Saturday, April 7, 2012

Does He Love You

Pop music has had many great female duets over the years. Some of the ones I like the most include No More Tears (Enough is Enough) by Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand, The Boy is Mine by Brandy & Monica and Same Script, Different Cast by Whitney Houston & Deborah Cox. After pop my most favourite genre of music  is country. I know it's because when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s in Kilkenny several of the shows on the local radio station were country music.

One very fabulous duet by two female country singers is Does He Love You by Reba McEntire & Linda Davis. The duet featured on Reba's 1993 Greatest Hits Volume 2 album and won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. The video is fabulous in a daytime soap kind of way, it has a great ending too, very tongue in cheek!

Does He Love You has been covered a few times over the years. Two other versions that I want to feature are the duet by Donna Summer and Liza Minnelli which features on Liza's 1996 Gently album which i also think is one of her best albums. The other version is more recent and is by Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson which is also just as fantastic. It featured in a televised tribute to Reba which is introduced by James Denton who you may recognise from Desperate Housewives.

Here are the three versions.

The first is the original version by Reba McEntire & Linda Davis.

the second is by Donna Summer & Liza Minnelli

and the third version is by Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson. 

David's Daily Dramas

I have been lucky to have seen so many of my most favourite pop music artists in concert. There are, of course, many  concerts or tours that I never got to see over the years. However, whenever David McDonagh writes about seeing someone he loves in concert on his blog David's Daily Dramas I often feel I am there too through the way he writes. He lives in lovely Brighton and he goes to see concerts there, in London and often much further afield such as the ones he saw in Cardiff, Manchester or America. David always writes about music from the heart. In the 80s I didn't know any other pop fans so all of the blogs that I write myself and the ones I read on other people's sites such as David's are a way of reconnecting and reinventing that time for myself.

This week David is the person that I would recommend to follow through his blog and Twitter. His website is David's Daily Dramas and his Twitter page is here.

Here are three songs for David. 

The first is the icon that we both love the most, our Lady.

The second is Each and Everyone by Everything But The Girl.

and the third song is David's other favourite superstar; Melanie C and  Northern Star.


In 1981 Kim Wilde released her self titled debut album which included the three hit singles Kids in America, Chequered Love and Water on Glass. At the end of the same year she released a brand new song called Cambodia. It was the first single from her second album 1982 album Select. Cambodia was written by her father Marty Wilde and her brother Ricky Wilde and was also produced by Ricky. 

Cambodia was one of the first songs that I remember hearing on the radio. I always remember that I had an awareness of the atmosphere of the song. It had a storyline about a pilot who goes missing on a routine flight in Vietnam. The storyline is told from his wife's point of view but it keeps coming back to him as well. A mood is created but it is also ambiguous. You are left in the same mind-frame as the character of the wife in that you don't know exactly what happened to him. I love this song because it evokes memory. It is the aspect of first hearing a song then in the early 1980s and then each time you  hear it since it makes you stop and just listen. I think you can't listen to Cambodia without having a story or images in your head and the skill of capturing that in a short pop song is really something. Marty and Ricky Wilde knew how to craft a song. Kim's voice drew out the emotion in the lyrics that made the story and characters real. 

The 1970s had seen darker lyrics in Punk and in the 1980s the rise of Indie music continued this but in the lyrics and music of Marty and Ricky Wilde it was proven that stories with real life themes could be established within the narrative and sound of a pop song. The two songs that were released after Cambodia were View From A Bridge and Child Come Away which are also story songs and just as powerful as Cambodia.  

Kim's newest album Snapshots was released in 2011 and it features several cover versions of songs old and new and I am going to do a post on that separately as there are many songs on it that I love including her version of To France. For now I just want to celebrate Cambodia.

Kim is on tour at the moment promoting Snapshots. Her website is KimWilde.Com and her Twitter page is @KimWilde. Ricky Wilde's Twitter page is @WildeRicky and Marty Wilde's website is MartyWilde.Com

Cambodia got to number twelve in the UK singles chart and was number one in Denmark, France, Sweden and Switerland and #2 in GermanyThe album contained a longer version which includes a reprise. Here are both versions.

First the single version and it's video.

and the longer version from her Select album.