‘Hurts So Bad’ appeared on Danny K’s eponymous debut album in 2000 and with its polished boy band-esque pop sound it rocketed to the top of the SA Rockdigest Charts and spent 5 weeks there.
The song features some Spanish sounding guitars over which K’s blue-eyed soul voice weaves a pattern of love and heartbreak while a solid dance beat bounces around. There is a kind of gentle funky strut feel to the song. It is the kind of song that requires singers to be dressed in an open white jacket and to clutch at their heart often to show exactly where it hurts so bad. The chorus, when it comes, rises in breathy harmonised vocals that would make Boyzone, Westlife and such like all proud.
This may not be to everyone’s taste, but it a highly accomplished song of this particular genre that would not have been out of place in the UK charts had Danny K managed to get an international break. Danny is probably South Africa’s best one man (boy) band.
Where to find it
Danny K – Danny K (2000), Gallo Records, CDGURB011