It's a beautiful day in DC, the first truly Spring-like day. This is also cherry blossom week, so there a zillion tourists willfully getting in my way, but I won't be mean. Really. Besides, there are cherry blossom trees all over the block where I work. Today I'm bringing you two classic pop tracks that rank high on my list. One you may know and one you may not - those might be flipped depending on your age...
Altered Images "Don't Talk To Me About Love" (MP3)
Circa 1984. Scottish. This one, like Morrissey's new CD, was produced by the great Tony Visconti and took them to a sleeker, more Nile Rodgers-y place than their early pop hits. I still love Claire Grogans chirpy bird voice.
Buy it on their Best Of CD
Sophie Ellis Bextor "Music Gets The Best Of Me" (MP3)
2002 pop classic. I love the conceit of this song, that music is The Bextor's Other Lover: "I need you both to get along." It reminds me of my ballerina friend whose boyfriends would get mad when she'd spend so many waking hours at the dance studio. All is resolved in Sophie's song when she sings, "If some held you with a gun, you know I'd make you number one." This was produced by the wunderkind Gregg Alexander. Note how the music actually gets louder at about 2:44, during the c'mon c'mon c'mon part. A brilliant touch, especially in the gym because it pushes you into hyperdrive. Expect new S.E-B music this summer.
Buy the single for SIX PENCE at Amazon UK Marketplace!