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Nick Beggs’ Rockets

June 18, 2014

 ‘Rockets’ were a French pop group who obtained their greatest successes in Italy during the seventies and early eighties.  Dubbed by the press as purveyors of ‘space-rock’, Rockets delivered electronic beats and sounds to accompany their grandiose, sci-fi themed lyrical adventures; all theatrically portrayed by their space-age imagery.  In a career move similar to acts that were to follow (Snap, Sugababes) the band were to, over the years, amass a huge list of members and past members, and have many varied incarnations, most of whom had a strangely silver pallor…..

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Their concerts were characterized by the use of spectacular visual effects; laser beams, smoke, pyrotechnics, and special sound effects.  Rocket’s behind-the-scenes supremo Claude Lemoine created them and contributed substantially to define their image and sound.

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By the early 1990’s, Rockets had re-grouped, fronted by Classix Nouveaux vocalist Sal Solo and featuring ‘goo bassman Nick Beggs.  Lemoine was still at the helm and although the sci-fi imagery was no longer dominant,  Rockets’ manifesto was still the same. Quality music.

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If you can track a copy of the album down, either in its original vinyl form or on a more recent CD re-issue, it’s a really great listen. It also has the Beggion’s musical thumbprints all over it!!!

It’s clear to see that the ‘Spaceman’ was in orbit as far back as ’92….

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As a taster, here’s ‘Jimi’, a highlight from the album.  Enjoy 🙂

KajaFax will return in a few days with more prime ‘goo!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2014 10:06 am

    I didn’t know even 🙂 Thanks Steve .Great blog 😉

  2. Andy permalink
    June 27, 2014 2:33 pm

    „M.a.n.g.o”, from Tino Eisbrenner.his 5th album Nick Beggs (UK) wrote a song with this guys 2004 Drechsler / Morgenstern / Beggs Lyrics: Eisbrenner)

  3. Anna permalink
    July 15, 2015 2:35 pm

    I’ve recently saw an interview with Sal Solo on American PBS Houston (InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse) where he mentioned his stint with Rockets, the New Romantics movement and Duran Duran telling his other band that started it they wanted to jump on the bandwagon after a joint concert and he also speaks very warmly about Nick, how he influenced his life and that they’ve remained friends, despite Sal moving to the U.S. some years ago. No offence to the other guys, but the two of these were the best thing about Rockets 🙂

  4. Anna permalink
    July 15, 2015 2:37 pm

    I’ve recently seen, not saw, of course. 🙂

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