Song of the Day, February 19: I Don’t Wanna Go Home by the Alan Parsons Project

APPTFCGoHomeToday’s song is I Don’t Wanna Go Home by the Alan Parsons Project. The Project — a studio based unit led by Parsons and musical partner Eric Woolfson — had their big breakthrough with their fourth album, 1980’s Turn of A Friendly Card. Each Parsons disc has a central theme, in this case the perils of gambling. This fourth track sets the stage for a six-song suite on the theme.

The lyric features the internal monologue of a man who is at the end of his rope but can’t walk away from the table that has cost him everything. It’s a nicely constructed song that captures the desperation of the addict flawlessly. By this point the Project — always somewhat fluid — featured a handful of regular performers who worked well together as a tight studio band. Frequent Project vocalist Lenny Zakatek, singer of most of the band’s early singles, is perfect for this song. He captures the nuances of the lyric, neatly moving from need to desire to desperation with whisper-to-scream ease. Ian Bairnson turns in one of the finest guitar figures on a Project album, echoing and emphasizing Zakatek’s moods. The whole package is a seamless gem, a clear glimpse at what the Project could achieve at its best.

Enjoy this magical song 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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