Welcome to The Kids From Fame Media Blog

I'm Mark & I've Been a Fame fan since 1982. This blog is dedicated to the incredibly talented cast of the show and is a place to share music, videos and pictures. To contact me please send emails to: mark1814uk@googlemail.com

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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all you Fame fans.

Here's a video of Fame moments to celebrate Halloween. I will post season 3's "Lisa's Song" as it it the closest thing we have to a Halloween episode, starting from 26th October 2009.

Lori Singer Warlock

Lori Singer Starred in the 1989 Horror movie "Warlock" as Kassandra with Richard E Grant and Julian Sands. For Halloween you can watch the whole movie here.

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Asher Book V Factory Love Struck

Fame movie Star Asher Book is a member of Boy Band V Factory. This is there debut Single Love Struck.

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Movie Cast Interview on Wendy Williams Show

Fame Cast Memebers, Naturi Naughtom, Walter Perez, Asher book and Paul Iacono interviewed on the Wendy Williams Show.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Fame Electronic Organ version

I found this great instrumental version of the Fame theme played on an elctronic organ.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Monday, 26 October 2009

Fame Movie Calendar 2010

To celebrate the return of Fame, Danilo have issued the official 2010 calendar for the new Fame movie priced £7.99.

For more information or to order click the link below to go to danilo.com


Sunday, 25 October 2009

Nia Peeples We Are The One Benefit Interview

Nia Interviewed at the We Are The One Benenfit concert which she hosted. The 2nd video is the most interesting where she talks about how important the Fame TV show was to her and hgives her honesty opinion of the new Fame Movie, where she says basically what most of us think!

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Billy Hufsey Interview on Italian TV

Billy is interviewed here on italian TV.

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For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

"For What It's Worth" comes from the season 4 episode "Tomorrow's Children" and is performed by Buffalo Springfield.

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Fame Movie 2009 Merchandise 2

Spearmark have release a number of Fame Movie 2009 related items in the UK:

A lunch bag, A metalic drinking bottle/flask and a twisty straw cup.

They are available to buy in store and online. Check Ebay or click the link below to go to Amazon:

Friday, 23 October 2009

Naturi Naughton Fame childrens choir version

Naturi Naughton joins a children's choir to sing the Fame theme. It's not the best rendition but a little different.

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Fame Movie 2009 Merchandise

Cafe press have a whole range of fame T shirts, bags, stickers and other merchandise to support the new Fame movie.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Billy Hufsey Love of the Game

Billy Performed "Love Of The Game" In the season 6 episode "Mister Wacky's World".
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Starmaker Cover version by Trish

I found this Starmaker cover version on You tube, song by Trish over the karaoke version of the song. When I first saw it, i thought "Oh no this is going to be Terrible" but actually Trish has a great quality to her voice and it's really pretty good.

T4 Jameela Behind the Fame scenes

U.K. TV station Channel 4 sends T4 presenter Jameela visits the set of the new Fame moviee where she talks to Collins Pennie, Paul Iacono, Anna Marie Perez De Tagle.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Debbie Allen & Naturi Naughton 106 & Park Interview

Debbie Allen and Naturi Naughton Interviewed on 106 & Park. Talking about the new Fame Movie and Michael Jackson.

Nia Peeples I Know How To Make You Love Me

"I Know How To Make You Love Me" is performed by Nia Peeples and comes from her 1988 album "Nothin But Trouble". The song is written by Nia and Jeff Paris.

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Jesse Borrego Loco De Amor Fan Made Video

A fellow Fame Fan wrote me to say that she'd made a video to Jesse Borrego's Loco De Amor. As a big Jesse fan she has also made Jesse/Fame videos to a couple of songs to. Which I'll post here in the coming days/weeks.

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Monday, 19 October 2009

Carlo Imperato I'm Hip

"I'm Hip" is song by Carlo Imperato and comes from the 6th season episode "Mister Wackys World".

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Naturi Naughton & Paul Iacono Interview Fame 2009

Interviews with Paul Iacono and Naturi Naughton about their roles in the Fame Movie. Don't worry about the German voice over, the Interviews are in English.

Nia Peeples Quest Crew Charity concert

Nia Peeples is due to perform as part of the Quest Crew "We Are One" Benefit Concert for victims of Typhoons Ondoy and Parma. The concert will take place on October 22 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA at 7 p.m.

