The Sounds Familiar Music Road Trip

We’re currently on a little bit of a road trip here at Sounds Familiar and whilst travelling we thought we’d share with you some of the music we’ve been hearing on route.

Coming from the UK, we always find it interesting when British music is played across the pond. We are currently enjoying a break in glorious Las Vegas and so far in practically all the casinos and places we’ve visited there have been 80s British tunes playing. We’re convinced that the staff who choose the music to blast out to entertain people throughout the day MUST be British. There’s no other explanation. Or is there.

The kind of tracks we keep hearing are big hitters from the 80s including Level 42, Phil Collins, Bananarama and one hit wonder Matthew Wilder who had no-one breaking his stride. It’s quite amusing to hear the massive casinos belting out ‘Because there’s something about you’ and hearing the people walking past joining in with the song. Who knew Mark King and his famous bass were so popular?


Being a child of the 80s I grew up listening to all these songs, but wasn’t really aware that they were popular in America. It seems that the U.S. took a liking to the whole synth pop era and bands like Duran Duran, Culture Club and The Human League were all very well received. In fact, Duran Duran are scheduled to perform in the hotel I’m staying in next month in their massive arena. Billy Idol is here right now playing in The House of Blues to big crowds who are loving it. And not forgetting that Elton John is in residency at Ceasars Palace. Also Matt Goss (yes one of Bros) is selling out shows and being called The Voice. Seriously. It seems that some of our long standing artists are quite beloved in America which is great to know.

There was a time in the 90s when our music didn’t really hit the mark in the U.S. though. Britpop was never really favoured and there was a long period of time when no British artist achieved a U.S. number one. Elton John hit the top spot in October 97 with his ‘Candle In The Wind’ remake and it wouldn’t be until March 2006 that another British artist would follow him when James Blunt got to number 1 with ‘You’re Beautiful’. That’s an incredibly long time between performers.

Our artists still don’t seem to fare that well in the States with the exception of bands like One Direction or big sellers like Adele. I was very surprised earlier though as I went down to the pool area and was met by my favourite Essex lad Olly Murs blasting out. I’m sure he’d be very happy to know his tracks were being enjoyed under the Vegas sunshine!

I have no idea what the U.S. audiences are looking for when it comes to music, but I can safely say I’ve enjoyed walking through the casinos and hearing the familiar songs of my youth playing for all to hear. I’m sure my singing along probably didn’t go down that well, but hey. I’m on holiday!


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