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Wow, completely forgotten about this. Thankfully, it was played a lot in the UK.
That's one of the best "lets all get together & make a record" types I've ever heard, very powerful.
That's excellent. I've never seen the video to it before. Thanks
Certainly the best of those 1980s "Artists United" tracks by a mile, but I still prefer "Free Nelson Mandela"...
And I believe the problem was more that it was "too integrated". There are very few radio formats in the U.S. called "blacks and whites making music together".
@thisismymistake Free NM was a superior record by far, Artists United records are notoriously poor, I cannot think of another besides this that would even be listenable if one wasn't aware of the cause. Having said that Perfect day by lots of people was good, but I don't know if that was for a cause.
Very important record.
Apartheid vs The Boss? we all know you can't beat Bruce! @thisismymistake @kemiladashdot
@Bukowski indeed. And very handy in a game of Six Degrees of Kevin Shields.
@LadyGulag Erm, not getting that, please explain.
@Bukowski a music version of six degrees of Kevin Bacon where you can link any actor from history of american cinema with Kevin Bacon through a maximum of 4 other people they worked with.
@LadyGulag Yes, got that but I can't get the connection between 'Sun City' and Kevin Shields.
@kemiladashdot Not sure if it was you mean but there was a multi-band version of Perfect Day recorded as a BBC advert
@simonp That's the one. Though it's probably the fact it was already a song in its own right. Anyway it was most likely interesting rather than good.
@simonp I think the the 'Perfect Day' multi singer cover was a BBC thing as part of the annual 'Children In Need' charity telethon
@LadyGulag ah yes, your memory is better than mine
hmmmm @Bukowski yes I may have to abandon that idea... maybe 6 degrees of Bono woudl make more sense
@LadyGulag I think that would work better as Kevin is such a shy and retiring chap. I was thinking 'Six Degrees of Eno'.
@Bukowski I like that! Would you include artists he just produced as well as performed with though?
I only remember Steven Van Zandt being in this video for some reason.
@LadyGulag Yes, that's the great thing about 'Six Degrees Of Eno'; you've got ALL of his output to work with. (oh, happy times!)
@Bukowski liek the Bacon game each musician could get an Eno rating. So Ella Fitzgerald would be a 3 ENO (Ella performed with Dizzy Gillespie who performed with Miles Davis who appeared on Sun City with Bono who worked with ENO)
@LadyGulag BRILLIANT!! You need to patent this idea right now. Board Game for Christmas in the making right here!
@words_are_wild yes George Harrison's benefit for Bangladesh was the first of this type of thing. I couldn't imagine 50 chart artists doing something this politically motivated now.
Awesome. South Africans have come a long way since then. I'm almost proud to be one of them.
Thanks for remembering this nearly forgotten album. Love it!
@1007things the film 'Searching For Sugarman' opened my eyes up completely to the feelings of white south africans opposed to Apartheid. It's thanks to them that the rest fo the world has discovered Rodriguez.