January 1984, the release of what would become one of the most influential recordings of its time. Standing In The Dark is directly responsible for spawning so many of indie hit makers over the years. Recorded independently and released through CBS records, Platinum Blonde burst onto the world of “New Wave” with a bang! Selling an astonishing 4 times platinum with the singles “Doesn’t Really Matter,” “Not In Love,” “Sad Sad Rain,” “Take It From Me” and “Standing In The Dark,” Platinum Blonde’s influence spans far beyond the albums sold. In 2011 “Not In Love” received a massive rebirth when the Crystal Castles version of the song featuring Robert Smith of the Cure became an international hit. The unique Platinum Blonde sound and composition of this recording has also been covered by an array of musical artists spanning from Rap to Metal.
PLATINUM BLONDE RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BEAUTIFUL”
WITH DIRECTOR JESSE MANN
Toronto, ON – Platinum Blonde has partnered with director Jesse Mann to film the music video for their latest single “Beautiful,” from their new album NOW & NEVER. The video premiered online today via Boom 97.3′s website. Watch the video here.
“Beautiful” marks Platinum Blonde’s first music video together since their last album over 20 years ago. Platinum Blonde’s frontman Mark Holmes expressed the band’s excitement to be involved in such a milestone project, saying, “I am really excited to have the song “Beautiful” as our first video from our new album because I feel there is a lot of creative visual possibilities from the lyrics of the song. The concept we have revolves around a labyrinth. I think that people may find similarities in this metaphor in their own life and pursuits.”
Director Jesse Mann describes the process for the making of the video; “There was a lot of thought put into the style and concept of this video. Their videos have a really unique visual aesthetic and I wanted to make sure this video was reverent to that. I love those stylized worlds. We had a lot of fun filming this.”
Stephen Chandler Whitehead, the Director of Photography for the project alongside Sasha Moric, spoke on the stylized concept of the video, saying, “We wanted to create a look that was reminiscent of high fashion photography. To achieve this we photographed the video using the Red EPIC camera and soft light exclusively. I think we achieved some very cool results.”
About Platinum Blonde:
In August 2012, Platinum Blonde released their first album of new music in 12 years, Now & Never (Fontana North). Platinum Blonde’s debut EP in 1983 (Six Track Attack) solidified the group as new wave innovators. Multi-Platinum selling follow-up albums Standing In The Dark and Alien Shores spawned numerous chart-topping singles including “Standing In The Dark,” “Doesn’t Really Matter,” and their #1 hit “Crying Over You.” Each release generated colossal success, including 7x Platinum album sales and multiple JUNO Award nominations. In the early 1990s, Holmes founded internationally acclaimed Toronto’s club venue, The Mod Club and began his career as DJ MRK. Most recently, Platinum Blonde was inducted into the Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2010 and electronic duo, Crystal Castles, revived Platinum Blonde’s “Not In Love,” featuring Robert Smith of The Cure; introducing Platinum Blonde to a new generation of listeners.
For more information on Platinum Blonde, visit www.platinumblondeworld.com
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Check the ‘Live‘ page for details.
Can’t get ‘Beautiful’ out of your head? Got a voice? A band? Platinum Blonde is now accepting submissions for their ‘Beautiful’ cover contest. Prize details are still being finalised, but the band is hoping to feature the winning entry alongside their own music at iTunes! Tweet us a link to your entry at
@PlatinumBWorld. Crystal Castles and Robert Smith inspired a wave of covers of ‘Not In Love’, many by people who probably weren’t alive when the song was first released…here are a few of them for inspiration:
We missed this when it aired earlier this year!
The National Post has written an excellent piece on the band. Read it here.
For those of you who haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy, here is the whole record streaming from CBC. It’s not CD quality but it’ll still rock you!
Now that the record is out, the buzz is picking up steam! Here is a sampling of articles and blogs from this week, including a contribution by Mark Holmes himself!
CALGARY HERALD – http://www.calgaryherald.com
(video) At 5:30 AM on BT. Impressive! – http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/entertainment/local/article/220587–platinum-blonde-launch-new-album-with-toronto-performance
It’s finally here! ‘Now & Never’ is available in stores everywhere, as well as at iTunes, and through our shop. Follow the links below to get your hands on a record 12 years in the making. It was worth the wait. Get your copy now!