SotD82 - Part 11

Inspired by our series of articles looking back at music released 30 years ago, Jimmy Hunter takes a step further back in time to give us some more Songs of the Day from 40 years back, SotD82...

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We’ve got a great selection for you this week, even by our standards [standards???? – Ed]. Kicking off with my favourite Monsoon track from back then, Shakti. Apart from Hindus and those in the know (not the general public), nobody knew what the word meant. And, even now when you do a Google search on the record, it’s one of the very few that doesn’t automatically bring up a website offering song lyrics. It’s a great record, rich with Indian instrumentalisation and a great vocal from the legendary Sheila Chandra. 

Here’s a live performance on Cheggers Plays Pop:

 and you can find the full length HQ audio here:

Released in 2015 in collaboration with the charity Strummerville (founded by the friends and family of Joe Strummer to support aspiring musicians and projects that create social mobility through music) is a five-track EP which features a previously unheard version of "Rock the Casbah", which Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash had asked Roger to sing on back in 1981, re-recorded by the Brighton producers Dopegrinders FAB name!!), and using the original stems donated by Mick Jones. Noble – and quite surprising that this record in particular was given this treatment. I love it though, always have. 

Here’s the official music video:

a superb HQ audio ft. Ranking Roger:

and Rachid Taha, Mick Jones (The Clash), Brian Eno live at Stop the War concert:

I do think a certain cover of Our Lips Are Sealed in released in 1983 is a better version that this one by The Go-Go’s. the post-punk new wave band form L.A. contained some formidable talent, with Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin. Wiedlin wrote the song with Terry Hall from The Specials and Fun Boy Three. That fact notwithstanding it’s a great record and this version oozes north American new wave perfectly. 

Official music video:

was ist los mit dir mein Schatz? Well, nothing really, all the better for hearing this little gem after quite a long time. The UK did not know what to make of German new wave band Trio and this funky little number was quickly re-recorded in English due to its popularity – though the title, Da Da Da (tr: There There There) was not changed. Indeed, I do remember Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell introducing the record as “Da-da Da-da Da-da’!! All born in the mid-late 1940s, the trio (geddit? geddit?) [*rolls eyes* – Ed] had been around for many years in different forms before striking gold with this record. The band split a few years later and two of the three sadly died some years ago, but for me, this record just screams summer ’82 and I love it. 

Here they are on the ZDF music show:

and a live performance on German TV:

There was a bit of a debacle after Donna Summer released On The Radio – Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 at the end of 1979. She went on to release The Wanderer on the Geffen label, immediately shunning her disco queen image and displaying her “born again Christian” beliefs. The following album, I’m A Rainbow, would take 20 years to get a release. The self-titled album from which the single came was a Quincy Jones production and the late Rod Templeton had a hand in the song writing – including this single. It’s very QJ and Summer’s voice blends in perfectly – not the belting disco diva of previous years but wrapped in a disco-jazz-funk cape, it’s a great record. 

Official music video:

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