This playlist takes us back to the end of the 70’s up to the beginning of the 90’s. Nothing but the best to have some brilliant nights!
Each song has its own story, here are some of them:
When Kate Bush wrote Wuthering Heights, she was inspired by Emily Brontë’s only novel, a masterpiece, which makes her singing out of this world. She is singing from the point of view of the heroin, Catherine Earnshaw, calling Heathcliff, the man she loved and pushed away. Listening to it, one can easily imagine Catherine wandering around the wuthering moor of Yorkshire, tormented and suffering from the tumult of her feelings.
In 1969, David Bowie wrote Space Oddity and created a character, Major Tom, an astronaut with a tragic fate, of which the song tells the story. During a space travel, Major Tom loses all means of contact with planet Earth, “Ground Control”, and starts wandering around the cosmos, alone. The character of Major Tom is mentioned in other songs of his, like Ashes to Ashes, the one I have chosen.
In 1983, Let’s Dance was inspired by Andersen’s tale The Red Shoes.
Brian Ferry, member of the band Roxy Music, takes us in the mists ofAvalon, a poetic song, like a sweet dream. He was inspired by the mysterious island of Avalon from the Arthurian legends, also called the Fortunate Isle, where the heroes are taken after their death. King Arthur was taken their after he was injured by Mordred in the battle of Camlann.
A Dream Within a Dreamis a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe and published in 1849. The band Propaganda chose this title for the first song of their 1985’s album A Secret Wish. The singer of the band is reciting this poem over a beautiful musical background:
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
Other themes are darker.
Enola Gay, from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, is a song released in September 1980. Enola Gay is the name of the American bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. The pilot had chosen this name for the plane in honour of his mother, as it was her name.
Luka, written by Suzanne Vega, deals with the life of an abused child:
If you hear something late at night
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don’t ask me what it was
I walked into the door again
If you ask that’s what I’ll say
The lyrics, simple but true, are all the more so moving.
There are a few gems in this playlist, like Dreams, and Sara by Fleetwood Mac, Don’t you by Simple Minds, With or Without You by U2, and many more…