Today’s song by German singer Michael Holm is one I have a love/hate relationship with. I think it’s one of the dreariest songs I’ve ever heard – but I also think it’s horrendously catchy. Aaargh!
Michael Holm – “I Will Return” (1972)
If you’re wondering why a German ballad is on an Australian power pop blog, it’s because it was on an Australian K-Tel album, 20 Solid Hits Vol. 3, and that’s where I heard it. Over and over again. (I loved those K-Tel albums when I was a nipper.)
As a bonus, here’s the original version. It was an instrumental written and recorded single-handedly* by British musician Phil Cordell under the pseudonym Springwater:
(*He probably used both his hands.)
Springwater – “I Will Return” (1971)
Phil re-recorded the song in 1985 under his own name, this time with vocals:
Phil Cordell – “I Will Return” (1985)
But back to German singer Michael Holm…
Herr Holm released a song in 1975 called “I’ll Return”, but it’s not “I Will Return”. I think the 1975 song is even drearier – and nowhere near as catchy:
Michael Holm – “I’ll Return” (1975)
By the way, here’s a photo of Michael:
That’s one of the nicest haircuts I’ve ever seen.