Friday, May 16, 2008

A special voice

I've just added some videos on the side of Carmel McCourt, a British singer who came along in the mid-80's at a time when all the Bright Young Things in Britain were declaring "rock" passe and embracing more sophisticated jazz and soul. Carmel fit right in with that. Her basic band was a trio of her voice, bass and drums and she sang a blend of gospel, soul and jazz that really got to you. Her first album, The Drum Is Everything, was released in America but nobody paid any attention here. She had her big commercial success in Europe espcially in France.

She is still around today and there are other more recent videos on YouTube that show her experimenting more with electronic effects and pure rhythm but these are all from the Eighties. "Bad Day" especially kills me every time I hear it.

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