Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long (All Night). Be good, feel good, yeah!
As it gets to the end of the month and the end of this doubling up/82-83 theme, I find there are several song titles that I could go for – Sign of the Times, Let The Music Play, What Is Love – though not all were released before the cut off point of September ’83. Some great songs, that I might squeeze in before the end of the year.
All Night Long is a worthy entry for me as it reminds me, as have several other 82-83 songs that this was a year when the school disco made a significant impact on my life, although more from my non-involvement, than from any pleasure derived from taking part. The angst, the anticipation, the self-loathing, jealousy and inevitable anticlimax and disappointment were a familiar cycle by the end of the year.
Not that Lionel disappointed. Even though he wasn’t on the ‘set text’ list of approved cool artists, his run of singles from this to Dancing On The Ceiling were favourites when they were played, as they were frequently, on the radio. I blogged about Hello earlier in the year. All Night Long was my introduction to his music, discounting Three Times A Lady from The Commodores.
It’s a really joyful song, from the infectious happiness in his voice to the vibrant horns parping away after the minute long introduction, really kicking in at the 1.50 mark, never really stopping their fanfare after that. And the other instruments and backing vocals just help to support the fun, from the percussion to the strings to the funky little bass spots.
It’s music of the moment, with no greater significance or depth than the ow-wow-wow of recognition when the first gentle beats of the song start, leading to throw away moves in the dance floor (dad dancing the days, of course).
Though, I fear the only thing I’m doing all night long these days is blog writing. Enough of that. Time for bed now…