Produced by David Foster this has plenty of brass flourishes. The late Maurice White from Earth Wind and Fire helped them put this together. Prairie Prince hits those drums and the bridge is worth the download alone.
The B-side is full of “Drums” , almost an early Hip Hop feel to it. Tribal chants and PP’s mesmerising drumming.
Not really that silly but the video is still is! A proper party tune with the instrumental “Going For It” going in the virtual DJ box, love the reverb over everything.
The A -side is worth a listen and what a debut ! Sounds amazing still today and written and produced by George Michael (with a little helper Steve Brown) proving he knew his way around a studio even at this early stage.
I bet if you played this out people would think it was an update but it’s forty years ago. Twelve inch mix of the month!
Hurrah !! He’s doing the next bloody year ! How original ! Well as I’ve said before – THIS WILL BE THE LAST WEEK OF CHRONOLOGICAL MAYHEM. After ’83 it all starts to blur into one in terms of that 80’s Production sound.
Expect a Thursday Re-up (Requests are now avalanching in!) and also a 1993 Wednesday and the usual dusting off of some essential ’83 posts.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend I’m off to watch Bury FC take on the mighty Atherton LR
The Kinks in the 80’s? Yes it was a bit unusual back then now comeback singles are to a penny.
Ballroom organ, a cheesy video and some dodgy vocals was how I remembered it and then I played my sisters old kinks records and thought , “was it the same band ?”
Extended for nearly 30 seconds IS not an extended version (quiet now Vim Baselink !) On listening to it now it is a weird mix of styles and reminds me a bit of Madness. It was taken from the LP, “State Of Confusion” – the line up for that album being; Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals – Ray Davies, Keyboards – Ian Gibbons, Lead Guitar, Vocals – Dave Davies, Drums – Mick Avory and Bass – Jim Rodford (Argent, The Zombies, The Animals)
“Noise” starts off like a sound effects record and then slips into some classic Kink sound signatures, yeh this was The Kinks I remember from the old Dansette. Extended and heaps better than the A – side.
So a deliberate nostalgia trip that put this classic band back in the charts but with a message behind it.” Apparently, Ray Davies admired his older sister, and she doted on him. Ray begged his sister to buy him one gift, his first guitar. She was older and employed, and she bought Ray a guitar. That very evening Ray’s sister went to a local dance, as she loved to frequently do, but this night she died on the dance floor. She had an undiagnosed hole in her heart, and she collapsed. She never regained consciousness.”
Here in all it’s electronic glory and we never new it was as an anti-apartheid track !!!! A real punchy mix which makes it sound very fresh, more alternative extended version with dub effects and those motor cycle synth sounds even louder!
The B-side is a lovely bit of funk with a synth lead with a kissable deep bassline, no Grant on vocals so keeping that obscure coolness.