Scottish Pop Song of the Day #14

Barbara Dickson – January, February (1980)
That hair, that voice, those power suits. The clarion strains of Barbara Dickson were something of a permanent fixture on my mum’s record player when I was young, but nostalgia alone doesn’t justify why I still love her records so much: the wandering melancholy of the Caravan Song; the compliant heartbreak of I Know Him So Well. And the itinerant rapture of January, February, which peaked at Number 11 in the UK charts in April 1980. It was written and produced by Alan Tarney, who was also responsible for Cliff Richard’s 1979 synth-pop chart-topper, We Don’t Talk Anymore. The songs sound relatively similar, in fairness. The difference is that January, February instils a sense of unutterable joy in my heart, every single time I hear it.
The more I watch this video, the more I am tempted to cut myself a fringe.

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