A Taste Of Honey

Ummmm….. that was my honey, jackass!

Did you spend the last few days shopping until you dropped?  Well, lucky for you, The Nest has just the pick me up you need to get back into the ring once you realize you haven’t even dented your holiday gift list yet.  Yes, it’s Monday!  That day when we max out our charge card of old school coolness by digging for another unwanted lost hit out of that bargain bin of retro records we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy is here to assist you with this musical free sample for your listening pleasure, while the Sponkies will guarantee your complete satisfaction in writing.  Yeah, you better save the receipt on this one…

Many people associate the “New Wave” genre of music with the British bands that found success in the old colonies during the early 80’s.  That era gave us some of the 80’s biggest names like A Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Human League, and Wham!  The star power of New Wave’s first wave made the second wave that arrived in the latter half of the decade pale by comparison… and as such, it’s largely ignored in any fond recollections of the decade.  If you search deep enough through the history of mid to late 80’s pop, you’ll find a plethora of minor one hit wonders from the Old Country that have mostly been forgotten about because they were never really that big to begin with…

Not everyone an be as big as the Big Damn Band.

That second wave produced no stars, with the ironic exception of The Escape Club who got zero attention from their fellow countrymen.  But it left behind a bunch of great tunes that are probably still floating around the edges of your 80’s memory banks even if you hadn’t thought of them in decades.  One such second wave OHW was a Scottish outfit called Hipsway, who were part of a blue eyed funky soul trend in British music at the time.  See if you don’t remember, and maybe even like, this earworm of theirs that made it up to #19 back in 1986… “The Honeythief.”

The lyrics are stupid and garbled, but the song is extremely catchy and fun!  And that bass from the keyboards that punctuates points of the song is almost refreshing to hear from a hit that was smack in the middle of the synth pop fad.  And no, we don’t know who put the ants in singer Grahame Skinner’s pants… but that man just can’t stop dancing…. or shuffling… or whatever the hell he’s doing throughout most of the video that’s a weird mix of the band playing in what could very well be an empty pool mixed in with random stock footage from someone’s vault…

This may be another reason why the song, and the band, were forgotten.

I’ll be back next Monday with more sugar that will satisfy…

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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21 Responses to A Taste Of Honey

  1. oh the hairstyles!!!! made with beer and shaving foam… if you loved our planet… or with tons of aquanet if you hated our slice earth… thanks for digging out a long forgotten part of muzak!

  2. franhunne4u says:

    Uhm – sounds like every other British band from that age – not very remarkable … no wonder they never made it here in Germany.

  3. Catchy tune but you’re right about the garbled lyrics (huh? What’d he say?) and I guess when whoever directed this said “MOVE GRAHAME!” he wasn’t sure what to do so just kind of wiggled/jerked/STARED his way through the song. Not a lot spend on the set though – empty pool? Probably…….maybe they should have filled it – might have made for a more interesting video????


  4. fanrosa says:

    You and your damned misleading headlines! You knew I was going to have Boogie Oogie Oogie going through my head all day, didn’t you?

    What you didn’t know is that it’s involved in a mashup with Herb Alpert. My mind is a very scary place…..

  5. crimsonowl63 says:

    I thought I would listen. Just to see. How bad could it be? Very, very bad. I turned off the Common album I was listening to for this? Waaaaaay too 80s. I made it about half-way to see if maybe it got any better. No, it did not. I have Wednesday to make up for it maybe.

  6. I love Pooh, but I guess it was downhill from there. I think it’s because we’re watching (why are we DOING this?) the news. It’s so depressing, I can’t think of anything else.

  7. “The lyrics are stupid and garbled, but the song is extremely catchy and fun!”

    Best blog line of 2017

  8. Nope, never heard it. Still…it is a ‘catchy tune’ and some impressive footwork in the video.

  9. draliman says:

    Very typically 80s, nothing special but nothing wrong with it either. Your video upload is” not available in (my) country”, but Alexa came through for me. It’s hard to believe that when we were growing up there WAS NO ALEXA…

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