Song of the Day, June 29: Two Lost Little Guilty Pleasures

QFeelZotAlbumWe all have them: those songs that are strangely precious to us but that nobody else seems to know. They may be innovative, quirky, brilliant, silly,  or some combination of these and more. They stick with us, popping into our heads at the strangest moments, filled with nostalgia, uniquely our own. Here are two of mine, from the heart of my formative musical years in the 80s.

First up: giddy choreography for astronauts! Bassist and singer Martin Page hooked up with guitarist Brian Fairweather in 1981. They cooked up a band called Q-Feel (really!), adding a drummer and a keyboard player. Their sound was fun, slightly bland, post-New Wave dance music. They released one eponymous album in 1982, then dissolved. Page went on to a reasonably successful solo career (In the House of Stone and Light [#14, 1995]) and had some success as a songwriter, co-penning two #1 hits: These Dreams by Heart and We Built This City by Starship.

Q-Feel’s lone hit was Dancing In Heaven, improbably subtitled Orbital Be-Bop. It’s silly, infectious fun. It barely scraped onto the charts, but it sticks in my mind and my heart to this day.

How do you follow that? I picked a radioactive Easter Island head! Keyboard player and singer Randy Wayne assembled the band Zot in 1985. It was largely his own project — he wrote and sung all the tracks with capable, if unremarkable, support from his bandmates. (I’ve always suspected the band was named after comics scholar and creator Scott McCloud’s first major project, but I can’t prove it.) The group’s debut was called Uranium after the opening track, renamed simply Zot for a mysterious re-release the same year. Zot faded quickly; Wayne went on to tour with Rod Stewart and co-wrote one of his minor hits in the late 80s.

The best track is the anxious romantic request Little Bit Longer. I saw the video once, bought the album, and never encountered them anywhere but my own collection after that. Any time anyone utters the title phrase, I find myself humming the chorus for hours, smiling just a little.

I hope you enjoy these lost little gems. What are yours?

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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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