Modern English – “It’s Ok” mp3
Impossible to think of pop radio in the 80’s without “I Melt With You” – which had simply one of the best hit choruses of that hopeful and fopp-haired era. The band behind that song was Modern English, and they have in the meantime made seven albums. Their latest, “Soundtrack” was produced by Hugh Jones who also produced “I Melt With You” and hit records by Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunnymen and more. “It’s Ok” is the single and I like it lots.
“It’s Ok” (mp3)
Dengue Fever – “March of the Balloon Animals”
Dengue Fever’s soundtrack record for the new documentary Sleepwalking Through the Mekong features music they created on a recent tour of Cambodia, backing singer Chhom Nimolon. Cambodia in the ’60s and ’70s, before the disastrous Khmer Rouge regime, enjoyed a reinvented rock n’ roll style with distinctly Khmer influences, generating a sound that was unique and powerful in its own right. Silenced but not forgotten during the terrible events of the late 70’s, this brilliant music is now being rediscovered and revitalized by new generations. I picked up the soundtrack – a bestseller already on IODA – and I look forward to the movie.
“March of the Balloon Animals” (mp3)
from “Dengue Fever Presents: Sleepwalking Through the Mekong”