Bravo 24 July 1980 (James Dean)


James Dean features on the cover of Bravo of 24 July 1980. That week 37 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:
• Cheryl Ladd, “the most beautiful of Charlie’s Angels”
• Andy Gibb and Olivia Newton-John: the “new dream duo”
• The non-romantic life of actor Dirk Benedict
• Can Spanish teen idol Pedro Marin break through in Germany? (No)
• James Dean and his movie Giants.
• Roller-skating tricks
• Introducing ska band The Specials

Dexys Midnight Runners 1980


Bravo of 29 May 1980 reports on the new group Dexys Midnight Runners who were having a hit with “Geno” attributing singer Kevin Rowland’s paraphrased quips to the “seven ‘seamen'” (dockworkers, Bravo, dockworkers!)  in the band. Bravo was rather taken with Rowland’s statement that bands like ELO, Sad Cafe and Slade are a “comedians”, and that Dexys refused to be categorised. According to Bravo, Dexys were bringing back “black soul” which “seemed to have faded from memory in England” (really?)