Friday 7 September 2012
It's Friday . . . Let's Dance
I've posted the original version of today's track a couple of time's and it is a hell of a lot more obscure than Coldcut and Yazz's cover version which from July 1988 could be heard everywhere. Their version spent 5 weeks at number one in the UK and was the second biggest selling single of last year. Copies of the record can be picked up for 13p + p&P on Discogs, you won't get much change out of £500 quid for an original copy of the Otis Clay 7", if you are lucky enough to find one for sale.
Listening to the track now it is pretty difficult to imagine how different this was at the time. I've heard it so many times it sounds quite dated and well, cheesy. However there is still something there which makes listening to it a pleasurable experience even if the horn sample, pilferd from Beat The Steet by Sharon Redd, is possible the most annoying thing I've heard this week*. I think that it has something to do with the optimism of the lyrics and the upbeat music, you would have to be a real misanthrope not to feel better after hearing it.
However, I cannot get the vision of Brian Potter climbing the hill on his mobility shopper from the opening credits of Phoenix Nights out of my head when I hear it, another reason to smile on this dank September's morn.
Have a good weekend people.
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
* Update - That was until I read this post about sunshine and heat. Okay I didn't hear the post I read it but it is feckin annoying when it's all of 12 degrees up here.