Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Alison Moyet - Is This Love?

Twitter is so amazing. Yesterday I was skimming through my timeline at lunch and saw a typically eccentric tweet from '80s pop star Alison Moyet. Her largely non-sensical ramblings always put a smile on my face and I felt compelled to celebrate her unique brand of crazy with a tweet. Before too long, I was chatting with the iconic diva about booze (turns out she's not a drunk), La Toya (she never went down on her) and tea that tastes like bong water (ask XO London - my local Woolies doesn't stock it).

Alison was a delight and I spent most of the afternoon listening to her Greatest Hits - shamefully all the Moyet magic I have on my iPod. That album is a good listen, beginning to end, but I keep coming back to 1986's "Is This Love?" The Dave Stewart-produced anthem is a perfect piece of synthpop and that glorious chorus still packs a punch. It also brings back a lot of happy memories. My mum was obsessed with the song and even stole Alison's perm from the video. Speaking of which, they really don't make 'em like this anymore.

Why is my new BFF dressed like an extra from Cell Block H? Who came up with the stunning choreography? What's with the wind machine? Brace yourself for the visual splendor of "Is This Love?" below.


xolondon said...

She was fearless in responding to your tweets! My fave album is, I think, her least fave: Alf. A PERFECT pop album. I wish it would be remastered.

Mike said...

I need to explore Alison's back catalogue. After all, she's my new spirit animal!

Guess I'll start with Alf despite being terrified by the unsavoury cover.

John said...

Has anyone noticed that Alison looks like Emily from the Indigo Girls in this video? No? Just me?

I always thought this song should have broken through in the US, but it never even charted. Alf is and always will be the consummate Alison album, even if she doesn't care for it.

Anonymous said...

God her voice is so wonderful. She is one of my faves. I would love for her to a club song again. No matter what song she sings, she sends shivers up and down my spine. If you get the chance to see her live, do it! Don't hesitate just do it!!!


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Jamie said...

Amazing x

She did a dance song a few years ago from one of her albums, dunno what it was called but it was good! It's just dawned on me that I've had Alison's hair-do from this video in recent times, retro-tastic!