Saturday, 22 January 2011

Mel & Kim - F.L.M. (1987/ No. 7/ 10 weeks/ Supreme)

"If you're in confusion
Here's the solution;
Fun! Love! Money!"

A problematic song. Certainly not musically - Stock, Aitken and Waterman at their absolute best; creating a structure that locks the listener into a fizzy cage of innumerable brilliant hooks; plinky keyboards, a bouncing bass, trapped vocal sounds, crazy sounding samples.

But Billy at 14 found the 'money' part of the trinity troubling. Is this a Thatcherite anthem, saying that love (or even fun) needs to be fed with money? Is that a happy thought? Or is this pragmatic? Ironic?

I didn't notice the spoken word bridge enough at the time;

"I love money!
I love money!
Boyfriends are boring
I love money!
I love money!
Wait till the right one comes along
I love money!
I love money!

Something very interesting is going on here.

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