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Sunday, 18 October 2009

Debbie Allen 3 News.com New Zealand Interview

New Zealand 3 News Interview with Debbie Allen from October 2009 about the new Fame Movie.

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Hold Your Dream - Fan Made Music video

Great Fan made music video I found on You tube for my favourite song from the new movie, "Hold Your Dream". This is a fan edited version of the song. sadly youtube have now deleted it so it's a good job I downloaded it.

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Valerie Landsburg This Morning Interview 2004

Valerie Landsburg interviewed on U.K. TV programme "This Morning". Valerie also performs "Hi Fidelity and the cast of the London production of the Fame Musical end the performance with "Fame".

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Megan Mullally Interview Fame 2009

Interview with Megan mullally who plays Ms Rowan on the new Fame movie.

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Fame Merchandise Fame Game

A new Board Game Based on the Fame movie is available to buy in the U.K.
It all begins with a dream.
In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued with self-doubt, each player's passion will be put to the test.
As each player strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they'll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed and achieve Fame. Have you got what it takes? Suitable for ages 8+. 2-6 Players
To order click the link below to go to Shiny Shack priced £9.99:
Also Available at Amazon priced £14.99:

Friday, 16 October 2009

Kids From fame Shopping A to Z

"Shopping A to Z" comes from the season 4 episode "Wishes" and is performed by Carlo Imperato, Nia Peeples, Billy Hufsey and Cynthia Gibb. The original version of this song was recorded by Toni Basil.

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Asher Book Interview Hollywood 411

Asher Book Interview from Hollywood 411 taking about the movie, his bank V Factory and collaborating with Naturi Naughton

Marguerite Derricks 2003 Interview

Fame Dancer Marguerite Derricks (Pomerhn) is now a well known choreographer and is the person behind some spectacular dancing on the new Fame Movie.

Here's a 2003 movie city nerws interview with her.

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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Fame Now and Then Featurette

Fame now and then featurette is the special feature from the new box set DVDs. Sadly it it is less than 5 minutes long and really is a plug for thr new film with brief interviews with Debbie and movie choreographer Marguerite Derricks. This really could have been a full indepth feature but sadly no we didn't get that.

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Michael Delorenzo No Reason

"No Reason" comes from Michael Delorenzo's self penned 2009 album rescue me.

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Janet Jackson U.K. Greatest Hits CD

Thankfully the U.K. release of Janet's forthcoming Hits package will have a different name to the U.S. Number Ones album. As there haven't been any U.K. number ones the album will simply be titled "The Best". The Cover art for this album has been announced and is as per the picture in this post.

The Release date is 23rd November for the U.K. and there will be 2 additional tracks "Whoops Now and "When I Think Of You" Morales House UK 7 inch mix.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Naturi Naughton Out Here On My Own live perfomance GMA

Naturi Naughton performs a live sersion of "Out Here On My Own" on Good Morning America.
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U.S. DVD Releases News

For those in the U.S. and Canada Season 1 & 2 will be released on DVD indiviually on January 12th 2010. According to a news statement released by TVshowsonDVD.com.

However, each season will be on sale for the same price as the current season 1 & 2 boxset.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Tom Sullivan Season 2 Guest Star Special part 2

Tom Sullivan played Jim Hamilton in the episode "Solo Song" which je also wrote. He returned to Fame for an appearance in Season 3s "A Friend In Need".

Here is a Tribute to Tom by season 2 guest star Betty White recalling Tom's inspirational life and career including a segment about Fame:

"Adventures In The Dark" is a song written and performed by Tom Sullivan to promote the Blind Children's Center.

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Monday, 12 October 2009

Jimmy Osmond Season 2 Guest Star Special part 1

Jimmy Osmond guest starred in two episodes of season 2 playing Troy Phillips.
In this interview with David Frost from January 2009 he talks about his life, career and Family.

And an interview with Jimmy back from 1985 where he was a tv producer and not long after he had appeared in Fame.

Janet Jackson Number Ones Greatest Hits

Janet Jackson is set to release a new greatest hits package on 17th November titled "Number Ones". Have to say I find it a little frustrating when people use that title on hits album. Certainly in the U.K. Janet has never had a number one single!

