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Where Are They Now? #3


We return for another instalment of Where Are They now? as we dig for information about famous music icons of yesteryear and suss out what they're up to now. What we found is that none of them really stopped making music and are continually trying to make their comeback. Well, we wish them all the best but here's a little history lesson of some significant movers and shakers in the past. Remember to tell us who you want to see featured next!


Atomic Kitten

THEN: They were at one time Britain's top girl band but never quite achieved the megafame of Spice Girls. Although I have an inkling they were famous from their skimpy outfits because they got famous from that cover of 'Eternal Flame' which was mediocre. I remember watching a music video with my siblings and saying "Haha eee why do they have to act sexy, it's a sad song!" Obviously I was too dumb (or young) to understand the whole 'sex sells' concept. 

NOW: The group went through some personnel changes, one of them got pregnant with a member of then hot boyband, Westlife. And then there were reality TV shows, and the promise of a reunion. Which happened actually, albeit briefly. More recently, they  articipated in the 2013 gay Pride celebrations in London. 

George Michael

THEN: I don't really have to explain George Michael do I? Maker of many hits including 'Careless Whisper', 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' and 'Freedom'. Kept his sexuality secret in the earlydays with Wham! which was detrimental to the band, but became comfortable with it and started to embrace it fully.

NOW: Having a bit of trouble with the law and drugs and also driving. Come on, George Michael. 

Kitaro

THEN: When we were first exposed to Kitaro's music circa the 90s, it was like nothing we've heard before. Why? Because Kitaro is the motherf*cking pioneer of New Age music, son. 

"I never had education in music, I just learned to trust my ears and my feelings." He credits ‘powers beyond himself’ for his music, saying, "This music is not from my mind. It is from heaven, going through my body and out my fingers through composing. Sometimes I wonder. I never practice. I don't read or write music, but my fingers move. I wonder, 'Whose song is this?' I write my songs, but they are not my songs." - Is that New Age or what. 

NOW: Still active in music, performing and touring and the sorts. Do you know he was in Singapore in 2010 for a concert?

Boy George

THEN: Why he stood out in the first place, amid the other pop stars of the 80s, was his androgynous style of dressing. The leader of Culture Club also came up with a bunch of memorable tunes with the New Romantic outfit and solo. Had a long and difficult relationship with cocaine. 

NOW: He never really went away! Performing DJ sets, still doing regular shows, getting into trouble with the law... Boy George also very recently announced his return with a studio album, set for release later this year. He also showcased some new material at Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival in London (lol). 

Joey McIntyre

THEN: Youngest member of NKOTB but also enjoyed solo success with the ubiquitous hit 'Stay The Same'. It was everywhere, IT WAS EVERYWHERE. 

NOW: Reunited with NKOTB as NKOTBSB in 2011 for a bit. You have got to listen to the medley though. It's... interesting and pretty loaded. This year McIntyre finished the Boston Marathon, just minutes before the explosion that took three lives and injured others went off. 

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