Sunday, August 22, 2010


The Walkabouts, "The Light Will Stay On", a 1996 single collected on their 2003 "best of" album Shimmers. These folks were active from 1985 to 2005, yet nobody seems to have heard of them. Carla Torgerson can actually sing (and can *still* sing, there's an acoustic version of her singing this song in 2008 and it's just as good as the original), unlike the modern generation of pop tarts, and their music is gorgeous. Just chalk it up to another case of the music industry not being able to recognize quality...

-- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. Get serious man - this song had cellos and a fucking OBOE. There hasn't been a hit with that combination since Johnny Mathis did Misty in 1959.

    Or maybe they were never introduced to Clive Davis . . .

    Oh, well.

  2. All that aside, it is a beautiful and gorgeously written song. It did get some play on MTV Europe. Nothing here in the USA, of course, because there were no pop tarts, rappers, or whiny emo alterna-rockers involved...

    - Badtux the Cynical Music Penguin

  3. Oh, that was good.

    And it reminded me of this...


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