbps + scans
Size : 138 mb
Platinum Blonde is a Canadian rock band formed in Toronto in 1980. At the beginning of its most commercially successful period in the mid-to late 1980s, the band consisted of Mark Holmes (Mansfield, England) on vocals and bass, Sergio Galli on guitar, and Chris Steffler on drums. Scottish musician Kenny MacLean joined the group as bassist in 1985, freeing Holmes from bass duties.Platinum Blonde was initially formed as a punk, new wave, cover original band by Mark Holmes (vocals, guitar) with Joey Ciotti (bass guitar/lead vocals) and Ray Bailie (drums). After playing numerous Toronto gigs and developing a repertoire of punk-pop original material, they recorded and issued a self-financed indie single ("No Regrets"/"Hey Hey You") in 1980.Joey Ciotti quit the band and became the lead singer of Trixie Goes Hollywood. Joey is now in the alternative rock band Still Eighteen.Holmes subsequently placed advertisements for new musicians. Drummer Chris Steffler (ex-The Next, Suspects) was the first to answer, followed by mutual friend and architecture student Sergio Galli, a guitarist. Within a week the resulting trio were playing Toronto-area gigs as the new Platinum Blonde.In 1983, they signed to CBS Records Canada and released a self-titled six-song EP that became CBS Canada's biggest EP seller ever and made it to No. 39 on the Canadian album charts. It was quickly expanded into a full-length album titled Standing in the Dark, which featured identical artwork to the EP. The LP version then received a wide release distribution deal through CBS America.The band's popularity on the airwaves in Canada led to a triple platinum album, featuring four hits including two Juno Award nominations: "Standing in the Dark" and "Doesn't Really Matter". Their music videos were placed into high rotation on Canada's Much Music television and play listed as well on MTV America & MTV EUR.In 1985, the band released a second album called Alien Shores, featuring the addition of a fourth member, Kenny MacLean. Alien Shores went quintuple platinum, the group's high-water mark of success. Hits from the second album included "Situation Critical", "Crying Over You", "Somebody Somewhere", and "Hungry Eyes".Chris Steffler left the band in 1987 with tendinitis issues, and was replaced by his drum tech Alexander Tukatsch, who was billed by the single name "Sascha". In 1988 the band's next album, Contact was a hit in Canada, going double platinum, but was significantly less successful than their previous record. The title track "Contact" was a modest hit, but the album was a commercial disappointment, and they were dropped by CBS. Platinum Blonde changed their name to The Blondes and recorded and released one further album Yeah Yeah Yeah before disbanding.The entire group appeared as alien bikers in the 1988 episode Eye for an Eye of the television series War of the Worlds. They were also special guests on the second episode of the first season of T. and T. starring Mr. T on January 18, 1988.In 2002, Mark Holmes and partners opened the acclaimed Mod Club Theatre on College Street in Toronto CAN. The Mod Club Theatre has showcased the likes of Muse, Amy Winehouse, MGMT, The Killers, The Ruby Spirit, Keane, Feist, and more.Rumors of a reunion of the original band, and possibly some new material, continued to swirl, as the band played a few charity concerts in the mid-2000s. A DVD video compilation entitled Platinum Blonde: The Complete DVD Collection, containing all of their music videos was in production but ultimately shelved by CBS as they were bought out by Sony Music that same year.In November 2008, Holmes took up McLean’s long-standing offer to make a guest appearance at one of his shows at the Mod Club, this time to mark the release of his third solo CD entitled Completely. McLean had commented to Holmes “hundreds of times” that Platinum Blonde should re-unite. Holmes quotes McLean as saying, “Let’s get back together. Music doesn’t have any rock stars anymore.” Holmes always replied that he was too busy with his DJ career, but this time he agreed and they performed a collection of Platinum Blonde hits. MacLean died of a heart attack three hours after the show ended in his recording studio on Yonge Street in Toronto. His body was found there on November 24, 2008.On March 10, 2010, Platinum Blonde played their first reunion show at The Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. The original line up of Mark Holmes, Sergio Galli, and Chris Steffler were inducted into the Radio and Television Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. The next day, the band announced on MuchMusic that a reunion was in the works with a new recording and show dates.On December 6, 2010, an EP containing a cover of the song "Not in Love" was released by Canadian electronic band Crystal Castles, featuring the vocals of UK singer Robert Smith (The Cure) on the Fiction Records label.In 2010, drummer Chris Steffler had to surrender his drum seat with the band after developing the auditory affliction tinnitus.In June 2012, Platinum Blonde members Mark Holmes and Sergio Galli, along with drummer Dan Todd and bassist Rob Laidlaw released a new single, "Beautiful" and announced a new album Now & Never would be released in August of that year. The video for "Beautiful", directed by Jesse Mann, was released in February 2013. A video for "Valentine", directed by Michael Penney, was released in March 2014.Platinum Blonde sponsored a minor hockey team for youth in Whitby, Ontario, Canada during the 2012/2013 season. When the Whitby Platinum Blondes were on the ice, the band's music could be heard during breaks in the action at arenas they played in. Some of the band members are themselves parents with kids in the sport of hockey.As of 2020, the band is back to a power trio consisting of Mark Holmes (vocals and bass), Sergio Galli (guitar), and Justin `Juice` Kadis (drums) as they continue to tour.