Here's the track listing:

CD 1:
"What Have You Done for Me Lately"
"When I Think of You"
"Let's Wait Awhile" (Single Remix Version)
"The Pleasure Principle"
"Diamonds" with Herb Alpert
"Miss You Much"
"Rhythm Nation"
"Alright 7" (Video Version with Rap)
"Come Back to Me"
"Black Cat" (Video Mix/Short Solo Single Version)
"Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
"The Best Things in Life Are Free" with Luther Vandross
"That's the Way Love Goes" CD 2:
"Because of Love"
"Any Time, Any Place"
"Scream" with Michael Jackson
"Got 'Til It's Gone" featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell
"Together Again"
"I Get Lonely" featuring Blackstreet
"Go Deep"
"What's It Gonna Be?!" with Busta Rhymes
"Doesn't Really Matter"
"All for You" (Video Single Mix)
"Someone to Call My Lover"
"All Nite (Don't Stop)"
"Call on Me" featuring Nelly
"Make Me"

Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

The sound of Silence comes from the season 4 episode "Tomorrow's Children" and is written and performed by simon and Garfunkel.

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Debbie Allen Interview San Francisco Chronicle 2009

Interview with Debbie Allen from the San Francisco Chronicle From September 20th 2009. Debbie discusses her role in the new moview an how she she's it as Lydia Simms not Angela. Also she dicusses how different achieving Fame is today compared to when she started and when the Fame TV series was beeing made.

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Saturday, 10 October 2009

Billy Hufsey Contagious Italian TV performance

Billy performed his 1989 single "Contagious" on Italian TV.

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With Thanks to Brian Mattocks for sending me the footage.

Kherington Payne San Fransisco Chronicle Interiew

Fame Moview Star Kherington Payne interview from the San Fransicco Chronicle on 20th September 2009.

Kherington discusses her love of dancing.

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Friday, 9 October 2009

Naturi Naughton Good Morning America Interview & Fame live Performance

Naturi Naughton Interview On Good Morning America and live performance of the Fame Theme.

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Retro Fame clothing

Retro Bay have a whole range of clothing, Tshirts, Sweatshirts, Hoodies etc.. featuring the classic Fame TV sereis logo in a number of different colours and designs.

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Nia Peeples You Don't Have To Ask Me Twice

"You Don't Have To Ask Me Twice is performed by Nia Peeples and comes from the soundtrack of the 1989 Movie "Sing".

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Fame 2009 ITN News Interview.

ITN News Interview and feature on the Fame 2009 Movie with Naturi Naughton, Kherington Payne and Asher book while on their promotional tour in the U.K.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Valerie Landsburg Auctions Fame Goodies!

Valerie Landsburg has posted a message on her Facebook page that she wuill be selling some of her own Fame memorabilia in order to fund a new album. She will be auctioning the goods on Ebay.

First to go is a rare U.S. promo 7 inch single for "Hi Fidelity" which Valerie will sign with a special message. Click the link to view the item.


Check out Valerie's Facebook page for more details and for future auctions.

Happy Bidding.

My Love of Fame by Emma Brockes

U.K. newspaper "The Guardian" article from Tuesday 8 September 2009
My love of Fame. Remember the legwarmers, the table dancing, the anti-Reaganite values? Emma Brockes on whether a new film version of Fame can live up to the 80s original

There are some things you might not remember about Fame, the TV series that ran between 1982 and '87 and has lingered on in various guises ever since. Like the fact that Doris, the "acting major" and warm, beating heart of the show, wore not only a beret but an actual bow tie for much of the first season. And that Bruno, the music visionary, really did say things like, "If you've got a keyboard and some oscillators and the right combination of waveforms, you can . . ." And that the rapport between Leroy and his dance teacher, Lydia, violated if not the letter then the spirit of teacher/pupil codes of conduct, specifically those governing sexy dancing in the hallway.

The thing you will not, of course, have forgotten, is that while watching Fame you were "in the hot burning centre of the galaxy", as Coco the dancer put it, and not, for example, leaning against the swings in a park off the Aylesbury Road, listening to the soundtrack on a Walkman the size of a small encyclopedia.

