Why so angry, Anderson? Perhaps because this tune was a soap opera hit
Soap operas were huge in the '80s and the list is endless of stars that emerged from the soaps like Rick Springfield and Robin Wright. Sometimes songs featured on soap operas became hits too like the General Hospital-featured duet Baby Come To Me by James Ingram and Patti Austin and Think Of Laura by Christopher Cross. But, have you ever heard about today's Lost and Found soap opera nugget - Suddenly by Angry Anderson?
Angry (Gary) Anderson is an Australian icon and he and his bald bulbous head rose to fame in the '70s as lead singer of the rock band Rose Tattoo. In 1987, Anderson released his first solo album that featured the uncharacteristic power ballad Suddenly. When Suddenly was featured in the Aussie soap opera Neighbours as the wedding theme song of characters Scott and Charlene, it ended up becoming a monster hit in both Australia and the U.K. In an interesting tidbit of trivia, the role of Charlene was played by young newcomer named Kylie Minogue. In 2009, the song enjoyed a rebirth when it was featured as the love song in another soap opera - the U.K.'s Gavin & Stacey.
The video for Suddenly might remind you of the 1990 video for Sinead O'Conner's Nothing Compares 2 U and not just because of the chrome domes as tight close ups bring out of the passion of these powerful songs. Even if you don't remember, you probably have seen Anderson in the '80s as he played the character of Ironbar Bassey in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. These days Anderson is a popular figure on Australian television and has been honored by the government for his role in youth advocacy.