Music Exploder – Rick Astley

“By no means Gonna Give You Up”

Rick Astley is a singer and songwriter from England, whose debut single, “By no means Gonna Give You Up,” grew to become a global smash hit. The music got here out in July 1987 and gained the BRIT Award for “British Single of the 12 months.” It hit primary in 25 international locations, and Rick Astley was nominated for a Grammy for Finest New Artist. After which, 20 years after the music got here out, it grew to become a brand new form of phenomenon, when the meme Rickrolling was born. Final yr, the music video for “By no means Gonna Give You Up” handed a billion streams on YouTube. The music was written and produced by the manufacturing staff Inventory Aitken Waterman, who grew to become hitmakers for artists like Kylie Minogue, and others. For this episode, I spoke to Rick Astley, and songwriter and producer Mike Inventory, and the 2 of them inform the story of how “By no means Gonna Give You Up” was made.

You should buy or stream “By no means Gonna Give You Up” right here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

Ian Curnow
Dee Lewis
Coral Gordon
Linn 9000
Rick’s highschool band, FBI
Rick Astley on Prime of the Pops, 1987
“By no means Too A lot” by Luther Vandross
Rick’s cowl of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations
RCA Information
Luciano Pavarotti
Mel & Kim
Useless or Alive
“Lodge California” by The Eagles
By no means Gonna (emote)– Fortnite

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