Sun. Dec. 05, 2021

The Pasadenas – Tribute (Right On) (CBS)

Classics: The Pasadenas – Tribute (Right On) (CBS)

Mainly renowned in the UK, Andrew Banfield, Aaron Brown, David Milliner, Michael Milliner and Hamish Seelochan made quite a sensation in the late 80’s with their classy blend of Doo Wop, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Funk. Thus delivering classics such as ‘Riding On A Train’ and their cover version on New York City‘s ‘I’m Doin’ Fine Now’. Eventually starting their rise to fame with the groovy ‘Tribute (Right On)’, their debut-single with production work by the likes of Pete Wingfield. Itself seeing The Pasadenas givin’ accolades to luminaries such as Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin

Strangely enough and despite some undeniable scenic attitude, The Pasadenas never came to recognition in America…

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The Pasadenas saw the light in Britain by the end of the 80’s. This from the reunion between Mike and Andrew Milliner, both born in… Pasadena, CA. But also Andrew Banfield, Aaron Brown and Hamish Seelochan. Both their music and the way they appeared on vids such as on the clip of ‘I’m Doing Fine Now’ pretty much reflect their inclination for Doo-Wop, Motown Soul and Funk.

Strangely enough they never really managed to make it Stateside, but they reached absolute peaks in their home country and in Europe. Beginning with the 1988 released ‘Tribute (Right On)’. A cut that saw them paying their props to Soul luminaries such as Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin, as an appetizer to their debut-album (‘To Whom It May Concern). With extra successes following such as the equally memorable ‘Riding On A Train’.

Joinin’ Band Aid II in 1989, they met further recognition the year after. This with ‘Love Thing’, with production work courtesy of Paul Staveley O’Duffy (Swing Out Sister, Was Not Was…).

The Pasadenas reached their absolute peak back in 1991 with their cover version of New York City‘s ‘I’m Doing Fine Now’. The opening cut to their ‘Yours Sincerly’ third effort. An album that spanned the vibrant ‘Move In The Right Direction’ as remixed by the late Frankie Knuckles.

Another album – ‘Phoenix’ – saw the light back in 1995 on Japanese label Poney Canyon. But The Pasadenas never managed to resurface and ended up disbanding…

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