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Sheena Easton reflects on the 40th anniversary of “For Your Eyes Only”

This is an interesting read from Variety about the iconic song and Sheena’s recollections from that time. She says she’s looking forward to the new Bond film this fall and says she’s a huge Billie Eilish fan.

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by Anonymousreply 53July 23, 2021 11:21 PM

And then there's song at the Oscars. They should bring back the giant musical numbers.

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by Anonymousreply 1June 25, 2021 10:30 PM

Sheena's incredible performance:

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by Anonymousreply 2June 25, 2021 10:30 PM

^ the song

by Anonymousreply 3June 25, 2021 10:31 PM

One of the best Bond themes. It worked on every level.

by Anonymousreply 4June 25, 2021 10:36 PM

How did Sheena get such a massive gig so early in her career?

by Anonymousreply 5June 25, 2021 10:40 PM

She was the Billie Eilish of the early 80's.

by Anonymousreply 6June 25, 2021 10:45 PM

It’s explained in op’s link to the Variety article, fool!

by Anonymousreply 7June 25, 2021 10:46 PM

[quote]How did Sheena get such a massive gig so early in her career?

It was through a UK TV show called the Big Time. When the episode about Sheena trying to make it big as a music star aired in 1980, it gave her immediate exposure and help propel Morning Train (called 9 to 5 in the UK) and Modern Girl into the UK top ten at the same time, a rare feat. Sheena was arguably the hottest artist in the UK at the time, which probably led to them calling her.

I wonder if Lulu eventually fired that manager? I would have been suspicious after the drubbing she gave Easton.

by Anonymousreply 8June 25, 2021 11:20 PM

Wasn’t blondie originally tapped to do the theme song but the producers ended up hating it.

by Anonymousreply 9June 25, 2021 11:26 PM

She's very articulate and gives a lot of credit to others where it's due. Thanks for sharing.

by Anonymousreply 10June 25, 2021 11:30 PM

I forgot how pretty she was back in the day.

by Anonymousreply 11June 25, 2021 11:33 PM

4 marriages, and the longest was 14 months. What is the deal?

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by Anonymousreply 12June 25, 2021 11:45 PM

I don’t hate the Blondie attempt, but it probably wasn’t a good fit for a Bond theme.

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by Anonymousreply 13June 26, 2021 12:24 AM

Sheena's version is far superior to Blondie's version although Blondie's version isn't bad.

by Anonymousreply 14June 26, 2021 1:06 AM

Sheena Shirley Orr, born 27 April 1959; 62, Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Easton resides in Henderson, Nevada.

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by Anonymousreply 15June 26, 2021 1:16 AM

[quote] She's very articulate and gives a lot of credit to others where it's due.

Yeah, I thought that was really classy, and she made some good points. The song is very cinematic and it really does make you think of the film, not her. Although I do think she gave a great vocal performance.

And Christopher Neil is a great producer.

by Anonymousreply 16June 26, 2021 2:31 AM

The thing about "Shrieking Sheena," as she was known back then was she was pushed as the modern independent girl who...cut her hair as she was told, sang the songs she was told and dotected how to dress. Real independent.

She had a beautiful lower register but she all too often went for the big notes which revealed a thin, reedy unpleasant tone. Her handlers blew it.

by Anonymousreply 17June 26, 2021 2:57 AM

I LOVE the movie poster for For Your Eyes Only. I remember being fascinated by it when I was 8 yrs old.

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by Anonymousreply 18June 26, 2021 11:28 AM

I love this song and have since I was a child.

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by Anonymousreply 19June 26, 2021 11:29 AM

I actually think Blondie's song is far more interesting.

by Anonymousreply 20June 26, 2021 11:51 AM

I love a lot of her songs, but R17 is spot on.

by Anonymousreply 21June 26, 2021 12:01 PM

Sheena became much more interesting with the Best Kept Secret album and then hooking up with Prince.

by Anonymousreply 22June 26, 2021 2:09 PM

I like blondie and their song sounds like another blondie song. Nothing about theirs is cinematic or special at all. Like they threw a cast-off to the producers. It’s no wonder it was ultimately rejected. I think Sheena Easton’s song is far superior.

by Anonymousreply 23June 26, 2021 6:14 PM

For your cock only

by Anonymousreply 24July 21, 2021 9:56 PM

I recall seeing an interview where she mentioned that she doesn’t read music, and so depended a great deal on her bands and producers. She knows she wouldn’t have got where she did without them and is grateful.

by Anonymousreply 25July 21, 2021 10:06 PM

R25 Sheena is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music and Drama.

by Anonymousreply 26July 21, 2021 10:10 PM

[quote]4 marriages, and the longest was 14 months. What is the deal?

I would imagine she’s difficult and a bitch (she always gave off a bitch vibe in interviews).

Below is an in-depth interview with her last ex-husband. She sounds very cold.

