The Gary Stevens appreciation thread

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The Gary Stevens appreciation thread

Post by FMEnjoyer » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:49 pm

This guy used to operate a few stations in the early 90's. Various ones like Veronica 102, HITS FM, The music machine.
I will start this off, I am quite sure I heard this track on many occasions he loved Europop.



And this, almost seems like the same song:


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Post by Albert H » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:55 am

"Self Control" was written by the Italian hit writing team of Giancarlo Bigazzi, Raffaele Riefoli, and Steve Piccolo (the last name is actually one that I made up....). It was a huge global hit, recorded in several languages, and there are still substantial royalties paid out on it! The "Sandra" rubbish from the 90s is awful! It's certainly nothing like the Laura Branigan song!
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"Because it doesn't know the words!"
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Post by FMEnjoyer » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:31 pm

I like it and no one can ever take that away from me.

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Post by duncanorak » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:56 am

Hi FMEnjoyer, you might be interested to know (if you don't already ) Gary is still active in radio today. He runs several internet radio stations, some of which will play the 90s Europop. He also runs a Free/Pirate radio message board. Here are some links to his websites.

http://rni.vze.com/
http://355.vze.com/
http://atlantis312.vze.com/
http://www.266.vze.com/

http://members7.boardhost.com/PirateRadio/

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Post by Ironman » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:50 pm

I met Gary on a few occasions, indeed I picked him up a few times when I was involved with the now defunct FM service of Laser Hot Hits which is still broadcasting on SW and on the internet. I loved Veronica Supergold and The Music Machine and I still have quite a few recordings of these stations. I often check out his pirate boardhost site which is always interesting. I used to call The Music Machine to give reception reports and I remember one of the tower blocks it came from. He also did me huge favour sending me the studio masters of jingles from various offshore stations IE Caroline, Mi Amigo, RNI, Atlantis, Laser 558 and Laser Hot Hits, I'm sure he will remember me (DJ name Lee Richards)

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Post by FMEnjoyer » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:06 pm

He represented a different and unique sound on FM. He had a jolly presentation style and the station always
sounded good. I would like to hear some of those old tapes if you could be bother to upload them Ironman.
Especially Veronica, we need someone like now that to reinvigorate an activity on its last legs.

I know it is easy to have rose tinted glasses as you age but radio in the early nineties seemed to be positively buzzing along.

I was replying rather tongue in check Albert, I do still like it though.

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