I have completely tipped over from product reviews and stuff that I’ve been meaning to write for two weeks into the most random of the randomness in my head. Please indulge me for a moment. I am about to get totally Eighties on you.
Back in the days of cassettes and boomboxes, my big brother Patrick had a mix tape he practically played into the ground. It had an incredible array of Eighties slow jams and ballads — Toto’s Africa, As We Lay by Shirley Murdock (yes Rich, I too adore that song), Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, I Wanna Be Your Man by Zapp and Roger, and this song — Don’t Disturb This Groove, by The System.
I have known and loved this song since I was a kid. I never saw the video until today, and I must share it with you.
Wow. That takes me back to being nine years old and trying to be all up on my brother’s cassette collection. All of these years, and I’ve never known the lead singer was a black guy with a killer blow out. In silhouette he looks like Grace Jones in the Eighties, or Anita Baker, circa Sweet Love. For some reason, I always visualized the lead singer as one of those slick dudes in a British band, like Breathe. Remember Hands to Heaven?
I’m an unabashed Eighties fanatic, and my brother has everything to do with that. Without being exposed to that vast variety of music, I might not have as diverse interests as I do today. So thank you big brother, for always playing your music too loud!
Did you grow up on Eighties music? Got any obscure, forgotten faves from the era? Tell me about it!