Song of the Day, March 14: Games People Play by the Alan Parsons Project

APPGamesToday’s song is Games People Play by the Alan Parsons Project. Their fifth album, The Turn of A Friendly Card, was based loosely on themes of gambling. This song transfers the risk taking and game playing from the casino to the bedroom, looking at the personal and romantic entanglements in which we engage.

Games people play, you take it or you leave it
Things that they say, Honor Bright
If I promise you the moon and the stars, would you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

Musically, it’s classic APP, with a prog-pop sensibility and crack performances by talented Project regulars. The vocals are delivered by Lenny Zakatek, who also sang the previous Top 40 singles (I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You and Damned If I Do). Born in Karachi, Zakatek grew up in London, participating in a number of bands. By 1974 he had become lead vocalist for Gonzalez, spending his free time working with Parsons. He contributed vocals to almost every Project album and was featured on many singles. His blue-eyed funk approach lent some soul to the richly programmed music of the Project.

Games People Play was the Project’s first Top 20 hit, peaking at #16 on this date in 1981. Enjoy this wonderful blast from the past today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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