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Classic Collection

Posted in Biographical, Music with tags , , on October 16, 2009 by telescoper

I’ve been told on more than one occasion that some people find all the stuff about opera and poetry and the like is a bit too highbrow for them. In an effort to make myself more commercially relevant I’ve therefore decided to include something a bit different from my usual line of music posts.

Twenty years ago, while I was still living in Brighton, I didn’t go to the Opera or to classical music concerts at all, but instead went out most nights to various nightclubs (most of which have now closed down). This was all before I became too old and decrepid to be anything but an embarrassment in such a context. I also had a habit of buying singles of the records I heard night after night in the clubs which I would play before going out to get me into the mood for a boogie. I like dancing, in case you hadn’t guessed.

In recently sorted through my old vinyl record collection and hunted through Youtube to find the corresponding videos. So here are three examples from my own classic collection which will hopefully prevent any further accusations that this blog is too erudite. It won’t do much for my street cred with the younger generation, though, as these records are all older than most students.

First one up is from the cheesy end of the spectrum. It’s the sublime Bananarama, doing a very camp cover version of the Supremes’ hit Nathan Jones. I want you to pay particularly close attention to the video as I expect you all to learn the moves. There’ll be a test. Right hand on right hip. Left arm extended. Ready? Go!

Number two in my hit parade belongs to the commercial wing of the Acid House movement that swept through dance clubs during the late 1980s. S’Express released Hey Music Lover in 1989 and it immediately became one of my favourite things to dance to. It’s nowhere near as effective watching it on a small screen, away from the thumping sounds and whirling psychedelic environment of a nightclub, but this one always used to make the blood rush to my head and it also seemed to get the best out of the best dancers. Note the sly references to Federico Fellini in the video.

Lastly but definitely not leastly is easily the best dance record of the classical period under consideration. It deserves to be in the collection because it still packs the dance floors twenty years on. Fabulously funky, tantalising trippy and devilishly danceable, this was a huge hit in 1990 for the fantastic Dee-Lite – here is a medley of their hit Groove is in the Heart.

And that’s enough of that.