Spectrum – All night long. Gentle, sad meanderings
A completely different song to Lionel Richie’s, and yet the same title. Sonic Boom’s soft voice spilling out entreaties so fey they would get the sand of public opinion kicked in its face by the popular, confident party-oriented lyrics of the Lionel Richie song.
In fact, if there were a disco held with the varied song titles named “All Night Long”, the Süden would be the one sitting on a wall outside lamenting the no show of his girlfriend, while ‘Lionel’ was inside, entertaining all with he and his gang’s ensemble dancing, Louis Prima would have copped off with a girl and be getting busy somewhere quiet, Rainbow would be loudly and Angels wondering why nobody wants anything to do with him, and Thee Hypnotics would be headbanging in the bass bins.
As regards Spectrum, there were times in his career when he appeared to have disappeared up the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s backside with its long keyboard jams instead of pithy pop songs. Here he seemed to have remembered to limit the experimentation and focused on getting a straightforward and easily understood idea (bring stood up) expressed in a 6 minute track.
I like the vulnerability, which reminds me of a Shirelles song for its naive sweetness. I’m always happy to have this drug-soaked musician floating his voice over a bed of musical ethereality in my ear.