Song of the Day, June 1: Invisible by Alison Moyet

alison-moyet-invisible-1984Today’s song is Alison Moyet’s biggest US hit. After splitting with Yazoo partner Vince Clarke, the singer embarked on a solo career that made her a British superstar. Her debut album was called ‘Alf’ after her childhood nickname and featured a great set of tracks. She continued to write many of her own songs as well as selecting good matches from other writers. Invisible was written by legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier, co-writer of dozens of Motown hits. His style is a perfect fit for Moyet’s rich. bluesy voice.

The tale of a woman so scorned by her lover that she might as well not exist, Invisible is a pop classic, evoking 60s soul-pop crossover hits. With its chiming chords and danceable beat, it’s an infectious groove. Moyet just barely restrains her vocal power, making the most of the lyrics and creating one of the finest moments in her long career.

Thirty years ago today Invisible peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, her only Top 40 single in the States despite her huge success in Britain. Enjoy this great pop gem today.


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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