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The Party Song – The Electric Petals

The Party Song – The Electric Petals

Polynation - The Electric Petals

Polynation – The Electric Petals

The Electric Petals were Danny de Wet (early eVoid and Wonderboom), Angus Rose and Ajay. They produced a single album (‘Polynation’) and then went their separate ways. But what an album it was. It contained some great music with witty, incisive lyrics.

In the ‘The Party Song’ the Petals ask “How long till we dance to The Party Song?” and they are not imploring you to get up and boogie to this particular piece. It’s not really a song you can dance to and ‘the party’ is not a political one, it’s the celebration of the end of apartheid. This is made clearer in the line “I’m not talking about changes in the weather, I’m just talking about living happily together”.

Starting off slightly maudlin with a funereal organ and light military beat, it soon grows to a stomp-a-thon song, guitars flaring, drums banging the occasional sax going mad and a rousing chorus that seems to include everybody in the studio. This chorus is not quite in the league of Band Aid or USA For Africa, but the almost rabble-like quality of it makes it right for this song. It’s a song for the people and for the people to party to and the chorus certainly seems to be partying.

Where to find it:
Polynation – The Electric Petals (1995), Teal Records, MMTCD-1906

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