Musical coincidences # 42

February 14, 2010

I was recently over at Popdose reading Part 90 (!) of the Bottom Feeders series which is dedicated to songs that just missed out on entering the top 40 of the Billboard Top 100. And I can understand why: I thought that quite a few of the songs in that post were simply dreadful.

Anyway, in amongst the dreadful songs was an outstandingly dreadful song called “High Energy” by Evelyn Thomas. It starts like this:

Evelyn Thomas – “High Energy” (1984) (excerpt)

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As soon as that beat started I thought of this:

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Relax” (1983) (excerpt)

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And when that horrid-sounding synthesizer in “High Energy” started its little rhythm, I instantly remembered this:

Village People – “In The Navy” (1979) (excerpt)

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It looks like “High Energy” does nothing to dispel the notion a lot of people had about disco having no variety.

By the way, Wikipedia describes the Village People as a “concept disco group”. I didn’t know there was such a thing. (The phrase “concept disco group” sounds like an oxymoron to me.)

Anyway, here are the full versions. I’m sorry about this:

Evelyn Thomas – “High Energy” (1984)

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Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Relax” (1983)

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The Village People – “In The Navy” (1979)

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