I had a great find in a charity shop the other day: a 40-track double CD entitled The Greatest 80's Soul Weekender. Now, overlooking the erroneous apostrophe, the title of this album was always going to prove an irresistible draw for me, being that it contains two of my favourite words: eighties (or, in the ungrammatical parlance of whoever designed the sleeve, eightie's) and soul.
Actually, while we're on the subject of the title and cover, the tagline isn't too clever either: 40 WHISTLE STOMPING WHITE SOCK SOUL GROOVES OF THE 80'S. Eh? Is it actually possible to stomp one's whistle, then? I suspect not. Unless that's some kind of trendy eighties euphemism I'm not yet au fait with, e.g. I see that Stedman from Five Star's been stomping his own whistle again.
The only other possible explanation I can come up with is that the makers of this album are actually encouraging us, a suggestible album-buying public, to literally stomp on any whistles we should happen to encounter - which is a worry, to say the least. I mean, whistles are people too, you know.
But let's not get too bogged down in semantics here. It's the music that matters; and the music on this album is, for the most part, bloody fantastic. Here are three of my favourite tracks.
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