Mel & Kim interview with Bas Westerweel - Showing out - (1987) • TopPop

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Published on 11 Jul 2021, 10:00
To commemorate what would have been Mel Appleby's 55th birthday today, July 11, 2021, we publish this rare interview with Mel & Kim which was first broadcast in 1986, when Mel was just 20 years old.
Unfortunately Mel died on 18 January 1990 (aged 23).

Mel and Kim were a British pop duo, consisting of sisters Melanie and Kim Appleby. Originally managed by Alan Whitehead, they achieved success between 1986 and 1988, before Melanie, who had been diagnosed with cancer, died in January 1990 at the age of 23.

The duo reached number one in the UK Singles Chart with their 1987 single "Respectable", which also topped the US dance chart. They had three other UK Top 10 hits with "Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)" (1986), "F.L.M." (1987) and "That's the Way It Is" (1988). In 1988, they were nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act. After Mel's death, Kim embarked on a solo career and had two UK Top 10 hits with "Don't Worry" (1990) and "G.L.A.D." (1991).

'Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)' reached No. 1 in the 17 January 1987 no 1 in the Dutch Top 40. The follow-up single 'Respectable' also reached no. 1 in the Dutch Top 40 a couple of months later.

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Broadcast date: January 17, 1987

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TopPop was the first regular dedicated pop music TV show in the Dutch language area. Dutch broadcaster AVRO aired the programme weekly, from 1970 to 1988. Presenter Ad Visser hosted the show for its first fifteen years.
World famous music artists performed on TopPop: ABBA, 10CC, Bee Gees, The Jacksons with Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Earth & Fire, Queen, Golden Earring, Boney M, KC & The Sunshine Band, Chic, Donna Summer and many many more.
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