Saturday, March 05, 2011

"Romancing The Stone" by Eddy Grant

Birthday wishes go out to Eddy Grant, who did much to infuse Caribbean rhythms into British pop music in the 1970s and 80s first with The Equals and then as a solo act; although his biggest hit was Electric Avenue (named for an actual street in London's East End neighbourhood of Brixton, from his 1983 album Killer on the Rampage) he had others as well, namely I Don't Wanna Dance and this one, written for the movie of the same name.

Why the producers of Romancing the Stone (1984) deigned to pass on this song is beyond me - the first person able to decipher the impenetrable logic of Hollywood is gonna win some Nobel Prize or other - but pass they did, forcing a re-shoot of the original video (which had contained scenes of the film); nevertheless, it was something of a minor hit, no doubt propelled by the publicity, much of which was adverse and all in Grant's favour.

Although it's a bit weak out of context - what stone? and why are you romancing it? - it's still a tidy bundle of beats which fairly demand to be danced to, which is what I'm doing now.

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