Here’s another request, Canadian favorites PLATINUM BLONDE and their full length debut “Standing In The Dark“, reissued in a remastered form from the original tapes.While on the following album Platinum Blonde softened their sound to climb the charts, “Standing In The Dark” is an entirely different animal.At its heart, “Standing In The Dark” is just a rock&pop album. In fact it’s a top-40 radiable album very much of its era (1983). But it’s also a thumping post-punk album. And a balls-out rock album. And, in spite of being somewhat of an amalgam of a handful of obvious contemporary influences, it’s somehow unique and original.There are plenty of new wave records from the early ’80s which sound like carbon copies of each other, but none of them sound exactly like “Standing In The Dark”.This is due to (unlike with the overly produced and session-musician plagued follow-up) the fact that it’s the creation of tight, balanced power trio (guided by British producer David Tickle). Like all great bands, Holmes, Galli and Steffler add up to a whole greater than their sum.The rhythm section of Holmes (bass) and Steffler (drums) lock into heavy grooves that thump out of your sound system. New wave records have a tendency to dial back the attack, this one pushes it forward. Steffler had a knack for using electronic drums to their full advantage — playing to their strengths instead of using them as a cheap techno-gimmick.Holmes’ basslines are economical but solid as a freight-train with just the right blend of funk and rock.Over top of this textbook-perfect rhythm base, is Galli’s criminally underrated guitar work. One of the most unique guitarists ever produced by the great white north, he displays his signature arpeggiated style on “Standing In The Dark” which was later, bogglingly, completely abandoned by the band.Though clearly influenced by the likes of Andy Summers (The Police), The Edge (U2) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol Band), what set his sound apart from his contemporaries was his ability to combine the delicate, counterpoint melodies of minimalist new wave and post-punk players with a straight-ahead rock crunch of an L.A. hair metal band.Not a balancing act easily accomplished, yet he did it while retaining the best parts of both schools and discarding the weaknesses. Though it’s easy to say “Yeah, that’s just typical ’80s guitar playing” when you hear it, it’s really something more.It’s perfectly quintessential ’80s guitar playing with every note working in sync with his two band mates.If nothing else, “Standing In The Dark” is a testament to a trio working in perfect synergy, appealing to pop and rock audiences simultaneously.I could wax poetic about the virtues of tracks like “Not In Love” and “Take It From Me” but all you really need to know about Platinum Blonde and “Standing In The Dark” is in the video for “It Doesn’t Really Matter” above.It’s not going to be for everyone, but for fans of ’80s glam painted with the broadest of strokes, it doesn’t get any better than this. And, to some of us, it still really does matter.
Mark Holmes - lead vocals, bass
Sergio Galli - lead guitar, backing vocals
Chris Steffler - drums
01. Doesn't Really Matter 4:05
02. Standing in the Dark 3:19
03. Sad Sad Rain 3:50
04. Take It from Me 4:01
05. Cast a Shadow 3:40
06. Leaders in Danger 4:19
07. Not in Love 4:07
08. Video Disease 3:46
09. All Fall Down 4:15
10. Cinderella Story 1:54
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