Friday, January 2, 2015
Runner-up: Germany 1987
This reggae light made of pure plastic in the Ralph Siegel factory really pleased Tobson aged 11. It was simple and catchy and slowly ate its way into your conscience. I kept singing it all summer and held it very dear for many years to come.
I'm not even sure exactly when it grew off me. Not every song from the 80's aged gracefully and this one seems to tick every box on the list of things hard to love.
There is also something about the faux cheerfulness in the appearance of Wind themselves that gets to me. And it feels sad knowing what fate had in store for backing singer Rob Pilatus as well.
In short I don't hate it but it does nothing for me anymore and that feels strange given how much I loved it at the time.
A deserved 2nd place?
No. If Johnny Logan absolutely had to win in 1987, then Gente di mare should have been in second place. Wind deserved a top ten but surely not a top two.
An extra bonus here is the lovely postcard - I loved that almost as much as the song.
Wind - Laß die Sonne in dein Herz (Germany 1987)