ABOUT 'SkidVid Gold' VIDEOS. Over the coming months I will occasionally be releasing a series of videos tagged 'SkidVid Gold'. These are all songs/videos that have been selected by myself, and have been a success commercially, or simply because they are some of my all-time favourites. I hope you like them too. [skirgsk]
RICK ASTLEY - NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP [SkidVid Gold_XviD], single/video released August 1987.
Disc rip, no logos, edited and encoded 720x540 XviD.
ScreenShots included in file.
Richard Paul "Rick" Astley [born February 6th 1966 in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire] is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Astley has released or appeared on recordings that have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. He is best known for his 1987 hit single in 16 countries, 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. After fading into obscurity in the 1990s, Astley made a comeback in 2007 when he became an Internet phenomenon, as his video for 'Never Gonna Give You Up' became part of a popular Internet meme known as "Rickrolling". The craze called "Rickrolling" saw web users unwittingly follow links to Astley's videos. As the practice has spread, two of the various "Rickrolling" videos available online have been viewed more than 39 million times combined. Astley was voted by Internet users "Best Act Ever" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008.
'Never Gonna Give You Up' was released as the first single from Astley's multi-million selling debut album, 'Whenever You Need Somebody'. The song was a worldwide No.1 hit, initially in the singer's native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at No.1 for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. The song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. It became No.1 throughout Europe and hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on March 12th 1988. It reached No.1 in Australia in December 1987 where the song is listed as the best charting single of the 1980s, due to its longevity in the charts. In the 'Never Gonna Give You Up' music video, directed by Simon West, a smiling Astley sings and dances to the song in various outfits and venues in West London, sometimes accompanied by backup dancers. A bartender played by Clive Clarke gradually shifts from casually noticing Astley's singing to being fully engrossed in the song with energetic acrobatic moves. The athletic exertion of many of the other dancers also becomes more intense over the course of Astley's performance.