Single Of The Week 10/04/97

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Fear Of Life
Sam Brown

You'd remember Sam Brown, if only for her vocally-arresting performance on 'Stop!', her smash hit single from late 1988/early 1989. When I was living in England for three months over that period, this was the first new song I actually heard, and as a result, I've maintained an ongoing interest in Ms Brown's career (her credentials as a one-time backing vocalist for Spandau Ballet were also pretty impressive).

I was therefore pleased to read in a recent edition of Music Week that Sam has a new album coming out, entitled Demon (catalog number FIENDCD789). The mag described it as "sometimes gently soothing, at other times stunningly powerful". I want it. Annoyingly, though, I haven't managed to get my grubby little hands on a copy.

That naturally leads me to reflect on the other album of Sam's I haven't got, 1993's 43 Minutes. Recorded for Pod Music after she split from A&M (which had released her first two albums, Stop! and April Moon), it didn't exactly set charts on fire anywhere in the world, as far as I know.

All I have from that era of Sam's recordings is the single that preceded the album, 'Fear Of Life'. Who cares if it was a flop? It's a stunning song, with an almost medieval feel in places. It's also (like any good single) got three rarities as B-sides; two instrumental piano pieces entitled 'The Tune With No Name No 3' and 'The Tune With No Name No 4', as well as a song called 'Rage' which doesn't, oddly, feature guitars. Could be a first.

Doubtless when the album comes out, there'll be another rant here on Gusworld. If you want even more of this kind of thing, check out the unofficial but cool Sam Brown site.

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