Sunday, 29 October 2017

Out On Blue Six: Chaka Khan

There was a bit of a switch-around in the schedules last week with Friday's 1984 Top of the Pops repeat on BBC4 being moved from 7:30 to 8:30 to make way for BBC1's new live music show Sounds Like Friday Night in the half 7 slot. The hour was worth the wait though; a solid line-up took part for the 18th October 1984 edition (day before my 5th birthday) including Spandau Ballet ('poncing about in their mum's curtains' as Billy Bragg once said), Paul McCartney, Julian Lennon, John Waite, Meatloaf, Ultravox, and Wham. But best of all was the gorgeous Chaka Khan with the eternally feelgood I Feel For You, written by Prince, with a rap by Melle Mel and harmonica from Stevie Wonder.

As for Sounds Like Friday Night, the BBC's much anticipated reworking of Top of the Pops format? I didn't watch it!

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1 comment:

  1. I love Chaka, and "I feel for you" is a key 80s disk for me, happy memories. She is still terrific now and has a lot of respect in the business, working with the likes of Joni Mitchell, and being a judge on one of those ghastly BBC saturday night talent marathons.
    She improves Prince's original, rather like George Michael & Mary J. did Stevie Wonder's "As" - another great video.