I Melt With You

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite songs from the ’80s… “I Melt With You” by Modern English.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 4, 1982

TRIVIA: At the time of the song’s writing, vocalist Robbie Grey was the primary composer of the song, though all of the band members were credited as songwriters. He described England at the time of the song’s writing to be a bleak place, due to the recession: “There was no money. There’d be no power—you’d be at home with candles.” These conditions and his fears of a nuclear war inspired “I Melt With You”. The song depicts a couple making love while an atomic bomb is dropped. Grey wrote the song in three minutes in his London bedroom after smoking marijuana. He described the song in an interview as a “love song”, but more about the “good and bad in people […] The last thing we wanted was to write a song where boy meets girl, they go to the cinema and make love, and that’s the end of it.”

The song became the band’s sole hit single, largely in the United States, where it was featured in the film Valley Girl and on MTV.

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Love In The First Degree

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! With only 3 days until Bananarama comes to Toronto, I’m tuning it back to their awesome song (and equally awesome music video), “Love In The First Degree”. Enjoy!!

OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: September 28, 1987

TRIVIA: “Love in the First Degree” is Bananarama‘s biggest-selling single in their native UK.

As one of their final performances with Fahey, the group performed the song at the 1988 BRIT Awards with a large entourage of male dancers dressed only in black bikini briefs. The song was nominated for best British single at the BRIT Awards, but lost to Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up”, also produced by Stock Aitken Waterman.

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Lovefool

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY: Valentine’s Day Edition!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1996 with “Lovefool” by The Cardigans. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 14, 1996

TRIVIA: The song was featured in the film Romeo + Juliet just two months after the release of the single, as well as in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions.

Nina Persson wrote the lyrics to the song at an airport while waiting for a plane. She said that, at the time, the song had “a slow bossa nova feel”.

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One Love

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of Bob Marley‘s Birthday (he would have been 73 today), I’m tuning it back to “One Love”. Let’s get together and feel all right!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 9, 1984

TRIVIA: A posthumous music video was directed by Don Letts in 1984 to accompany the Bob Marley & The Wailers compilation album, Legend. It stars young British boy, Jesse Lawrence, in his home on the World’s End Estate, and on the King’s Road dancing at the head of a large crowd of punks, locals and tourists as well as archival footage of Marley (from the “Is This Love” music video). It also features several cameo appearances including Paul McCartney, two members of Bananarama, Neville Staple of The Specials, members of the reggae groups Aswad and Musical Youth, Suggs and Chas Smash of Madness; some of the short clips in this video are also in Madness’ video for their song “The Return of the Los Palmas 7”. The song was also released alongside the video and gave Marley a posthumous UK hit when it reached number 5 in May 1984.

See you next Tuesday!