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Live It Up 69: When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)

A very unBritish sounding song this. It’s more like US soul music.

This seems to be a live TV performance with an extra section in the middle that wasn’t on the album version.

Deacon Blue: When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)

Live It Up 68: Oblivious

Aztec Camera’s first hit. I must confess I thought it had reached higher than no 47 in the UK charts, but apparently not.

A supposedly live TV appearance from 1983 but it looks like miming to me.

Aztec Camera: Oblivious

Live It Up 67: Tour de France – RIP Florian Schneider

It’s not given to many musicians to change the course of popular music, but Kraftwerk certainly did. While not inventing electronic music (Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop did that) they were the first to consider it as a new form of popular music. Sadly, founding member Florian Schneider died late last month.

I first heard of Kraftwerk in that famous Tomorrow’s World piece. At the time I thought their sound was a little soulless and wouldn’t catch on. It did.

Kraftwerk: Tour de France

Florian Schneider (Florian Schneider-Esleben:) 7/4/1947 – 21/3/2020. So it goes.

Live It Up 66: Golden Brown – RIP Dave Greenfield

I wasn’t really much into the Stranglers. They were/are however my brother-in-law’s favourite band.

It was nevertheless sad to hear of Dave Greenfield’s death, especially since he contracted coronavirus while in hospital with a heart problem.

Golden Brown however I found very much to my taste.

The Stranglers: Golden Brown

David Paul (Dave) Greenfield: 29/3/1949 – 3/5/2020. So it goes.

Live It Up 65: Leningrad

Well, Leningrad is what St Petersburg (see surrounding posts) was once named – and was so the first time I visited it. And when Billy Joel did.

The song is perhaps a bit too sentimental but also lies in that vein of historiography that was true of the same singer’s We Didn’t Start the Fire.

Billy Joel: Leningrad

Live It Up 64: She Sells Sanctuary

This is the sort of guitar-based music you don’t tend to hear these days.

The Cult: She Sells Sanctuary

Live It Up 63: The Winner Takes it All

This has an unusually grown-up lyric for a pop song, dealing as it does not merely with a teen break-up, but divorce, with the viewpoint partner obviously still enamoured of her departed husband.

“But tell me does she kiss/Like I used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same/When she calls your name?”

ABBA: The Winner Takes it All

Live It Up 62: Kyrie

It’s not often you get a song with a title in Greek, or with part of its lyric in Greek, appearing in the charts.

But Mr Mister did exactly that with this song’s title and chorus.

The recording is still very much an eighties production, though.

Mr Mister: Kyrie

Live It Up 61: Incommunicado

This was the first single from Clutching at Straws, Marillion’s last album before the departure of Fish. The band’s sound had by this time become more polished, less raw than on Script for a Jester’s Tear and Fugazi and a concept album like its predecessor Misplaced Childhood. Dealing as it did though with the exigencies of pop stardom and lifestyle indulgence it had the potential to be alienating. The single did reach no 6 in the UK though. (And no 24 in the US.)

I assume this is the video made at the time:-

Marillion: Incommunicado

Live It Up 60: Luka

There aren’t many pop songs which deal with the subject of domestic violence, but this one does. I heard Vega on the radio many years after it was a hit saying she took the name from that of the boy who did indeed live on the floor above her. She subsequently found he was playing on the fact that it had been used in the song as a chat-up line!

The first video below is the official one, the second a “live” performance.

Suzanne Vega: Luka


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