Great Album Cover, Great Song

What else does this standout from the early 80s have going for it? Great bass line, great melody, great saxophone solo, great title, great surrealistic lyrics, great sweaty intensity…

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Inspirational Vocals

One Of The Best From 1982

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The above stat is pretty respectable for You Tube. Yours truly should have pitched in and made it 29 but I couldn’t be bothered signing in. Sting gives you a catchy tune, a great bass riff, lines that rhyme, some political-metaphysical speculations. And if you had five bucks and wanted to buy this single back in 1982, you’d even get some change. Now that’s value for $.

A Pretty Tune

Best Song Of The 90s

A Song To Cool Down To

Yesterday the front page of this blog seemed to go weird. I don’t know why it did or why its back to normal now. Anyway, here is a mellow tune for a moonlit night. He sure had a clear voice. Perhaps the most relaxing song I’ve ever heard. A very dreamy production. Nice.

The Essence Of Summer

Before Cat Stevens became a bearded boring git with painful ballads that were overplayed by easy listening radio, he had a former life as a clean-shaven pop singer of upbeat tunes. Like this. Bright and breezy to go with that cool lemonade in the conservatory on a summer’s day.

Poetry In Song

What a lush soundtrack Michel Legrand composed for the Thomas Crown Affair film of 1968. This must have been a big hit – all 2 minutes 20 seconds of it. Noel Harrison’s vocals are very unaffected and natural. He sings as if time is running out, and of course, it is. Its both eerie and sad in a wholesome (not morbid) way.  As someone once pointed out “this song will outlive us all.” Quite! Its already outlived Noel Harrison, Steve McQueen and a few others…

He’s A Livin’ Doll

Britain’s greatest pop – not rock – star. He was there before the Beatles and a thousand other big hitters threatened to overshadow him. But he outlived them all. His voice is strong. Like his appearance, its innocent yet full of character. Its always clear, somewhere between baritone and tenor. I loved this song in 1980. After taping it off the radio, I would re-wind the cassette and play it over and over. It seemed hypnotic at the time. Its a mystery…. These days it would probably be banned for inciting perverted misogynistic violence and kidnapping. And Cliff would be questioned by the cops as to why he looks so damned happy that she’s missing. In fact, he seems to be enjoying himself a little too much here. 🙂

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