Saturday, 27 June 2009


It is a lovely sunny day in London. It reminds me of those glorious summers in the early 1980s when the world was young and we were all effortlessly cool, drinking our freeze dried instant coffee and listening to Sade and the Style Council.

I don't think it was ever dignified with a name - we didn't have genres when I was a boy - but there was an awful lot of that sort of pop-jazz around at the time. Most of it was utter rubbish, of course, but not all of it.

Here are a couple of vaguely hip favourites of mine from 1983:

"Native Boy" by Animal Nightlife:

"Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" by Julia & Co (apologies for the slight jump near the start):

And from the same year but perhaps slightly less hip:

Stop complaining and just be grateful it wasn't Modern Romance.

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