a whole lotta love for all things awesome

Hello to friends and readers, old and new! 

Cha Cha Charming has come out of hibernation–with a little less pink and a whole lotta love for all things awesome. For those that have visited in search of girl pop, you’ll still find plenty of that here. But my enthusiasm for everything has made it difficult to keep CCC in such narrow focus. The site is still very much music-centric, but with the more-than-occasional nod to favorite destinations (Palm Springs), animals (spiders), documentaries (at the moment, anything by Adam Curtis), and other random delights.

For the newcomers, I started Cha Cha Charming in 1998, after having returned to NYC from London with a pile of girl-pop 45s that would prompt the beginning of a record-collecting habit that I have yet to shake. I needed a place to gush about Andrea Carroll records whilst at the same time documenting my ever-growing obsession with metal band Megadeth. Cha Cha Charming lasted for three print issues, and then moved to the web a couple of years later as a hub for female-fronted pop, from the past, present, and future, and from all over the globe. I updated it fairly regularly until I moved back to London and slowly lost the desire to write. This coincided with my entering the British music business, first as head of A&R for a label and then as an artist manager. It was a real thrill to find artists that ended up getting major deals and top ten hits, but the success exposed me to a side of the music business I had no desire to be a part of. Once I washed the business outta my hair, I found myself longing to write again. I find it impossible to keep quiet about an overlooked 45 or a life-changing documentary, so what better a place to enthuse about all the wonderfulness of yesterday and today. It’s nice to be back. 

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