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.
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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.
This one’s a bit of a cheat since it was recorded in 1958; as the names referenced in the lyric attest. It wasn’t a hit in the UK till 1985 though, on the back of a TV advert, so fits the category.
It’s also one of the good lady’s favourite tracks. I remember buying the 12 inch for her.
The accompanying video here has an interesting cartoon.
Another song that was used in a TV series – written specially for it – was Jethro Tullâs Coronach, the theme tune for a Channel 4 series on British History called Blood of the British. I liked it so much I bought the single. As I recall Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow was the B-side.
Edited to add:- I just found my original embedding was of a video that had been taken down. I’ve swiched it for a new one which shows views of Scotland – starting with St Andrews Cathedral.