These days Neil Patrick Harris is known for playing womaniser Barney Stinson in the hit US CBS TV show How I Met Your Mother, currently airing on UK satellite channel E4. The comedic role is one he has played since 2005, and it seems to be working for him, as he has racked up an impressive list of award nominations, including 2007, 2008 and 2009 Emmy nominations for best supporting male actor in a comedy series.
Like millions of others I love the TV show Glee. The whole theatrics and singing stuff is right up my street, as I’ve been a fan of musicals-type TV shows and movies since I was a child. And although I can’t sing to save my life, that doesn’t mean I don’t give it a good go, (as painful as those in listening shot can find it). In recent years we’ve had Dreamgirls, Chicago, Moulin Rouge and of course the High School Musical trilogy, but nothing compares to the old school ones.
Growing up I used to rinse certain films, watching them over and over again on video, whether my brothers liked it or not. One summer we watched Grease every single day, for six weeks straight, and then there was Annie…. Don’t get me started on that one. Me and my brothers can still recite all the words to the movie, including the tunes, although they won’t thank me for exposing them.
One of the most memorable hip hop tunes of the 1980s for me (and I’m sure many others) was Bust A Move by Young MC. In the late 80s that tune was hotter-than-hot and could be heard all over radio stations and the TV, including my favourite episode of Doogie Howser M.D!
Although Young MC grew up in Hollis, Queens, the rapper was actually born in Neasden, north west London, and moved to the US with his family as a three-year-old.
Bust A Move (1989) was the debut single from his first album Stone Cold Rhymin’ (1989) and was responsible for landing him the second ever Best Rap Recording Grammy, back in 1990.
Initially signed to Delicious Vinyl (Brand New Heavies, The Pharcyde), the now 42-year-old was also responsible for penning fellow 80s hits Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina for label mate Tone Loc.