Thursday, April 16, 2009

Listening Post


A whole slew of female singer-songwriters scored big in the 90s with one or two hits, then faded into almost instant irrelevancy. Joan Osborne, Paula Cole, Sophie B. Hawkins, Meredith Brooks -- all were big names for a couple of seconds and can probably still be heard on your local "Lite FM" station, but have otherwise done little anyone's paid attention to.

The same can be said about Tasmin Archer.

And yet for some reason, this song -- her only hit -- has remained stuck in my head and heart to this day. And it's been ringing in my ears more than usual recently.

From 1992, the single best year for music in my lifetime, here's Sleeping Satellite.

6 comments:

Janet Quinn said...

I've got to thank you for the Listening Post. For reasons that escape me, I've never been a big fan of radio, and now that I'm rather closer to sixty years on the planet than fifty, there are monumental gaps in my musical awareness. I love your taste in music and I love your writing. Keep up the work and take care of yourself.

With love
Janet

Anonymous said...

Wow, you always are able to remind of stuff I forgot I like! I used to love that song such a gorgeous voice -- whatever happened to her?

Che Grovera said...

I'm not quite as ancient as Janet, but closer than I care to think about. Sleeping Satellite is a stellar pop song, pure and simple. I used to own the album, but I've lost track of it over the years (much like the artist herself). I remember the album as being solid but uninspired. Funny how artistic lightning so often strikes only once...

Ref said...

Check Wikipedia. They have a full entry on her. She's still writing and recording. She just hasn't caught the lightning again.

Anonymous said...

Honest truth, have this song as a casingle. Could not even buy her album anywhere near the backwood area I grew up. The song is brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Ya see? Just when I think you're beyond reach, you show us all what a truly hopeless romantic dork you really are....

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