Hoover Manoeuvres feat. Dianimal - 1982

from If it's not popular can it still POP! (London, Brighton UK 2012) by Dianimal

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Dedicated to Valerie. A most influential arbiter of taste and BFF from my teenage years. I took a little poetic license - not everything happened that way and I think it was the shoes that were polka dot, not the bag. It was some other kid who had the first Walkman that they got in Japan. But no matter, to me Val was the most naturally cool person in school and that's what the song's about. Nothing is ever as much fun again as it is when you're discovering it for the first time. 1982 - a classic year. The picture is of the doorway to the Odyssey nightclub in West Hollywood, where Val and I went every weekend for a time. It was a gay club but they had hip DJs who played cutting-edge New Wave and dance music when nobody else in town was. Plus we could get in with no ID cuz they only had a juice bar (everybody smuggled in booze and then just mixed it in). I met people there that I'm still friends with to this day. It burned down a few years later. Recorded with London-based electro-pop-rock outfit Hoover Manoeuvres.

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I remember you
In 1982
*
Do you remember ditching school on Fridays?
Standing by the freeway thumbing for a ride
With your camouflage shoes and polka dot bag
Flirting with teenage suicide...teenage suicide
*
Scratch our names in the pavement
Wet concrete equals
LOVE FOREVER!!!!
cross my heart and hope to die
cross this sidewalk to tomorrow
wondered then
would you be on the other...
*
Got Kraftwerk playing on ma Walkman stereo
Just a coupla months ago
Ya got it in Japan
Always the first to be in the know
From Eno to the Jam....Eno to the Jam
*
Scratch our names in the pavement
Wet concrete equals
LOVE FOREVER!!!!
cross my heart and hope to die
cross this sidewalk to tomorrow
wondered then
would you be on the other side

would you be on the other side?

Oh I remember you!
In 1982

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from If it's not popular can it still POP! (London, Brighton UK 2012), track released June 30, 2010
Julius Aitken wrote and performed the instrumentals. Dianimal wrote and performed the lyrics and melody.

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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