Live It Up 55: Tom’s Diner

This song had a triple life, first released on a compilation album in 1984 then in 1987 as an a capella version on Suzanne Vega’s second album Solitude Standing (with an instrumental reprise as the album’s last track) but as a single managed to reach no 58 in the UK, and finally as a remix by DNA in 1988 when it climbed to the dizzy heights of no 2.

It was also apparently critical in the evolution of digital compression to allow the development of MP3 technology.

Suzanne Vega: Tom’s Diner

Tom’s Diner original

Suzanne Vega/DNA: Tom’s Diner remix

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