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Old 11-15-13, 06:58 PM
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Billy Ocean

Whatever happened to this staple of the 80's?


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Old 11-15-13, 07:59 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

fact: Billy Ocean was the first concert I ever attended. I think I was about 16 or 17.
Old 11-15-13, 09:24 PM
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Old 11-15-13, 10:26 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

from a few months ago:

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Old 11-16-13, 07:07 AM
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Re: Billy Ocean

He played a free concert at a local casino this summer. Dude must be swimming in money and chicks.
Old 11-16-13, 05:47 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

You can't forget about the License to Drive song.

I thought maybe he would still be big after all the hits he had in the 80's.
Old 11-18-13, 03:53 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

I saw him perform live at Epcot two years ago. It was a free show. It wasn't bad for what it was.

It's sort of crazy how many of these 80s artists were just huge for awhile and then suddenly fall completely off the map. Here in the US he had 3 number one songs and 4 more top ten hits in like a 5-year span, and then nothing.
Old 11-18-13, 04:18 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

Originally Posted by DRG View Post
It's sort of crazy how many of these 80s artists were just huge for awhile and then suddenly fall completely off the map. Here in the US he had 3 number one songs and 4 more top ten hits in like a 5-year span, and then nothing.
Thanks, Nirvana!

Seriously though, there are plenty of acts from every decade who are big for a while and then drop off the face of the earth. Some of them just can't hold the public's interest, others move into other areas of music (Nile Rodgers of Chic became an incredibly successful producer for Madonna, Bowie, etc.).
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Re: Billy Ocean

Funny how someone like Lionel Richie who is around the same age as Billy Ocean has a career going on 4 decades. He was actually able to re-invent himself and change his sound a few times.

I saw that Ocean's last major studio album was in 1993 and after that tanked, he pretty much left the industry.
Old 11-19-13, 03:13 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

Originally Posted by Supermallet View Post
Seriously though, there are plenty of acts from every decade who are big for a while and then drop off the face of the earth. Some of them just can't hold the public's interest, others move into other areas of music (Nile Rodgers of Chic became an incredibly successful producer for Madonna, Bowie, etc.).
It's just something that doesn't happen as often today. You just don't see people and radio stations all deciding en masse that they are suddenly sick of Katy Perry or Usher, for instance. Hell, even Chris Brown is still charting. Maybe it's that today's pop stars have all learned from Madonna's example and became better at trend-shifting to stay relevant.
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Re: Billy Ocean

That girl got into his car and they haven't been heard from since.

Fin.
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The tough got going...
Old 11-22-13, 08:10 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

Seems like he fell into the danger zone.
Old 11-23-13, 01:17 AM
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Re: Billy Ocean

Huh... I thought he went back to Trinidad and was still a fairly popular star in the Caribbean. Maybe it's Eddie Grant I'm thinking of.
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Why would he go to Trinidad they don't even have any Luft Balloons let alone 99.
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Originally Posted by AaronHernandez View Post
Seems like he fell into the danger zone.
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Why would he go to Trinidad they don't even have any Luft Balloons let alone 99.
80s Fail.
Old 11-24-13, 09:14 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSkik6EUQUc
Old 11-27-13, 04:22 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAjInKiOkqo

Here he is on some Aussie chat show in 2009. Dude is killing it and sounds even better then the record.
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Re: Billy Ocean

He is a full trained and qualified tailor, so he could always have fallen back on that.
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Re: Billy Ocean

He was on the Tonight Show this week

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R.i.p.
Old 01-31-16, 06:20 PM
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Re: Billy Ocean

Originally Posted by Jason View Post
He played a free concert at a local casino this summer. Dude must be swimming in money and chicks.
Dam right

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