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Gypsy Girl – David Scobie

 

Gypsy Girl – David Scobie

Gypsy Girl – David Scobie

Okay, so this is a little bit of a cheat as Scobie was actually a Rhodie (person from what was then Rhodesia for those who don’t know what I’m talking about). But ‘Gypsy Girl’ was such a big hit for him in South Africa and it was included in The Best of SA Pop compilation, so I’m not the first to take this liberty.

With his scarily Neil Diamond-esque vocals, Scobie crafted this catchy tune about a girl who loves and leaves guys with apparent ease. The song with its distinctive bass intro, has all the makings of a Neil Diamond hit because apart from the similarlities of the vocals, there is the catchy tune, guitar and orchestration and build up to the chorus.

‘Gypsy Girl’ spent 19 weeks on the Springbok Top 20 back in 1981 and this was more than any other song managed that year, beating Joe Dolce’s ‘Shaddap Your Face’ which managed second with 17 weeks. ‘Gypsy Girl’ peaked at number 5. Check out the Youtube video as it is one of the few original music video’s of ‘SA’ hits from that era that one can find on the web and you will see a very fresh-faced Scobie looking nothing like his voice sound and doing that a good few years before Rick Astley came along and did the same thing.

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 2 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40486 (CD)

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Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow – Dealians

Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow - Dealians

Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow – Dealians

The Dealians were a band with an eye on the future. Well that is if the title of their first Springbok Top 20 hit was anything to go by. ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ would go all the way to the top of the Top 20, spending 3 weeks at number 1 which was an illustrious start to their hit career.

It’s not too surprising that the song had the success it did as it is an upbeat affair with warm brassy bits and some swirling organ underpinning the strong and breezy vocal. The beat is quick and it feels almost like a race to get to the end of this perfect pop ditty.

Despite all the positiveness in the music, the lyrics tell a slightly different story. The theme of the songs is the dilemma of trying to chose between 2 woman, something that was revisited by Ballyhoo’s ‘Man On The Moon’ and Dog Detachment’s ‘Heartwheels And Mindmills’ which featured recently on this list.

‘Look out here comes tomorrow/That’s when I’ll I’ll have to choose/Oh how I wish I could borrow/someone else’s shoes’ are the first lines of the song and it goes on to to mention the poor 2 girls by name with either ‘Mary oh what a sweet girl’ or ‘Sandra long hair and pig tails’ about to get the boot.

The song was a cover of a Monkees track that was written by Neil Diamond, but its not one of The Monkees’ best, their version sounds a bit flat and sluggish, almost as if the band were just going through the motions when they recorded it. The Dealians, however blow fresh air into the song to make it one of the great local pop tunes from yesteryear.

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 2 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40486 (CD)

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