Category Archives: 4Ever Songs

4Ever Songs: DAF ‘Dear Mussolini’

The early 80s was a golden age for pop duos: OMD, Soft Cell, Associates, Tears for Fears, Blancmange, Yazoo, Cabaret Voltaire, Wham! With their homoerotic image and Nazi-baiting lyrics, Gabi Delgado-López and Robert Görl were synth-disco rebels bent on pulverising the rulebook.

DAF (standing for Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, which means German-American Friendship) actually started out in Düsseldorf.  Only with their third album, 1981’s Alles Ist Gut, did they cement their identity as an electronic duo.

4Ever Songs: Ultravox ‘Vienna’

Vienna is the fourth studio album by British new wave band Ultravox, first released on Chrysalis Records on 11 July 1980. The album was the first made by Ultravox with their best-known line-up, after Midge Ure had taken over as lead vocalist and guitarist following the departures of John Foxx and Robin Simon, and it was also the group’s first release for Chrysalis.

 

4Ever Songs: Fisher-Z ‘So Long’

John Watts’ 42-year career as Fischer-Z includes 20 albums and over 3000 concerts worldwide with success spanning continental Europe and album sales in excess of two million. Fischer-Z developed in punk clubs while Watts was still studying clinical psychology and working in mental institutions. The first Fischer-Z album Word Salad was released in 1979 on United Artist Records. Word Salad was a cult record in the UK (John Peel supported the single Remember Russia ).

The second album, Going Deaf For a Living, firmly established his Watts’ ability to convey worldly political issues in narrative songs against a background of quirky pop music (comparisons were made with both Talking Heads and Ian Dury). The So Long single (1980) was featured heavily on the fledgeling MTV channel.

4Ever Songs: The Rolling Stones ‘I Miss You’

“Miss You” was originally released on May 10, 1978, in the United States, but had to wait for another 16 days before it saw its release in the United Kingdom. The song was part of the band’s 16th American studio album, ‘Some Girls’.

After enjoying lots of airplay in America, this song managed to occupy the summit of Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1978. The song further performed well in weekly charts in other countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.