'Oh What A Life' - Play People
From Oh What A Life single (This Almighty Pop)
2008 was a bit of a year for fanzine resurgence and revivalists. For as well as Kevin’s ‘Yr Heart Out, and my own ‘Don’t Forget To Dance’, there was the return of Stephen Maughan and his ‘This Almighty Pop’ imprint. Stephen too took the step into the land of labels this year, and the first release on his CDR label was this nugget of ‘80s electropop inflected magic by Play People.
There’s something sumptuously synthetic about ‘Oh What A Life’ – a bit of Buggles, a sliver of St Etienne, a whiff of White Town. And of course a hefty nod to Strawberry Switchblade’s ‘Since Yesterday’, which is more than fitting, given the song is about long lost love affairs and running scared across the space of twenty odd years. It was always going to sucker me too, with those lines about ’83 (or ’84). Something about the core of one’s own Pop awakenings, or the root of the thrill of the new that sits in all of us; in all of us different, but with the same threads of emotion, perhaps. Which is what binds us; is what makes these songs we love so special.