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Seven Year Itch: 1982-1989

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Fueled by a mingling of new wave and rock and doused with the sounds of keyboards and electronic drums, Toronto's Platinum Blondes scorched '80s radio in Canada, at times neck and neck with Bryan Adams in popularity. Their debut album, 1984's Standing in the Dark, posted four strong singles, looking and sometimes sounding like Duran Duran but distinct enough to gain a modest crowd following in their country. Seven Year Itch is a greatest-hits package that covers all of their singles, and is the only material that's available from Platinum Blonde on CD. The cuts from their first album are the sturdiest, especially both "Standing in the Dark" and "Doesn't Really Matter," each brimming with '80s rock spiritedness, even if their cold war threats are outdated. Alien Shores, from 1985, gave them a number-one hit on the Canadian charts with "Crying Over You," which also put the album in the number-one spot for a week. "Somebody Somewhere" and "Hungry Eyes" had the band sounding less edgy and more polished, caught in limbo during a rapidly changing music scene. The three songs from their last album, the uninspired and flavorless Contact release from 1987, represents a last-ditch effort at maintaining their survival with the band trying to push their formula, only coming off weak and overly thin. Not only is Seven Year Itch the only source of Platinum Blonde that's out there, it's also a worthy summation of their five year existence.

Customer Reviews


So glad iTunes finally got this band on here. So hard to find any of their music anymore. Great band from the 80's and brings back a lot of memories. My favorites: Not In Love, the haunting All Fall Down, and Cinderella Story.

Long versions PLEASE!!!

I just wish they had the long version of "not in love" . I live right by the peace bridge in New York and get alot of Canadian stations and they play alot of rare Canadian 80's music (that's how I got into this stuff in my teens back in the 90's). I heard the song "not in love" and it was the long version OMG it was so AWESOME!!!!!!! I'd love to hear that again- I can't find long versions of their songs annywhere, not even on vinyl so hard to find! Glass Tiger has long versions of their songs, which I just purchased today! But yeah, this band seriously needs to do same because that song was too good to never be heard again- it's just that good!

Yay, Yay, Yay - finally on iTunes!!

I have missed Platinum Blonde since the 80's, when we used to play vinyl records on our phonographs! I was not able to find any of their albums on iTunes (or CD at a reasonable price - Alien Shores, the must have, if to choose only one.) I decided to check iTunes again today and so happy to find this compilation album with six of the original album ten songs - each - from Alien Shores and Standing in the Dark. I also listened to all of the samples from the new(er) Now or Never and snapped up that one, too.
I am now that much closer to being able to complete the "My 80's Teen Years" playlist on the clickwheel iPod. And I have some new songs to enjoy, as well.


Formed: 1981

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Platinum Blonde was formed in Toronto, Canada in 1982 between the end of the disco boom and the beginnings of glammy hard rock. New wave was in its commercial glory and bands like the Police, Duran Duran and Billy Idol were combining fashion and sound to cash in on the new art form of music video. Vocalist Mark Holmes, guitarist Sergio Galli, bassist Kenny MacLean and percussionist Chris Steffer were Canada's answer to those bands. In 1983, Platinum Blonde released its debut album, Standing in the...
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Seven Year Itch: 1982-1989, Platinum Blonde
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