Hit Factory Live!

After a false start last summer – when the show at London’s Hyde Park was cancelled at the last minute because of  non-stop rain – last Friday, PWL fans finally got what they had been craving for: a reunion concert of the biggest Stock, Aitken & Waterman stars of the 80’s and 90’s . And a triumph it was, too! From the no-holds barred opening by my fellow Amsterdammers 2 Unlimited (the only act of the evening PWL actually never wrote/produced for), it was a long string of highlights and surprises. Practically every song performed was met with an ecstatic roar from the audience, and the sound of tens of thousands of fans singing along, word for word. If anything, the evening proved  how much those S/A/W – hits have become part of public consciousness. There were 3 artists on stage that I have done remixes for (Sonia, Hazell Dean and Lonnie Gordon) and two more if you count Kylie (my remix of Can’t Beat The feeling remains unreleased) and the artist I did 2 mixes for that may or may not come out in the near future. So it was a great opportunity to see them all perform live, especially with the magical, nostalgic and Christmassy feel of an O2 Arena full of pop-mad fans. My personal highlight of the evening  was when Pat & Mick came on, because A: I never thought they would be there, and B: their version of Use It Up, Wear It Out is one of my all-time favourite PWL records. My only gripe is that I would have liked a little more credit being given to the producers, engineers and remixers at PWL, the people who actually made the records we all came to love. Mike Stock and Matt Aitken were mentioned only once (which was greeted with a spontaneous applause from the audience) but it would have been nice if Dave Ford, Ian Curnow, Pete Hammond, Phil Harding and all the others who were responsible for the sound of the biggest hits and remixes had gotten a mention somewhere. But all in all, it was a pretty unforgettable evening, and with all the artists seeming to genuinely enjoy themselves (with the possible exception of Pete Burns?), who knows: someone somewhere might just be mad enough to try and do this all again…

About Matt

Matt Pop is a producer and remixer from The Netherlands, known for his mixes for RuPaul, Almighty, Andy Bell, Peter Wilson, Nicki French, Hazell Dean, Cilla Black, Erasure, Bucks Fizz, Lonnie Gordon, Pierre Pascual and many others. He also has quite a reputation for doing unauthorised bootlegs that prove popular with fans and often also the original artists themselves. The many unofficial Matt Pop ABBA mixes have gained him a loyal follwing amongst fans of the Swedish Fab Four. His style is uplifting, vocal, melodic and electronic.