It is 30 years since Alan Parker's original film came out and spawned the TV show and now there's a new film version being released this autumn. I was seven when Fame first aired and no wonder the pupils at the High School of Performing Arts seemed sophisticated – some of them were pushing 30. The school, based on the Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, was set in an authentically grotty institution and opened with a new girl enrolling from Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was Julie, the posh one with blonde hair who played the cello and had divorced parents ("They just kind of grew apart") on account of which she had to go to school by cab – no part of which sentence was less than miraculous.
It was through Julie's provincial gaze we first saw the banks of lockers, trashed decor and exposed heating ducts of the school and in the corner of one's eye, always, someone in a brown leotard, pirouetting. Standing in for all of us, Julie said: "In Grand Rapids, my friends are preparing for college. Here, everyone's preparing for life." Bravo!

There's a danger in revisiting things from one's distant past. They tend to disappoint. But rewatching the first season of Fame last week it was all there, better than I remembered because this time I got the joke about it being a School for Gays and appreciated its stout positioning against Reagan-era values.
At the time, the trick of the show was to temper its glamour with just enough homely detail to ensure that, despite there being a grand piano in the canteen, the weekly cliffhangers were more or less familiar; would Leroy hand in his English homework? Would school inspectors make everyone do PE with the promise of – horror! – squat instead of star jumps? Would Doris ever take her beret off?

Above all, like Henry V's address to the troops at Agincourt, would Lydia's speech in the opening credits inspire them and us to live up to our potential? Even seven year olds at this point dimly understood that showbiz and the efforts it involved were being used as a metaphor, rather than offered up, as in the celebrity culture to come, as the single worthwhile goal in life.

The curious thing, looking back, is how the suggestion and even the dignity of failure was incorporated into the show. In modern incarnations such as High School Musical, self-doubt is permitted because it flatters the performers when they overcome it (and they always overcome it). Self-deprecation is something else entirely. The original Fame was practically unconstitutional in the way its characters were allowed to fail in small ways every week without dying. The school was divided into dance, drama and music departments, ensuring that as well as being brilliant, everyone was rubbish in at least one class. Non-singers were made to sing; Leroy was made to read; Doris, Mr Shorofsky pointed out with heavy sarcasm, "played the violin like Rubinstein". While everyone was serious, they were deeply scathing, too, about themselves and each other, in a way the self-esteem movement would more or less outlaw.

They were also terrific snobs. Early on in the first season there is a gratuitous shot of Lydia choosing the New York Times over the New York Post at a news-stand and when Doris went up for a hamburger commercial, everyone thought it a hilarious abuse of her talent. The show was unashamedly partisan in politics, throwing itself behind the teachers in a strike storyline (on the picket line, the English teacher, Miss Sherwood, carried a placard reading "I love NY, but pay me enough to live here") and without labouring the point, it was more multiracial than any other show on TV. It turned out that fame wasn't even the primary goal. When Bruno said, "I'm not into showbusiness. I'm a musician," the show was only half-laughing at him.

Bruno: he of the big hair and audacious knitwear, who like a young Leo Sayer stalked the corridors with his tiny white keyboard, stopping occasionally to mash the keys and look off in a reverie of composition that resulted in such classics as High-Fidelity ("hi, hi, hi"), Mannequin ("I love your frozen grin"), and the only turkey on the album, Desdemona ("I want to own ya.") As he pointed out, "Mozart wouldn't orchestrate today, he'd overdub."

It was Bruno's mentor, Mr Shorofsky, who provided the show with its moral weight, summed up in his oft-repeated statement: "Mr Martelli prefers to use a synthesizer." Like Kovac in ER, Shorofsky was there to bring an air of accented cynicism to the show. He sang the song of Old Europe and you could see it in his countenance: millennia of war, deprivation and the understanding, inconceivable to Americans, that the fashions in Fame wouldn't be available in River Island until 1991, at the earliest. Like Wittgenstein in a fawn cardie when the teachers went on strike, Shorofsky reassured Miss Sherwood that it was fine for them to take a coffee break within school walls because, "Elizabeth, how can a picket line cross a picket line?"

If Shorofsky was the ballast, the pupils were so high that their outbreaks of joy in the corridors looked almost spontaneous. "Many of the kids hadn't been on television before," says Michael A Hoey, who wrote, directed and produced much of the series. There was, he says, a deliberate lack of polish – they weren't stage-school brats or graduates of Disney. "The original concept of kids fighting to make a go of it" was mirrored in the actors' lives. "That's what went wrong with it in later seasons – it got sentimental and hokey in some respects."

