Martika ‎– Toy Soldiers (12″)

American singer and deemed a bit of a One Hit Wonder, Marta Marrero originally released this in 1988 but it resurfaced for a UK Hit (Number 5) in 1989 and then Eminem got his hands on it. The originally was mixed by Humberto Gatica, a bit Suzanne Vega, a bit Madonna in parts. A synth fuelled Power Ballad for Big Hairy 80’s fans.On the chorus  by some of her former castmates from Kids Incorporated – a US Kid’s Show which she was in.

“It’s Not What You’re Doing” was off her debut album, revealing a synth funk feel to it . Written by guitarist Robert Etoll who contributes a long guitar solo, again crystal clear production from Michael Jay.

“Exchange Of Hearts” is Euro style synthpop. Pulsing bass sequencer and a light touch of geetar;  a genuine, hidden B-side.

CBS ‎– 655049 8 SAM_4377

A Toy Soldiers 4:52
B1 It’s Not What You’re Doing 4:11
B2 Exchange Of Hearts 4:15

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