Everyone remembers the Buggles big hit Video Killed the Radio Star but I always had a soft spot for this lament about the old film studios.
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This is Del Amitri’s first UK hit but only just creeps in here, being released as a single in December 1989.
Despite Justin Currie’s prowess as a song writer subsequent singles failed to achieve quite as much chart success.
A piece of slight bonkersness from 1983 via the wonderfully named Men Without Hats. I must say its message about freedom from interference by bouncers on dance floors entirely passed me by in the 1980s.
Not the single, though. The album version with extended guitar solo.
One from 1985. A mine of quotable lines.
“Too high, too far, too soon,” “trumpets, towers and tenements, wide oceans full of tears,” “every precious dream and vision underneath the stars,” “you came like a comet, blazing your trails.”
Dignity was in effect Deacon Blue’s manifesto.
One of the things I particularly liked about the song was its Scottishness, (“a Sunblest bag,” “on my holidays,” “I saved my money.”)
This is a variorum edition where the video may just possibly be sending up Duran Duran.
There is a more restrained version accompanied only by piano here.
The best known version in Britain is the one by Fun Boy Three, whose lead singer Terry Hall co-wrote it – a restrained, almost gloomy, treatment with more than a hint of menace.
The original by the Go Go’s (whose guitarist Jane Wiedlin was the other composer) is much more carefree; a typically bouncy pop song.
The Go Go’s: Our Lips Are Sealed
Another of the good ladyâs favourites. (I didnât buy this one though, even if it is a piece of perfect jaunty pop.)
Another of the good lady’s favourites. I bought the album Too Low For Zero for her Christmas that year on the basis of this.
It’s also unusual in the John canon for giving a writing credit to Elton’s long time guitarist Davey Johnstone.
Elton wears a wig with a quiff in this. It suits him!
You may have noticed my Live It Up posting this week came today (Thursday) rather than the usual Friday.
That’s because tomorrow is a sigificant anniversary of a certain event; one that this blog could not let go past unmarked.