Friday, December 28, 2018

#100. "Poison Arrow" - ABC (1982)

Along with "Tainted Love" and "Don't You Want Me", cheesy, cinematic tracks like "The Look of Love" and "Poison Arrow" by ABC got me hooked on new wave music as an impressionable 13-year-old growing up in Dartmouth, NS. 

This was only the beginning: pristine pop from the UK started pouring in as an alternative to the prog rock scene that dominated the times.  

Released during the Pre-Boombox period,"Poison Arrow" was the first song I ever recorded
 using the 'high-tech' method of placing a portable tape recorder with a blank cassette beside a clock radio playing C100 or CJCH. Of course the recording inevitably included part of the DJ intro and/or outro and sounded like crap, but at the time it was awesome. Anyone else remember making these first-generation mixed tapes full of blemishes with varying volumes? 

A few years later I always got a kick from the electro funk of the "How to Be A Millionaire", but unfortunately, the amusing animated video is currently not available on YouTube due to some sort of copyright infringement. 

Not to be confused with the 12" single "How To Be A Zillionaire (Wall Street Mix)"...

Thoughts on future remixes: perhaps the current reference to Pounds and Dollars should be switched to Euros and Yuan? Or Bitcoin and Barter? Water and Seeds? Tune back in ten years to find out the answer...

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