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June 1, 2022

Casey Deal Episode 233: Rick Astley

“Never Gonna Give You Up”



Rick Astley is a singer and songwriter from England, whose debut single, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” became an international smash hit. The song came out in July 1987 and won the BRIT Award for “British Single of the Year,” “International Hit of the Year” and “Debut Single of the Year.” It hit number one in 25 countries. And then, 20 years after the song came out, it became a new kind of phenomenon, when the meme Rickrolling was born. Last year, the music video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” passed a billion streams on YouTube. The song was written and produced by the production team Stock Aitken Waterman, who became hitmakers for artists like Kylie Minogue, and others. For this episode, I spoke to Rick Astley, and songwriter and producer Mike Stock, and the two of them tell the story of how “Never Gonna Give You Up” was made.

You can buy or stream “Never Gonna Give You Up” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Ian Curnow
Dee Lewis
Coral Gordon
Fairlight
Linn 9000
Rick’s high school band, FBI
Rick Astley on Top of the Pops, 1987
“Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross
Rick’s cover of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations
RCA Records
Motown
Luciano Pavarotti
Bananarama
Mel & Kim
Dead or Alive
“Hotel California” by The Eagles
Never Gonna (emote)– Fortnite

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Alex Ross Wagner-Welt Bamberg

After Dortmund, I spent more than a week in Bamberg, hovering around the Bamberg Symphony while they presented two Wagnerish concerts: a multimedia presentation titled Die Welt mit Wagner, produced by Clemens and Nick Prokop; and Der Ring ohne Worte, a version of Lorin Maazel’s symphonic condensation of the Ring, with supplemental Wagnerian texts recited by the great German actor Jens Harzer. For the latter, I presented my first and quite possibly my last lecture in German. I am deeply grateful to the Bamberg Symphony for having invited me to participate in these endeavors. I was able to make several side trips to see opera in the general neighborhood of Bamberg; a report will be forthcoming in The New Yorker.

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