in the uk we’re probably more obsessed with the weather than is healthy. because our weather is SO CRAP.
snow at Easter – oh my god what was i just saying…
weeks where the temperature ranges from 4c to 18c so you don’t know what the bleep to wear
summers which are hot, but humid rather than sunny
summers which are sunny and then way too hot
rain – last summer we even tried to blame rihanna
alexander o’neal – sunshine
nice 80s mellow track from mad mr neal. was ‘interpolated’ in the 90s by jay-z and foxy brown. how does a camel always manage to get a female compadre? foxy, mary, beyonce…
cloud one – don’t let this rainbow pass me by
quality 70s/80s soul.
level 42 – sun goes down
cod-reggae from a band that only ever would have sold in the 80s. you could get away with anything back then.
love unlimited – walking in the rain with the one that i love
these girls were part of barry white’s love unlimited orchestra until he allowed them to sing. hence their catalogue is an odd mix of vocal 70s soul and instrumentals. this was sampled by letoya luckett for ‘you got what i need’.
madame x – cherries in the snow
vanity-esque mid-late 80s artist. so, sounds a bit like prince, a genre close to my heart. cherries in the snow is also the name of a revlon lipstick and a book by emma forrest.
miss thang – thunder and lightning
answer records did exist in the 80s – this was a reply to oran juice jones. the genre wasn’t invented by sporty thievz.
neneh cherry – kisses on the wind
first woman not to hide her pregnancy on totp in 1989…and became a grandmother in 2004 at the age of 40.
new edition - can you stand the rain
post-bobby and once their voices had broken, this was a great turn of the decade slow jam.
oran’ juice jones – the rain
synth soul classic with actual rain noise in case the point about rain wasn’t quite clear…gotta love the 80s…
rah band – clouds across the moon
quirky semi novelty soul. about someone whose man has flown to the moon. yes, the moon.
rotary connection - i am the black gold of the sun
one of the best chillout soul classics ever featuring minnie ripperton. shameful admission – i thought nu yorican soul’s 90s cover was the original at the time. well i wasn’t born in 1971…
tony toni tone – it never rains in southern california
ok, again…i thought this was an original. tony toni tone are another group who can pull off cover versions.