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by Anonymousreply 27July 21, 2021 10:16 PM

I don’t know what to tell you, r26; Sheena Easton herself said “I can’t read music” in the interview. I remember it distinctly because I was shocked.

by Anonymousreply 28July 21, 2021 10:26 PM

I’ve never heard that r28. Sheena is quite capable musically and has even written songs herself. I suppose it’s possible but doubtful.

by Anonymousreply 29July 21, 2021 10:35 PM

R28 maybe she said she couldn’t read?

by Anonymousreply 30July 21, 2021 10:39 PM

I don't know how the fuck anyone can live in Nevada.

by Anonymousreply 31July 21, 2021 10:46 PM

Sheena was HUGE in 1981. She was everywhere and had two monster hits and two Top 20 hits. FYEO was a big film hit and it was the summer of the soundtrack smashes with Endless Love, Arthur's Theme and FYEO all monster hits.

After 1981 she couldn't buy a hit for nearly three more years, and even released an album (Madness, Money and Music) that no one was even aware of. She had to totally revamp her image to get a foot back in the door.

by Anonymousreply 32July 21, 2021 10:58 PM

Blondie wanted to write the song. The producers didn't want them to write the song. They wanted Debbie Harry to sing the song that was already written.

Debbie didn't want to do that. The band wrote and recorded a demo for their own version, which the producers predictably rejected.

The demo was included on "The Hunter," an album they didn't care about, as filler. It's a good song with a haunting melody. It could have been zhuzhed up and polished to be more cinematic. But it was just a demo.

by Anonymousreply 33July 21, 2021 11:00 PM

I miss movies having theme songs that became big hit songs. The 80s had so many of those.

by Anonymousreply 34July 21, 2021 11:03 PM

R32 try 2 years. She had a top 10 country and pop chart hit in early 1983 with Kenny Rogers “We’ve Got Tonight” and in late 1983 she had a Top 10 hit with “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)”.

by Anonymousreply 35July 21, 2021 11:57 PM

A lot of well-known singers and musicians can't read music. John Lennon couldn't

by Anonymousreply 36July 21, 2021 11:59 PM

[quote] [R32] try 2 years. She had a top 10 country and pop chart hit in early 1983 with Kenny Rogers “We’ve Got Tonight” and in late 1983 she had a Top 10 hit with “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)”.

Ah- I completely forgot about We've Got Tonight (for good reason, but it also was on Kenny's album so it didn't occur to me). I always think of Telefone as the beginning of that revamp. So it was 2 1/2 years from FYEO to Telefone.

Sheena is one of the few to win the Grammy for Best New Artist and did not fall to that award's curse. She continued to have hits for 10 years, which is pretty much an average career span for a singer/band.

by Anonymousreply 37July 22, 2021 12:07 AM

Huh? She was a consistent chart presence from ‘81-‘85. U Got the Look was in 1987.

by Anonymousreply 38July 22, 2021 12:56 AM

Her fabulous last top 10 (#2) hit from 1989.

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by Anonymousreply 39July 22, 2021 1:09 AM

Most 80s artists couldn't get radio play in the early 90s and their careers were pretty much over. The music industry set the reset button.

by Anonymousreply 40July 22, 2021 1:10 AM

Tell me about it.

by Anonymousreply 41July 22, 2021 1:15 AM

It always bothered me that she worked so hard to loose her admittedly thick Scots accent.

by Anonymousreply 42July 22, 2021 1:16 AM

^ lose ^

by Anonymousreply 43July 22, 2021 1:30 AM

Sheena's final Top 40 hit, What Comes Naturally, was way better than The Lover in Me. But I preferred the 2nd single off the album, called 101, which totally stiffed.

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by Anonymousreply 44July 22, 2021 1:48 AM

Very restrained.

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by Anonymousreply 45July 22, 2021 3:01 AM

I liked her arc on Miami Vice.

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by Anonymousreply 46July 22, 2021 3:04 AM

R42: She always comes across as very down to earth in interviews. I read something a while ago where she laughed off the piss throwing incident in Glasgow after the locals gave her shit (or piss I should say) for losing her Scottish accent. She was pretty forgiving!

by Anonymousreply 47July 22, 2021 3:57 AM

She was one of those singers that was definitely a singles artist (the singles were great but her albums had lots of filler). Her first three albums were pretty solid though.

by Anonymousreply 48July 22, 2021 4:33 AM

She should have done more Hi-NRG in the early 80’s like this.

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by Anonymousreply 49July 22, 2021 6:27 AM

In the 90s Bill Clinton contacted Sheena and gave her a private tour of the White House.

by Anonymousreply 50July 23, 2021 10:03 PM

Did he slip her the D?

by Anonymousreply 51July 23, 2021 10:52 PM

I can just imagine ol horny bill Clinton wanting to flaunt being mr president and his dick to sexy Sheena.

by Anonymousreply 52July 23, 2021 11:06 PM

[quote]In the 90s Bill Clinton contacted Sheena and gave her a private tour of the White House.

That’s a lie. Sheena denied this when she was on Graham Norton years ago and said she wished it had happened but no.

by Anonymousreply 53July 23, 2021 11:21 PM
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