I Like… – John Ireland
Go on, admit it, you did titter like a naughty schoolboy/girl when you first heard this song. I mean “I like hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo with you”, That was soooo naughty! Especially in those verkrampter days in 1980’s South Africa. And then there were all those 9½ Weeks outside the fridge scene images “Cold ice cream taken with a sticky spoon/Apple slice, ooh custard and banana”. What a turn on.
Looking back from an age where everything is sex-saturated, these are pretty mild images and the song seems almost old fashioned in its approach. Despite this ‘aging’ of the content of the song, it is still a powerful piece of music. Extremely sensuous and sexy as Ireland’s voice slithers around naked on the satin sheets of a lush orchestral sound. It slowly builds to an orgasmic crescendo before fading slowly into post coital bliss. One almost feels one needs a cigarette for when you have finished listening to this (but smoking is bad for you now). While one may no longer feel the need to be immature about the content of the song, it has stood the test of time and was not a wam-bam-thank-you-mam encounter.
The song got to number 7 on the Capital 604 charts, number 5 on the 702 charts, 4 on Radio 5 and made number 2 on Springbok Radio which was quite a feat given the SABC’s penchant for banning anything remotely naughty. Listen to the song again and get drawn into its majestic-ness and downright sexiness, then hit the ‘I Like’ button. Oh, and don’t forget to remember its name in the morning.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 3 (1994) GSP, CDREDD 610