"Party all summer long with The Holiday CD - 16 original hits!" boast CBS Records on the front cover of their 1987 funtime compilation. If we must, CBS, if we must. But something's wrong with this picture. Take a closer look at the track listing below and tell me what's wrong with it (apart from the obvious).
1) Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go 2) Mel & Kim - Respectable 3) Bananarama - Venus 4) The Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way 5) Miami Sound Machine - Dr Beat 6) Kool & The Gang - Fresh 7) Spagna - Call Me 8) Boney M - Hooray, Hooray, It's A Holi-Holiday 9) Typically Tropical - Barbados 10) Ottowan - D.I.S.C.O. 11) Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita 12) Modern Talking - Brother Louie 13) Modern Romance - Everybody Salsa 14) Denise LaSalle - My Toot Toot 15) K.C. & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up 16) Opus - Live Is Life
You're absolutely right, it's the choice of Wham! song: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go? Pfft! Maybe I could have let this go if Wham didn't have an actual, completely obvious song tailor-made for a holiday compilation in their repertoire. But I mean, hello, does Club Tropicana not ring any bells? The drinks are free, and there's enough fun - and sunshine - for everyone. Either the decision to eschew that in favour of Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (on holiday?) was one serious piece of lateral thinking or someone's missed a song title open goal here.
Now, you might argue that dredging up the whole subject of a mildly contentious choice of song on an obscure summer compilation almost a quarter of a century on is only exacerbating matters; hell, you may even say that it's an utter irrelevance in an age where there are a million more serious things to get het up about; but by gum this rankles with me. What were they thinking?
Anyway, I need to calm down. Here's some more holiday music!
For more on Pullover click on their label at the bottom of this post and you'll be whizzed away to a post I wrote about them a few years ago. Before you go, here's another of their songs which, while not being suitable for a holiday compilation in any way, is also dead good.
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