"Hey-yah…" etc. Come on, who hasn't sung along with that little bit of nonsense in this song? So wonderful was it that Dario G used it as the basis for an entire chill-out track called 'Sunchyme'.
Okay, the song is a tribute the Nick Drake, whose death inspired its writing, but, really, who outside of that part of England at the time would have known that? And does it matter? No, it does not. Because this is one of those songs that you just want to sing along to, especially that chorus. And it made Salvation Army Bands cool for a few months. And maybe even drinking lemonade.
About the only other thing I can add is: This song is just so beautiful.
'Break My Stride' – Matthew Wilder (1983)
Lookit! More singy-talky movies!
Blink and you'll miss it, and probably overtaken by the cover version by Unique II in 1996 (hey, the One Hit Wonders keep on coming!), but this has a sort of joyous innocence that the later version didn't.
It has one of the best opening lines: "Last night I had the strangest dream…" And automatically you are listening to find out what is going on. I still don't know what was going on in the whole song, but it is a fun ride. Something about not letting yourself get stagnant or letting anyone else hold you back, I think. Who cares? "Ain't nothing gonna break my stride…"
'Turning Japanese' – The Vapors (1980)
And you may peruse it here. (I'd like to point out the actual video is not on YouTube! Wow!)
Singularly catchy song that really, lyrically, isn't a masterpiece and doesn't make a great deal of sense. At first glance.
This is one of those songs that makes you curse the Internet. See, as a kid, we just thought it was about a guy who was in love with a Japanese woman. Very John Lennon of him, but – meh! And then along comes that suppository of all wisdom (I know what I typed…), the Internet, and suddenly it is declared that this song is about, well, self-gratification.
No! Say it isn't so… Now, look, I don't know if that's true or not, but it does sort of give the song a whole new meaning that I'm not sure it deserves.
Still, ignoring that – fun song with a chorus you can sing along to. But now that you've read this, try singing along to it without smirking…
Okay, what did I miss? Sound off in the comments section below!