Mini-obsession: "Hold Back the Night" by the Trammps
Right now, I'd love to have a heavy-hitting post about juicy bar news, but I'm too busy writing a piece about the Night of 1,000 Dylans coming to Creative Alliance Saturday for all that serious stuff.
When I'm in Hardcore Writing Mode, I toss on the headphones and listen to one song or one album in repeat, until the assignment is finished. Today's mini obsession is with "Hold Back the Night" by the Trammps. Have you heard it? I'll post the video below, but if you're too lazy to read past this paragraph, click here to listen to it. Now, lemme tell you what I love about this song ...
I love how the band waits a full 40 seconds before hitting you with the first words. That's a bazillion years in today's pop music time. Today's mainstream pop music listeners would almost never wait that long for the singing to start.
The Trammps (these are the Philly guys who did "Disco Inferno") aren't the best singers, but that's kinda the point. The harmonies aren't super polished, and the lead singer's voice is gruff and crackling. And oh, that beat. It's urgent but not overpowering -- just enough to get you to dance your pain away.
"Hold back the night / turn on the light / don't wanna dream about you baby."
The Trammps released a remastered version of the song on their 1991 disc, "Disco Inferno," which sounds too clean. I like the old one, with all its analog hiss and dirtier arrangement:
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