51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 29: Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok

Something I like about James Bond movies is the dramatic opening scenes they all have. There’s usually a car chase, or some other kind of chase, where our hero comes face to face with danger. It’s ‘edge of your seat’ stuff from the moment the movie begins and is usually a sure way of getting you hooked on watching the whole movie. Did you know that songs can also come with a dramatic opening? Hold on tight while I land the music time machine in the year 1984.

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Welcome, not only to 1984 but also to Bangkok. This is our first trip to this part of the world. Just in time, as well, as we welcome our guest singer this week.

Taken from the concept album and subsequent hit musical Chess, One Night In Bangkok became a worldwide hit. Probably not surprising given that it was written by Tim Rice, and the two male members of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It became a top ten hit in over 17 countries although, strangely, only made it to the number 12 spot in the UK. Perhaps the Britsih were not as keen on the musical as the rest of the world were?

There’s no surprise that the video for the song features Chess (the musical) heavily. However, it also took a leaf out of the book of some of the movies around at the same time with a rather dramatic and nasty ending. But, it was the dramatic beginning of the song that got me. I loved it, as it gives no clue as to what is to come unless you had heard the song or seen the show before. Yes, Murray may sound as if he’s singing the song through a microphone from the 1920s, but it adds atmosphere to the performance.

Do you have a favourite song that has a dramatic beginning? Share a link to that song in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Barbara and Kat who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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