Rick Astley

Rick Astley

Real Name:
Richard Paul Astley
Rick Astley (b. February 6, 1966 in Warrington, United Kingdom) was one of figures to rise up in the dance/pop-driven late '80s. He started as a studio-tea-boy in 1985 at the PWL studio and released his first own single in 1987, "Never gonna give you up".

In 2007 Rick Astley became the subject of a viral internet meme in which millions of internet users were tricked into watching Rick Astley's video "Never Gonna Give You Up" by posting it under the name of other popular video titles. The practice is now known as Rickrolling.
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Rick Astley Discography


VPK1 7625 Rick Astley Whenever You Need Somebody (Album, Single) RCA, RCA, RCA VPK1 7625 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
TMS 90169 Rick Astley Hold Me In Your Arms (Album) RCA TMS 90169 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
Pd74896 Rick Astley Free (Album) RCA Pd74896 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
66295-2, 74321 66295-2 Rick Astley Body & Soul (Album) RCA 66295-2, 74321 66295-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
589 300-1 Rick Astley Keep It Turned On (Album) Polydor 589 300-1 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
none Rick Astley Songwriter (New Song Demos)(CDr, Smplr, Album, Promo) Cruz Music none UK 2001 Sell This Version
82876734312 Rick Astley Portrait (Album) RCA 82876734312 UK 2005 Sell This Version
538218501 Rick Astley 50 (Album) BMG 538218501 Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

8663-7-R Rick Astley It Would Take A Strong Strong Man (Single) RCA 8663-7-R Canada 1987 Sell This Version
RICK 1000 DJ Rick Astley My Arms Keep Missing You (Bruno's Mix) (Single, Maxi) RCA RICK 1000 DJ UK 1987 Sell This Version
PB41567, PB 41567 Rick Astley Whenever You Need Somebody (Single, Maxi) RCA, RCA PB41567, PB 41567 UK 1987 Sell This Version
PT 41286, PT41286 Rick* And Lisa* Rick* And Lisa* - When You Gonna (Maxi, Single) RCA, RCA PT 41286, PT41286 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
PD 41684 Rick Astley When I Fall In Love / My Arms Keep Missing You (Maxi, Single) RCA, PWL Records PD 41684 UK 1987 Sell This Version
RCAS 35 Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up (Single, Maxi, Comp) RCA RCAS 35 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
MAGDT7 O'Chi Brown & Rick Astley O'Chi Brown & Rick Astley - Learning To Live (Without Your Love) (Single) Magnetic Dance MAGDT7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
PT41800 Rick Astley My Arms Keep Missing You (Bruno's Mix)(12") RCA PT41800 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
JB 7629 Eurythmics / Rick Astley Eurythmics / Rick Astley - Beethoven (I Love To Listen To) / Whenever You Need Somebody(7", Jukebox) RCA JB 7629 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
JB 7627 Samantha Fox / Rick Astley Samantha Fox / Rick Astley - I Surrender (To The Spirit Of The Night) / Never Gonna Give You Up(7", Jukebox) Jive, RCA JB 7627 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
R10D-117 Rick Astley Hold Me In Your Arms (Maxi, Single) RCA R10D-117 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
8878-1-RDAC Rick Astley Giving Up On Love (Single, Maxi) RCA 8878-1-RDAC US 1988 Sell This Version
9030-2-RDJ Rick Astley Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Single) RCA 9030-2-RDJ US 1988 Sell This Version
8838-2-RDJ Rick Astley She Wants To Dance With Me (Maxi, Single) RCA 8838-2-RDJ US 1988 Sell This Version
3701-7-RH Rick Astley Together Forever (Single, Maxi) RCA 3701-7-RH US 1987 Sell This Version
TMS 50508 Rick Astley Take Me To Your Heart (Single, Maxi) RCA TMS 50508 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
PB 42189 Rick Astley She Wants To Dance With Me(7", Single) RCA PB 42189 UK 1988 Sell This Version

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December 27, 2009
Here we go, the newest rant from me, your local hatemonger, irionman. Rick Astley, to be completely honest, really is not that bad. Most of you only know of him because of his one song, Never Gonna Give You Up, but anyone who has decided to pursue this artist to any length, they have found out that this guy has a lot more to offer. Yes, I have been Rick Roll'd, and yes it did piss me off, but hey, the guy had one hell of a voice; it was not something you would expect to come out of his mouth when you saw the guy. He just looks too young to be able to sing the way he did. Granted, he's old now and his voice fits his age and appearance, but back then, it was an odd thing to see, but a nice thing to hear. Two songs I suggest you to listen to, in order to get a better perception of this guy, are It Would Take A Strong Man and Whenever You Need Somebody. Go listen to those two songs. You will hear pre rick roll and post rick roll. However, when you listen, note the lyrical trend. In most Astley albums, you will pick up a theme of "being there for you". Almost like a lean on me theme. This may get old to you after a while, but who knows, you just may like it on some crappy days. I have also noticed that some butthurt fan out there is down voting all of my reviews because I probably pissed him off ranting about Dragonforce or Iwrestledabearonce, but oh well, childish acts are known to happen here. Anyways, now that I got that out, back to this positive rant. Take my challenge to listen to two songs, and take it seriously. Listen to them with an open mind and a positive attitude. Yes, I know that no matter what I say about the songs and his music, if you want to hate it, you will hate it. But, if you allow yourself to think a bit more clear when you hear it, you'll find yourself enjoying it. Hey, that's what music is for. Some will love it, some will like it, and some will downright hate it. Go see for yourself which of the three you will do. For me, I don't love it, nor downright hate it, but I like it enough to listen to it on a fairly regular basis. Final words: Rick Roll is not a song title, nor should it be a basis to disregard an artist's entire musical accomplishment. His songs are on my play list, and they just may end up on yours some day too. Give it a shot.

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