Even some of the adults weren't seasoned performers. Shorofsky was played by Albert Hague, not a professional actor but a composer, who when the casting director rang and asked him to audition, thought it was a joke. "I was less than cordial," he said afterwards, and, showing how closely he played the character to himself added drily, "and with a German accent you can really be less than cordial."

So, too, his protege Bruno, who in real life was a musician campaigning to get proper credit in the show. Bruno's father was the cab driver who facilitated the iconic dancing-on-the-hood scene in the film. The absence of Bruno's mother wasn't explained. Almost no one in Fame had a full set of parents, and Leroy didn't have any. The similarity of Gene Anthony Ray's life to the character he played was, says Michael Hoey, "the great tragedy" of the series.
At this point in world history it is possible there is nothing more to be said about leg-warmers. Certainly, their influence has been emphasised at the expense of, say, belted leotards. At the beginning, fashions in the show were rooted in the 70s, with Bruno's brown cords and Gola trainers and Doris's layered scarves. The arrival of the 80s was signalled by Coco's denim waistcoat covered in badges that I have a dim, repressed memory we were shown how to make on Blue Peter.
The first season in the US was a critical success – it was nominated for 12 Emmys – second only that year to Hill Street Blues, but it took a while to build commercially. The real turning point was the cast tour of the UK, in 1983. "It was like the Beatles" recalls Hoey.

It's not surprising it took off in England, where yoghurts had barely been invented and you couldn't say words like "calisthenics" or "synthesiser" without causing a riot. None of the pygmies on Grange Hill made jokes about Rubinstein or said such things as, "You don't get applause unless you grow, and you don't grow unless you're courageous enough to be bad." From the corner of her dance studio Lydia told pupils, "You can't take it and you can't fake it. Until you can do one or the other or both, you're going to be a day late and a dime short." It didn't mean anything, but it still sounded amazing.

The actor who played Lydia, Debbie Allen, choreographed the live show and it struck British audiences like a banana thrown into a crowd during rationing. Fame's success caused many of the young actors totally and irretrievably to lose their heads. Valerie Landsburg, who played Doris, said she was either stoned or drunk for most of the latter years of production. Ray, whose mother was imprisoned for heroin and cocaine dealing, became a drug addict and died at the age of 41, in 2003, of a stroke. "He was that character, he was Leroy," says Hoey and part of the poignancy of the show, looking back, is that it falls at the end of a period that will always be seen as one of relative youth and innocence. In the years that followed, says Hoey, "we lost a lot of the dancers to Aids."

None of the actors went on to have anything like the careers the show seemed to promise them and many aren't even acting these days. The new film, meanwhile, is likely to remind us how good the original was. Trailers show pupils at the academy slamming their hands into things and giving each other encouraging hugs in the street. In the middle of one sequence, a girl shouts apropos of nothing, "He found me on YouTube!", like a distress flair to those born after 1985. Perhaps it will be brilliant and it's only nostalgia for the old days that makes it look like one of those authorised graffiti walls that entirely miss the point – and there are, as ever, things to be grateful for, like the fact Miley Cyrus isn't involved.
Still, it's hard to imagine it will be as sophisticated as the original, in which Mr Crandall, the drama teacher, summed up what in the latter part of the 20th century would become the runaway celebrity culture. For the most part, he told students, they presented on stage and in life hackneyed versions of themselves, endlessly repeated "shtick" that if they weren't careful, would be their downfall.
The real school is on Amsterdam Avenue, a few blocks west of Central Park and behind the Metropolitan Opera. The autumn term hasn't started yet and the only people around are security guards, one smoking outside a regular high school across the street, in prime position to witness impromptu outbursts from the Fame pupils. Has she ever seen them dancing on the steps or stopping traffic? She finds this so funny she bends double and is able, eventually, to say, no; the most she's heard is the sound of a piano wafting out.

Inside, at reception, a woman with the blasted look of someone who has had her face sung into at close range too many times. Do the students do anything unusual in the corridors? "Like what?" she says, suspiciously. "Anything showbizzy?"
To my surprise, she hoists herself up on tiptoes and holding her arms at shoulder height, flaps her hands like a fledgling bird. "Like this?" she says.
"Yes!" I say. "No," she says, and dropping her arms, looks at me as if I am mad!
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