80’s Flashback

Tanita Tikaram, Twist In My Sobriety, 1988. This spooky number from Tikaram’s debut album Ancient Heart was a top ten hit in most of Europe, but went largely unnoticed in the U.S. Except, of course, in the gay clubs where it became an immediate morning music favorite. In ’96 came a fleet of remixes, but for me they mostly lost the ethereal quality of the original. Ancient Heart was recorded with the Tom Waits Band and that is more obvious on its first single, Good Tradition. Trivia: The first line of Twist In My Sobriety is the title of a Maya Angelou book. More Trivia: In 1989 Liza Minnelli covered Twist with Pet Shop Boys producing.