Saturday, October 22, 2011
YouTube is a fantastic resource for music videos, even the ones we'd rather forget. This one is from my fave band Steel Pulse during their bubble-gum pop stage following on from the release of their State of Emergency album in 1988. They were seeking a wider American audience appeal at the time. Well, that's their excuse. Lots of synthesizers, lots of experimentation. Their record label chose Reaching Out as the album's first single. A calypso-flavoured tune dedicated to the Caribbean Islands, written and sung by Phonso Martin, who had a great voice but was rarely used to sing lead vocals. Your House being the track most people remember him for. Phonso was with the band for fourteen years. The video for Reaching Out was directed by none other than Spike Lee, who also used a Steel Pulse track on his Do The Right Thing film.