Promises 1979

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Pop band Promises on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 28 June 1979. Don’t remember them? Can’t blame you. To remind you:

 

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Bravo 28 June 1979 (Agnetha)

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ABBA’s Agnetha features in a rather unflattering photo on the cover of Bravo of 28 June 1979. This week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• ABBA’s Agnetha and Björn and their new partners (see below)
• John Tavolta is filming a new movie, Urban Cowboy
• Steven Tyler: The wild one of Aerosmith
• Who’s behind “Pop Muzik” band M?
• Bravo recalls Woodstock (why two months before the 10th anniversary?)
• Sex ed: Love (well, sex) during the holidays
• The Teens answer readers’ questions
• How German teens dress up for The Rocky Horror Picture Show
• The private life of Swiss singer Paola in pictures
• The Rubettes make a comeback

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Nina Hagen 1979

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German punk singer Nina Hagen on a single-page poster in Bravo of 17 May 1979.

Hagen’s music was not great (acquired taste, perhaps), but in East Germany she had a fabulously subversive hit in 1974 with the holiday song “Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen”. The title translates as “You forgot the colour film”. The joke the censors didn’t get, apparently, was that East German citizens didn’t usually have access to colour film.