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Second Honeymoon: Revisiting Band of Gold

March 14, 2010

Karaoke is serious business for me, I prefer deep cuts from the catalog (it’s nice to go out singing and actually not hear Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, Cheap Trick’s Surrender, or Alannah Myles’s Black Velvet), but my favorite part of a night is when someone takes the stage with a forgotten song that is such a great choice that — for a just a moment — I hate them for thinking of it first. Then I tip my hat at their well-played move, enjoy the performance, clap wildly….and jot it down to sing the next time I’m there.

One example of a song that came back to me this way after a decade-long absence is Freda Payne’s 1970 classic Band of Gold. Here’s an original video where they made her dance around the Washington Monument fountain and lip sync:

She sure looks upbeat and happy for having a married a gay man who can’t get it up on their wedding night! (That’s what the song is about, right?)

Some of you might remember an 80s Belinda Carlisle version, which was apparently made into a scrillion HI-NRG dance remixes too, but I stand with Freda on how she feels about this ‘duet’ — look at the faces she’s making during this Solid Gold performance:

After welcoming this song back into my life, I thought I’d rehearsed sufficiently for taking it to the karaoke stage, but it’s a surprisingly tricky song; don’t underestimate the talents of Ms. Payne.  I think I did an adequate job, though it’s possible I also sounded exactly like this:

Maybe I should stick to singing Ambrosia.  Freda has been spotted on cruises lately performing her hit and I would not be mad to be on one of those boats.  Here’s a live performance from a few years back — and don’t worry if the dress seems potentially treacherous, it has a nude leotard top to keep her business handled while she sings and dances.  Did you really doubt?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2010 11:53 am

    OMG thanks for that last clip… that dress is doing wonderful things for Ms. Payne’s auntie shape. But what’s with all the bald guys in the audience mouthing the words? Another convention perhaps?

    I’m not as serious about karaoke as you or Snarky, but my new favorite song to do is Dusty Springfield’s original I Only Wanna Be With You, I just have to remember to drop that octave or the first chorus becomes an embarrassing and painful experience.

  2. araymondjohnson permalink
    March 14, 2010 1:10 pm

    I am a fan of anyone who sings Dusty at karaoke!

  3. March 14, 2010 1:23 pm

    I finally got the nerve to watch the Kids, Inc. clip. I doubt you — anyone — could have sounded much worse. I don’t know which is the more egregious caucasiation, theirs or Belinda’s.

  4. March 14, 2010 2:59 pm

    Seriously. I love when people bring back something good and leave “Funky Cold Medina” the hell alone.

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