leejohnson's current selection is:
Band of Gold
by Freda Payne
by Freda Payne
This was a regular play at the local disco in our town while I was in my last year at school - not particularly danceable at speed, and for me certainly not as a "smoocher". (Mainly due to the fact that I wasn't really successful with girls of our age in those days! It got better.)
From "Tom Ewing's Popular" blog, part of the "Freaky Trigger" website:
"Band of Gold" isn't a particular standout musically - a 'Motown' beat that seems to have gone a bit stale on its journey over to the 'Invictus' label, a string arrangement low in the mix and an enjoyably twangy guitar. It does a job but it's down to Freda Payne to give the record its kick. And she does - a performance full of hurt, sorrow and indignant anger. Impotence is a rare pop topic, now as then: the lyric stresses the bride's naivety, but the strongest impression I get is that Payne simply can't believe the affrontery of what's happened: whatever olive branches she's prepared to hand out ("love me like you tried before") pale beside her bubbling, disbelieving wrath - "but THAT NIGHT, on our HONEYMOON". It's withering stuff: a shame the band also couldn't get it up a little more.
The single did well to get to No. 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100, but was a surefire No. 1 hit in the UK in 1970 (it also made the top spot in the Republic of Ireland).
1970 - Invictus - United States - From the album of the same name.
Posted: 28th October 2019