Song of the Day, February 25: World Party by World Party

WorldWallingerPartToday’s song gave its name to a musician striking out on his own. After spending two albums as one of the Waterboys, Karl Wallinger decided to explore his own musical vision and amicably split with bandleader Mike Scott. Mixing the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, traditional folk, and his own musical vision, Wallinger became World Party, releasing a compelling debut with Private Revolution.

The track that names the band serves as a charming mission statement for the album and Wallinger’s lyrical ambitions. “World party! How can I say no?” he intones, conjuring up a plausible utopia of collaboration and responsibility. It’s a charming song, naive in all the right ways. Curiously, Scott would appropriate the concept himself on the next Waterboys disc.

Enjoy this lovely 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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