Monday, March 12, 2012

I Want You to Grow in My Hand

Do you love Alison Moyet?

Because I really do. I think she’s an underrated 80s singer, and until recently I believed that no subsequent artist really came close to capturing the weird little bit that she did so well. But then I realized that Adele, especially the Adele of two years ago, looks like Alison Moyet to the point that if one robbed a bank and you had to describe her to a police department sketch artist, you’d have a hard time explaining that it was one and not the other. And no, that’s not just because they’re both heavyset British women singing critically acclaimed pop songs. It also has to do with face shape and chin severity, as well as a bigger-than-typical overall presence as a singer in the non-literal sense.

Observe, please, Moyet’s incredible 1984 song, “Love Resurrection”:


And yes, I picked the smuttiest-sounding lyric from the song for the post title.

Moyet is notable for being the singer of Yaz’s 1982 superhit, “Situation”, which everyone has heard but which few people know is called “Situation” and even fewer people know is sung by a woman. Her distinctive laugh, which is featured in echo-y form in “Situation,” has been sampled again and again in the years since “Situation” was released.

One more point of discussion, and it’s especially nerd-directed: Is it weird that whenever I listen to “Love Resurrection,” I think of “Real Folk Blues,” the over-the-end-credits theme from Cowboy Bop? Because I can’t hear one without the other, though I should say I am entirely able to listen to Adele without thinking of Cowboy Bebop.

I mean, until now, anyway.

6 comments:

  1. Two things. I always thought that Yaz song was done by the Eurymthics. And I hear Real Folk Blues in Love Resurrection too.

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    1. It's actually common for people to not be sure who sang that song or who the band actually is, thanks in large part to the fact that the band name is different in the U.S. from what it is in Britiain.

      http://kidicarus222.blogspot.com/2009/06/blue-eyed-dressed-for-every-situation.html

      Back in the days of Napster and Audiogalaxy, I saw Yaz/Yazoo labelled as everything from Depeche Mode to New Order.

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  2. "I need a warm injection" - second smuttiest lyric in the song.

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    1. You kind of have to love how she doesn't look like your typical pop star but she's unabashedly very forward in her sexiness.

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  3. It's always amusing when song writers put apparently unintentional sexual lyrics in their song. A band I listen to, Madina Lake, does this all the time:
    "And then you/ explode in my head/ and now you're all over me"

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    1. The unintentional ones are hilarious, yeah, but I'm usually inclined to think the sexual implication is intentional. I do with Alison, anyway.

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