Happily, an old style post – also, the fifth this month. I’m so glad to be back.
If you explore my site – which you can do by clicking the facebooklet.ca tab next to “Home” above, then following the link – you’ll find my old home page. There are links to blog archives, rss archives, and galleries. Many dozens of posts – and drawings – await you from years past.
If you’ve already been there, you know my old style of post: while talking about life, yard work, etc., I’d also feature an actor or music star with their portrait I’d drawn.
Today’s post is such. Having you-tubed “Those Old Emotions” by the Spoons the other day, I got inspired to “write them up.”
I remember the Spoons from the early 80s. The first song I knew was theirs: “Tell No Lies”. It’s a simplistic song, but catchy and playful. With so many songs talking about heartbreak or dislocation, “Tell No Lies” was a fun interlude on the radio.
“Romantic Traffic” is catchy as well. My impression is that it’s more complex than “Tell No Lies”, both musically and lyrically. While I haven’t heard “Tell No Lies” in over a decade, my younger son likes “Romantic Traffic,” which he first heard on the radio in the car. It still gets a lot of play on some stations. I think “Romantic Traffic” brings a style similar to the 80s band ABC (“Be Near Me”, among others).
“Those Old Emotions,” probably my favourite from the Spoons, came out in 1983, the year before the other two songs I’ve mentioned. It’s unlike the popular music of the time, seeming to speak to an older generation. Yet there it was, playing alongside Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, the Police, and others. It reached 28 on the Canadian charts. I’d easily believe that it’s as popular today as some songs that were in the top 5 back then. But that happens:)
Here’s one face I see in Spoons videos. While I assume he’s the lead singer, I confess I don’t know. With the Wikipedia article right here, you’d think I’d look up his name. I’m not going to, though: I don’t need a name to know who he is. I remember hearing the Spoons songs in my early teens, occasionally even seeing their videos. Back then, seeing a video you hoped for was rare. I never saw the video to “Those Old Emotions” until a few years ago.
So here he is, the man from the Spoons videos. Thanks, Spoons, for the great music:)